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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: July 26, 2013


WHAT: Delaware Department of Health and Social Services' Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health's 42nd annual Summer Institute The Summer Institute, an annual weeklong conference in late July, draws renowned faculty from across the country and around the world to present on new evidence-based treatment approaches and merging best practices in behavioral health. Participants engage with professional colleagues and others interested in learning new techniques and honing the skills they use every day. The theme of this year's institute is "Addressing Trauma Across the Lifespan."

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn will be honored at the opening session at 9 a.m. Monday, July 29, with the Robert J. Berndt Humanitarian Award in recognition of his outstanding support and contributions to the field of substance abuse and mental health. The award is chosen by the Governor's Advisory Council to the Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. James Lafferty, Chair of the Governor's Advisory Council, and Rita Landgraf, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, will present the award.

The recipients of the Dorothy Caille Open Door Award and five DSAMH awards, which have not been announced in advance, will go to individuals who have provided community partnership, leadership and innovation in service to Delaware in the area of behavioral health.

Terri Pease, Ph.D., an educator, clinician and consultant with the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health, will present the keynote address on trauma-informed care, "Addressing Trauma Across the Lifespan."

WHEN: Monday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 2. Sessions are from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. (On-site registration is not available for daytime workshops.) Additional evening workshops are from 6-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Free evening workshops, open to the public, are from 7-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
WHERE: Embassy Suites 654 S. College Ave., Newark PROGRAM: The full Summer Institute program and schedule are available on the Division of Substance and Mental Health website:

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.