2005 VADAP Member Programs Renew TodayDocument Transcript
The Virginia Association of Drug and Alcohol Programs Winter, 2006
President’s Message by Michael Fragala
I want to thank you for VADAP has and is still sponsoring regional
the privilege of serving as trainings addressing stigma. If you haven’t done
your President again this so already, I urge you to attend one of these and
year. There are so many encourage your staff to attend. Trainings are
things going on in the posted on the VADAP web site, www.vadap.org.
of Addiction Services right now, it makes my On a more positive note, as we enter our
head spin. As a past President and long time second year as a member of SAAS (State
member of VADAP, I have been in the trenches Association of Addiction Services) I want to
over the years with many of the issues that have draw your attention to the many benefits your
confronted our field. As we enter 2006, one of membership with VADAP provides. VADAP has
the most serious issues that I see hampering the partnered with SAAS and other Addiction
field of addiction treatment is stigma. I don’t Service Providers nationally to make our voice
quite know when it happened, but it seems like heard at the federal and national levels.
we, as a field, have taken a giant leap Currently there are thirty seven state members
backwards. Substance Abuse is now so closely of SAAS. We will be having a national meeting
linked to criminal activity that the stigma that in March in Washington and the First Annual
overshadowed us in the 80s and 90s has crept Conference in Chicago in July. Info on the
back in. This is not a phenomenon that is conference can be found here>
exclusive to Virginia; it seems to be a national http://www.saasnet.org/Conferences_files/Save
issue. We must work hard and stand firm in our _the_Date.pdf
efforts to turn this back around. The following is
an excerpt from the Substance Abuse Services There are numerous benefits to our membership
Council’s report to Governor Warner in 2005: with SAAS that trickle down to each program
“Underscoring all of these issues is the growing that is a member of VADAP. Check out all the
awareness that suffering from an addiction is benefits to affiliation with this association on
terribly stigmatizing. Although many people their web site www.saasnet.org.
successfully recover, fear of job loss, social
humiliation and loss of friends keeps them from Look for your membership letter for 2006 soon
sharing their recovery stories to educate and and remember all the perks your membership
inspire others, as they would if they were with VADAP carries. As always, I am happy to
recovering from another disease, such as hear from any of you who care to communicate
cancer or heart disease. And they are almost you thoughts or issues you would like us to
never celebrated in a manner similar to those address. Until next time.
who recover from other relapsing diseases.” The
full report can be found here> Mike Fragala,
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2006 Membership Application
Name of Agency _________________________________________________________________
Name of Program _________________________________________________________________
State _________________________ Zip-Code________________________
VADAP Contact ________________________________________________________________
Phone __ -__ -__ Fax __ -__ - _______
Email Address ________________________________________________________________
Web Address ________________________________________________________________
Program Director ________________________________________________________________
Type of Membership Regular ($150) T Small (<5 staff) ($75) T New Member
T Check Enclosed T Purchase Order T Renewing Member
Make all checks payable to: VADAP
P. O. Box 25014
Richmond, VA 23260-5014
Please return this form with your check or purchase order. You will receive a certificate and a copy of this as your invoice,
with your VADAP Membership Number upon receipt.
Thank you for becoming a VADAP member!
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Williamsburg Place and The William J. Farley Center
by Jerri P. Shannon BA, CSAC
Referral Development Coordinator
Williamsburg, VA – Williamsburg Place and The William J. Farley Center are pleased to announce the
promotion of Stephanie M. Loebs, R.N, B.S.N., to Executive Director, effective October 1, 2005. Loebs will
oversee the operations of comprehensive chemical dependency treatment services provided by Williamsburg
Place and The Farley Center. For the last ten years, she has served as the Director of Nursing and
Admissions at Williamsburg Place and The Farley Center and has over twenty-five years experience in the
Norfolk Drug Court Has Best Holiday Season Ever!!
by Dawn C. Obliskey
Drug Court Administrator
January 9, 2006
The Norfolk Adult Drug Court began in November 1998 with a capacity of 25. Today, we have a capacity of
50. We have experienced seven holiday seasons since our inception. This was the cleanest and most sober
holiday ever for our clients.
