Feedback on Promoting Recovery Month

Dear Adam this originally bounced back to me because I had an error in his email. I was now able to look further into this and I bumped into your email address here

:http://voicesnsw.com.au/about/our-committee
Would you kindly look into the information I sent below, and if interested contact me OR my supervisor Ivette Torres being copied in this email.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Ana Gabriela Monzon

Graduate Intern- Consumer Affairs

SAMHSA/ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/ Office of the Director

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Work Phone: (240) 276-1183

Emails: ana.monzon@samhsa.hhs.gov / agmonzon@syr.edu

From: Monzon, Ana (SAMHSA/CSAT)

Sent: Monday, October 24, 2016 4:46 PM

To: ‘Douglas.holmes@mh-worx.com’

Cc: Torres, Ivette A. (SAMHSA/CSAT); Monroe, Michele (SAMHSA/OA/OC)

Subject: Introduction; International Recovery Month Observance

Dear Mr. Douglas Holmes,

I work for Ms. Ivette Torres, Associate Director of the Office Consumer Affairs (OCA), at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA. I would like to congratulate on your efforts for National Recovery Month; we saw your events on the recoverymonth.gov website. Thank you very much for posting those online, and we hope they were a success!

Here at OCA we are in the midst of establishing mechanisms of garnering support to expand observance of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) internationally. At the institutional and global level, we have drafted a policy memo for Mr.Paolo del Vecchio, Director of SAHMSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, which was used in WHO’s mhGAP Forum in Geneva requesting an official UN day or month for Recovery Month observance. Additionally, at the hemispheric level, we have recommended that PAHO’s member countries designate an annual monthly observance related to lauding the benefits of recovery from substance abuse and mental health conditions, via our comments to the NCDs and Alcohol Position Papers for PAHO’s 55th Directing Council meeting that took place in NYC last month.

I would like to ask if Hearing Voices Network NSW would be interested in becoming a 2017 Recovery Month International Planning Partner, which would require of your participation in the Planning Partners meetings taking place periodically,as outlined here:

https://www.recoverymonth.gov/planning-partners/meetings . Your organization would then be included in the International Planning Partners list here

https://www.recoverymonth.gov/planning-partners, which aims to foster greater collaboration between stakeholders doing similar work that you do. As we seek to expand Recovery Month internationally, this feature should be able to be of more service to you.

Moreover, in order to schedule a conference call with interested parties, I would need to know if you would like to support our efforts, and if you can leverage contact information for other organizations working alongside you in Australia

in similar efforts, as we would like to reach out to them as well. I will be greatly appreciative of your help and response.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

Ana Gabriela Monzon

Graduate Intern- Consumer Affairs

SAMHSA/ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/ Office of the Director

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Work Phone: (240) 276-1183

Emails: ana.monzon@samhsa.hhs.gov /

agmonzon@syr.edu

Co-design

I was fortunate enough to be in Melbourne when the Co-design forum was held on 22 March. 

I will be writing some words around this topic in the next few weeks including why I believe it will become the new way for all stakeholders involved in the reform of the Mental Health system to work in a Trauma Informed Way that does no harm