Keynote Speakers

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Benjamin John Chin, now 25 years old, has been in recovery since age 19. He is currently a senior at Rutgers University majoring in Public Health and Linguistics, and plans to pursue a law degree with his sights set on influencing domestic health policy in the near future.

In his time at Rutgers University thus far, Ben has been a resident and active member of the Rutgers Recovery House as well as a member of the Rutgers Mountainview Project.

All of Ben’s involvement on campus contributed to his development as a leader making it possible for him to become a founding member of the non-profit organization Young People in Recovery, which is a grassroots advocacy organization that mobilizes the voice of young people in recovery from addiction. Ben also completed an internship at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration working in the Office of Planning, Policy, and Innovation.

These experiences equipped Ben with the resources to co-founded PTR Associates in January of 2013. PTR Associates is policy consulting firm dedicated to bringing recovery-oriented solutions throughout the spectrum of Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery services.

As a proud member of the Rutgers Community Ben received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship as the 2013 New Jersey recipient Ben believes all of his success has been made possible by the support of his family and the incredible mentors and friends that he has made throughout his journey.


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Regina Diamond is a graduate student in the MSW program at Fordham University, and an alumna of Rutgers University. She is passionate about issues of social justice and equity; this is evident in her commitment to serve underrepresented and marginalized members of our community. She has earned a number of awards and scholarships for her leadership in the LGBTQ Community as well as her service and involvement with the Mountainview Program at Rutgers University. Ms. Diamond is a co-founder of the Rutgers University Mountainview Project (RUMVP) Student Organization. RUMVP members work with at-risk youth and incarcerated individuals in hopes of reducing rates of incarceration and recidivism. Ms. Diamond is also actively involved in forming the RUMVP Alumni Association. In telling her story of recovery from drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness and incarceration she hopes to raise public awareness and eliminate the stigma and stereotypes associated with these populations.

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The 22nd Annual Summit is on September 12th, 2013
There is no cost you to attend this Summit, but registration is limited. Once registered, a commitment will be made by GCADA on your behalf.

Summit Registration includes:
Workshops, Keynote Speaker, Continental breakfast and Lunch.

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National recovery Month: Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover -- Imporoving the lives of those with substance use and mental disorders by raising awareness of the disease and educating communities about available resources.

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2012 Statewide Alliance Volunteer of the Year

2011 Winners

2012 W. Cary Edwards Award, from left to right: Judy Forman, Bergen County Alliance Coordinator; Award recipient Janice Georgallas, from the Hills Valley Coalition; Rebecca Alfaro, GCADA Director of Prevention and Training; Neil Van Ess, GCADA Elected Chairman


The 2013 W. Cary Edwards State Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient
is Stephanie Zielaznicki,
Chairperson of the Holmdel Municipal Alliance

Stephanie Zielaznicki

We are pleased to announce that GCADA’s 1st Annual Riley Regan Community Service Award will be presented to Katie Regan

Katie Regan


Overdose Prevention, Medication Assisted Treatment, Affordable Care Act, Young People in Recovery, The Future of Substance Abuse Disorders, Reducing Rx Abuse at the Community Level, Aligning Your Efforts With the National Prevention Strategy.
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21st Annual Summit. Creating Healthy and Safe Communities.

2013 Summit Agenda

8:00-9:00 am Registration
9:00-9:15 am Welcoming Remarks
Acting Executive Director Celina Gray
Elected Chairman Neil Van Ess
9:15-9:45 am Keynote Address
Benjamin Chin
Regina Diamond
9:45-10:00 am Break to workshops
10:00-11:00 am Workshop #1
11:00-11:15 am Break to Ballroom
11:15-12:00 pm Panel Discussion: Task Force
on Heroin and Other Opiate Use
by NJ Youth and Young Adults
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-1:45 pm Volunteer of the Year Awards
W. Cary Edwards Award
1:45-2:00 pm Break to Ballroom
2:00-3:00 pm Workshop #2

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Workshops Offered

Do You Fit In? Aligning Your Efforts With the National Prevention Strategy

Presented By: Diane Litterer, MPA, CPS

The objective of this workshop is to improve the overall understanding of the National Prevention Strategy’s framework, and to improve the health and wellness in New Jersey’s counties and the state.

The Overdose Prevention Act and the Changing Face of Heroin

Presented By: First Assistant Attorney General Thomas Calcagni. Esq. and Doug Collier

Statistics reveal that the face of heroin in NJ is getting younger and younger. Come learn about the recent trends in targeting heroin use including an overview of the Overdose Prevention Act passed in May 2013.

Current Drug Trends 2013

Presented By: Michael Litterer, CHES

This presentation discusses current designer drugs, associated trends, methods of identification and surrounding cultural issues.

Young People in Recovery: Educate, Advocate, Collaborate

Presented By: Joel Pomales and Morgan Smeraglia

Young People in Recovery (YPR) is a national grassroots advocacy organization whose aim is to remove barriers to sustained recovery for young people in, or seeking, recovery from addiction. This presentation will review the organization’s creation, goals and initiatives on the state and national level.

The Future of Substance Use Disorders Using the DSM-5

Presented By: Glenn Duncan, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS

This presentation will outline the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). New diagnostic criteria and other major changes to diagnostic categories, as well as the future of the DSM will be discussed.

Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment: New Directions for DMHAS

Presented By: Dr. Louis E. Baxter, Sr., MD, FASAM

Learn about medication specifically approved by the FDA for use as an adjunct to addiction treatment. This presentation will include a focus on adolescent and adult protocols for medication assisted therapies used for detoxification, maintenance, psychiatric illness and pain management.

Reducing Rx Abuse at the Community Level: A Comprehensive Approach

Presented By: Kristy Miller, MPA

This presentation dissects the unique characteristics of prescription drug abuse and offers multiple strategies for developing a comprehensive approach to target an array of specific local conditions. The session focuses on using the Strategic Prevention Framework and CADCA’s National Coalition Institute’s Seven Strategies to affect community-level change.

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion: What Does This Mean for NJ’s Youth and Families?

Presented By: Roxanne Kennedy, MSW, LCSW and Maura Collinsgru, BA

The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion will be providing healthcare to families across NJ. This presentation focuses on the federal and state requirements as well as how care relates to substance abuse treatment providers.