CODAC Participates in National Council for Mental Wellbeing Conference

CODAC Health, Recovery and Wellness recently participated in the annual National Council for Mental Wellbeing conference held on May 1-3,  in Los Angeles, California.

The conference brought together more than 5,000 healthcare professionals from across the country to collaborate for community impact.

The conference offered attendees a chance to hear from over 280 sought-after speakers from all facets of health and human services. They also participated in discussions about the future of the field and enjoyed hundreds of hours of evidence-based, industry-leading content.

Dan Barden, CODAC’s chief clinical officer, presented at the conference about Pima County’s deflection program and how CODAC leverages community partnerships to support recovery from substance use. Meanwhile, Katlyn Monje, Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault director, presented on the intersection between sexual violence, drugs, and alcohol.

“It was a privilege to bring the topic of sexual violence to the 2023 National Council for Mental Wellbeing,” said Monje. “We discusses how CODAC and SACASA collaborate with community partners to overcome stigma, increase access to and engagement in supportive treatment services, and promote the overall wellbeing of sexual assault survivors.”

The conference was the largest gathering in mental health and substance use treatment, with attendees learning from thought partners and leaders in healthcare who work to transform communities and save lives.

About the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, founded in 1969, is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of over 3,100 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults, and families they serve. The organization advocates for policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality services, builds the capacity of mental health and substance use treatment organizations, and promotes greater understanding of mental wellbeing as a core component of comprehensive health and healthcare. Through their Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing has trained more than 2.6 million people in the U.S. to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.


Pictured above (top left photo): Katlyn Monje, SACASA director and (bottom right photo) Dan Barden, chief clinical officer.

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