Treatment Awards Presented at 9th Annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies

Treatment Awards Presented at 9th Annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies

Winners of this year’s Excellence in Treatment Awards were announced at the 9th Annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies in Savannah, Georgia.

Willingway received this year’s Organizational Excellence in Treatment Award. Pictured above (left to right) are Davine Sparks of View Point Health; Willingway CEO Barbara Reid; interim marketing director Sarah Dasher; owner and Board of Trustee member Carol Lind Mooney; Von Wrighten of DHBDD’s Office of Addictive Diseases; Autumn Altamirano, manager of Willingway’s Extended Care Program; and director of Willingway’s Clinical Program, Tracie Smith.

The treatment program, begun 45 years ago in a family home, now occupies an 11-acre wooded campus and offers a full continuum of care, from detox to inpatient rehabilitation treatment, long-term treatment outpatient, and family programs.

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Zina Age, founder of Aniz, Inc. with Von Wrighten, DBHDD/Office of Addictive Diseases

Founder and CEO of Aniz, Inc., Zina Age, LMSW, received the Paula Crane Excellence in Addiction Treatment Award. Aniz serves LGBT people of color, the homeless, marginalized youth of color, and other hard-to-reach populations. In addition to substance abuse counseling, Aniz provides an array of services including HIV testing, case management, and peer support.

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Diane Sherman founder of ACTS Consulting International, Inc. (right) with Von Wrighten of DBHDD/Office of Addictive Diseases

The winner of the Bruce Hoops Pioneer Award, Diane Sherman, Ph.D,. is past president of Georgia Addiction Counselors Association as well as CEO and founder of ACTS Consulting International, Inc.

Sherman has worked in the field of social services since 1975. The Bruce Hoops award signifies that Sherman has enhanced the field of addiction treatment in Georgia by mentoring others and exhibiting exceptional leadership over the span of her career.