2021 Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit
Advocacy and Policy Reform for the Black Community

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Thursday, February 25, 2021

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The depth to which drug law policies have destroyed communities has been greatly under reported. Trainings should facilitate conversations that challenge us and increase our level of understanding of the cultural inequities caused by enduring structural systems. At this point in history, treatment providers should increase their cultural awareness, understand bias roadblocks, and move towards greater treatment inclusivity. This presentation will review the history of drug law policies and the intended negative results of mass incarceration. It will then cover how to build better systems of treatment from arrest to release, and move forward in the creation of fair outcomes for incarcerated individuals and returning citizens.


Bakahia Madison, PsyD, LCPC, CADC, has been recognized for her work in several professional arenas, including education, direct practice, leadership, board membership and advocacy. She is the Chair and tenured professor of the Human Services and Substance Abuse Counseling Program at Oakton Community College and co-founded the Illinois Coalition of Family Based Treatment. Madison serves as the co-chair of the Women’s Committee - Illinois Advisory Council of Substance Use Disorders. She was appointed to the Illinois Public Health Department Maternal Mortality Review Committee- Violent Deaths and is a former member of the IDPH Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome committee. She serves as member of the Women and Gender Studies committee at Oakton Community College. Madison was recently awarded into the Hall of Fame - Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery; and was named one of 2019’s Most Distinguished Women of Illinois.

Karla L. Sapp, EdD, LPC, LMHS-S, MAC, has been practicing for over 13, specializing in general mental health and addiction counseling among the adult and criminal offender populations. She is also a fierce social justice and public policy advocate. Sapp has worked in a variety of settings, including in-patient acute hospitals, outpatient programs, and correctional facilities. She worked previously as an Adjunct Faculty at South University-Savannah Campus in the clinical mental health counseling program, as well as an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Georgia Southern University- Armstrong/Liberty campus. A scholarly practitioner, Sapp, has a research interest in lifestyle choices and wellness, offender treatment and rehabilitation, social justice/public policy advocacy, developmental counseling, trauma, and disaster mental health. She has been featured as a workshop presenter and speaker on the global, national, regional, and local levels.

Helena Washington, MEd, LCDC, ICADC, MAC, is a licensed addiction specialist and mental wellness and behavioral health diversity authority. She has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and family systems. Her passion is using a holistic and collaborative approach to mental wellness, as well as educating communities, organizations, and corporations. As a CBT/DBT trained practitioner, Washington is also trained in Trauma & Grief Component Therapy-Adolescents and Adults, a part of the Texas Children’s Collaborative Group for trauma care and trauma-informed care. Presently, she runs her private practice and behavioral health consulting firm, Helena Washington Consulting & Coaching, a subsidiary of BraveBird Recovery and Wellness, PLLC, in Houston, Texas. Washington is the President-elect of the Houston Chapter Texas Association of Addiction Professionals Board (governed by NAADAC).

Shevel Mavins, MS, is the founder of Addiction-Prevention LLC, where she provides training on substance use, mental health, and wellness. She also provides virtual and in-person wellness retreats and workshops that embrace rejuvenation of the mind, body, and spirit and support a healthy lifestyle. In addition to her trainings and retreats, Mavins provides 1:1 coaching for individuals experiencing career burnout. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and attended dual graduate programs in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling. Mavins also earned her Master’s degree in Human Services with a specialization in Counseling Studies and Addiction and Mental Health Disorders.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to describe the social, economic, and cultural ramifications of drug law policies effecting Black communities.
  • Participants will be able to develop, incorporate, and foster better collaborative relationships to best advocate for clients in Black communities.
  • Participants will be able to summarize their roadmap for moving forward within their agencies to reach the best outcomes when working with clients affected by drug law policies.
Content Level

Beginning and Intermediate

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.



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Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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