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Please join us on August 14th from 5 pm to 7:30 pm for the next program in the 99 Faces Project series. This program is entitled:Meeting Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges with a Strong Community Mental Health System. This is the fourth event in a series of programs inspired by The 99 Faces Project: Portraits Without Labels, currently on display at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The program will take place at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s main campus in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Exhibit viewing will begin at 5 pm. “99 Faces Project” artist, Lynda Michaud Cutrell, will be on hand to discuss the exhibit and will be available for tours from 5 pm to 5:25 pm. The program will take place in Auditorium H  across from the exhibit and will begin at promptly at 5:30 pm. Opening remarks will be made by John Broderick, Senior Director of External Affairs for Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers of the NH Department of Health & Human Services will be a featured speaker along with panelists from the NH Community Behavioral Health Association and NAMI NH. The panel will explore how community mental health providers are working to meet the needs of NH families. In addition to Commissioner Meyers the panelists are:

  • Peter Evers, President of NH Community Behavioral Health Association
  • Diane Roston, Clinical Medical Director of West Central Behavioral Health
  • Susan Stearns, Deputy Director of NAMI-NH
  • Angela Montano, Client, staff and board of directors of West Central Behavioral Health
  • Rob Aitcheson, peer support specialist, former client, and development associate at Lakes Region Mental Health Center in Laconia

The panel will be moderated by Will Torrey, MD, Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

New Hampshire’s 10 nonprofit Community Mental Health Centers provide care for more than 10,000 children, adults and families across the state. Making sure this system is strong and that it provides access to care, are key goals of the state’s new 10-Year Mental Health Plan.

This discussion will explore the critical role that Community Mental Health providers play, along with state and community partners, in addressing the state’s mental health and substance use challenges. West Central Behavioral Health is the community mental health provider for individuals in the Upper Valley and Sullivan County region. West Central is an affiliate of the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine/Dartmouth-Hitchcock and works to develop and implement advances in behavioral health care. West Central Behavioral Health also partners with NAMI New Hampshire to help clients and families find mutual support and play an active role in shaping informed mental health policies.

Light refreshments will be served.  There is no cost to attend. To register for this extraordinary event go to go.d-h.org/99faces.  Space is limited, so register today!