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County to Host Virtual Spring Mental Health Forum May 6

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 12, 2021

The public is invited to attend a virtual mental health forum, Confronting Barriers to Mental Health & Addiction Services, on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will focus on equity, isolation, and the digital divide and how they impact mental health, substance use, and services for children. Speakers will address how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted these issues, as well as discuss possible future directions for treatment and recovery services. The event will feature three presentations, followed by a question and answer period with the presenters.

Speakers are Dr. Alan Leshner, former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse; Elizabeth Guroff, director of Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health; and Donna Keating, Montgomery County Community Engagement and Digital Equity Programs.

The event is free, but registration is required. Participants will receive a link to join the Zoom event upon registration. Individuals who need special aids to attend this event, including sign language interpretation or translation assistance should email Diane Lininger at no later than Tuesday, April 20 to request accommodations.

For more information, contact Diane Lininger at

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Release ID: 21-226
Media Contact: Mary Anderson
Categories: COVID-19, Health