NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, is honored to recognize U.S. Representative David Trone (D-MD) as its 2020 Harold Hughes Award Recipient for his demonstrated commitment to addiction professionals and the clients they serve.
The Sen. Harold E. Hughes Advocate of the Year Award was named after Harold E. Hughes, an Iowa governor, United States senator, and lifelong advocate for addiction treatment, research, and recovery. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding public advocacy for addiction professionals and the clients and family members they serve.
The Honorable David Trone was elected in 2018 to serve Maryland's Sixth Congressional District. He serves on the House Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs Committees and the Joint Economic Committee, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, mental health, and funding for medical research.
NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, recently had the pleasure to meet with Congressman Trone and hear first-hand his passion and dedication to the work of addiction services for individuals and their family members. Congressman Trone promises to remain in the fight for more treatment services, better legislation, and bringing other Congresspersons along on the journey to heal addiction in America.
Congressman Trone has championed many bills that provide needed resources to the addiction profession and those we serve, including the Family Support Services for Addiction Act of 2021 (H.R. 433), which was introduced by Congressman Trone earlier this year. The Family Support Services for Addiction Act of 2021 is bipartisan legislation that would establish a grant program for family community organizations that provide support for individuals struggling with substance use disorder and their families.
While introducing H.R. 433 to the House Floor, Congressman Trone spoke about how his life was affected by addiction through the loss of his beloved nephew Ian to an overdose in 2016. His impassioned speech noted the difficulty families face when navigating the behavioral health system and reinforced his dedication to improving addiction treatment services and helping the clients we serve. Congressman Trone’s address can be viewed here.
The 2020 Harold Hughes Award was presented to The Honorable David Trone at the 2021 Advocacy in Action Conference & Virtual Hill Day on April 13, 2021. For more information on the advocacy conference, click here. To learn more about Congressman Trone, click here.