Gerard J. "Gerry" Schmidt, MA, MAC, LPC, CAC

Immediate Past President

Gerard J. “Gerry” Schmidt is a life long resident of Fairmont, WV, and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Fairmont State College in 1971 and with a Masters's degree in Community Health Counseling from West Virginia University in 1976. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a certified addictions counselor (CAC) and is certified as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC).

Schmidt is the Chief Operations Officer at Valley HealthCare System in Morgantown and has been since September 1980. He has been in the mental health and addictions treatment field for the past forty five years. Since coming to Valley, he has been instrumental in developing a comprehensive system of addiction outpatient and residential services in the region.

Schmidt has a variety of publications to his credit including several articles on the development of Employee Assistance Programs in rural areas and wellness in the workplace. In May, 2005, he published an article in The Addiction Professional on his work and findings with the CSAT sponsored Practitioner’s Services Network (PSN) project. He served on the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Expert Panel for the National Treatment Plan development, which will shape the course of addictions treatment for the next ten years and has edited Treatment Improvement Protocols for CSAT for several years. In addition to this, he has been active with the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) in establishing, through their recent grant renewal, an inclusion for the State of West Virginia as a partner in the Mid-Atlantic ATTC region and currently sits on their Advisory Board in Richmond, VA. He has also provided consultation and training through NAADAC’s contract with Forrest Laboratory’s Campral Project and assisted in the development and implementation of a training series with Alkermes/Cephalon Pharmaceuticals. This project provides training for physicians and addiction treatment professionals across the United States in an effort to encourage more cooperative care in the use of extended release naltrexone for the treatment of alcohol addiction. Schmidt had served as Chair of the NAADAC Certification Commission for nearly ten years and is currently the Clinical Affairs Consultant for NAADAC. Most recently, Schmidt has served on CSAT’s Expert Panel to review the revisions currently being made to TAP 21. Schmidt has worked in recent years with the implementation of SBIRT throughout north central West Virginia as part of a statewide initiative in West Virginia. In addition to this he has assisted in the development and training of The BIG Initiative focusing on the implantation of SBIRT in health settings with the coordination of behavioral health strategies. Schmidt has also been involved with NAADAC in the development of five major Life Long Learning Series of educational programs focusing on the integration of counseling skills and medicated assisted treatment for counselors providing addiction treatment. Schmidt is also the Chair of NAADAC’s Public Policy Committee and is also NAADAC’s Clinical Affairs Consultant.

Schmidt has chaired NAADAC’s Public Policy Committee in the past and has been instrumental in the development of the organization’s legislative agenda during this time. He has been active in NAADAC’s annual Advocacy Leadership Summit and has developed critical training for participants attending and assisted in arranging visits on the Hill. He has also been a lead in working with both Senate and House leadership championing legislative issues and was an active participant for many years on the Hill advocating for substance use disorder and mental health parity. To this end, he was recognized and awarded the Senator Harold Hughes Advocate of the Year in 2010. In addition to his national work, Schmidt has been active within West Virginia in advocating and supporting state legislative issues related to addictions and addiction treatment. Furthermore, he has supported legislation aimed at increasing the visibility and stature of the addiction treatment professional at the licensed level for the past 25 years. For his leadership efforts he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2003 by the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. Schmidt is a charter member of the State organization and has been certified by their Certification Board since 1983.

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