Dr. Donna T. Bacon Elected to LICADD’s Board
LICADD is pleased to announce the election of Donna T. Bacon, Ed.D, LCSW, MS, CT to its Board of Directors. Dr. Bacon brings a wealth of professional and volunteer experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Professor of Health Education. She is a full-time tenured Professor in the Department of Health Education at Nassau Community College and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University, Alfred University and Long Island University CW Post. She’s also heavily involved with Planned Parenthood of Nassau County and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to women’s health.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bacon to the Board,” explained Board Chair Jeffery Capazzi, “her leadership and track record of community involvement is impressive, as is her commitment to the health of Long Island’s students and most vulnerable residents.”
Dr. Bacon has a BA in psychology and an MSW from Adelphi University, as well as an MS in health education from Teachers College Columbia University. As a breast cancer survivor, she completed chemotherapy a day before receiving her doctorate in education in health and human behavior studies from Columbia University, and went on to assist hundreds of others through Sisters United in Health, run by the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program.
In addition, Dr. Bacon is the Founder and Executive Director of Mid-Nassau Lend a Helping Hand, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and resources to women diagnosed with breast cancer and/or recovering from treatment. A long-time advocate for women and other underserved populations, she has been honored for her exceptional service by the Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Long Island Business News and the Nassau Community College Federation of Teachers (NCCFT).
“I am excited about the prospect of getting more involved with LICADD’s programs, specifically their evidence-based substance abuse prevention initiatives,” said Dr. Bacon. “I look forward to being an involved and active board member at an agency that is taking affirmative steps to address the growing substance abuse and addiction epidemic in our region,” she added.
“Dr. Bacon is a terrific advocate for Long Islanders and we are so pleased that she will be joining our team,” stated LICADD Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds, “I’ve known Donna for many years and am thrilled that she’s lending her incredible intelligence and energy in support of LICADD’s life-saving programs.”
Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Ph.D., CEAP, SAP
LICADD Executive Director
LICADD Executive Director, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds penned an editorial in Newsday arguing that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should evaluate medical marijuana, not the NYS Senate and Assembly. The article is linked here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2013
Long Island’s Families in Support of Treatment (FIST) Rallies with Anti-Drug Forum in Wantagh Tomorrow Night
Long Island, NY, June 6, 2013. Long Island families impacted by addiction and concerned about their communities will join addiction treatment providers, community educators, law enforcement officials and dozens of community organizations to speak out at an anti-drug forum tomorrow night in Wantagh.
The call to action – organized by F.I.S.T. (Families in Support of Treatment) gets underway at 7:00PM on Friday June 7, 2013 at St. Francis de Chantal Church, located at 1309 Wantagh Avenue in Wantagh. All community members, specifically families affected by addiction as well as treatment, prevention and recovery professionals, are invited to attend.
As thousands of Long Islanders are dealing with the devastating effects of substance abuse and addiction, concerned parents, community coalitions and treatment providers are joining together to provide a free evening of awareness, advocacy and resources to families in need. Over fifty Long Island-based organizations including LICADD, YES Community Counseling, Seafield, Caron Treatment Centers and South East Nassau Guidance Center will be present to offer help and healing in response to the current drug epidemic.
Local law enforcement and treatment professionals will present an overview of the current addiction epidemic, barriers to treatment, strategies for drug prevention and the signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction. Participants will hear testimonials and stories of recovery from family members and meet special guest Tara Conner, a public advocacy consultant for Caron Treatment Centers and former Miss USA 2006, who is celebrating six years in recovery. The evening promises to be educational, inspirational and will give local residents some great tools for keeping their families safer.
“This event is a call to action for our community to address Long Island’s growing epidemic of chemical dependency and addiction, and that means confronting and addressing the insurance industry’s refusal to pay for adequate substance abuse treatment,” explained LICADD Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds.
Anthony Rizzuto, Provider Relations Representative for Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, said the devastation that drug addiction causes in families and in our communities is “no longer tolerable.” He added, “From shootings in pharmacies to driving under the influence, we are all impacted. This event will provide the audience with education, awareness, empowerment, resources, advocacy, a voice and most of all, hope!”
All community members are invited to attend this free, informative and inspirational event. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Anthony Rizzuto at 516-316-6387 or Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds at 516-747-2606.
Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Ph.D., CEAP, SAP
LICADD Executive Director
Don’t Miss the Northport Community Book Club’s upcoming event this Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 2pm.
The Northport Community Book Club will be hosting Guest Speakers Chris Herren, former NBA player and author of Basketball Junkie, and LICADD Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds. Following the speakers, Sue Roethel from The Fallen on Long Island will be presenting a Narcan Training.
Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, realized his dreams by playing for the Celtics in the NBA, only to lose it all to addiction. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008, Chris has refocused his life to put sobriety and family above all else. In 2009 Chris launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, a basketball player development company which provides customized, superior basketball training through private training, clinics and camps.
Off the court Chris continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. With the release of his memoir, Basketball Junkie, in May of 2011, Chris was approached by hundreds of people and their families looking for assistance in their road to recovery. Inspired by their stories, Chris formed The Herren Project to educate at-risk populations on addiction and help others in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety.
This is an event you don’t want to miss. Please join us. All are welcome!
Date: June 2, 2013
Place: William J. Brosnan Building
158 Laurel Avenue
Northport, NY 11768
For more information, or to attend, please contact Tammy Walsh, founder of The Northport Community Book Club, for more information: email@example.com or (631) 445-6433. For an event flyer, click here.
Space is limited! For more information on these and other LICADD workshops, and/or to reserve your place at these trainings, please contact
Lisa Ganz, LMSW at firstname.lastname@example.org.