Friday, December 29, 2006

Call for Nominations of the Richard Lane Patient Advocacy Award

National Alliance of Methadone Advocates
Press Release

Joycelyn Woods MA-CMA (212) 595-NAMA/6262
Fred Christie AFIRM (516) 897-1330
Chris Kelly ARM (202) 246-6850

For Release:
December 29, 2006

Call for Nominations of the
Richard Lane Patient Advocacy Award

The National Alliance of Methadone Advocates (NAMA) in collaboration with Advocates for the Integration of Methadone and Recovery (AFIRM) and Advocates for Recovery with Medication (ARM) is seeking Nominations for the Richard Lane Patient Advocacy Award to be presented by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) at the 2007 National Conference.

The award will be presented during the Conference Banquet to be held in San Diego (October 20-24, 2007). The recipient will receive roundtrip Coach Class airfare to the conference, two (2) nights in the hotel and full conference registration.

Richard Land was a long-term heroin user who, upon release from prison in 1967, was instrumental in establishing one of the Nation’s first methadone treatment programs. In 1974, he became the Executive Director of Man Alive (Baltimore) and later served as Vice President of the American Methadone Treatment Association and as Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Maryland. Mr. Lane was a passionate advocate for methadone treatment and, by disclosing his own treatment experiences, provided inspiration to patients and colleagues alike. This award was established in 1995 and recognizes extraordinary achievements in patient advocacy.

The following criteria should be applied in making the selection:

Only one (1) nominee can be submitted to the AATOD Conference Awards Committee. There may be a number of nominees, who will be fielded by The Committee in the methadone patient advocacy movement, however, The Committee will be responsible for submitting only one (1) “consensus” nominee to receive this honor.

The nominee must have been involved in the field of methadone advocacy for a period of five (5) years.

The nominee must have been actively engaged in methadone advocacy for a period of five (5) years.

The nominee must have made meaningful and consistent contributions, which have had a significant impact on opioid treatment within a state or region of the United States.

The Committee will be responsible for completing the nomination form and retaining letters of support describing the nominee’s achievements, which are required before any final nomination can be submitted to the AATOD Awards Committee.

All submissions should include the completed Richard Land Patient Advocacy Award Nomination Form that is included.

Deadline for submissions is February 14, 2007.
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

NAMA is Proud to Announce the World Famous CODAC All-Stars Holiday Music Jam at the Catfish Cafe

National Alliance of Methadone Advocates
Press Release

National Alliance of Methadone Advocates

Contact Person: Joycelyn Woods, President

For Release:
December 6, 2006

Saturday, December 9, 2006
Providence, RI
The CODAC All-Stars and Friends bring you a night of music, stories and holiday favorites.
Saturday December 9th at 7 PM
Come early for the Jam Session 2-6 PM

The Catfish Cafe at The Mediator
50 Rounds Avenue, Providence RI

Or A New Unwrapped Present for Kids 1-16 Years

Refreshments Available

The Mediator is easy to find - just off Narragansett Avenue (near Reservoir)
or from Elmwood and Roger Williams Avenue
Call 401-263-7232 for Directions

For More Information

James Gillen "Catfish Jim" is the manager of the CODAC All-Stars and founder of Tales from a Small Planet a project in which Gillen uses his passion for storytelling, music and audience participation. Gillen also uses his storytelling abilities to give presentations on substance abuse and tobacco prevention in schools and other facilities. Additionally, an experiment using musical therapy to help people recovering from addictions tap into the creative energy within has blossomed into an ever-expanding group of musicians, singers and drummers. They are now known as the World-Famous CODAC All-Stars. This group has appeared as part of the Catfish CafĂ©, which included a performance that brought down the house last year at the City of Providence’s New Year’s Eve Bright Night event.

Jim Gillen is a director of NAMA's Rhode Island chapter MARC, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (LCDP) and Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP) in the state of Rhode Island.

The state of Rhode Island's Division of Substance Abuse presented Jim with the 2003 Counselor of the Year Award. In March of 2006 Jim was named recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award for RI for outstanding service to the community.

For booking information for “Tales From a Small Planet” or the “CODAC All Stars”, e-mail: