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Workforce Development & ICAADA

ICAADA, Indiana addiction professionals and other addiction stakeholders are experiencing a flurry of activity and challenges in 2014 as we work for prevention and recovery: a prescription drug addiction epidemic, a growing heroin problem, special needs of critical populations, an aging addiction treatment workforce, a lack of addiction recovery community organizations, the integration of behavioral health with primary healthcare, and scarce resources for prevention and the treatment of low-income clients.  New partnerships and collaborations will be required along with creative strategies to impact the opioid epidemic, workforce development, and emerging organizational demands.  

ICAADA is focusing its efforts on addressing these challenges during 2014.  The ICAADA Board of Directors began a strategic planning process in March to ensure that ICAADA will be effective in helping Indiana tackle these challenges as well as serving the needs of ICAADA members.  We encourage ICAADA members to engage in dialogue regarding our challenges and identify needs, resources and strategies to impact your concerns.  Please communicate your thoughts and ideas to myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 317-923-8800) or to any ICAADA Board member.

An issue often ignored is the lack of incentives or benefits for addiction professionals entering the field.  ICAADA and Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI) along with other addiction stakeholders were successful in advocating for a loan forgiveness bill in the state legislature. HEA 1360 was passed by the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate and signed by the Governor and establishes a board to oversee a loan forgiveness program for addiction and mental health professionals.  While a small step, HEA1360 is groundbreaking legislation for addiction professionals. 

ICAADA has begun offering trainings on a monthly basis to meet some of Indiana’s workforce development needs and to address cutting edge issues in addiction.   2014 trainings already conducted include Telehealth (January), HIV/AIDS (February), Opioid Treatment and Recovery (March) and Buprenorphine Treatment (April).   We have a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist training (MATS) scheduled for May 28-30 and encourage everyone to attend the Annual MHAI Symposium on June 13. The Symposium will feature an ICAADA member, Marti McGibbon CADAC II, as the luncheon keynote speaker and as well as an opioid addiction track.  Please check our website for more information and to register for trainings.  If you or your organization would like to sponsor a training, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 317-923-8800.

Again, I would like to encourage you to engage with ICAADA as we address the challenges of 2014.  We need your leadership.                                                    



When:    August 1, 2014
Where:  MHAI Yellow Rose Building
               1441 North Delaware Street
               Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Time:     8:30-9:00 AM Registration
               9:00 AM-4:30 PM Training   

Cost:     $55 ( ICAADA member price )
               $75 ( non-ICAADA member price )

This six (6) hour training is designed to assist addiction professionals in helping their clients identify “high risk” activities/life styles that may increase the risk of exposure to HIV and/or the risk of transmitting HIV to others. The goal of this training is to improve the ability of addiction professionals in a variety of settings to support individuals in making behavior changes that will reduce their risk of acquiring and/or transmitting HIV as well as other health related conditions such as Hepatitis C.

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When:   Saturday October 4, 2014 8-10pm
Where: Toby Theater in the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)
              4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208

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Laff-aholics Comedy Benefit for Recovery is an annual event in Indianapolis that features nationally headlining comedians. All profits go to local facilities that provide transitional housing and access to treatment for recovering addicts and alcoholics.

Laff-aholics 2014 will feature Rich Aronovitch and Ritch Shydner, with host and founder Marti MacGibbon. This year's beneficiary is Pathway to Recovery, who provides sober living for nearly 100 homeless men, women and families with addictive and mental disorders.

The year's Laff-aholics will be Saturday October 4, 2014 from 8-10pm at the Toby Theater in the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis 46208. Tickets are $25 in advance and available at Laff-aholics.com. Sponsorships are appreciated for those who cannot afford to attend.

Read more: Laff-aholics Comedy Benefit for Recovery

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