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September

National Recovery Month
National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
8-14: National Suicide Prevention Week
10: World Suicide Prevention Day

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Recovery Month Challenge for Churches in September
Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD

Sep. 1-30
Time varies
Location varies: AL

For many individuals, spirituality and faith are necessary to achieving and maintaining recovery. Therefore, faith leaders are essential community partners in inspiring and assisting people with mental and/or substance use disorders in their recovery process. During the month of September, COSA-NCADD has set a goal to reach 5,000 members attending church services in Montgomery County. Faith leaders are encouraged to provide information and talk about mental health and substance abuse disorders to their congregation. COSA-NCADD is making a limited quantity of “Recovery Month Tool Kits” available to churches who participate in the Recovery Month Challenge. The kit includes materials and resources on recovery and alcohol and substance abuse.

Recovery Month Event Online

For more information, please contact Pat Martin:
334-262-1629 | info@cosancadd.org

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Popcorn & A Movie: "Home Run"
Coalition for a Drug Free Dale County of SpectraCare Health Systems

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CB&T Bank: 510 Andrews Avenue, Ozark 36360

The community is encouraged to join us for a free viewing of the movie "Home Run".
Synopsis of the movie from their website: "Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control. Hoping to save her client’s career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory’s agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can't wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible. As his young players help him re-experience the joy of the game, Cory realizes his need for freedom from his past and hope for his future … and win back the love he left behind. With this unexpected second chance, Cory finds himself on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption." Rated PG-13

Recovery Month Event Online

For more information, please contact Candy Gaff:
334-445-4554 | candyg@spectracare.org

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Prevention & Recovery Rally
CED Mental Health Center

5:00 PM
Colley Homes: 406 North 6th Street, Gadsden 35904

There will be a panel of local leaders discussing Prevention and Recovery. The movie The Anonymous People A Ground-Breaking Documentary on Addiction & Recovery will be shown and food will be served.

Event Flyer

For more information, please contact:
256-492-7800 x148 | bsmith@cedmhc.org

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Prevention & Recovery Rally
CED Mental Health Center

5:00 PM
Cornerstone Church: 530 Chestnut Street, Gadsden 35904

Guest Speakers: Judge Ogletree, Carla Buggs, Pam Butler and Porter Sheilds
Entertainment by: Charlie Mitchell

Event Flyer

For more information, please contact:
256-492-7800 x148 | bsmith@cedmhc.org

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20

2nd Annual Recovery with Style
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment Centers

6:00 PM
Sheraton Hotel: 2101 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham 35203

The show will feature the latest fashion trends, a silent auction and highlight those who have recovered from substance abuse with “style”. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds will benefit Pearson Hall, Olivia’s House and the Zukoski Center. Join us as we celebrate.

Recovery Month Event Online
Event Flyer

For more information, please contact Patricia Bolden:
205-923–6552

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Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid

Sep. 23 and 30
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cahaba Center: 1017 Medical Center Parkway, Selma 36701

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Cost: $35
Find another Course

For more information, please contact Charryse Gorden:
334-875-2100 | charryse.gorden@mentalhealth.com

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23

Anonymous People Film
Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Bellingrath Middle School Auditorium: 3350 South Court Street, Montgomery 36105

A documentary about people in recovery will be viewed followed by a panel discussion. The documentary film is about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Recovery Month Event Online

For more information, please contact:
334-262-1629 | info@cosancadd.org

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Anonymous People Film
Faces and Voices of Recovery

5:30 PM
Five Rivers Delta Resource Center: 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort 36527

5:30 pm - Refreshments , 6 pm - Documentary begins in Theatre, 7:30 pm - Questions and Answers

The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Deeply entrenched social stigma have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum has been filled with sensational mass media depictions of people with addiction that perpetuate a lurid fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, a grass roots social justice movement is emerging. Courageous addiction recovery advocates have come out of the shadows and are organizing to end discrimination and move toward recovery-based solutions.

The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, public figures, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting solutions.

Recovery Month Event Online
Event Flyer

For more information, please contact Mary Hadley:
mhadley@drugeducation.org

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Community Forum on Addiction and Recovery
Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ASU, J. Garrick Hardy Student Services Center: 1055 Tullibody Drive, Montgomery 36104

A panel discussion will take place featuring various professional individuals in recovery and family members. Panelists will talk about recovery from professional and personal experiences and discuss various treatment and recovery options available for people in need of help.

Recovery Month Event Online

For more information, please contact:
334-262-1629 | info@cosancadd.org

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Recovery Expressions Jam
Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Frazer United Methodist Church: 6000 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery 36117

Individuals will talk about recovery through storytelling, poetry, song and dance.

