Department of Health Services News Releases
September 21, 2018

Contact: Jennifer Miller/Elizabeth Goodsitt 608-266-1683

Rally for Recovery

Wisconsin Voices for Recovery hosts its annual Rally for Recovery at the State Capitol sponsored by DHS

WHO: Wisconsin Voices for Recovery
WHAT: Rally for Recovery
WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: State Street Steps of the State Capitol, Madison

Key Activities:

11:00 a.m.: Performance by the Ho Chunk Drumming Circle

11-2 People sharing their stories of living in recovery
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Representatives of organizations supporting people in recovery will share resources, including a training on how to use naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug
11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Media availability with DHS Director of Opioid Initiatives Paul Krupski (meet at the DHS table)
12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Featured speaker Joseph Green, spoken word poet and motivational speaker
12:35 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.: Presentation of the Wisconsin Voices for Recovery Award to an organization that is helping people find long-term recovery
12:40 p.m.: Moment of silence for those who lost their lives before they could experience the promise of recovery
NOTE: DHS plans to broadcast portions of the program live on Facebook. Media are invited to use the videos and images posted on DHS social media: Facebook and Twitter.

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed the month of September as Recovery Month in Wisconsin. For resources on recovery from mental health and substance use concerns, visit the DHS website.

“The 2018 Rally for Recovery is focused on encouraging social connectedness through partnerships and building a culture of resilience in order to build a stronger foundation against the current public health crisis,” said Wisconsin Voices for Recovery, Statewide Program Coordinator Jessica Geschke. “As the substance abuse and alcohol epidemic continues to grow, so do the number of those working together to strengthen and build recovery efforts for those individuals struggling with the disease of addiction. We have come together, recovering together, to bring unity and hope.”

The Rally for Recovery is Wisconsin’s largest celebration of National Recovery Month, which is observed every September. The Rally for Recovery provides an opportunity to share the successes of individuals in recovery, learn more about the recovery resources available in Wisconsin, and laud the efforts of treatment providers, peer supporters, and others who help individuals achieve wellness.