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In honor of Recovery Month, an annual health observance celebrating Americans in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), BH WELL will join members of Kentucky’s recovery community, state leaders, and health officials at the Capitol in Frankfort on Friday, September 22, 2023. Along with numerous community partners, the event will feature inspirational stories of hope and resilience along with free access to naloxone, information about SUD and recovery support programs, second chance employment, and health care access.

BH WELL will be set up alongside partner organizations on the Capitol lawn from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  to share resources and educational materials with participants. All Kentuckians are encouraged to attend this important event. In addition to the outdoor festivities, visitors can hear stories of recovery and resilience, which will be shared at noon in the Capitol Rotunda. State leaders will also provide remarks and share updates on policies and programs that support Kentucky’s recovery community.   

Recovery Month, which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible. To learn more, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.

Recovery Month is for everyone! A great way to participate is by carrying naloxone and being prepared to prevent overdoses in your community. At the rally on September 22nd, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) will provide training and free access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse an opioid-related overdose. Many health plans cover naloxone, which can be obtained at many pharmacies around the state without a prescription. The overdose-reversing medication is covered for all Kentucky Medicaid members with no co-pay. To learn more or find a location to obtain naloxone, visit ODCP’s website. For more stories from Kentucky’s recovery community, visit UNSHAME Kentucky.