The NAADAC Public Policy Committee (PPC) is appointed by the NAADAC President and assists with the work of the NAADAC Government Relations Department. 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 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.
PPC members are required to
  • Participate in monthly conference calls;
  • Provide direction and oversight to the Government Relations Department;
  • Read and approve sign-on letters;
  • Provide comments and feedback on NAADAC's written advocacy materials;
  • Assist in the planning of the Advocacy in Action Conference; and
  • Build relationships with local, state and national policymakers. 
Committee Member Details
Richard Paul "Rick" Green III, BSBA, LCDC
Texas
rickgreenrpg@gmail.com
richard.green@rightstep.com

Richard Paul "Rick" Green III, BSBA, LCDC, has been counselor for ACTS/TRS since January 2015 and has been in the Healthcare and Mental Healthcare field for over 20 years. Rick is a past President of the San Antonio College Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Student Association. He has an extensive background in psychiatric pharmaceuticals, drug/civil/criminal court, recovery advocacy and motivational research. Rick has experience consulting with Civil and Criminal Justice attorneys, pharmaceutical companies, and philanthropic treatment entities. He is trained in Quality of Motivation Theory and has a special interest in translational behavioral research and twelve step facilitation therapy.


Charlie Hiatt, LPC/MHSP, MAC, SAP, CAADC
Hixson, TN
chiatt@rivercitycounseling.net

Charlie Hiatt, LPC/MHSP, MAC, SAP, CAADC, is the owner of River City Counseling, PC in Hixson, TN. He has worked in the counseling field for over 15 years and he works with adults, couples, and adolescents. Charlie received his Master of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2004. He is licensed in the State of Tennessee as a Professional Counselor (LPC/MHSP) and is nationally certified as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). He also holds a certificate in Georgia (CAADAC), and is credentialed as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for the US Department of Transportation (DOT). In addition, Charlie is the Immediate Past President for the Tennessee Association for Addiction Professionals (TAADAC), an association from which he received the Professional of the Year award in 2014. He is an active member in local professional associations and he has been a regular guest on local television and radio talk shows.


Michael Kemp, NCACI (Co-Chair)
Oregon
Michael.Kemp@dhsoha.state.or.us

Michael Kemp, NCACI, has worked in the addiction profession for over 30 years. He has worked as an addictions counselor, social worker, and clinical supervisor for the State of Wisconsin. In addition, Michael was an instructor in an Addiction Studies program for 15 years and clinically supervised several community based programs. In 2015, he retired from Wisconsin State service and moved west to become the Director of Peer Recovery Services at Oregon State Hospital - Salem. Michael has been a NAADAC member since 1995, and has served on the Public Policy Committee for over 10 years. He took over as co-chair of the Public Policy Committee in the fall of 2014. Michael was the recipient of NAADAC’s Senator Howard E. Hughes Advocate of the Year in 2012.


Sherri Layton, LCDC, CCS (Co-Chair)
San Antonio, TX
slayton@lahacienda.com

Sherri Layton, LCDC, CCS, began working in addiction treatment in 1977 and has worked for La Hacienda Treatment Center since 1992. She currently manages their outpatient, continuing care, and alumni services, coordinates La Hacienda's legislative involvement on the state and national level, and oversees staff training. She frequently speaks on topics related to clinical supervision, advocacy, and leadership development. Sherri was the NAADAC Mid South RVP from 2012 – 2016 and has served on NAADAC’s Public Policy Committee since 2008, and currently is co-chair. She also serves on the Legislative Committee for the Association of Substance Abuse Programs – Texas. Sherri has a BA in Psychology and completed an MBA with an emphasis on leadership in 2009 at the University of Texas in San Antonio.


Suzanne Lofton, LCDC, NCAC I, ADC, SAP
Ft. Worth, TX
suzannelofton@gmail.com

Suzanne Lofton, LCDC, NCAC I, ADC, SAP, is the President of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals and the Past President of the Fort Worth Chapter of TAAP. She has been involved with the TAAP organization for 13 years. Suzanne is employed as the Court Coordinator for the Tarrant Family Drug Court and is in private practice as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Alcohol Drug Counselor and Substance Abuse Professional. She also serves as on the Public Policy Committee for NAADAC and on the North Texas University Advisory Board for the Recovery to Practice initiative, and is the Peer Recovery Support Chair for the Tarrant County Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. She is a Train the Trainer for Recovery Coaches and a Train the Trainer for Supervisors of Recovery Coaches.


