NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, sponsors the following advocacy awards to honor the work of addiction professionals, organizations, and public figures who passionately advocate for the addiction profession and the clients we serve.

These awards are typically presented to winners during NAADAC's annual Advocacy in Action Conference


NAADAC Advocacy Awards

NAADAC Legislator of the Year Award   |   Sen. Harold E. Hughes Advocate of the Year Award   |   Legislative Achievement Award

NAADAC Legislator of the Year Award

The NAADAC Legislator of the Year Award is presented to a legislator whose work has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to addiction professionals and the clients they serve.

Past Award Recipients

2019 Rep. David Joyce (R-OH)
2018 Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
2017 Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (D-PA)
2014 Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
2012 Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
2010 Rep. Mary Bono-Mack (R-CA)
2009 Sen. Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)
2008 Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL)
2007 Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE)
2006 Rep. Joe Rahall (D-WV)
2005 Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH)
2003 Rep. James Ramstad (R-MN)
2002 Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
2001 Rep. Marge Roukema (R-NJ)
2000 Rep. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
1999 Sen. Arlen Spector (R-PA)
1998 Rep. James Ramstad (R-MN) and Sen. Paul David Wellstone (D-MN)
1995 Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH)
1994 Rep. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Paul David Wellstone (D-MN)
1992 Rep. Mary Rose Oakar (D-OH)
1991 Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
1990 Sen. Jake Garn (R-UT)
1989 Sen. David Pryor (D-AR)
1988 Rep. Rod Chandler (R-WA)
1987 Sen. John Glenn (D-OH)

Sen. Harold E. Hughes Advocate of the Year Award

The Sen. Harold E. Hughes Advocate of the Year Award is named after Harold E. Hughes, an Iowa governor, United States senator, and lifelong advocate for treatment, research and recovery. This award is presented to a NAADAC member in recognition of outstanding public advocacy for addiction professionals and the clients they serve.

Past Award Recipients

2018 David Marlon, MBA, MS, LADC, CAd
2014 Sherri Layton, MBA, LCDC, CCS
2012 Michael Kemp, ICS, CSAC, CSW
2010 Gerry Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC
2009 Michael Waupoose, MSW
2008 Peter Formaz, NCAC II, LAC
2007 Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CCDC III, SAP
2006 Joseph Deegan, MSW, MAC
2005 John Lisy, LICDC, OCPS II, LISW, LPCC
2003 Leroy L. Kelly
2002 Jennifer Carr
2001 Martha Alexander and John Avery, MPA
2000 Ray Harris
1999 Robert Miles
1998 Walter Kloetzli
1994 Merrill A. Norton, RPh, NCAC II, CCS

Legislative Achievement Award

The Legislative Achievement Award is presented to those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to addiction professionals and the clients they serve.

Past Award Recipients

2013 Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lisa Bernhardt, Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee
2010 Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
1998 Susan Campion, Director of the HIV Division of Hill Health Center and Deborah Volz of Vanguard Services Unlimited