Recovery Month Recognized at SUNY Sullivan

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A number of officials and community leaders gathered at SUNY Sullivan Monday to recognize September as National Recovery Month, seeking to raise awareness about the effects of addiction and the local programs and services available to help individuals battling the disease, as well as their families.

Via Hudson Valley News Network:

A number of the event’s participants, including SUNY Sullivan Interim President Jay Quaintance, far right.

“Recovery Month illustrates the value of partnerships,” said Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Chair of the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. “Together we are stronger. Together we can make a difference in the lives of Sullivan County residents who are suffering from the disease of addiction. Together we can lend a helping hand to the family members who are striving to ensure that their loved ones receive the care and support they need. The reality is that good mental health is essential to good overall health – prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.”

Speakers at the kick-off event discussed the growing issue of mental and/or substance use disorders, the epidemic rise of addiction to heroin and prescription opioids, and the critical role that prevention, treatment, and support services play in an individual’s recovery and improved quality of life. Government officials on all levels are working closely with treatment providers and service agencies in Sullivan County to promote legislation, implement preventive measures, help loved ones recognize the signs of a problem, and guide those in need to appropriate treatment and recovery support services.

Showing their support for Recovery Month, those in recovery, and the agencies that assist them included speakers New York State Senator John Bonacic, New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, John “Jay” Quaintance, Interim President, SUNY Sullivan, Sullivan County District Attorney James Farrell, Nancy McGraw, Sullivan County Public Health Director, Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Community Service of Orange and Sullivan, Martin Colavito, Director of Prevention Services, Catholic Charities, Rolland “Boomer” Bojo, Chief Nursing Officer, Catskill Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Nicholas Batson, Crystal Run Healthcare.

SUNY Sullivan is so pleased to help celebrate and promote National Recovery Month. By recognizing the importance of prevention and treatment in ensuring behavioral health, we hope to remind the community that by working together, long-term recovery is possible and can transform the lives of individual and families,” said John Quaintance, SUNY Sullivan’s Interim President.

The event took place in SUNY Sullivan’s Student Union, with a number of students and faculty in attendance. For more details, visit