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     "Clinical supervision ... is critical to ensuring service quality and effectiveness." TAP 21-A, US Dept of Health and Human Services

 
ESA Award Recipients: 2015
 
   
Purpose
  
 

The Excellence in Supervision Award was established to recognize alcohol and other drug (AOD) and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and education programs that have demonstrated ongoing commitment to standards of excellence in clinical supervision.

This award is given to recognize exemplary commitment to quality supervision by award-winning agencies, and to encourage other agencies to likewise "raise the bar" for quality and competent clinical supervision.
 

 
     
 
   
Eligibility
    
Joint application from agency and
at least one supervisor:

Agency
including, hospitals, in- and out-patient treatment agencies, medication-assisted treatment programs, DUI programs, etc., that has been engaged in addiction counseling / treatment field for at least 3 years, and

Supervisor(s)
including those with certification or licensure as addiction counselors or clinical supervisors, registered nurses, social workers, masters degree-level family therapists, etc., who have been with applying agency for at least one year

 
 
     

 

 
   
Awards
    
There will be up to $10,000
awarded each year:

5
$1,000 awards on May 1

5
$1,000 awards on November 1

Each $1,000 award will be made to the applying agency or the applying supervisor from that agency
 
     
  ESA Recipients  
     
  ESA Award 2015  
     
  ESA Award 2014  
     
  ESA Award 2013  
     
  ESA Award 2012  
     
 
   
Application
   
ESA Application
 
There is NO APPLICATION FEE
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UPCOMING FILING DEADLINES

September 4, 2015
Complete application must be received by Breining Institute by September 4 to be considered for the November 1 awards

March 11, 2016
Complete application must be received by Breining Institute by March 11 to be considered for the May 1 awards

 

 
     
 


Award-winning agencies and/or its supervisors will be paid $1,000 without deduction or withholding, and are responsible for their respective tax liabilities, if any.
Breining Institute shall comply with its responsibility of reporting the awards to the IRS, but will not withhold or deduct any portion of the awards.
 

 
  ESA award recipients: May 2015  
 
 
 
     

  Broadway Treatment Center
 
     
 
           
 


Gail Echeverria
RAS II, CSC
Clinical Supervisor

   

Pictured are just a few of  the people who are wishing "congratulations" to Gail Echeverria and
Broadway Treatment Center for their earning national recognition with the ESA Award.

 
Tony
Orth

Chief
Executive
Officer
Shaun
Lennert

Chief
Operating
Officer
Joyce
Anderson

Director of Intake
Whitney
Budhu

Marketing Director
Michaela
Cain

Support
Staff
Sandy
Hickman

Medical
Records
Sheila
McCabe

Therapist
Joy
Nussum

Therapist
Kim
Scott
Medication Technician
 
           
 
     
 
   
“Broadway Treatment Center is devoted to excellence in treatment for its clients by hiring and promoting qualified supervisors who are committed to a standard of high-quality service in all areas of counseling, which includes the family and communities that we serve,” explains Tony Orth, Chief Executive Officer. “We believe what sets our program apart from others is that by including a Registered Addiction Specialist Level II who also holds a Clinical Supervisor Credential from Breining Institute, we give the participants the benefit of a well-trained clinical staff.”
 
Broadway’s commitment to continuing staff improvement is demonstrated by, as Mr. Orth continues, “Our commitment to excellence pertains to continued education and training [for our staff] by offering assistance in education and training through Breining Institute to individuals who have been employed and working for this company for more than one year.”
 
Gail Echeverria, who has earned both the advanced RAS II and CSC nationally-awarded Credentials, has worked in the AOD/SUD treatment profession in positions from aftercare counselor to director of chemical dependency services. Ms. Echeverria says that she “is motivated toward gaining knowledge and being a part of the solution by promoting education and certification for all members of the clinical team of any facility I have worked in and for.”
 
Congratulations, Ms. Echeverria and Broadway Treatment Center, for the tremendous work you do in this profession, as well as for your continuing commitment to improve your skills and knowledge in this field.
 
 
 
 
     

 

  Hilltop Recovery Services
 
     
 
           
 


Lori Carter-Runyon
RAS II, CSC, MATC,
FAC, CCDS, CATC

Executive Director

   

Some of the Hilltop Recovery Services staff, with the beautiful background
surrounding its facility, sharing in the honor of earning national recognition
with the ESA Award are (from left) Daylan Roberts, Joseph Lupfer, ESA recipient
Lori Carter-Runyon, Anthony Palma and Kate Newman.

