Rhode Island selected for 2013 National Hub Recovery Rally

Published 02/22/2012

Providence, Rhode Island’s Rally 4 Recovery will serve as the 2013 National Hub recovery event

Providence, RI – February 22, 2012 – The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) and the Rhode Island Recovery Month Coalition recently announced that the 2013 “hub” for National Recovery Month’s rally will be in Providence, RI, at the annual Rally 4 Recovery at Roger Williams National Memorial.

Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR) participated in last year’s Rally 4 Recovery, the largest rally to date in this state, with over 4,000 participants. “Rally 4 Recovery is an opportunity for local agencies to raise awareness about mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. FHR is proud to be a part of this important community celebration,” said FHR President/CEO Joe Dziobek.

The announcement came at a press conference attended by hundreds, including state and federal legislators, RI community mental health agency representatives, and persons in recovery. “It is truly exciting that Providence, RI, will serve as the national hub,” says FHR Rhode Island Regional Director Kristen Guilfoyle. “The spotlight will certainly be on the state of Rhode Island, but even more importantly, recovery efforts throughout the Ocean State.”

The 2013 Rally 4 Recovery will be web-streamed live, linking it to other rallies nationwide. Additionally, A&E will broadcast it throughout the country as the National Hub event. The 2013 celebration will feature state and local officials, nationally-recognized speakers from the White House, and national advocacy groups.

These rallies are part of National Recovery Month, an initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of this initiative is to increase the understanding of behavioral health and reinforce the message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

“FHR practices recovery-oriented support and treatment. We’ve had tremendous success in the development of Peer Support Services, expressive arts through FHR’s creative arts and music program, Studio 35, and utilize our very own person-centered PRISMmodel approach to deliver services,” Guilfoyle says.

For more information about Rally 4 Recovery, please visit http://rally4recovery.com/.