Top U.S. Drug Official David Mineta Speaks at 40th Youth Anti-Drug Abuse Conference

Deputy Director for Demand Reduction David Mineta at the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy took a selfie before addressing the 550 Illinois at the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Sunday.

Deputy Director for Demand Reduction David Mineta at the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy took a selfie before addressing the 550 Illinois at the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Sunday.

(Springfield, IL) – A top U.S. drug prevention official this weekend appeared in Central Illinois to speak at an Illinois youth substance abuse prevention organization’s summer conference marking the group’s 40th anniversary.

Deputy Director for Demand Reduction David Mineta at the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy on Sunday attended and spoke at the opening ceremonies of the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute conference at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute, administered by the Springfield-based Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) and which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, hosted nearly 550 Illinois youth at Eastern Illinois University who heard Mineta speak at the conference’s opening day regarding the role of young people in the battle against alcohol and drug abuse.

“The message that I have for the participants at the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute is that youth can be effective advocates for positive change in their schools and their communities to prevent drug and alcohol abuse,” said Mineta.

A former youth prevention program manager in San Francisco, Mineta, who oversees the agency’s newly created focus on programs for individuals in recovery from addiction, said, “Effective advocacy requires leadership skills and the ability to communicate the benefits of preventing drug and alcohol abuse.”
Mineta, who has held his post since June 2010, also brought greetings from President Barack Obama to the students attending the youth anti-drug forum.

“I also bring greetings to you from the President and note that the President firmly believes in youth and your ability and potential to make positive change in your communities,” Mineta said.

Mineta’s visit, which was the first time that a White House drug policy official has participated at the Teen Institute, launched the four-day conference that features other speakers, discussion groups, and workshops that aim to arm middle and high school students from across the state with the necessary leadership skills to persuade their friends, family, and neighbors that each has a role to play in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse, according to IADDA’s chief.

“The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute provides youth the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, but, most importantly, to become a force for positive change in their schools and communities,” said IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe.

The conference, held on the Eastern Illinois University campus, runs from July 20 through July 24.

Bestselling Author Koren Zailckas, “Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood,” to Keynote Drug Abuse Prevention Conference

Koren Zailckas

(Springfield, IL) – September 5, 2012. Koren Zailckas, the New York Times bestselling author of“Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood,” will provide the keynote address at the 2012 Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association’s (IADDA) annual conference in Lisle on September 6.

Zailckas’ speech is sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, an affiliate of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations.

In her book, Zailckas provides an account of her experience abusing alcohol, starting with her first sip at age 14 and continuing through harrowing binges until she successfully sought treatment at age 22.

In addition to sponsoring Zailckas’ address, the Cebrin Goodman Center has also granted 36 conference scholarships to prevention and treatment professionals throughout Illinois.

Scholarships were awarded to addiction prevention and treatment professionals with preference given to prevention providers, geographic diversity, and financial need.

“We are grateful to the Cebrin Goodman Center for their generous support of the 2012 IADDA Annual Conference,” said IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe. “Information gained from the conference workshops will directly benefit those who provide prevention and treatment services to Illinois’ most vulnerable populations, particularly youth.”

Scholarships cover full conference registration and hotel accommodations at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

The IADDA conference will be held September 5–7 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

Zailckas will speak on September 6 at 9:00 am.

Cebrin Goodman Center Grants 30 Conference Scholarships to Illinois Drug Prevention, Treatment Professionals

Mr. Larry Goodman (center) with students from Glenbard West High School’s Students for Students program.

(Springfield, IL) – August 31, 2011. The Cebrin Goodman Center, an affiliate of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations, granted 30 conference scholarships to prevention and treatment professionals throughout Illinois for the 2011 Illinois Alcoholism Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) conference.

Scholarships were awarded to addiction prevention and treatment professionals with preference given to prevention providers, geographic diversity, and financial need.

“We are grateful to the Cebrin Goodman Center for their generous support of the 2011 IADDA Annual Conference,” said IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe. “Information gained from the conference workshops will directly benefit those who provide prevention and treatment services to Illinois’ most vulnerable populations, particularly youth.”

