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Recovery Month 2018 Kick-off

On September 6, 2018, SAMHSA held a kick-off event for National Recovery Month. Learn more about the event and watch the archive video.

National Recovery Month 2018 Kick-Off Event
September 6, 2018
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Hubert H. Humphrey Building (Webcast)

On September 6, 2018, SAMHSA’s Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., kicked off Recovery Month 2018 with a panel discussion on the importance of treatment and recovery. Recovery Month seeks to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery. Now in its 29th year, the 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.

Watch SAMHSA's National Recovery Month 2018 Kick-Off Event.


  • Captain Chideha Ohuoha, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment – Welcome Remarks
  • Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use – Keynote Remarks
  • Arthur Kleinschmidt, Ph.D., Senior Advisor – Moderator

    Guest Panel:

    • Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) Program
      • Abigail Moore, CEO, San Antonio Council Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SACADA), SAMHSA Grantee
      • Vicki Thomas, Recovery Coach (SACADA)
    • Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Program
      • Katy Rinehimer, MS, Therapist, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, First Episode Psychosis Program
      • Brody, a young adult with lived experience
Last Updated: 10/02/2018