Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long Presents Three Year Action Plan On Substance Abuse To Governor

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On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and members of the Behavioral Health Consortium presented their “Three Year Action Plan” to the governor which aims to tackle addiction and mental illness across the state, especially opioid addiction.

On May 15 in Wilmington,  Hall-Long said “I am proud to release this initial report to Governor Carney” adding “The members of the Behavioral Health Consortium have been meeting for over six months listening to members of the community tell their personal stories and experiences of how the addiction epidemic has affected them and gathering their feedback on how we can improve our behavioral health care system and better serve Delawareans. This report is an initial road map for the Governor and members of the General Assembly to address the challenges we face and start saving lives.”

The Behavioral Health Consortium was a part of Governor John Carney’s “Action Plan For Delaware” and he signed Senate Bill 111 last August to create the advisory body that is made up of advocates, health officials, law enforcement, state leaders, and community members to develop a plan to combat substance abuse and develop treatment solutions. The consortium has been meeting since October.

Governor Carney said “Too many Delaware families are dealing with the effects of addiction and mental illness” adding “This action plan gives us a path to follow, to directly confront many of the challenges facing Delaware families, to expand access to prevention and treatment services, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness and substance abuse.” Carney said he asked the Lt. Governor to lead the consortium because of her experience and leadership.

Delaware State Senator Stephanie Hansen of Middletown said “thousands of families, advocates, medical professionals, and policymakers across the state have stood up and said that we need to meet the addiction crisis head-on” adding that the consortium will “keep this train moving in the right direction”.

The consortium has six main areas of action: access and treatment, changing perceptions and stigma, corrections and law enforcement, data and policy, education and prevention, and family and community readiness. To learn more go to http://www.helpisherede.com and if you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, call the 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 1-800-652-2929 in New Castle County or 1-800-345-6785 in Kent or Sussex County.

Photo credit: Delaware.gov'

 

 

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