Advancing health equity during national recovery month

September is National Recovery Month — a time to celebrate the gains made by those in recovery from substance use and mental health, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Recovery Month promotes and supports new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

Behavioral health is an essential part of health care.  Supporting our loved ones and communities in recovery is a critical effort and it is vital that EVERY PERSON, EVERY FAMILY, and EVERY COMMUNITY has equal access to health care, no matter where they live or who they are.  These efforts are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing health equity and civil rights, as laid out in President Biden’s executive orders on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities and Preventing and Combatting Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org . Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates. Dial 911 in an emergency.

If you believe that your or another person’s civil rights or health information privacy has been violated, you can file a complaint at https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/complaints/index.html.

Learn more about the Office of Civil Rights work to inform and connect all communities with care. https://www.hhs.gov/blog/2022/09/01/ocr-celebrates-national-recovery-month.html

 

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