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CRC Health Group Joins Hero Health Hire to Promote Employment of America's Wounded Warriors and Veterans

CUPERTINO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/17/12 -- CRC Health Group today announced that it has joined Hero Health Hire, a coalition of companies and other entities in the health care industry that are united with the goal of employing wounded warriors and veterans. Launched in Washington, D.C. at a 2011 industry summit that included the U.S. Secretary of Labor, members of Congress, and representatives of a number of government agencies and the military, Hero Health Hire includes companies, associations and hospitals from across the spectrum of health care that collectively employ hundreds of thousands of employees. Each has committed to working to help veterans find and retain jobs in health care.

"It is our privilege and our duty to join this coalition of health care partner organizations, to support our wounded warriors and veteran patriots with employment options within CRC Health Group," said Andy Eckert, CEO of CRC. "We pride ourselves in providing the best quality care to those who are willing to fight for our freedom daily. Our treatment experts do everything possible to ensure our servicemen and women lead ongoing productive lives."

CRC Health Group has TRICARE-certified treatment programs in North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Texas that treat members of the U.S. armed forces and their beneficiaries. Since 1993 these facilities have served over 7,000 beneficiaries.

Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey (Ret), the former National Drug Policy Director and a CRC Health Group senior advisor and board member, stated: "I am proud that CRC, with whom I've worked since I left the White House, has a high priority to help veterans recover from mental health, substance abuse, and PTSD issues, and to hire veterans for positions on the CRC team. There is no more important group in America than our service men and women and veterans, and CRC strongly recognizes this."

This announcement falls on the heels of a recent national conference, "Freedom and Recovery: Integrated Mental Health and Addiction Treatment for Service Members," at which Eckert and General McCaffrey were featured speakers. In a media interview, Eckert acknowledged the benefits of employing veterans on the treatment staff, saying it makes them more relevant to the numerous active duty, veteran and TRICARE beneficiary populations which CRC treats. CRC Health Group actively seeks employees with military experience, posting jobs with employment groups at military installations and with military community partners.

According to Hero Health Hire, each month, tens of thousands of Wounded Warriors, men and women in the military who have been injured or become ill during service, transition out of the military, only to struggle in the civilian workforce. For many, they may be interviewing for a job or writing a resume for the first time, unsure of how military skills and experiences might translate or what accommodations may be needed for transition to a civilian workplace.

The health care industry is considered this nation's fastest growing industry; current estimates are that 30 million people work in this field. These jobs require skilled individuals to help meet multi-generational health care needs. This industry is therefore uniquely positioned to understand and support the unique needs of this nation's veterans and the wounded warriors who return home to face physical and mental health challenges.

Hero Health Hire unites the health care industry with government agencies and the military to understand and eliminate the barriers to employment facing wounded warriors, as well as developing ways to the support them in their transition. Since its inception, Hero Health Hire has recruited additional industry partners representing more than a half million employees with worksites in every U.S. state.

CRC Health Group also just announced that its National Military Programs Liaison, Nancy Evanko, has joined the advisory board for Hero Health Hire, further expanding the synergy between these two entities.

About Hero Health Hire:

Hero Health Hire is a coalition of 30 health care industry leaders employing more than 500,000 Americans in all 50 states and who share the common goal of helping wounded warriors gain employment within health care organizations that are well-suited to their skills and will offer them opportunities for professional, financial and personal stability. For more information, visit www.HeroHealthHire.com

About CRC Health Group:

CRC Health Group is the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC has been helping individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit www.crchealth.com or call (877) 637-6237.

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