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 September 23, 2016 - Dauphin County hosts free outreach event for National Recovery Month in September

HARRISBURG, PA (September 23, 2016) – In recognition of National Recovery Month in September, Dauphin County and more than 75 health, wellness, treatment, education and employment vendors will hold the second annual Recovery Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 in the lower level, center court of Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., in Harrisburg. The free event is for all who are seeking to recover from addiction, mental illness, homelessness, incarceration, gun violence, health-related issues, unemployment and other challenges.

“Recovery Day is part of the county’s long-term approach to addressing the overdose and addiction epidemic,” said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III, who oversees Dauphin County’s Human Services. “Last year our county’s emergency dispatchers handled a record 970 reported overdose events. The more people we can get into treatment, the more lives we can save.” 

Across the state, more than 3,500 people died from drug overdoses in 2015 – a 30 percent increase from 2014, according to a report from the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association.

“We hope to chip away at the stigma of addiction,” said Commissioner Jeff Haste. “Thanks to our many community partners for supporting this event and the county’s mission to improve the quality of life for all of our residents.”

The outreach event will begin with a walk to raise awareness about Recovery Month. Anyone wishing to participate should meet at the Macy’s parking lot at 9 a.m.

Also at Recovery Day will be an informational session on Pathways to Pardons, also known as the Second Chance Act, at 3 p.m. inside the former Boscov’s Department Store.  A collaboration between the Office of the Lt. Governor, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Pathways to Pardons is a program to help ex-offenders with clearing their names to make it easier to obtain employment and provide for their families. Seating will begin at 2:45 p.m.

“If you or a loved one needs help and doesn’t know where to turn, we want you to know that help is available,” said Commissioner Mike Pries. “Please know that you’re not alone and we can help.”

For more information about this special event, facilitated by Dauphin County and a host of community partners, please call Dauphin County Human Services at 717-780-6288.

To learn more about Pathways to Pardons, visit or call 717-545-8929.

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