Scholarships cover full conference registration and hotel accommodations at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

Established in 2007, the Cebrin Goodman Center, located in Skokie, Illinois, is committed to helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy contributing members of society. The often tragic consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction are a powerful threat to the realization of that goal, according to the Center.

Effective prevention efforts are crucial if we hope to shield future generations from the false promises of the drug experience and the unfortunate paths far too many have chosen. The Cebrin Goodman Center supports ongoing partnerships with organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to help young people develop the strengths to resist the formidable lure of drugs.

The IADDA conference, Designing the Future is scheduled for September 7–9 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

The conference scholarship winners are:

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Cebrin Goodman Center Grants 26 Conference Scholarships to Illinois Drug Prevention, Treatment Professionals

(Springfield, IL) – September 13, 2010. The Cebrin Goodman Center of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations granted 26 conference scholarships to addiction prevention and treatment professionals throughout Illinois for the 2010 Illinois Alcoholism Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) conference.

Scholarships were awarded to addiction prevention and treatment professionals employed by an IADDA member agency with preference given to prevention providers, geographic, diversity, and financial need.

“We are grateful to the Cebrin Goodman Center for their generous support of the 2010 IADDA Annual Conference,” said IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe. “Information gained from the conference workshops will directly benefit those who provide prevention and treatment services to Illinois’ most vulnerable populations, particularly youth.”

Scholarships cover full conference registration and hotel accommodations at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

Established in 2007, the Cebrin Goodman Center, located in Skokie, Illinois, is committed to helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy contributing members of society. To that end, the center supports ongoing partnerships with organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to successfully combat the formidable lure of drugs.

The IADDA conference, “Navigating change: Setting the course for success” is scheduled for September 15-17 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

The conference scholarship winners are:

  • Marcia Buchs, Chestnut Health Systems, Normal
  • Chasity Dunaway, Prairie Center, Urbana
  • Billy Fowler, Catholic Charities,Chicago
  • Ricardo Gasca, Renz Center, Elgin
  • Jennifer Geltz, Breaking Free Inc., Aurora
  • Robert Grupe, Heartland Human Services, Effingham
  • Empe Guerra, NICASA, Round Lake
  • Frank Harris, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Chicago
  • Kellie Henrichs, Project OZ, Bloomington
  • Tonette Ingram, Wells Center – IYC St. Charles, St. Charles
  • Marco Jacome, Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc., Chicago
  • Carl Jenkins, Catholic Charities, Chicago
  • Nora Jones, Chestnut Health Systems, Normal
  • Dennis Kyrouac, Family Service and CMHC for McHenry County, McHenry
  • Joannie Leigh, Chestnut Health Systems, Joliet
  • Julie Love, Prevention First Inc., Springfield
  • Ann McBride, Breaking Free Inc., Aurora
  • Mack McGhee, TASC, Inc., Chicago
  • Teressa Perdieu, Central East Alcholism and Drug Council, Charleston
  • John Powers, Haymarket Center, Chicago
  • Donna Prather, Chestnut Health Systems, Normal
  • Danielle Ramsey, ABJ Community Services, Inc., Chicago
  • Peter Rankaitis, Project Oz, Bloomington
  • Noviel Simms, Human Resources Development Inc., Chicago
  • Jeremy Wright, TASC, Inc., Villa Park
  • Philip Bradley, F.O.R.U.M., Chicago

Established in 1967 as the only statewide advocacy organization in Illinois focusing solely on substance use disorder issues, IADDA represents more than 50 prevention, treatment and recovery organizations across the state.

For more information about IADDA or to register for the conference visit www.IADDA.org.

Quinn Chief of Staff, Michelle Saddler to Be Lead Speaker at IADDA Conference

Michelle Saddler, Chief of Staff to Governor Pat Quinn

(Springfield, IL) – September 2, 2010.  Governor Pat Quinn’s newly-appointed chief of staff, Michelle Saddler, will serve as the opening speaker at the annual conference of Illinois’ top alcohol, drug advocacy group.

Saddler,  who served as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services prior to her appointment to the top post on the Governor’s staff, recently confirmed her attendance at the 43rd Annual Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association Conference: “Navigating Change: Setting a Course for Success“.

