Heyburn resident recognized for bringing hope to people pursuing recovery

From Left to Right: Mary Christy, Betty Roberts, Scott Rasmussen. Mary Christy is a Professor of Addiction Studies at the College of Southern Idaho and currently serves as Secretary for the South Central Regional Behavioral Health Board. Scott Rasmussen is the Region 5 Program Manager with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Behavioral Health and is a member of the South Central Regional Behavioral Health Board Executive Committee.

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recently recognized Ms. Betty Roberts, a Heyburn resident, as the “Region 5 Advocate for Recovery.”

Scott Rasmussen, Region V Program Manager with IDHW, presented the award at the monthly meeting of the South Central Regional Behavioral Health Board. Rasmussen noted that, “Ms. Roberts is well-known within the recovery community. This award recognizes her passionate service to that community.”

The South Central Behavioral Health Board, nominated Roberts. On the nomination form, Mary Christy, a member of the Behavioral Health Board, wrote, “One of my favorite memories of Betty is when I would have those moments in life where I just thought I was not going to get through a life challenge without totally losing it. Betty would listen… She would smile; nod her head and say, “it’s going to be alright.” …I learned from her that you can survive things if you just stay the course, no matter how many times you feel that things are hopeless.”

In the award letter, Ross Edmunds, Administrator for the DHW Division of Behavioral Health stated that, “Idaho is fortunate to have an advocate such as you to bring hope, resiliency, and recovery.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) defines recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” Having support from “peers and allies” is one of the 12 Guiding Principles of Recovery.

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