NAADAC is proud to present the 2021 Legislator of the Year Award to The Honorable Katherine Clark for the incredible work she has done for the addiction profession and the 2021 Advocate of the Year to NAADAC Member Susan Campion, LADC, LMFT, for her years of dedication in supporting the addiction workforce in the state of Connecticut.
The awardees were acknowledged during the virtual 2022 NAADAC Advocacy in Action Conference on April 19, 2022 and spoke about their dedication to advocating for those experiencing addiction.
Congresswoman Clark proudly serves the Fifth District of Massachusetts. She was first elected in a special election in December of 2013. In Congress, she brings her experience as a state senator, state representative, general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, and policy chief for the state attorney general. Since coming to Congress, she has been committed to addressing the addiction epidemic by ensuring access to treatment, improving health care provider education, supporting prevention efforts, and reducing the stigma that surrounds people struggling with addiction in the justice system and elsewhere.
Campion has worked as an addiction professional for over 40 years in the delivery of administrative, clinical, and consulting services to public and private behavioral programs, social service organizations, criminal justice services, and educational institutions. She has fought for the enhancement of the Connecticut license for addiction counselors for the past eight years and have been successful in keeping the specificity of the addiction workforce to professionals who are trained in addiction specific education. She has worked tirelessly in fending off other disciplines that wanted to be granted addiction practice in their scopes of practice without the required addiction studies.
Campion’s outreach to key influencers in healthcare policies, leaders of state departments, and leaders of major behavioral health care agencies to provide information regarding the license and the importance of the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor license shifted Connecticut’s new healthcare paradigm.
NAADAC celebrates our award recipients and their accomplishments in the field of addiction. We thank them for their leadership and the profound impact they have made on addiction professionals, the addiction profession, and those it serves.