In her role as the human services chief, Saddler worked tirelessly on behalf of community-based social welfare agencies, according to IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe.

“As Secretary, Michelle Saddler strove relentlessly to minimize the impact of statewide budget cuts on Illinois’ most vulnerable populations,” said Howe. “We expect the same commitment as chief of staff.”

“We are pleased and honored that Ms. Saddler will welcome conference attendees as the opening speaker for our 2010 IADDA annual conference,” Howe added.

The IADDA conference will be held September 15-17, 2010, at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

Obama Deputy Drug Control Czar David Mineta to Address IADDA Annual Conference

President Barack Obama meets with Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske in the Oval Office, May 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

(Chicago, IL) – August 19, 2010. The Obama Administration’s newly-appointed Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director of Drug Demand Reduction, David Mineta, will present a plenary session at the Illinois Alcoholism Drug Dependence Association Annual Conference in the Chicago-area on September 17, 2010.

Mineta will discuss the White House’s 2010 National Drug Control Strategy and how this affects prevention and treatment providers around the country, as well as many other issues including healthcare reform and the importance of prevention programs.

Released on May 11, 2010, the Administration’s strategy establishes five-year goals for reducing drug use.

“This Strategy calls for a balanced approach to confronting the complex challenge of drug use and its consequences,” said President Barack Obama on the day of its release.

“By boosting community-based prevention, expanding treatment, strengthening law enforcement, and working collaboratively with our global partners, we will reduce drug use and the great damage it causes in our communities.”

The 2010 Strategy highlights a collaborative and balanced approach that emphasizes community-based prevention, integration of evidence-based treatment into the mainstream health care system, innovations in the criminal justice system to break the cycle of drug use and crime, and international partnerships to disrupt transnational drug trafficking organizations.

“This strategy incorporates drug control policies mayors have been advocating for many years,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors Executive Director Tom Cochran.

Mineta was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2010. In his new position, Mineta focuses on promoting drug prevention and drug treatment programs, as well as the agency’s newly created focus on programs for individuals in recovery from addiction.

Mineta has long experience working with community-based organizations.

Since 1996, he Mineta has worked with Asian American Recovery Services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Mineta started as a manager of a youth prevention program, but rose quickly to associate director and, since 2007, deputy director.

“We are excited to have Mr. Mineta at the 2010 conference,” said IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe.

The IADDA conference will be held the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, Illinois. Mineta’s plenary session is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Advisor Presents at Panel in Lisle on “State of Addiction Healthcare”

(Lisle, IL) – September 29, 2009. White House special advisor Dr. Kevin Sabet participated in a policy panel discussion in Lisle today to address the challenges and opportunities that face the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Sabet, 30, a special advisor for policy and strategic planning at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, joined two other panelists to discuss the “State of Addiction Healthcare” in Illinois and the U.S.

The panel presentation was hosted by the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) as part of its annual conference.

“We are pleased that the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy recognizes our work and that someone of Dr. Kevin Sabet’s stature joined our conference,” said Sara Howe, CEO of IADDA.

Sabet, who joined President Barack Obama’s Administration in August, previously worked on policy and speechwriting at White House drug control office from 2003-2004 and 2000 in both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton Administrations, making him one of the youngest people to have served in the last three Administrations as a political appointee.

In addition to Sabet, the other panelists included Paul Samuels, Director and President, Legal Action Center and Lonnetta Albright, Director, Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Advisor Comes to Illinois for Panel on “State of Addiction Healthcare”

Kevin Sabet

Kevin Sabet

(Springfield, IL) — September 14, 2009. As part of its annual conference, the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association will host a public policy panel presentation on September 29 to discuss the challenges and opportunities that currently face the substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery field, and the panel will include Kevin Sabet, Special Advisor for Policy and Strategic Planning, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Other panelists include: Paul Samuels, Director and President, Legal Action Center and Lonnetta Albright, Director, Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

The panel presentation will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle located at 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle and is scheduled from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Sara Howe, CEO, IADDA 217-528-7335, ext. 11.

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