The Ramstad/Kennedy Award was established in 2008 to recognize an SSA Director who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of recovery and Recovery Month and to acknowledge Congressmen Ramstad and Kennedy for their commitment to recovery and recovery-oriented policies. The Award will be presented on Thursday, September 22, 2022, as part of the NASADAD Quarterly Board Meeting.
To nominate an SSA director, please refer to the criteria below, and complete and return the application form by 11:59 pm (ET), Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
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On May 11, the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) joined other groups educating Congress on the benefits of the Post-Disaster Mental Health Response Act. As noted in the letter, the proposal would extend the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) “…to be available following Emergency Declarations, not only for Major Disaster Declarations.” Previously, NASADAD sent letters to the House author of the bill — Representative Pressley (D-MA) on October 14, 2021 and the Senate leaders on the bill – Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Portman (R-OH) on February 22, 2022.
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