 
Deserie
Askew
RAS, CATC
Brianna
Carter
Office Mgr
Perlina
Drummond
RAS
Crystal
Hubkey
Financial
Admin.
Joseph
Lupfer
RAS
Kate
Newman
RASi
Anthony
Palma

RAS II
Daylan
Roberts
RAS III, CSC,
CCDS, CATC
Ryan
Runyon
RAS, CSC
 
           
 
     
 
   
Hilltop Recovery Services was co-founded by Lori Carter-Runyon and her husband Ryan Runyon, with the support of Dr. Robert Gardner.  In March of 2007 Hilltop Recovery Services became licensed and certified as a Mens residential treatment program, located on 320 acres in the woods above Middleton and Cobb California.  The facility location itself sits on 40 acres and provides a serene and safe place away from the chaos of everyday life to start working on change.  
 
Hilltop developed and delivers a curriculum based on principles of recovery, values, cognitive thoughts, and meeting the individual where they are at the time.  Its employees are asked what they like to do when providing services, and Ms. Carter-Runyon looks for the best qualities and strengths of her staff, allowing them to develop their professional skills using what they enjoy most and building on the concept.  She says, “When the employee is excited about what they are teaching, it shows up in the work and the information retained by the residents. All but one of our Staff are at least Breining certified.”   

Ms. Carter-Runyon personally strives to meet the high standards she expect of her staff, and has herself earned multiple advanced-level professional credentials, including the Registered Addiction Specialist - Level II (RAS II), Clinical Supervisor Credential (CSC), Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor (MATC), Forensic Addictions Counselor (FAC), and the Certified Co-occurring Disorders Specialist (CCDS) Credentials from Breining Institute.

Ms. Carter-Runyon describes the Hilltop approach as, “Not a 12 Step or Social Model, … [rather] more of a Hybrid Program. We take what works from different areas and build on them until they fit best in our program.  The topics and treatment plans are all done on an individual basis, nothing is done on a cookie cutter approach.”

She also expresses high praise for her staff: “Each one of our employees has something special to give and they do their best to be uniquely committed and professional, as well as rebuilding the self-worth of the self-abusive addicts who believe they have done something so bad that they are not deserving of having a good life.  Our message is everyone deserves a good life, we all make mistakes, some more than others, but if we begin to learn from them they become lessons, and as we learn more we learn to change the behaviors, and we become the people we were always capable of being, and that person is capable of success.”

 
 
 
 
     

  Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center
 
     
 
               
    Don Faris
RAS, CSC, CATC

Clinical Director
   


Sharing in the honor of earning national recognition with the ESA Award are (from left) Mary Ellen Ferari, Caseworker; Robert Allred, Clinical Adminstrator; Justin Johnson, Caseworker; Shanna Jacobsen, Caseworker; Don Faris, Clinical Director; Derrick McIntyre, Caseworker; Jerry Johnson, Program Manager; Ann Carey, Caseworker; Matthew Miller, Caseworker; Roxanne Martinez, Program Manager; Nia Casselman, Caseworker; and James Reyes, Caseworker.

 
               
 
     
 
   
Don Faris started working at Impact in 1981, and currently serves as its Clinical Director. Mr. Faris earned and has been awarded the Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) Credential and Clinical Supervisor Credential (CSC) from Breining, the Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) from California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE), and holds a Bachelor of Science, Psychology degree from Sierra University. 
 
Mr. Faris’ continually looks for specialized workshops and other trainings for himself and his staff, in order to stay current on the ever-evolving SUD populations and its needs. Through his leadership, the treatment team and clinical staff meetings focus on individual clients and communication among staff in ensure no client “slips through the cracks” and that every effort is being utilized to bring about a shift from a destructive lifestyle to becoming responsible members of the community.
 
Impact has been treating men and women for serious drug and alcohol abuse problems since 1969. It is one of only a few facilities certified by the Joint Commission Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and has treated over 40,000 men and women for their addictions.
 
All Impact employees, including the licensed medical professionals and certified caseworkers, are committed to the primary goal of complete and permanent elimination of dependence on the use of drugs.
 
 
 
 
     

  Panama City Rescue Mission
 
     
 
           
 


Thurman Chambers
Executive Director

   

Sharing in the honor of earning national recognition with the ESA Award are some of the
Panama City Rescue Mission staff members (from left) John Goldman, Thurman Chambers,
Rachel Duvall, Rick Briggs, Kathleen Duval, and Amy Stefancic.

