On June 24th, Addiction Policy Forum held the 2021 National Leadership Conference. The annual National Leadership Conference highlights innovative solutions to addressing addiction.
2021 Award Winners
This year we recognize individuals who have spearheaded revolutionary work to address childhood trauma, conducted extensive research on gender differences in the treatment of substance use disorders, helped courts address the unique aspects of opioid-use disorder, expanded access to evidence-based treatment in West Virginia, created a groundbreaking program to give former LA gang members a second chance, spent a lifetime advocating on behalf of children impacted by addiction, inspired countless people through recovery and ultramarathons, and steered the city of Baltimore through the opioid epidemic with a critical public health response.
Welcome & Introduction
Featuring Jess Hulsey, District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Judge Robert Rancourt and General Barry McCaffrey
Drug Use and Addiction:
What has Science Revealed?
Presentation by Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA Director
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Honoring Dr. James Berry
2021 Pillar of Excellence in Treatment award winner
Alcohol Use Disorder as a Coping Response:
Hyperkatifela, Deaths of Despair and COVID-19
Dr. George Koob, NIAAA Director
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Honoring Jack Stein
2021 Pillar of Excellence Award winner
Improving Outcomes for Children Impacted by Parental Addiction Spotlight on the Lynn, MA Model
District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Essex County, MA;
Lauren Phelps, Guidance Counselor
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Helping Families in Crisis:
Results from the enCompass Pilot Study
Jess Hulsey; Alisha Nelson, RecoveryOhio; Dr. Valerie Earnshaw, University of Delaware
Honoring Dr. Nabila El-Bassel/Day 1 Conclusion
2021 Pillar of Excellence in Research award winner
Day 2 - November 5, 2021
Emerging Drug Threats in the U.S.
Mr. Sean Fearns, Chief, Community Outreach, Drug Enforcement Administration
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Honoring Sis Wenger
2021 Advocate of the Year award winner
Honoring the 2021 Legislators of the Year Award Winner
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee & Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
Honoring Chief Justice Loretta Rush/Presentation
Pillar of Excellence in Criminal Justice award winner
Advocacy 101 Presentation
featuring Liliana Coronado, Eric Arndt, Lorraine McNeil Popper & Michelle Jaskulski
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Honoring Catra Corbett
Pillar of Excellence in Recovery award winner
Conversation with Congressman David Trone
Discussing the Stop the Stigma Act and the Families Support Act
Conversation on the EQUAL Act/Conference Conclusion
Danny Smith, Chief Counsel to Senator Cory Booker