“Early in my career, I had a great mentor and I determined that I too would become a mentor for those who worked for me,” says Lynn Bishop (pictured above, left, with fellow honorees Dominic Johnson and Gerry Richardson of CaringWorks, Inc.)
On September 1, 2016, at the Georgia School of Addiction Studies, DBHDD’s Von Wrighten announced the winners of this year’s treatment awards. The Bruce Hoops Pioneer Award focuses on individuals who have helped build and enhance addiction treatment in Georgia. It is given to people who demonstrate outstanding leadership as measured not only by their own success but by the success of those they have coached and mentored throughout their career.
Lynn Bishop, treatment provider for Appalachian Judicial Circuit Drug Courts, was named Bruce Hoops Pioneer for consistently supporting the growth of those on her team and for investing in the development of many others with whom she worked over the years. Some of the professionals that Bishop once mentored are now leaders in the field of addiction treatment.
The award for Organizational Excellence in Treatment is given for outstanding accomplishments in the treatment of addiction, particularly within the previous year. Caring Works, Inc. was chosen “for entering uncharted territory,” says Wrighten. The non-profit provides addiction treatment to under-served populations, most notably to individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, in Georgia and throughout the Southeast. President and CEO Carol S. Collard, Ph.D., expressed gratitude for the recognition and took the opportunity to pledge, on behalf of her organization, to continue to seek new and more effective ways to serve clients.
“CaringWorks is committed to an enduring pursuit of knowledge and excellence so that we may better serve others.” – Dr. Carol S. Collard
Another feature of the conference was the keynote address by TV personality and author Dr. Drew Pinsky. A practicing physician, Pinsky is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine.
2016 marked the tenth year that addiction professionals from across the southeast have gathered in Savannah for the annual conference. This year’s theme was Celebrating the Journey: Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Representing DBHDD’s Office of Addictive Diseases were Cassandra Price, Kristal Davidson, Scott Dunbar, Yomi Makanjoula, Prince Moorman, and Von Wrighten.