September is Recovery Month!
Mental Health America of Indiana joins our colleagues around the state to promote Recovery in Hoosier communities with a message that substance use and mental health services can enable those with behavioral health condis to live healthy and fulfilling lives. This year, we are celebrating the 31st annual "Recovery Month" with the theme of Celebrating Connections, which as you know, is fitting for this moment in history. During the Pandemic, Mental Health America of Indiana has been working with the behavioral health community in Indiana to do just that, connect. MHAI is helping to connect clients with peers and clinicians as we have launched:
- the Indiana Recovery Hubs;
- MHAI's new partnership with Indiana 211, the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program;
- new training opportunities for behavioral health peers and clinicians through the Stanley W DeKemper Training Institute; and of course,
- increased use of tele-health services through the Emberwood Treatment Center.
Mental Health America of Indiana has significantly expanded Hoosiers’ ability to connect during this time when isolation has become a new way of life. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shed light on an unmet behavioral health crisis accompanied by a wave of underlying systemic racism due in part to social determinants of health. MHAI has, with others, attempted to face these challenges, as we have attempted to navigate this uncharted territory. We invite you to collaborate with us to continue to make strides forward. We do so by validating the effectiveness of peer recovery support services and access to clinical behavioral health treatment. We must continue to influence key stakeholders to assemble and implement effective behavioral health support services.
Celebrating connections can feel challenging when the new world view must be that physical distance will save lives during a global pandemic. With your help, individuals facing mental health and substance use disorder will receive connectivity to the resources they need to live a life in recovery. Please join me in celebrating Recovery Month as we did by turning Monument Circle purple! [See below].
Stephen C. McCaffrey, JD
President and CEO of Mental Health America of Indiana