Delaware County Council, joined by members of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and the Delaware County Criminal Justice Advisory Board recognized Neumann University during the Jan. 23 public council meeting.
A resolution was presented to Neumann University President, Dr. Chris Everett Domes and Neumann University General Counsel Danielle McNichol for the University’s role in hosting an annual summit focused on the opioid epidemic and mental health issues. In an effort to address this epidemic, the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and the Delaware County Criminal Justice Advisory Board held an annual summit, titled “Building Bridges…Creating Hope: A Cross Systems Approach,” on October 5, 2018, at Neumann University.
The morning’s Keynote Speaker, David Schiller, provided perspective based on his 30 years of service with the DEA. The afternoon’s Keynote Speaker, Edna McCutcheon, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Norristown State Hospital provided insight on the connection between drug abuse and mental health. The summit also featured a broad range of panelists who discussed various aspects of addiction, recovery, and mental illness.
“Council commends Neumann University and recognizes the dedication of its leaders and staff for their efforts to ensure the summit was well attended and a success,” said Councilman Kevin Madden. “Neumann University is an institution that not only provides excellence in education but serves our community through its Franciscan tradition which emphasizes social responsibility. Council looks forward to continuing to work with Neumann University to address important public safety issues such as the opioid and heroin epidemic.”
Information on resources provided by the Delaware County Heroin Task Force can be found here: www.delcopa.gov/heroin
Information on resources provided by Delaware County’s Office of Behavioral Health can be found here: www.delcohsa.org/behavioralhealth.html