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MOMSTELL President meets Pennsylvania's new Governor, Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania's new Governor, Tom Wolf was sworn in to office on January 20, and MOMSTELL President Sharon LeGore attended the inauguration. It was a day of celebration, which was highlighted by a meet and greet at the Governor’s mansion.  Sharon spoke with Governor Wolf, and had the opportunity to share a bit  about the work of MOMSTELL.  Governor Wolf stated "Gary Tennis will remain as Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs." We at MOMSTELL are thrilled that Secretary Tennis will continue his work and we look forward to continuing our efforts to support Secretary Tennis and the work to support families across Pennsylvania impacted by substance use disorders. Our focus will remain on improving the substance use disorder treatment and recovery field. We look forward to an opportunity to share further about the work of MOMSTELL, and how we can help the new Governor in his quest for true change in Pennsylvania.  

MOMSTELL and NFD representatives invited to White House

MOMSTELL President and NFD Co-Director Sharon LeGore was invited  to the White House to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Recovery Month. This is the first time this event has been held at the White House. Sharon  spoke with the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Michael Botticelli as well as David Mineta, the Deputy Director of Drug Demand and Peter Gaumond, the Chief of the Recovery Branch.  The top photo is a group picture of everyone who attended the celebration.
 
Sharon LeGore,ONDCP  Director Boticelli, Laurie Wicks: 2nd Pannel Discussion, 3rd  Sharon LeGore and Deputy Director David Mineta.4th  Patrick Kennedy
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MOMSTELL, Clear Concepts and a local pastor collaborated together to form, the Pastoral Recovery Education Program (PREP).

MOMSTELL Partnership Program:Sponsored by a grant from the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP )

After realizing the gap between the recovery and faith based community, MOMSTELL, Clear Concepts and a  local pastor collaborated  together to form, the Pastoral Recovery Education Program (PREP).  The PREP program is designed to provide education, resources and opportunities for faith leaders and other interested community members to interact with those impacted by substance abuse/mental health. The Central Pennsylvania Life Recovery Ministry emerged from the PREP program which is very active.  The program has been in operation since September 2011 and is supported by the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP).  The program is foundationally based on core competencies published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2004 as the Core Competencies for Clergy and Other Pastoral Ministers in Addressing Alcohol and Drug Dependence and the Impact on Family Members.  

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