New Haven Campion Honored by National Group of Addiction Professionals


Campion, president of the Connecticut Association of Addiction Professionals, was recently honored as the 2021 Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors at its virtual annual “Advocacy in Action-NAADAC Goes to Congress” conference at Washington, D.C.

“Susan, thank you for the work you have done and the victories you have won on behalf of the addiction profession,” NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy said at the conference.

“Susan has worked as a substance abuse professional for over 40 years providing administrative, clinical and counseling services to public and private behavioral health programs, social service organizations, educational institutions, programs Cornell Scott Community Health Center AIDS Service and Community Criminal Justice Services,” Tuohy said.

“She has fought for improvements to Connecticut’s license for substance abuse counselors for the past eight years and has succeeded in maintaining the specificity of the substance abuse workforce to specifically trained professionals. to substance abuse to ensure state residents receive the best practices in substance abuse. treatment of abuse,” she said.

“She has worked tirelessly to improve access to treatment for clients and fair reimbursement rates for services for providers on a variety of legislative initiatives,” including the “Parity of Health Legislation Act.” Mental Health and Addiction Report 2019,” Tuohy said.

Campion, in an email, called it “humiliating and thrilling” to receive this honor at the conference attended by more than 400 federal administrators, members of Congress “and my fellow drug addicts from more than 40 affiliated states. and five countries”.

As the award was presented to Campion, “many committed people have contributed to my success,” including the CAAP Board of Directors, “our wonderful professional members, our supporters, and all of the dedicated addiction across the state,” Campion said.

“As the recipient of this award, I look forward to the opportunity to share the good news regarding the tireless efforts of Connecticut’s workforce of addiction specialists to deliver best practice (addiction) treatment. in these difficult times,” she said.

Over the past five years, Campion “led (the Connecticut organization’s) legislative initiatives that successfully expanded the statutory scope of practice for (licensed alcohol and drug counselors) with two major enhancements when it comes to accreditation,” Tuohy said.

“First, LADCs are now the legally designated behavioral providers for specialized opioid treatment interventions, which includes working with primary care providers across the state,” she said. “Second, under the standards of treatment set out in the new 2018 scope of practice, LADCs have statutory powers to treat people with both” (substance use disorders) and co-occurring mental health disorders , she said.

“These professional initiatives have resulted in a significantly expanded and seamless continuum of nonprofit and private addiction services for state residents,” Tuohy said.

“Susan’s outreach and advocacy with key healthcare policy influencers, legislators and leaders of major behavioral healthcare agencies provides insight into how the newly licensed, recently upgraded LADC, changed and contributed to Connecticut’s emerging health care service system. she says.


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