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Thursday, October 08, 2009 - BGMC Psychotherapist Chair of Broward County National Recovery Committee

Broward Health Accepts Proclamation from Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Broward Health psychotherapist Richard Mayora, LCSW, recently accepted a National Recovery Month proclamation on behalf of Broward Health from Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter supporting Broward County’s call to the community to observe the theme “Join the Voices of Recovery: Together We Learn, Together We Heal.”

The month of awareness culminated with a special event celebrating individuals living victoriously in recovery on Saturday, September 26 at Broward County Regional Park. The day included exhibits, poetry, awards, entertainment, music and dancing and was sponsored in part by Broward Health. This was the second year that Mayora served as the volunteer event chair.

The proclamation recognized that 23.2 million people ages 12 and older in the United States needed treatment for substance abuse in 2007, with 5.4 million adults concurrently suffering from mental illness. It also stated that 180,000 Broward County residents are at risk or have substance abuse use disorders and may be in need of treatment. The call to action included a need for education, research and treatment.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world-class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.BrowardHealth.org.