2021 Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit
Critical Issues in the Black Community

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Friday, February 26, 2021

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NAADAC's Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee (CIBCC) provides a voice and platform for the Black community; identifies issues that are unique to and pervasive within the Black community; advocates and provides support for the various challenges that impact addiction, recovery, and mental health within the Black community; and provide professional advancement opportunities and mentorship for Black professionals specializing in addiction treatment. Join leaders from the CIBCC for a discussion about critical issues in the Black community and the work the committee is undertaking.


Peter Mott, MA, LCDC, ICPS, has been in the behavior health profession for over 20 years. He is a Master’s level licensed clinician. Mott’s behavioral health experience has been based in an acute care hospital, residential programs, and outpatient treatment setting. For the last three years, he served as program director for a comprehensive IOP treatment program specializing in chronic pain, dependency, and opioid use disorders. Mott was elected to the Texas Certification Board in 2020, and he is the Immediate-Past President of the Houston Chapter TAAP. In August of 2020, Mott was selected to serve on NAADAC’s newly created committee, Critical Issues in the Black Community. He was voted Member of the Year for the Houston Chapter TAAP in 2018 and Counselor of the Year in 2016.

Katina Palmer, MA, LPC, is a champion for change. She holds her Bachelor's of Arts and Master's of Arts from The George Washington University. As a public servant for over 25 years, Palmer has worked in public and private settings with children and adult populations. In addition to her work in the criminal justice system, Palmer is an ordained minister and serves as a youth director in the community. She believes that to be in service to others is a mandate of her life, and one she proudly carries out on a daily basis.

Carmela Drake, PhD, LPC, NCC, CAADP, ACGC-III, is an assistant professor and program coordinator for the undergraduate addiction studies program at Alabama State University (ASU). She possesses a Doctorate degree in Human Services from Capella University. Drake is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with two addiction certifications: Certified Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Professional (CAADP) and Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor, level III (ACGC-III) in the state of Alabama. She has worked in the field of addictions for over 20 years and serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Council on Substance Abuse in Montgomery, Alabama.

Joe Powell, LCDC, is in long term recovery with 31 years free of alcohol and other drugs. He is the President/CEO of the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA) in Dallas, TX, a recovery community organization that provides peer-to-peer mental health and substance use recovery support services for individuals, family members, and the community. Powell has been a licensed chemical dependency counselor for over 25 years. He has a broad base of expertise regarding all aspects of behavioral health service delivery systems and their impact on families. He specializes in areas regarding recovery community support services, systems of care, and the wholistic recovery management process. Powell is a servant leader, lifelong learner, innovator and initiator of telehealth peer recovery support services, and a national subject matter expert in the peer recovery movement. He is originally from Harlem, NY.

Thurston S. Smith, MPA, LAC, CCS, is a project team member for Paramount Consulting Group, PLLC. He has over 25 years of experience in criminal and juvenile programming, mental health, and children and youth services. Currently, Smith serves as an Administrative and Program Surveyor for CARF International and is an adjunct faculty member for Union University. He has held a variety of leadership positions during his civil service career. Smith is very active as a community organizer, public policy activist, and advocate against poverty and racial injustice. In 2013, he was nominated for the Presidential Citizens Medal and in 2020 was the recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Smith is an Associate Minister at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, a certified coach/mentor, a licensed counselor, and is an honorably discharged non-commissioned officer with the U.S. Army National Guard.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to summarize the six critical issues that are the focus of the CIBC Committee.
  • Participants will be able to explain why these six critical issues were selected by the CIBC Committee.
  • Participants will be able to describe approaches taken by the CIBC Committee to address the six critical issues.
Content Level


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