Now, more than ever, addiction professionals are facing challenging times. Addiction professionals need a strong, unified voice to speak out for the best interests of the profession. To do this, we ask you for your support, time, knowledge and energy to join in these endeavors.
You will play a major role in finding solutions to the many challenges facing addiction professionals, such as healthcare reform, parity, licensure and funding for the profession. We do this by strengthening and elevating our professional status, providing training and advocacy, providing up-to-date information to our members and working collaboratively with other stakeholders.
With less than five hours a month of your time, we can make a difference. Leadership and direction come from the individuals who are part of NAADAC. By working together we can better serve our clients and be leaders in the addiction services profession. With your support and involvement, we will influence decision-makers and ensure professionals like you receive the training and support you need to do your important work. Now more than ever, we need your support – for the clients you serve, their families and the community. Positions include committee chairs and committee members.
The Awards Committee provides a national awards program that recognizes the achievements and contributions of addiction focused individuals and organizations in specific areas. Its objectives are: to have an annual nomination process from each NAADAC affiliate to the national office; for all affiliates to have an award recognition process similar to the NAADAC awards policies and procedures; and to promote these awards through recognition at the NAADAC Annual Conference, NAADAC publications, and other media venues.
Bylaws/Policies & Procedures Committee
The Bylaws/Policies & Procedures Committee provides current, legal, effective Bylaws and corresponding Policies & Procedures as the foundation to NAADAC as a membership association. Its objectives are to: to have current Bylaws and Policies & Procedures and that meet the needs of the effective and efficient day-to-day business of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals; to reflect in the Policies & Procedures those Bylaws and further explain the dynamics of said Bylaws; to promote and serve NAADAC affiliates the use of the current Bylaws and Policies & Procedures; to review, at least annually, with the Bylaws and Policies & Procedures Committee and the Parliamentarian the Bylaws for any potential Bylaw and/or Policies & Procedures changes; and to review with NAADAC attorney any and all relevant Bylaws and/or Policies & Procedures changes or concerns.
Clinical Issues Committee
The Clinical Issues Committee reviews and promotes current clinical issues to the NAADAC membership and other addiction focused professionals and organizations. Its objectives are: to advise and guide the NAADAC leadership in remaining current in clinical issues for the addiction related profession; to develop necessary “white papers”, pamphlets, training or professional development materials that are addiction focused or related to distribute to NAADAC membership and other addiction focused professionals and organizations; and to promote these issues to the appropriate private and governmental agencies.
- Committee Co-Chairs: Malcolm Horn, PhD, LCSW, MAC, SAP and Thea Wessel, MA, LPC, MAC, NCAAC
- Staff Liaison: Samson Teklemarian, MA, LPC, CPTM
The Ethics Committee aims to promote a standard of ethics in the addiction focused profession. Its objectives are: to review and assess on a regular basis the NAADAC Code of Ethics for relevancy; to promote the NAADAC Code of Ethics for the national and international level, through education and training material; and to review and evaluate complaints of those members referred in writing for ethical complaints.
- Committee Co-Chairs: Rose Maire, MAC, LCADC, CCS and Kirk Bowden, PhD, MAC, LPC
- Staff Liaison: Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP
Finance & Audit Committee (Executive Committee Members only)
The Finance & Audit Committee reviews and assess the financials and accounting procedures of the NAADAC organization. Its objectives are: to assess at least on an annual basis the NAADAC budget and financials for viability and accountability; to establish standard and efficient accounting procedures for the NAADAC organization; to review and assess the investments and financial discussions for standard accounting principles; to recommend any changes to NAADAC accounting policies, practices or standards in order to promote the financial stability and viability of the NAADAC organization.
The Membership Committee aims to increase NAADAC presence in each affiliate that encourages addiction focused or interested persons to join NAADAC. Objectives are to raise the level of NAADAC and affiliate membership in each state, territory or country; to promote awareness of the benefits of NAADAC membership; to increase membership benefits to NAADAC members; and to encourage affiliates to promote awareness or celebration activities for NAADAC members that also encourages non-members to join.
Military and Veteran Advisory Committee (MVAC)
The Military and Veteran Advisory Committee aims to provide development opportunities to military members by supporting Veterans and Military Addiction Counselors and the role they serve. Specifically, MVAC works to: monitor and provide relevant input to NAADAC’s advocacy efforts specific to active duty, retired, and dependent Department of Defense (DOD) members and more efficient use of qualified addiction counselors by the military and Veterans Administration (VA); determine and pursue opportunities to provide NAADAC education, training, and materials and information on NCC AP certification to DOD members and the DOD mental health/substance use disorders education and training sectors.
