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Shapiro Administration Joins U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean to Highlight the Importance of Equitable Supports for Pennsylvanians in Recovery


Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Dr. Latika Davis-Jones, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and her son Harry Cunnane, who is in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), joined those in recovery, advocacy organizations, elected officials, and others Monday evening to highlight the importance of equitable and accessible supports for all individuals in recovery and to celebrate National Recovery Month across Pennsylvania.  

“People can and do recover from the chronic illness of addiction,” said DDAP Secretary Dr. Latika Davis-Jones. “This month is a time to celebrate the gift of recovery and to remind people in recovery, and those who support them, that no one is alone in their journey. I want to thank Congresswoman Dean and her son Harry for sharing their story as a reminder that we must continue the work of eliminating stigma, making recovery supports more equitable and clearing a path for someone to take that first step on their road to recovery.”

Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District, and her son Harry Cunnane, who is celebrating his 10th year in recovery, spoke candidly about their family’s experience with SUD to break the stigma surrounding the disease and spread awareness that recovery is possible with the right treatment and support. They discussed their perspective from the individual experience through Cunnane’s recovery journey, which is a focus of a book they wrote titled Under our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son.

State Senator Art Haywood, who represents Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, joined the event and shared insight as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

“To combat this crisis, we need to employ remedies that have been proven to be effective: prevention, treatment, and research,” said Senator Haywood. “We must remove the stigma around the disease of addiction and affirm every individual's intrinsic dignity - no matter their struggles. When we hold onto hope and affirm the dignity of everyone, we can turn the page on the disease of addiction, the opioid crisis, and substance use, and begin to work towards recovery and restoration.”

The Shapiro Administration is placing a heavy focus on empowering sustained recovery and expanding access to equitable treatment services by:

  • Awarding $4 million in grant funding for the establishment of regional recovery hubs to enhance resources for individuals in recovery and promote recovery within communities across Pennsylvania,
  • Awarding more than $6 million in grant funding for 19 organizations to establish or expand SUD services, community outreach and education to underrepresented communities of color,
  • Awarding nearly $9 million in grant funding to four Single County Authorities (SCA) to establish or expand crisis stabilization services for individuals with co-occurring mental health and SUDs, and
  • Licensing nearly 300 recovery houses across the Commonwealth.

Individuals looking for SUD treatment options or resources for themselves, or a loved one can call DDAP’s Get Help Now Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). This helpline is free and confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

National Recovery Month is an annual recognition that is observed throughout the month of September to highlight the gains made in the lives of individuals living in recovery from SUD and show that every day, people can and do recover. The 2023 National Recovery Month theme is “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” 

Photos and video of the event are available through PACast.

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