The Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State, Inc. (ASAP) hosted their 2019 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers Conference this past Sunday – Wednesday in Niagara Falls.
The Conference included a robust program of keynotes and presentations, including twenty-four professional workshops, designed to educate anyone interested in advancing recovery efforts in New York.
Attendees included a mix of individuals in recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs, family members, program administrators and directors, clinical staff, and other addiction recovery professionals from local, state and federal organizations.
Joining me for the event were Deputy Director of Inpatient Services, Tammy Landerway; Director of Community Services, Robin Gay; Chief Talent Officer, Katie Kirkpatrick; Consulting Psychologist, Pat O’Gorman; Deputy Director of Community Services, Brandon Titus; Rose Hill Program Director, Tina Buckley; Admissions Supervisor, Penny Schmidt; Clinical Services Director, Zac Randolph; and Family Counselor, Heidi Czerepak.
Among the many highlights of the Conference was my surprise in being honored with receiving the Charlie Devlin Award for advocacy in the field of addiction treatment. Charlie was an early pioneer in the recovery movement who amassed more than 45 years of experience in substance abuse treatment.
The citation reads:
“Awarded in honor of a career of servitude extolling values and principles that make for a superb role model as a community leader. Demonstrating admirable and unwavering engagement as an agent of change with a desire to help individuals, families and communities; Bob brings a vision of equity to all those suffering from the impact of substance use. Bob’s tireless imagination and efforts continue to shape the Behaviorial Health Field into a united force focused on preserving life, finding our true selves, and leading us to a purpose-filled world to smile in. So often taking up the causes of the underserved in our society, his 50 years of service is the truest definition of what it means to be a Servant Leader.”
– Bob Ross