November 4 and 5 Heather Harlan attended and represented PPI at the State NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Conference in Lake Ozark, MO. Heather is pictured here with Cindi Keele, Executive Director of NAMI Missouri. From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in NAMI’s mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes. NAMI’s greatest strength is the dedication of our
The White House Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release August 31, 2010 Presidential Proclamation–National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month A PROCLAMATION Each day brings new opportunities for personal growth, renewal, and transformation to millions of Americans who have chosen to forge a path toward recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. While addiction can destroy self confidence, family ties, and friendships, recovery can restore the promise of a brighter tomorrow. During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, we express support for those living healthy and productive lives in long term recovery, we applaud those working
This 15th annual “back-to-school survey” continues the unique effort of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University to track attitudes of teens and those, like parents, who influence them. Over a decade and a half, through this survey we have identified factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse. Armed with this knowledge, parents, teachers, clergy, coaches and other responsible adults are better able to help our nation’s teens grow up drug free…… http://www.casacolumbia.org/upload/2010/20100819teensurvey.pdf
by Mark Slavit COLUMBIA, MO. — People being treated for alcohol and drug abuse have a new place to find help. Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid led a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Phoenix Programs’ new facility. Federal grants and donations helped pay for the $4.7 million building that actually opened last year. The facility sits near the corner of Providence Road and Vandiver Drive across the street from Wilson’s Total Fitness. About 40 Phoenix Programs counselors provide services to about 2,000 people with addictions to drugs and alcohol. The 28,000-square-foot facility replaces three smaller Phoenix Programs Inc.
Phoenix Programs is one of 25 programs in the United States selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a Phase II Tobacco Cessation Pioneer, under the Tobacco-Free Campaign. The goal of the Campaign, an ongoing partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC), is to expand the reach of nicotine addiction and prevention services; directly impacting people with mental health or substance abuse disorders. The additional funding will allow Phoenix Programs to enhance the existing tobacco cessation program and implement an assessment and referral system for all Phoenix Programs clients. Phoenix Programs’ tobacco cessation program is an evidence-based intervention designed to