Holidays can be particularly difficult times for our clients who are struggling to learn new coping skills. It is not
uncommon to have an increase in relapse during any holiday period, and that has been the experience in Drug
Court…..until now. During the Christmas-New Years Holiday period, we had one person relapse. The other
49 participants stayed clean and sober during the holiday season.
The Drug Court Program extends over a year or more. We have 50 clients in various stages of the program,
some just beginning, some about to graduate. Anyone in any phase can be subject to relapse as we know.
And with people newly learning recovery, we expect setbacks and learning experiences. To have such a
positive holiday experience was uplifting for everyone involved. The Drug Court Participants received the
news during the first court session of the New Year and were very proud of their success.
The Norfolk Drug Court recently started a new incentive program in December 2005 that progressively rewards
abstinence. Clients track their own clean time and are rewarded at 30 plus day intervals with incentives they
selected. The Probation Officer verifies all requests for rewards as valid. I can’t help but believe that this
program has helped bring us through this holiday with such success. We will continue to monitor the success
of that effort over the course of a year.
Coalition Rally –January 16, 2006 “A Huge Success”
By Mark Blackwell, Executive Director SAARA of Virginia
Each year, the Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities holds a rally at the State Capital.
Legislators are given an opportunity to address the group, followed by a march to the General Assembly. Each
legislator is presented with a legislative agenda that is created as a collaboration of advocates for Mental
Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Use Disorders. Hundreds were in attendance.
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The Coalition was formed almost twenty years ago to work on behalf of Virginians with mental illness, mental
retardation and substance use disorders. It advocates for an array of community services that is sufficient and
adequate to meet the needs of each individual with a mental disability, and to improve the quality of care in all
service delivery systems and settings. (Continued on p. 7)
It’s Here – a New Service to Help Virginians Live Longer!
Toll-free quitline will help tobacco users quit and lead healthier lives.
The Virginia Department of Health’s Tobacco Use Control Project (TUCP) has
launched a new, statewide Tobacco User Quitline. It started November 2,
2005. This toll-free phone counseling service, called Quit Now Virginia, is
accessed through the national quitline portal number, 1-800-QUIT NOW
Callers will be able to speak with a counselor anytime between 8:00 a.m. and
Midnight, seven days a week. After midnight, they will be able to listen to
topic-specific messages, leave a message for a callback, or both. There is no
limitation on how many times a person can call the quitline.
Callers, including healthcare providers and family members, will also receive
mailed information or self-help materials and will be able to find out about
local community resources. All tobacco users ready to quit within 30 days will receive a
comprehensive counseling intervention and, if they have insurance, a referral to their health plan.
Tobacco users not interested in counseling will receive motivational information and encouragement
to call again.
More intensive treatment services will be available to callers who are Medicaid recipients or
uninsured. These populations will be able to enroll in the proactive counseling program, a multiple
session service with counselor-initiated calls, if they are ready to set a quit date.
The Quit Now Virginia service will be available in English and in Spanish, with access to translation
services for callers who speak other languages. A TTY line (1-877-777-6534) will also be available in
order to provide services to the hearing impaired.
TUCP plans to focus promotion of the quitline service among “high-risk” populations, such as rural
tobacco users who do not have access to other cessation resources. They will also be developing
and implementing a system of direct fax-
referral to the quitline by primary care
providers. Quitlines have been proven to be
efficacious and cost-effective and have the
potential for having a positive impact on the
health of many Virginians.
VDH has contracted with Free & Clear, Inc., to
provide the quitline counseling services. Free
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& Clear is a highly specialized tobacco treatment provider for health plans, employers and
government organizations all over the U.S.
For more information about cessation resources, visit these websites: for tobacco users, Smoke-Free Virginia
www.smokefreevirginia.org; and, for healthcare providers, Alliance for the Prevention and Treatment of
Nicotine Addiction www.aptna.org, Janis Dauer, Program Manager (757) 858-9934, firstname.lastname@example.org.
VADAP 2006 Budget
Accounts Income Expenses Balances
2006 VSIAS Scholarships 7,000
2006 Conference Income 10,000
2006 Membership 4,500
Total Income $21,535
Accounting Services 500
Administrative Assistant 3,000
Board Expenses 5,000
Educational Providership 500
Other Expenses 200
Promotional Expenses 2,000
Regional Training Expenses 2,000
Scholarship Fund 7,000
Total Expenses $32,000
Net Income (Loss) -$10,465
2005 Fund Balance $22,931
End of Period Balance $12,466
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2005 VADAP Member Programs Renew Today
Alliance for the Prevention and Treatment of Nicotine Addiction (APTNA)
ASSIST – South Hampton Roads/CDC, Inc.