Recovery Month Event Online

For more information, please contact:
334-262-1629 | info@cosancadd.org

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Prevention & Recovery Rally
CED Mental Health Center

5:00 PM
Broadway Baptist Church: 99 McCurdy Avenue South, Rainsville 35986

There will be a panel of local leaders discussing Prevention and Recovery. The movie The Anonymous People A Ground-Breaking Documentary on Addiction & Recovery will be shown and food will be served.

Event Flyer

For more information, please contact:
256-492-7800 x148 | bsmith@cedmhc.org

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Recovery Month Awards Luncheon
Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Doubletree Hotel: 120 Madison Avenue, Montgomery 36104

The event’s featured guest will be Robert B. Thornhill, MS, LPC, Director of the Alabama State Bar. Mr. Thornhill will talk about his own recovery, addiction in the workplace, legal issues, and how employers can help their employees by implementing assistance programs. Additionally, we will talk about our successful recovery program and present awards to a local company and volunteer.

Recovery Month Event Online

For more information, please contact:
334-262-1629 | info@cosancadd.org

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Family & Friends Celebrating Recovery – “Fun Under the Sun”
Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Private Property: 1701 Todd Road, Montgomery 36117

The Family and Friends Celebrating Recovery- “Fun Under the Sun” event is for families and friends to come together to celebrate recovery while enjoying food and beverages, games and entertainment. Attendees are responsible for bringing their own food, chairs and blankets, and rods/baits for fishing. COSA-NCADD is providing beverages, entertainment and games/activities for this event.

Recovery Month Event Online

For more information, please contact:
334-262-1629 | info@cosancadd.org

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27

National Prescription Take-Back Day
U.S. Dept. of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location varies, see below

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

After seven previous Take Back Days spread over almost four years, 780,158 pounds (390 tons) of pills were brought to the 6,072 collection sites that DEA and its 4,423 state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners set up on April 26 so the public could discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers. When added to that collected at previous DEA-coordinated Take-Back events, 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

Event Website
Search for a collection site near you

For more information, please contact Maranda Brown:
334-353-8969 | maranda.brown@mh.alabama.gov

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Out of the Darkness Walk - Dothan
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Westgate Park: 501 Recreation Road, Dothan 36303

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide.

Online Registration

*Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk during the check-in times listed above. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

For more information, please contact Rose Blakey-Phillips:
334-792-9814 | wiregrasssuicidepreventionservice@yahoo.com

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Anonymous People- Film Showing and Discussion
SpectraCare Health Systems

Two Showings Available:
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Troy University Dothan Campus: 500 University Drive, Dothan 36303

A film showing followed by discussion. Panel comprised of clinicians and people in recovery.

Recovery Month Event Online

For more information, please contact Ebony Crews:
334-677-1156 | ebonyc@spectracare.org

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October

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
6-10: Mental Illness Awareness Week
9: National Depression Screening Day

3

ASL Coffee Night
Office of Deaf Services, ADMH and Montgomery Chapter, AAD

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Starbucks: 2107 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery 36117

A monthly community event that takes place every first Friday.

All signing levels welcome.

For more information, please contact:
shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov

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Out of the Darkness Walk - Huntsville/Madison
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Big Springs Park: Huntsville 35801

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide.

Online Registration

*Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk during the check-in times listed above. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

For more information, please contact Jan Neighbors:
256-652-9709 | jan.ma@knology.net

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AL-APSE Regional Training - Auburn
Alabama Association for Persons in Supported Employment

10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Auburn University Center for Disability Research & Service: 215 South Donahue Drive, Auburn 36849

Assistive Technology to Support Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Employment
Scott Renner, Michael Papp & Jarrod Young

This presentation will cover AT to support individuals with intellectual disabilities in the employment settings. One focus of the presentation will be on using different Apps for supports. The presentation will also focus on real life scenarios and how to adapt AT to get the job done. Sometimes adapting AT is necessary to accommodate a specific opportunity. Come learn how to adapt the right tool for the right job.

Online Registration

For more information, please contact Tina Dortch:
334-293-7500

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Out of the Darkness Walk - Tuscaloosa
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ferguson Center Plaza and Quad: Crimson Promenade, Tuscaloosa

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide.

Online Registration

*Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk during the check-in times listed above. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

For more information, please contact Lee Keyes:
205-348-3863 | lkeyes@sa.ua.edu

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Out of the Darkness Walk - Daphne
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Daphne City Hall: 1705 Main Street, Daphne 36526

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide.

Online Registration

*Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk during the check-in times listed above. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

For more information, please contact Lydia Barber:
251-455-6453 | jlbarber5@bellsouth.net

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Quarterly AIACC Meeting
Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council

10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
AIDT: Fifteen Technology Court, Montgomery 36116

For more information, please contact Anna McConnell:
205-478-3402 | anna.mcconnell@mh.alabama.gov

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Out of the Darkness Walk - Daphne
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Florence High School: Florence

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide.

