Cherylyn Marcy and Patricia Day pictured with The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy at a panel discussion on How the Parity Law will Transform Substance Abuse Care.
On June 3, 2014, members of Hope for Addiction were invited to a panel discussion on How the Parity Law will Transform Substance Abuse Care. The event was held on the University of Pennsylvania campus and was hosted by the Treatment Research Institute. Panelists were The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., Commissioner of Philadelphia's Dept of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Carol McDaid, Prinicipal at Capitol Decisions, and Paul Samuels, Director/President of the Legal Action Center. Topics discussed included the contents of the parity law, when and how it will be implemented, what changes consumers should expect to see in their insurance coverage, and what consumers can do if they feel their insurance company is not in compliance with the parity law. For more information, please visit the Parity Implementation Coalition website at www.parityispersonal.org.
HFA and the Treatment Research Institute Collaborate on a Parent Support Group Finder
Hope for Addiction is very pleased to announce our collaboration with the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) of Philadelphia to develop a Parent Support Group Finder. Research has clearly shown that addiction is a chronic illness and that there is a distinct 'at risk period' for the development of a substance abuse problem. Over 90% of diagnosable addiction is active before the age of 22 years. Nearly two-thirds of all families are affected by addiction in some way. Despite these staggering numbers, parents of children struggling with substance-related problems often feel completely alone. Supportive and educational resources are woefully inadequate, contributing to the sense of isolation and stigmatization that families often experience.
Unlike other chronic illnesses beginning in childhood, parents of substance abusing teens do not have easy access to a network of support in their communities. Hope for Addiction and TRI are working together to develop a tool to collect and provide information about support groups for families struggling with substance abuse. We believe that this resource is critical to increasing community among families affected by addiction, and to reducing some of the stigma associated with it. Our goal is to fully develop an online Parent Support Group Finder for the greater Philadelphia area within one year, and to create the data infrastructure to make the tool nationally scaled within 18 months.
The tragic loss of our children united us to spread awareness and education of drug addiction affecting our youth.We invite you to join us in our efforts so that all children can live to realize their hopes and dreams.
- Patricia Day and Cherylyn Marcy, Hope for Addiction Co-Founders
We are a foundation built through a grass roots effort to unite parents and family members whose children fought and lost their battle to the disease of addiction.
Our mission is to broaden the education and awareness of this disease and its profound and long term effect on our children.
Our goal is to fund scientific research studies of addiction that will allow us to expand our knowledge of addiction and discover a cure.
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