Bethany Hall, Inc.
Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare Prevention Assessment & Counseling
Central Virginia Community Services Board
Chesapeake Community Services Board
City of Virginia Beach Dept. of Human Services Division of MHSAS
Cumberland Mountain Community Services
Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services
Eastern Shore Community Services Board
Gemeinschaft Home Inc.
Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board/Hampton Roads Clinic
Hanover County Community Services Board
Harrison House of Virginia
Henrico Area Mental Health, SAS
Life Center of Galax/CRC Health
Living Free Health Services
Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Service Board
New River Valley Community Services
Norfolk Community Services Board
Pathways Treatment Center, Centra Health, Inc.
Planning District One BHS/Frontier Health
Richmond Behavioral Heath Authority, SAS
Serenity House SARP
Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia, Inc.
Snowden at Fredericksburg
Vanguard Services Unlimited
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
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Virginia Hospital Center, Psychiatric & Addiction Services
Williamsburg Place & The William J. Farley Center
Winchester Medical Center, Valley Health System
For more information on these programs, visit the VADAP website at:
“Toward More Positive Outcomes”
The Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies (VSIAS) is in its fifth year of operations!
We've grown from a 3-day mini-pilot-institute in 2002 to an all-week event, featuring nationally
known presenters, current topics, and attracting 682 participants, presenters, and exhibitors in
2004; 829 in 2005. VSIAS is truly a collaborative venture---see www.vsias.org and click on
"Sponsors" for a listing of the many organizations who contribute time, energy, wisdom, and
The purpose of VSIAS is the development and management of training and educational
institutes to meet the needs for continuing professional education of those providing substance
use disorder treatment and prevention services within the Commonwealth of Virginia (and now
reaching beyond our borders).
In 2006 we will focus on:
Adolescents; Methamphetamine; Re-entry Issues; Gangs
VSIAS 06 will address brain chemistry in many of these areas. We will also feature gender-
specific workshops in these areas and others. And there will be content-specific continuing
education workshops for those of you seeking recertification and/or licensure continuing
education hours (e.g., clinical supervision, ethics, cultural competency). There will also be other
topics and issues with nationally known and local presenters, and several multi-session “skills-
See the "Early Bird" at www.vsias.org for a listing of both topics and speakers.
Special Feature! 3 credit hour graduate course, "Substance Abuse and Society" (meets the
education requirements for LPC). This course will only be offered if 10 people sign up. It begins
Monday morning with the keynote speaker and ends Friday at noon. Participants must attend
all sessions to receive credit.
Watch the website for updated information and for the brochure, which will be printed and also available
online in April.
Coalition Rally –January 16, 2006 “A Huge Success” (Continued from p. 3)
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Members of the Coalition are consumers, family members, and organizations that support people with
SAARA of Virginia represents the substance use disorder constituency, with Wes Dolvin, SAARA of
Virginia, serving as co-chair on the Coalition.
SAARA of Central Virginia-Richmond, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, and the McShin
Foundation rallied together to develop a creative, colorful handout for legislators that included our
legislative agenda. These were hand delivered to each legislator accompanied with a satchel of gold
wrapped chocolate coins with SAARA of Virginia’s name imprinted in each coin.
Stigma Workshops Sign-up Today
by Sandy Kanehl
The stigma of addiction is powerful and leads to prejudice and
discrimination toward people at risk for addiction, those suffering, those
in recovery, and individuals associated with them. This workshop discusses
some of the causes and effects of the stigma of addictions, and contains
information and resources for advocates to counter stigma with facts.
Generally people who attended the workshops have commented that it was
useful for them to spend some time on this topic. The workshop challenged
them to think, in a safe environment, about how we as addiction
professionals may unwittingly help to perpetuate some aspects of the stigma
of addictions. Evaluations of the half-day workshop revealed that a
majority of participants would have liked more time for experiential
activities. I have been asked by some groups to do some focused follow-up
activities. If others are interested in hosting and/or attending a workshop,
I would be happy to talk with them. www.vadap.org