On September 17, 2003 the last day of the NAADAC Conference in Washington, D.C. there was a Congressional Breakfast held at the Hart Senate Office Building. Featured speakers that morning were the Honorable Michael McNulty, NY, Honorable Patrick Kennedy, RI, Honorable Kurt Schmoke, Dean, Howard University Law School and former Mayor of Baltimore, MD, Senator Jack Reed, RI, Senator Jim Jeffords, VT, Senator Joe Biden, DE and Honorable Jim Ramstad, MN. Congressman Jim Ramstad was presented with the NAADAC Senator Paul Wellstone Memorial Public Citizen of the Year Award.
This Award is presented to the individual whose public service on behalf of persons seeking recovery from substance use disorders best exemplifies Paul Wellstone’s commitment and ideals. NAADAC is proud to present the first award to Paul Wellstone’s colleague from Minnesota and co-champion of the struggle for equality in health care coverage.
The Advocate of the year Award is presented to the NAADAC member who demonstrates exemplary leadership in advocating for services for persons seeking recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders. The 2003 Advocate of the Year was awarded to Frank A. Naccarato. Frank Naccarato has been at the Chairperson of the NAADAC PAC for the last few years. Congratulations Frank.
The MC for this event and guest speaker was William Cope Moyer. He is the Vice President of External Affairs for the Hazelden Foundation of Center City Minnesota. One of his key initiatives is “carrying the message” about addiction and recovery into the public arena, especially to policy makers and civic groups across America. He uses his own personal experiences to highlight the power of addiction and the power of recovery.
NAADAC Membership lobbied their Senators and Congressional Representatives following the breakfast. The NJ delegation visited Senators, Lautenberg and Corzine and Congressman Russ Holt.
NJAADAC has been working very closely with NAADAC to begin a rigorous membership development campaign. New Jersey was one of nine states chosen to focus on membership. NJAADAC has formed a membership task force which consists of:
The group will be meeting in addition to regularly scheduled board meetings to discuss and prepare for reaching out to various health care facilities and community based organizations. We are looking to increase individual and organizational membership.
If you have any questions or would like to become involved in your state association please feel free to contact us at [email protected] for more information. We are here to serve you!