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Executive Director Bev Haberle to visit White House for 25th Anniversary of Addiction Recovery Month

Bev Haberle was invited by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for a special event at the White House on September 17, 2014 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Under President Obama’s Administration, supporting persons in recovery from addiction has become a major component of the National Drug Control Strategy.

The event will take place at the White House from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on September 17, 2014 and will be live streamed on www.WhiteHouse.gov/Live; please encourage your friends, family members, and persons in recovery community to tune in.  During the event, you can tweet questions for panelists in recovery on stage. To submit your question for consideration on Twitter, tweet at @Botticelli44 using the hashtag #RecoveryatWH at any time prior to or during the event.

Heroin Use in Pennsylvania and New Jersey - The Radio Times Interview

The Council's Public Policy and Family Program Specialist Noni West was featured in a Radio Times interview with Marty Moss-Coane on July 7th about heroin use in Pennsylvania. CLICK HERE to listen to the full interview.

  

Bronze Key National Recognition Award presented to Honorable Donald Nasshorn

The NCADD Bronze Key is a national recognition award granted by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence for Affiliate presentation to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the field and the Affiliate. It is the highest local award presented by Affiliates.  The Award was presented to Honorable Donald Nasshorn on behalf of The Council for 27 years of Board participation, leadership, outstanding service and contributions to reducing the impact of addiction.

Honorable Donald Nasshorn was a Member of The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. Board of Directors for 27 years and served  as President for 16 years.  During this time, Don has led the Council through periods of growth in both geographic service areas but also expansion in scope of service.  His contributions have been wide and diverse.  As a champion of early intervention and recovery support services to those involved in the criminal justice system, Don has been a strong advocate at both a systems and personal one-on-one level.  He has chaired the building committee that led to the purchase of 3 buildings for Council programming.  He currently chairs a county-wide overdose prevention taskforce. 


PRO-ACT's Allen McQuarrie to Receive Vernon Johnson Award

Faces & Voices of Recovery is recognizing the outstanding contributions of Allen McQuarrie who serves The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., Board of Directors for PRO-ACT’s Public Policy Committee.

Allen has been in long-term recovery for 29 years and has been an actively involved, contributing and effective advocate, professional and volunteer in the Recovery Movement during all these years. He has been the chair of the Bucks County Chapter of PRO-ACT for 15 years. He has served the chapter in many capacities: mentor, trainer, and advocate. He has worked with prisoners, military veterans, and other volunteers.

In 2002, Allen chaired a meeting to plan PRO-ACT's first Recovery Walk, an event attended by 125 people in recovery tucked away in Valley Forge Park. Today the Recovery Walk is attended by 20,000 people in public view at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, making it the nation’s largest.

In the realm of public policy, Allen has had measurable success. He created a group to pursue state enforcement of Pennsylvania’s Act 106, which mandates insurance coverage for addiction treatment as prescribed by a medical professional. He served actively on the group, which took a lead role in getting the Insurance Department to put insurance companies on notice that the law would be enforced. The Attorney General’s office defended the department when the insurance companies sued, and the State Supreme Court upheld enforcement of the law.

When Act 106 became at risk of being weakened by the passage of the federal Parity bill, he worked with Skip Carroll and Congressman Joe Sestak to set up a hearing in Pennsylvania with then-Congressman Patrick Kennedy. When the Congressman heard Allen’s testimony, he amended the house bill and subsequently persuaded his father to do the same in the Senate.

Allen has led the public policy group in the 5-county Southeast Pennsylvania area for many years. In addition to working with legislators and mentoring others to do the same, he has established alliances with other groups to make the voice of recovery heard in the state.

This June at America Honors Recovery we will salute the extraordinary contributions of Allen and many other influential recovery community leaders to the growing Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement.

The Council's Sara Colvin featured in PBS39's Focus: Bucks County Drug Court

PBS39's Focus reporter Grover Silcox explains the inner workings of Bucks County Drug Court, an alternative for some people facing criminal drug charges and state prison sentences. The video features the story of our own Sara Colvin, Montgomery County Project Coordinator.