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DR. ROBERT ZUCKER RECEIVES NACOA’S MARGARET CORK AWARD
NACoA President and CEO Sis Wenger presented the annual award to the former Supreme Court Chief Justice at the opening plenary session on Monday, October 10th during the annual conference of NAADAC – The Association of Addiction Professionals, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. The Ackerman/Black Award was established to honor two leading early pioneers – Robert Ackerman and Claudia Black – in the fields of addiction and family impact.
CELEBRATING FAMILIES!™ AT THE NADCP ADVANCING JUSTICE CONFERENCE
At the annual NADCP Training Conference, NACoA CEO, Sis Wenger, presented “Celebrating Families!™: A Trauma Informed, Evidence-Based Program to Reunify and Heal Families,” while Mary Beth Collins, NACoA Director of Programs, manned the conference booth and shared information with conference attendees about the importance of NACoA’s Celebrating Families!™ program.
SUMMER CAMP HIGHLIGHTS FOR COASE
Many NACoA affiliates are among those offering wonderful summer camp opportunities for children and teens, and NACoA has created a list of 2017 Camp Opportunities for parents, educators, and guardians to easily find fun-filled camps in their area. NACoA welcomes information on camps / summer programs for children or teens dealing with parental addiction. If you have recommendations for our list, contact us.
SIS WENGER, JERRY MOE, AND BRIAN MAUS FEATURED IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE
A recent Chicago Tribune article, How to Talk to Children About Addiction, featured insights from industry thought leaders — including NACoA CEO Sis Wenger, previous board member, William Moyers, and NACoA affiliates, Jerry Moe, of Betty Ford Children’s Programs, and Brian Maus of Camp Mariposa — on how to address the difficult topic of addiction with children and teens.
NACOA HOSTS 2017 FAITH COMMUNITY WEBINAR SERIES
This series educates multi-denominational clergy and faith community leaders who desire to learn more about the impact of addiction on an individual and the family and their role in supporting them. If you missed this year’s two-part webinar series, which focused on the impact of the current opioid/heroin epidemic, you can learn more and view the recordings:
Faith Communities Respond
Presenter: Rev. Jack Abel, Senior Director of Spiritual Care Caron Treatment Centers
Children of the Opioid Epidemic
Presenter: National Director of Children’s Programs, Betty Ford Center
Click here for recording and related material.
Webinar #2: Creating Caring Communities:
How Faith-Based Communities Can Engage Individuals and Families Dealing with Opioid Addiction
Presenter: Dr. J. Deanna Wilson, Adolescent Medicine Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Click here for recording and related material.
NACoA appreciates the support from Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which made the series possible, and our partners who co-sponsored this important webinar series: American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).
NACOA BOARD MEMBER, THE HONORABLE ARTHUR L. BURNETT, SR., SELECTED AS TOP JUDGE OF THE YEAR
NACoA Board Member, the Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., was selected as Top Judge of the Year for 2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). Read more about his award and impressive work here.
NACOA SUPPORTS CLERGY TRAINING IN KENTUCKY
On May 9, 2017, NACoA took part in an training for clergy and other congregational leaders in Grayson, KY to receive the latest information, resources and strategies on how to educate and give hope to individuals and families suffering from the impact of addiction. This seminar was presented by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and The Clergy Education and Training Project® of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), with its partners the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).Learn more about what was discussed at the event here.
SIS WENGER PART OF CARA FAMILY DAY PANEL
Two congressional staff briefings were held the morning of CARA Family Day. These two panel discussions – Creating Recovery-Ready Communities and Expanding Support for Families Impacted by Addiction – detailed a broad spectrum of key issues demanding critical funding for increased services. CEO Sis Wenger was one of the ten panelists, along with representation from Faces and Voices, Young People in Recovery, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Shatterproof, The Moyer Foundation, and parent advocacy organizations and foundations. Wenger emphasized the importance of family recovery and prevention services for children. View the recordings here.
NACOA CO-FOUNDER RECEIVES 2017 PILLAR OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
Addiction Policy Forum recognizes individuals for their inspiring work in the six pillars of the comprehensive response to addiction: prevention, treatment, recovery, overdose reversal, law enforcement, and criminal justice reform. NACoA Co-Founder Ellen Morehouse (Student Assistance Services) received the 2017 Pillar of Excellence Award at the #CARA Reception held in the evening of CARA Family Day. The award recognizes outstanding work in each pillar area. Additionally, five Legislators of the Year and Five Advocates of the Year were also recognized at the event. Read more here.
DRUG TAKEBACK DAY
On April 29, 2017, NACoA took part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. This provided a great opportunity to offer information on disposing of unneeded medicines in a safe and earth-friendly manner. Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. For more information contact your local police department. The FDA website has more information about medicine disposal practices.
CELEBRATING FAMILIES!TM NAMED AS 2017 ADDICTION POLICY FORUM INNOVATIVE PROGRAM
The Addiction Policy Forum features innovative programs as part of the “Focus on Innovation” initiative. Programs selected contribute to the comprehensive strategy to address addiction. Programs were nominated by key stakeholders, community member and/or experts in the fields of addiction, and selected by the Addiction Policy Forum Advisory Board. Read the Innovation Spotlight here.
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