Commonwealth of Massachusetts
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Mental disorders and substance abuse disorders are serious health problems affecting thousands of individuals and their families throughout the Commonwealth and nation; and
Whereas Addictions and mental disorders are chronic but treatable diseases and recovery is possible through effective treatment and recovery programs and support groups; and
Whereas It is also important that programs and services are available for their children and families, providing support in this most difficult time; and
Whereas It is crucial that all Bay State residents recognize the importance of treatment programs and their efforts to aid individuals suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental disorders and the vital role of the recovering person in our communities,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 2011 to be,
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fourth day of August, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts