SOMERVILLE , NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders has proclaimed September 2019 as National Recovery Month.

The proclamation was presented by Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine at the Sept. 10 freeholders’ meeting and accepted by Rocky Schwartz of Prevention Resources Inc. Also joining in the presentation were county Human Services Director Michael J. Frost; county Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Coordinator Ivana Pareja; and county Assistant Mental Health Administrator Megan Isbitski.

National Recovery Month increases awareness of mental health and substance use disorders, reduces stigma and celebrates individuals living their lives in recovery, and encourages residents in recovery and their families to share their powerful stories of success to others in the community.

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It also demonstrates the community’s commitment in improving the access to mental health and substance use disorders services and promotes the positive message that recovery is possible, prevention works and treatment is effective.

“The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders supports the Somerset County Department of Human Services in recognizing and celebrating residents who are successfully recovering from mental health and substance use disorders,” Levine said.

The proclamation calls upon all citizens, governmental agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, hospitals and schools in Somerset County to help increase public awareness, reduce discrimination, and support community members in recovery and their families.