Valerie McGaha, PhD, LPC, LMFT, LADC, LPC-S
Tulsa, OK
Associate Professor of Applied Health and Educational Psychology
Oklahoma State University
valerie.mcgaha@okstate.edu

Valerie McGaha, PhD, LPC, LMFT, LADC, LPC-S, earned her PhD at Texas Tech University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and an approved LPC supervisor. She is currently an Associate Professor in Counseling and Counseling Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Valerie, a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar, is an activist researcher focused on social justice, cultural competencies, mental health and wellness, criminal justice, drug policy and education, depression and suicidality, and academic achievement. She has received specialized Gatekeeper Instructor training in the following areas: Human Trafficking Intervention and Question, Persuade, and Response (QPR) Suicide Prevention. Other specialized training include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Licensed Professional Counselor Supervision; and Professional Mentorship.


William "Bill" Minser, DMin, CSAC
Madison, WI
wminser@gmail.com

William "Bill" Minser, DMin, CSAC, hails from rural western Pennsylvania. He attended college in Rhode Island and seminary in Massachusetts. He served churches in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Connecticut before joining the staff of Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, PA, as an addictions counselor in 2002. There he also became certified to treat co-occurring disorders and problem gambling. After “retirement”, he taught the Sociology of Substance Abuse at Rosemont College, and consulted with Lutheran Social Services and with Walden Counseling and Therapy Center. Bill and his wife, Shirley, have children and three grandchildren in the upper Midwest, hence their move to Madison, WI in 2013. Bill works at The Center for Christian Counseling in Madison, and with the pastoral care staff at Blackhawk Church in Middleton, WI.

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP
Washington
cynthia@naadac.org

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, is the Executive Director of NAADAC. She previously served as the Project Director of Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center and as the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington. She has been the administrator of multi-county, publicly-funded alcohol/drug prevention/intervention/treatment centers. She has been an international, national and state trainer for over 25 years in a variety of topics. She has also served as President of NAADAC and has worked as a curriculum writer. Her book, Rein in Your Brain: From Impulsivity to Thoughtful Living in Recovery, was released in May 2014 by Hazelden Publishers. Moreno Tuohy holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work and advanced studies degrees in social work and public administration.


Gerard J. "Gerry" Schmidt, MA, MAC, LPC, CAC
West Virginia
gschmidt@valleyhealthcare.org

Gerard J. Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC, is President of NAADAC and the Chief Operations Officer at Valley HealthCare System in Morgantown, WV. He has been in the mental health and addictions treatment profession for the past 45 years. Publications to his credit include several articles on the development of Employee Assistance Programs in rural areas and wellness in the workplace, addictions practice in residential settings, and an overview of addictions practice in the United States. He has edited Treatment Improvement Protocols for CSAT for several years and has been active with the Mid-Atlantic ATTC. Schmidt had served as Chair of the NAADAC Certification Commission and the Public Policy Committee.

 
Helena Stevens, PhD, LPC, LSC, NCC
Minnesota
hrindone@gmail.com

Born and raised in Southern California, Helena Stevens, PhD, LPC, LSC, NCC got her start in the treatment and rehab field as a child attending Alanon and Alateen meetings with her parents and by serving as a region representative for her Alateen group. Her professional work has focused predominantly on providing drug and alcohol interventions for at-risk youth. Stevens has published work on the topic of methamphetamine addiction treatment in the form of a meta-analysis of what works/what doesn't work from literature and research over the last 50 years. Her recent practice has been at in-patient drug and alcohol recovery center for high risk relapse drug and alcohol addicts in which she combined her research and practice into group counseling sessions. Stevens is passionate about advocating for legislation that supports providing options for effective treatment for addicts and funding for research on what works best in treating addiction. Stevens currently work as an assistant professor of counseling at MNSU and she and her husband have a new born girl and a 7-year-old son.


If you are interested in serving on NAADAC's Public Policy Committee, please send a completed NAADAC Committee Nomination Form and resume by email to naadac@naadac.org.

Updated July 27, 2017