Online Registration

*Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk during the check-in times listed above. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

For more information, please contact Meesha Emmett:
256-394-7141 | meesha.emmett@gmail.com

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November

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
National Family Caregivers Month
22: International Survivors of Suicide Day

2

Out of the Darkness Walk - Birmingham
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Heardmont Park: 5458 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham 35242

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide.

Online Registration

*Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk during the check-in times listed above. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

For more information, please contact Marissa Grayson:
205-613-6630 | marissa.grayson@gmail.com

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Customized Employment
Virginia Commonwealth University

Nov. 5-7
Time varies daily
Embassy Suites: 2300 Woodcrest Place Birmingham 35209

Moving Employment First Forward
Certificate-Based Job Coach Training

This training is appropriate for all new job coaches, Disability Resource Coordinators, and other professionals working for community rehabilitation programs, mental health agencies, schools, Alabama Career Center system and other interested in supported/customized employment. This training is dedicated to making job coaches and other placement professionals more successful in achieving employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities. Should registrations/applications exceed 50, priority will be given to community rehabilitation and provider agencies funded by the Alabama Department of Mental Health as well as staff affiliated with the Disability Employment Initiative. Others will be accommodated based on availability.

Event Registration

Hotel rooms are available at a rate of $94.00 per night plus tax. This hotel offers a daily cooked to order breakfast as well as evening social. If you require hotel accommodations, please consider staying at this hotel to help sponsoring organization meet room block requirement.

Book your room online or call 1-205-879-7400 Use Group Code: APS

For more information, please contact Byron White:
334-353-7713 | byron.white@mh.alabama.gov

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ASL Coffee Night
Office of Deaf Services, ADMH and Montgomery Chapter, AAD

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Starbucks: 2107 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery 36117

A monthly community event that takes place every first Friday.

All signing levels welcome.

For more information, please contact:
shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov

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Certified Employment Support Professionals Exam
AL-APSE

9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
AIDT: 1 Technology Court, Montgomery 36116

Alabama & National APSE are partnering to offer the first national certification program for Employment Support professionals!

Job coaches, job developers, transition employment specialists, job placement personnel, and employment specialists/consultants can earn the designation of Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP) by passing the national CESP examination.
The fee to take the exam is $159.00

WHAT IS CESP?

  • CESP is a national credential for staff who assists people with disabilities with their employment needs.
  • The CESP credential is earned by passing a comprehensive examination based on national standardized competencies, developed via a rigorous process in compliance with the guidelines of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
  • CESP is intended as a compliment to program certification and licensing.
  • The CESP is a national, portable individual credential.

Event Flyer
Exam Application
Exam Registration

For more information, please contact Aaron Robbins Wiseman:
301-279-0060 | aaron@APSE.org

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December

5

ASL Coffee Night
Office of Deaf Services, ADMH and Montgomery Chapter, AAD

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Starbucks: 2107 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery 36117

A monthly community event that takes place every first Friday.

All signing levels welcome.

For more information, please contact:
shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov

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January

2

ASL Coffee Night
Office of Deaf Services, ADMH and Montgomery Chapter, AAD

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Starbucks: 2107 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery 36117

A monthly community event that takes place every first Friday.

All signing levels welcome.

For more information, please contact:
shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov

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February

6

ASL Coffee Night
Office of Deaf Services, ADMH and Montgomery Chapter, AAD

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Starbucks: 2107 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery 36117

A monthly community event that takes place every first Friday.

All signing levels welcome.

For more information, please contact:
shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov

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March

5

ASL Coffee Night
Office of Deaf Services, ADMH and Montgomery Chapter, AAD

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Starbucks: 2107 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery 36117

A monthly community event that takes place every first Friday.

All signing levels welcome.

For more information, please contact:
shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov

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April

3

ASL Coffee Night
Office of Deaf Services, ADMH and Montgomery Chapter, AAD

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Starbucks: 2107 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery 36117

A monthly community event that takes place every first Friday.

All signing levels welcome.

For more information, please contact:
shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov

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May

1

ASL Coffee Night
Office of Deaf Services, ADMH and Montgomery Chapter, AAD

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Starbucks: 2107 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery 36117

A monthly community event that takes place every first Friday.

All signing levels welcome.

For more information, please contact:
shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov

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June

5

ASL Coffee Night
Office of Deaf Services, ADMH and Montgomery Chapter, AAD

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Starbucks: 2107 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery 36117

A monthly community event that takes place every first Friday.

All signing levels welcome.

For more information, please contact:
shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov

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