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September 29, 2023

York Hospital Celebrates Recovery Awareness Month With Community Partners

By kschuman

Dr. Christine Munroe, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Medical Director at the York Hospital Recovery Center; Kerry Norton, RN, Executive Director of Hope on Haven Hill; Sally Keck, LADC and Clinical Supervisor at the York Hospital Recovery Center; and Jessica Parker, Director of Development at Hope on Haven Hill.


Since 1989, National Recovery Month is observed every September to promote and support evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery possible.

The York Hospital Recovery Center recently partnered with local organizations to promote programs and services that support recovery in Seacoast-area communities. On Tuesday, September 19, the team presented a live webinar, “From the Power of Prevention to the Hope of Recovery,” with Dr. Christine Munroe, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Medical Director, Eric Haram, LADC and Recovery Center Director, and Sally Manninen, Director of Choose To Be Healthy. The community event was open to all and featured helpful updates and progress reports from partners in the fields of prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Guest speakers included clinician Lacey Bailey, CADC, BS, the OPTIONS liaison for York County, Maine. OPTIONS provides intensive outreach, co-response, harm-reduction, support, and connection to recovery resources for individuals with substance use disorders. Recovery Coach Susie McKenna shared information about peer-to-peer recovery resources, and all attendees were eligible to receive free Narcan® for overdose prevention.

On Thursday, September 21, representatives from York Hospital participated in an Opioid Community Roundtable at Hope on Haven Hill, a brand-new facility in Rochester, NH, for pregnant and parenting mothers. Executive Director Kerry Norton, RN, hosted the event, which is part of a series of ongoing, quarterly meetings comprised of community representatives from healthcare, law enforcement, emergency services, education, prevention coalitions, local government, social service agencies, and corporate and foundation partners. After sharing updates on the work being done in Southern Maine and New Hampshire to promote access to prevention, treatment, and recovery resources, the community partners toured the impressive facility for women in need of housing and healthcare.

Dr. Christine Munroe, Medication-Assisted Treatment Medical Director at the York Hospital Recovery Center, congratulated the team at Hope on Haven Hill and their vast community of supporters for their incredible work to provide women in recovery with the resources they need to live full and healthy lives and care for their children.

“As Kerry and her team at Hope on Haven Hill know first-hand, helping people achieve recovery can be difficult work. To witness the amazing network of wrap-around supportive services, hear stories of success, and feel the excitement from all involved is truly awe-inspiring. We look forward to partnering further to strengthen prevention, treatment, and recovery resources for those most in need across the communities we mutually serve,” said Dr. Munroe.

About York Hospital Recovery Center

York Hospital Recovery Center is the Seacoast area’s premier outpatient treatment program for patients with substance use disorders and for those affected by others’ use. If you need help, call (207) 351-2118.

About Choose To Be Healthy

Choose To Be Healthy is a Healthy Maine Partnership and Drug-Free Communities Coalition serving the southern York County towns of Berwick, Eliot, Kittery, North Berwick, Lebanon, Ogunquit, South Berwick, Wells, and York. For more information visit us at or contact Sally Manninen, Director, at (207) 351-2655 or

About Hope on Haven Hill

Hope on Haven Hill provides gender-responsive residential, outpatient and recovery support substance use disorder services for pregnant, post-partum, and parenting women in NH. The organization also provides recovery support housing for women and their children as well as case coordination for women seeking resources and support on their journey to access treatment and recovery support services. For more information contact or call (603) 841-5353.