Massachusetts Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

          PO Box  741                                                                        Ware, MA 01082


                                                  May 2, 2001                   


MAADAC Announcements:

hMAADAC Website: http://www.-

hMAADAC Golf Fundraiser, July 23rd.  Shaun Kelly in charge!

hMAADAC President will be Russell Viveiros,  July 1st

hMAADAC  Legislative Chair will be Tom Delaney, July 1st



hNAADAC  enlists  MA’s John Avery, as Government Relation Director. Great News!

hNAADAC  Conference 2000----Portland, Oregon, May 23rd- 26th- Don’t miss it! 

hNAADAC  Conference 2001----Boston, MA  RVP Mary Woods & Jim Gorske  chair!


Career Posting:

Brandon Treatment Center, Natick, MA
Full-time and Part-time Child and Youth Care Worker positions are available to work with children and adolescents in  seven residences located within Metro-West 
Benefits, Bonus Referral Program and Education Reimbursement.  Program available.
Please contact: Marilyn Feldman, – email, (781) 266-2112 x1027.

National Legislative Proposals:

 Fairness In Treatment Act filed by Senators Wellstone, Daschle, Rep Ramstad!

Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) and Congressman Jim Ramstad, (R-MN) were joined by Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and a bipartisan group of members in both chambers, to take important first steps to introduce  legislation that would offer addiction treatment benefits in the same manner as all other medical and surgical conditions currently covered under private health plans. (Join Together Direct- March 25, 2001)


Local News

 CORI Public Health Council  Deliberation has not been Rescheduled Yet

The postponed  Public Health Council deliberation has not yet been rescheduled. The CORI outcome lies with Executive Office of Health and Human Services. 


LADC Hearing Process Not Scheduled Yet

The Licensure for Alcohol and Drug Counselor  regulation process calls for a Department of Public Health Council Hearing review.  Pending outcome, two regional public hearings are scheduled.


MA Legislation Proposals:

H2191   An Act Authorizing Certain Licensed Alcohol and Drug  Counselors  To 

             Receive Certain Insurance Payments,  Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald  and others


Insurance Committee Hearing held April 11th on H2191

Please know that all legislative proposals, (bills), must go through a State House committee hearing process. This bill went before The Insurance Committee.

Testimony was given. Now….it needs a favorable report before it can go to either the

House or Senate Ways and Means Committee.


Please Help: Ask your elected rep or senator for H2191 support and make it known to

Insurance Committee Chairs, Sen. Therese Murray and Rep. Ronald Mariano.

Send letters to The State House, Boston, MA 02133. Call legislators, 617-722-2000.



      S763/H2544   An Act to Provide Equitable Coverage for Substance Abuse,

also, went before the Insurance Committee.  It requires the same support as above.

Info: David Matteodo, MA Association of Behavioral Health Systems, 617-855-3520.


     House Rejects BSAS Line Item Increase- Your Advocacy Needed for Senate

Amendment to increase Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Line item 4512-0200- by $3 million for 3 family treatment residences with childcare, expand transitional support services and expand residential or recovery home services  was rejected. Next step is the Senate. Your calls to your senator are important.  If passed,  the move goes to Conference Committee between the House and Senate, which means the legislators agree to a compromise. Effort developed by SA Budget Coalition. Call: MHSACM, 508-647-8385.

Other Legislation

      H3948, Expansion of Scope of Commonwealth’s Drug Treatment Program funded by

 fines and forfeitures relative to Drug Offenses,(Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald).  Expands drug treatment diversion  under the 1981 Drug Dependent Persons Act.  Judiciary Committee Hearing  May 10th, Room 136, The State House. Chairs are  Representative David Donnelly and Senator Robert Creedon. Please call:  Rob Stewart, 617-330-8777.

       S611   A Health Protection Fund- (Senator Marian Walsh) taxes alcohol, funds treatment- Taxation Committee Hearing, May 22nd, 10 AM, Gardner Auditorium.

Senator Walsh is Chair, as is Representative Paul Casey.

   Removal of TANF and Food Stamp Disqualification for Persons with Drug

        Felony Info: Call MA Law Reform Institute: 617-357-0700


MAADAC  News Report  is now becoming statewide. Your interests are important! Please call Linda Mullis (W MA) 413 –536-8200, Tom Crowley (Central) – 508-531-7552 or Jim Gorske 508-752-7313, Russ Viveiros  (Northeast)  978-458-4544 ,

Joe Kelleher (East) 617-332-8118. What are your needs, concerns,  and views?                           


All  are invited to participate in MOAR   Recovery Month Planning meetings---

Begin  Wednesday, June 6th, 3:30 PM, Atrium II, Faulkner Hospital


    Sincerely Yours- Maryanne Frangules- 617-298-1262