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April 24 at 11:15 a.m. in the Common Room.

Alan J. Mathis, CEO of Liberation Programs, has transformed the agency into one of Connecticut’s leading nonprofits providing prevention, education and addiction treatment services.  Prior to joining Liberation Programs in 2006, Mr. Mathis led treatment programs at Mount Sinai Medical Center and served as CEO of the Lower Eastside Service Center providing housing, primary medical and behavioral health services in NYC. He holds a Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of NY at Stony Brook. As a Sloan Fellow, he studied public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Mathis is a frequent speaker in the community and has written for publications including the Norwalk Hour. He resides in Norwalk with his wife Melissa.

The purpose of the talk back is to begin a “deep water” discussion about what appears to be an insatiable need to turn to substances as a way to alleviate anxiety, isolation, grief and numerous other things that drive us to want to feel better about ourselves and our situation in life. What has happened is epidemic in scope and it is important for us to discuss openly and honestly how we might begin to cut another path for community response to what most Americans now see as threat to our families. Our goal is to create a space where we can freely exchange our thoughts and concerns and to learn the same from our neighbors. When we leave the meeting we shall feel that it was a success if have (1) surfaced new thoughts/ideas and evens concerns, (2)  emerged with the personal desire to continue the conversation in whatever forums we choose (your circle of families and friends, community organizations etc.) and (3) departed with a desire to more closely examine the role of  the church in finding solutions.

 

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