MAADAC   Region IV/VI  News

            Massachusetts Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors,Inc.

                36 Pleasant Hill Avenue                     Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126

                                                               

                                                      November 4, 2000

 

MAADAC  Headlines

 

MAADAC  Holiday Breakfast-Save The Date- December 21st, The Radisson Milford!

Focus- Status of the LADC- License for Alcohol and Drug Counselors. We will hear from Deborah Klein Walker, Associate  DPH Commissioner of Programs and Prevention, Acting Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Director, and Arthur Friedman, DPH

Contractor for the Regulation Writing. Mary Ann Hart, our lobbyist, NAADAC Northeast VP  Mary Woods and other friends. Plus- Awards, Benefit Drawing,

3.5 certification credits, and fun!  All this for $30. Join MAADAC and NAADAC-

take $10 off the Breakfast –and you have a deal!  You are wanted to make it special.

 

NAADAC, ATTC, NIDA, NIAAA, New England Research to Practice Symposium

November 2-4, Radisson Hotel, Merrimack New Hampshire was excellent!  One learning

experience - DSM IV has been replaced.  ---and withdrawal is no longer a sign of  drug dependence.  Great opportunity for – as they say- networking.  NAADAC Northeast

members met –all of Northeast has passed licensure except for New York.

New York has plans to begin the process. Each state’s activities were reviewed.

 

License News

The Department of  Public Health License Advisory Committee met November 16th.

Competencies, testing processes, criteria were reviewed, as written in the draft.

Many suggestions were given for revision. Grandparenting was not discussed.

However, DPH has asked for suggested grandparenting criteria to be rewritten in the legislation. The process has been very open. If you have suggestions- please call me at  617-298-1262. Your suggestions are important. Please come to the December 6th  MAADAC Region IV-VI meeting and/or The Holiday Breakfast-

as licensure will be the main topic.

 

Criminal Offender Report Information – CORI- Update

On November 8th,  court proceedings regarding the legality and constitutionality of  the 1996 instituted version of The CORI process.  First- remember that the CORI  (criminal history) checking process is the state’s way of attempting to prevent persons with certain criminal histories from working where harm might be done to the public. That, of course, is very important. However, an issue of concern, is that persons, who committed crimes, while under the influence- and have made restitution and are now in recovery- often make for good human service professionals, especially alcohol and drug counselors. On November 8th, it was decreed that since the CORI process barring employment was never written into certain contracts, a short window of opportunity exists for recovering persons with felony histories to be hired pending employer option. Emergency regulations may have to be instituted.  The pending regulation will most likely be subject to public hearings. Again - the CORI process- is meant to provide public safety. However- it would seem that process should allow for fair assessment criteria, and implementation of waiver options.  Massachusetts Law Reform Institute will be addressing all related issues- inclusive of interpretation and implementation. Stay posted!

 

 

Question 8- Drug Forfeiture Money for Drug Treatment Funds-Lost Ballot Election

 Rob Stewart, Question 8’s Campaign Manager, did a presentation for MAADAC Region IV/VI attendees-Greg Arsenault, Amos Marshall, Joe Kelleher, Tom Delaney, Ray Hoitt,

Tracey Williams,  Sue DeColaines, and Maryanne Frangules. He highlighted that Question 8 would institute the framework for confiscated money to be placed into drug treatment funds, and included alternative sentencing options.   Unfortunately, Question 8 did not pass. The margin was slim, but it failed.  MAADAC is a member of The Coalition of  Fair Treatment  which supported the ballot question.  Rob envisions that coalition will    stay alive for related legislative initiatives. More action!

  

    

November 7th  Presidential Election- a Lesson in your Vote Counts!

The slim marginal contest in the United States Presidential Election is a strong lesson in the need to vote, to know your candidate, and your ballot system.

 

 

NAADAC Sponsored Public Policy Conference Comes This February!

 The Public Policy Conference, Washington DC, is a wonderful opportunity for counselors, administrators, recovering persons, family, and friends to be informed and inform legislators and peers about legislation/policies which need to enhance the positive contributions of addiction recovery to society.

 

 

 Next MAADAC Region IV/VI Meeting – LADC Update- December 6th!

Please review, offer suggestions for the current draft status presented by

Arthur Friedman, DPH Consultant, - 4:30 PM, Doherty Room, Faulkner Hospital,

Jamaica Plain. You will be validated with a one hour credit, cookies, beverages,

discounted parking , courtesy of  Faulkner’s Addiction Recovery Program.

Please do not miss this opportunity.

 

 

                                                                                          Sincerely,

                                                            Maryanne Frangules-MAADAC President

                                                                                   617-298-1262

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAADAC Northeast Addictions Research Conference, 11/1 to11/3-Nashua, NH

 

MAADAC Thanks Brandon Residential Treatment Center, for contributing total postage costs for this month’s mailing----through Marilyn Feldman’s initiative.

                  Please review the Brandon Treatment Center Career Opportunities!

 

         

 

                                                              NAADAC

                    National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

                               24th Annual Conference on Addiction Treatment

                           Denver Marriott Tech Center  ~  June 28-July 1, 2000

 

The Highlights !

Awards-

Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year-Dr. Michael C. Watson (SC)

Laura Roe Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor of The Year-George P. Joseph (TX)

Bill Callahan Award-Joseph A. Giannatonio II (CA)

Special Award for Explanatory Journalism-Eric Newhouse (Great Falls MT Trihune)

NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals-

is going to be the official name for our association.  The victory was a landslide- something like 2500 in favor, 300 opposed.  There are close to 17,000 members in NAADAC----so if you were opposed, and did not vote---a lesson learned.

Keynote Presentation:

“Substance Abuse Treatment Dot.COM: New Approaches in a New Era” ,

ala Simon Budman,Ph.D,  Innovative Technologies, Newton, MA. 

This presentation emphasized the role of computer science in addiction counseling. Yes—improved ways to do research, utilization review-----but how about an Internet  

Robot that does intakes and does the compilation of all data.  Yes,  thought provoking!

What’s New:

     President Mark Gallagher moves on to Immediate Past President. He has served us very well.  Bill Burnett from New Mexico is our new president.

    Bill McColl, is  now NAADAC’s Executive Director. Bill has been a great Government Relations Director.  Cathy Hilliou is the new Affiliate Relations Manager!   

    John Avery, Political Action Committee Chair, ( and MAADAC Member) hosted a successful PAC Breakfast-collecting necessary funding for congresspersons campaigns, who strongly support alcohol and drug services. We need to support them.

   NAADAC Northeast Vice President Mary Woods (New Hampshire) will continue in her position for the next two years.  Mary is a true leader and knows we will make the November NAADAC Northeast Conference great!  

Thank You:

    It was an honor to represent MAADAC—and feel energized by the coast to coast networking of addiction professionals. This experience made me want to encourage all addiction professionals to become involved on the national and state levels-build membership- from regional representation to national leadership. NAADAC membership is an opportunity to build a voice professionally and politically. MAADAC attendees:

John Avery, Laini Sporbert, Dan Heenan, Simon Budman, Emil Chiauzzi, and MAADAC Conference Scholarship winner-Phil Rugo encourage you to come to Portland, Oregon next year!.  Guess what – NAADAC 2002 is in Boston! Wow!

                                                                                             

                                                                                             Sincerely Yours,

                                                                         Maryanne Frangules,, MAADAC President