Nominations & Elections Committee
The Nominations & Elections Committee aims to promote effective leadership of the NAADAC organization through a national nomination and election process. Its objectives are: to maintain effective and competent leadership within the NAADAC organization; to promote nominations from the NAADAC membership through a nomination process with established criteria; to conduct a national election process that is fair, efficient and based on a specific standard practice; and to inform the NAADAC membership and public of those elected leaders to the NAADAC organization.
Personnel Committee (Executive Committee Members only)
The Personnel Committee reviews and evaluates the job performance of the Executive Director. Its objectives are: to review and assess the knowledge, skills and competencies of the Executive Director in the administration of the day-to-day business of the NAADAC organization through an annual evaluation; to correct or guide correction for any deficiencies, standards or practices or new knowledge of the Executive Director; to contract with the Executive Director the terms of the Employment Contract; and to perform other related business of a Personnel Committee due to complaints regarding performance of the Executive Director.
Professional Standards & Practices Committee
Professional Standards & Practices Committee aims to national standardized addiction practices that includes education, licensure, and other national practices. Its objectives are: to develop a national standardized addiction practices that include education, licensure, and other national practices; to promote a national standard of addiction education to colleges and universities that teach addiction related curriculum; to work with private and governmental agencies to develop and promote said standardized addiction standards and practices; and to promote the NAADAC addiction education approval status applications to individual and groups of colleges and universities that provide addiction related curriculum.
- Committee Chair: Kirk Bowden, PhD, LPC, MAC, NCC and Don Osborn, MA, MS, MAC, LMHC
- Staff Liaison: Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP
Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee aims to establish and promote the legislative and public policy initiatives of the NAADAC organization. Its objectives are: to establish a legislative agenda of the NAADAC Public Policy Committee that promotes the needs of the addiction professional at the state and national levels; to develop and distribute relevant position statements, white papers, legislative agenda guide, and other public policy papers for the education and advocacy of addiction focused issues; to conduct an annual public policy conference and/or workshops that promote, educate and train on the public policy agenda of NAADAC; to help educate and train at the state level advocacy and legislation that promotes addiction focused issues; to promote and advocate public policy issues to relevant governmental and private institutions and organizations; and to give testimony to the state or national level to relevant public policy issues. Learn more & meet committee members here.
The Student Committee aims to increase NAADAC presence and student membership, addiction focused student awareness of NAADAC, and mentor through professional development the opportunities students have through NAADAC and their Affiliates while in college or in early service in the addiction professional. Committee objectives are: to raise the level of NAADAC and affiliate student membership in each state, territory or country; to promote awareness of the benefits of NAADAC student membership; to increase student membership benefits; to encourage affiliates to promote awareness or celebration activities for NAADAC student members that also encourages non-members to join; to increase student awareness regarding professional development in the addiction focused career; to develop student “clubs” or associations in colleges or universities to promote addiction awareness activities, trainings or other initiatives on campus; to mentor students who are entering into the addiction professional; to promote student loans or scholarship opportunities for persons entering the addiction profession; and to create a “how to” guide for colleges and universities to use in the formation of such.
- Committee Chair: Jeff Schnoor, MA, LICDC (pending), CCSTA, QMHP-CS, Certified Interventionist
- Staff Liaison: David Semanco, MS, MAC, CAADC, CSAC, CAC-AD
Adolescent Specialty Committee
The Adolescent Specialty Committee informs NAADAC and NCC AP constituents regarding the special issues of adolescents, prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support including the professional development issues specific to this population. Its objectives are: to review, develop and distribute to NAADAC, the NAADAC Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals and its constituents regarding latest prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support issues and services; to review, develop and distribute current professional development training, education endorsements and/or certificates for addiction and other helping professionals specializing in the adolescent services; to write articles, position papers, white papers, training manuals and documents that is specific to adolescent services; to train, when and where appropriate, adolescent specific issues; to speak, write or interview for the NAADAC organization on adolescent specific issues; to represent NAADAC at appropriate meetings, conferences or other gatherings specific to adolescent specific issues.
Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee
The 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.
The International Committee advises NAADAC through technical assistance, training, program development, affiliate development, certification development, governmental or regulatory assistance to develop addiction specific services in these listed above areas in other countries and territories. Its objectives are to advise NAADAC staff and leadership in addiction related topics as brought to NAADAC through these countries or territories, the State Department, SAMHSA or other private or governmental agency; to assist in the assessment of needs of these countries through the NAADAC needs assessment with NAADAC staff and leadership, when appropriate; to assist, as appropriate, the technical assistance, training, consultation or other services to other countries or territories as delegated by NAADAC leadership and/or staff; to work with NAADAC leadership and staff on international strategies to help support and develop NAADAC’s international outreach and World Council; and to write articles, position papers, white papers, documents, surveys or other such need tools to help assist in NAADAC’s international initiatives.