 
Rick Briggs
M-RAS, CSC, FAC
Program Director
Kathleen Duval
Women's
Case Manager
Rachel Duvall
Women's
Recovery
Manager
John Goldman
Men's
Recovery
Manager
David Ring
Case Manager
Amy Stefancic
Women's
Case Manager
 
           
 
     
 
   
Since 1972 the Panama City Rescue Mission has provided thousands of nights of shelter, more than 1 million meals and the basic needs of everyday life. The Mission is best known for its immediate needs program. Recovery is, however, where the most positive, permanent impact on the lives of homeless people and the community is seen.

Program Director Rick Briggs, Ph.D., has earned a number of advanced-level professional credentials, including the Masters Level - Registered Addiction Specialist (M-RAS), Clinical Supervisor Credential (CSC), Forensic Addictions Counselor (FAC) from Breining Institute.

And, this is the second time that a program with which Dr. Briggs has been associated has been nationally-recognized with the ESA Award: When Dr. Briggs was with Cityteam International (Chester, Pennsylvania) as its Discipleship Recovery Director, they were both recognized and awarded the ESA in 2012. Although he has traveled some distance from Pennsylvania, now working in Panama City, Florida, Dr. Briggs continues his exemplary work and efforts in this honorable profession.

Panama City Rescue Mission is a privately funded, nonprofit 501 (C) 3 organization. With the exception of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that subsidizes its food program, it receives no direct city, county, state or federal funding. It is not currently an affiliated agency of the United Way (however, United Way contributors can designate their donations to the Mission). Other funding comes from grants, foundations, businesses, churches, program fees, and members of the community, plus proceeds from the thrift store operation and other work training/enterprise programs.  It is overseen by a board of directors and operates two residential facilities; one for men with a capacity of 73 beds for men, and a home with 53 beds for women and children.  Four distinct housing programs fill a myriad of needs for our clients. 

Additionally, special outreach programs that provide food, clothing and other needs are designed to help families and individuals to “make ends meet” and prevent them from becoming homeless.

 
 
 
 
     

 
Sun Street Centers

 

 
     
 
               
    Annalisa Mitchell
M-RAS, CSC, FAC, CCDS, CATC
DUI Counselor
   
Sharing in the honor of earning national recognition with the ESA Award are (from left)
Marciano Huerta, Deputy Director, Sun Street Centers, and ESA Award recipient Annalisa Mitchell.
 
               
 
     
 
   
Anna Foglia, Chief Executive Officer for Sun Street Centers, stated, ”there is no doubt that, thanks to the dedicated work of counselors like Annalisa Mitchell, we are saving lives on the streets of Monterey County!” Ms. Mitchell just celebrated 7 years of employment at Sun Street Centers as a stellar Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Educator and Counselor. Sun Street Centers has served over 12,500 Monterey Residents with DUI convictions over the past 5 years.

Ms. Mitchell has earned and been awarded a number of advanced-level professional credentials, including the Masters Level - Registered Addiction Specialist (M-RAS), Clinical Supervisor Credential (CSC), Forensic Addictions Counselor (FAC) and the Certified Co-occurring Disorders Specialist (CCDS) Credentials from Breining Institute, and also holds the Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC)certification from California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE).

Since 1968, Sun Street Centers has been providing the most comprehensive and effective services for education, prevention and recovery of alcohol addiction and drug abuse throughout Monterey County. Relying on a proven social model developed by founders Martin and Nancy Dodd, as well as the compassion and experience of an expert staff, Sun Street Centers welcome all individuals and families to hope, heal, and thrive with a drug-free and alcohol-free lifestyle. 

Marciano Huerta, Deputy Director of Sun Street Centers, explains, “It is no surprise that Breining Institute selected Annalisa Mitchell, long-time DUI Counselor at Sun Street Centers, for their national and highly prestigious Excellence in Supervision Award. For the past 9 years, Annalisa has been teaching the effects of driving under the influence to hundreds of individuals who have been given a DUI. Her tireless energy is contagious as she mentions that she has never worked a day in her life because to her, working with DUI clients is just an extension of who she is as a person.”

In Ms. Mitchell’s own words, “We are all responsible for taking care of our community. This is what I care about and this is how I choose to help my community.”

Ms. Foglia and Mr. Huerta share the opinion that Sun Street Centers is “immensely proud that Annalisa has been chosen for this national award, and the good rapport she has with her clients is a testament to her competence and excellence.”

 
 
 
            
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