Understanding the Link Between Mental Health and Substance Misuse/Addiction
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About the Speaker Event
Stephanie Marquesano’s 19 year-old son Harris died by accidental overdose in 2013. Stephanie founded the harris project to advance prevention programming and advocate for the implementation of integrated treatment opportunities to improve the lives of teens and young adults diagnosed with co-occurring disorders (the combination of one or more mental health challenges and substance misuse/addiction).
Stephanie is a board member of the NYS Regional Planning Consortium, co-chairs the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health committee on Co-occurring Systems of Care, and serves on many Westchester and regional committees bringing her perspective to this critical topic. She also speaks about COD to audiences ranging from high school students to health care professionals. CODA (Co-Occurring Disorders Awareness) is the harris project’s innovative peer-driven prevention program empowering youth to become positive decision-makers, seek early intervention, and support friends/peers.
Stephanie will speak about COD - what they are and their impact on more than 10.2 million people. She will discuss potential paths to substance misuse/addiction and what can be done to prevent it, in an effort to turn the tide and change outcomes.