rightpart_imgThe Behavioral Health Leadership Institute (BHLI) will hold its inaugural fundraising evening event on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the American Brewery Museum on 1701 North Gay Street in Baltimore. The event will include cabaret, story-telling, food and wine.

BHLI is committed to improving health care for vulnerable populations with a specific focus on mental health and substance use disorders. Its current programs include Suboxone-based treatment of opiate addictions at Dee’s Place www.hebcac.org/programs/dees_place and Recovery in Community (RIC).

Funds raised will be used for capacity building so that BHLI can continue its work. BHLI is in the midst of planning several new programs to fill gaps and improve services. Funds from this event will result in projects that will directly improve the lives of people in our community.

This is an opportunity to meet the people who work in the community as well as community members who are using the services. For example, BHLI is working with a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to develop a story-telling project at a community-based recovery center. Members recovering from substance use disorders including heroin and other opiates are writing their life stories in a poetry format. At the fundraiser, several of these members will share their poems.

Additionally, anyone interested in a tour of the community services, in meeting the people BHLI works with in the community and learning more about the issues can contact Deborah Agus, executive director at: deborahagus.bhli@gmail.com.

For additional information and tickets or to make a donation visit: http://www.bhli.org/fundraiser2015_new.shtml

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