Free educational program is Sept. 27

Staff report

September 10, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — September is Recovery Month — a national observance that raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

To promote local awareness, Eastpointe LME/MCO will sponsor a free educational session on Friday, Sept. 27, from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Bladen County Cooperative Extention Office located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. The program will be, “Principles of Recovery: The Experience of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery.”

Eastpointe conducts free monthly community education sessions in Bladen County, sponsoring programs designed to increase the education and awareness of the community on a variety of topics related to behavioral healthcare. Nicole Wilson is the Eastpointe community relations specialist dedicated to working with citizens and community partners in Bladen County.

The topic for Sept. 27, “Principles of Recovery: The Experience of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery,” will be presented by Marc Jacques, executive director of the North Carolina Mental Health Consumers’ Organization. Jacques is also the vice-chair of the State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee, and was the 2012 recipient of the Ken Steele Award for Advocacy, a national award presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

“The story of Mr. Jacques’ journey to recovery is powerful, and his message of hope is inspirational. I strongly encourage anyone interested in learning more about recovery to attend,” said Wilson.

The session is free and open to the general public, but registration is recommended to ensure adequate materials are available. Those wishing to attend should register by contacting Wilson at or 1-800-913-6109.

Eastpointe is a Local Managed Care Organization that manages, coordinates, and monitors the mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use/addiction services in 12 counties of North Carolina. Eastpointe works together with individuals, families, providers, and communities to manage and continually improve our behavioral healthcare system to ensure accessibility, accountability, and empowerment of people to achieve valued outcomes.

To learn more, visit the Eastpointe website at To access services, contact the Eastpointe toll-free call center at 1-800-913-6109.