NAADAC hosted a successful NAADAC 2021 Advocacy in Action Conference & Virtual Hill Day on April 13-15, 2021! Attendees at the virtual Advocacy in Action Conference attended briefings on current legislation, learned about important advocacy issues, and earned CEs! On Virtual Hill Day, attendees spoke directly with lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the issues that affect the addiction profession and those it serves.
This year's Advocacy in Action Conference featured a special Advocacy 101 training presented by NAADAC Co-Chairs Sherri Layton, LCDC, CCS, and Michael Kemp, NCAC I, ICS, CSAC, CSW and featuring The Honorable Alan Wheat, Former Member of Congress from Missouri, Polsinelli, for a mock-Hill visit. Due to overwhelming request from the attendees of the conference, we are making the session available for all to view!
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The world is changing, and so is the addiction profession. On October 6-7, 2020, over 500 addiction professionals from across the country joined their voices together to advocate for addiction professionals and those we serve on Capitol Hill. Dozens of meetings took place virtually around the country, bringing together seasoned advocated and first-time advocates for virtual meetings with lawmakers to advance issues of importance to our profession.
We were joined by U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) during the briefing on October 6th, and he spoke about the importance of advocacy for the addiction profession. Congressman Tonko is a member of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and is a strong supporter of expanding access to substance use disorder treatment.
Were you unable to attend the NAADAC 2020 Virtual Hill Day? It's not too late to get involved. Watch the briefing, read the one-pagers and talking points, and contact your Members of Congress today!
NAADAC hosted its 2019 Advocacy in Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on April 10, 2019 with a Hill Day on April 11, 2019.
NAADAC members and other addiction professionals from across the country gathered to attend briefings on legislation, national budget, and advocacy issues, and receive a robust training on effective advocacy for meetings on Capitol Hill. Read the full Press Release here.
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NAADAC hosted its 2018 Advocacy in Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on November 12, 2018 with a Hill Day on November 13, 2018.
The Advocacy in Action Conference included briefings on NAADAC's legislative agenda, advocacy issues, and legislation important to addiction professionals by NAADAC leadership and special guest speakers such as James Carroll, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Robert Morrison, Executive Director of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD).
A feature event at the conference was the Advocate of the Year Award luncheon. NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, presented the 2018 Advocate of the Year Award to recipient David Marlon, MBA, for his continued dedication the advancement of the addiction profession and for his commitment to bringing the critical issues of addiction to the attention of those in governance.
On the November 13th Hill Day, attendees conducted over two dozen meetings with members of Congress and their legislative representatives. After the successful meetings on the Hill, Moreno Tuohy presented 2018 Legislator of the Year awards to Congresswoman Katherine Clark (5th District of Massachusetts) and Congressman Hal Rogers (5th District of Kentucky) for their demonstrated commitment to addiction professionals and the individuals they serve.
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NAADAC held a special Advocacy in Action Briefing & Reception on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
The Advocacy in Action Briefing included briefings on NAADAC's legislative agenda and legislation important to addiction professionals by NAADAC leadership, Rob Morrison, Executive Director of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), and Michael Petruzelli, Manager, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health.
The Advocacy in Action Reception included presentation of NAADAC's Legislator of the Year Award to U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) for his dedicated work to advance access to addiction treatment. In addition, NAADAC presented its Emerging Leaders Award to the Metropolitan State University Alcohol and Drug Counseling Student Association.
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NAADAC Partnered with National Council for 2017 Hill Day
NAADAC partnered with the National Council for Behavioral Health and 21 national advocacy organizations to host the 2017 Public Policy Institute and Hill Day from October 2-3, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
This free, two-day event brought together hundreds of behavioral health providers, administrators, board members, consumers and community stakeholders in D.C. for a day of sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy on October 2nd, and then a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill on October 3rd to advocate for better resources for mental health and addictions treatment in their communities.