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Governor Carney Signs Bills Creating Behavioral Health Consortium and Addiction Action Committee

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - On Wednesday, Governor John Carney signed two bills that create a Behavioral Health Consortium and an Addiction Action Committee in Delaware. Both groups will be comprised of elected officials, health professionals and members of the community who have experienced addiction or behavioral health issues firsthand. Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long says the consortium was modeled after the state's consortium aimed at fighting cancer.

"What we want to do is lay out a real clear plan that looks at where services are, where insurance isn't working, not only where there are gaps but perhaps duplications," she says. "We want to start looking at prevention, we want to look at treatment, and interdiction."

In his remarks, Governor Carney said having a coordinated effort can create real change.

"One of the things that's special about our state is that we are small," he says. "If there's ever a place where you can come up with a comprehensive, coordinated approach to a problem and actually move the needle and make a difference, it's here in our wonderful state of Delaware." 

The importance of these efforts were underscored at the signing as it was remarked in Delaware more people die from drug overdoses than motor vehicle injuries and one in five adults suffer from a mental illness in any given year. Stacy Robinson, with the Sussex County Chapter of Attack Addiction, says her group will help the consortium and committee in any way they can.

"My hope is these two bills continue to elevate Delaware as we educate, prevent and treat our communities struggling with substance abuse issues," she says. "That 308 lives in Delaware [the number of people who died from opioid abuse last year] were not lost in vain." 

The state asks individuals who are suffering from addiction to visit or call DHSS’ 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 800-345-6785.


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