The Legal Action Center is delighted to congratulate our Director of Policy, Gabrielle de la Guéronnière, on receiving the Service Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Field of Substance Abuse Treatment from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) at their 2016 Annual Conference this June in Salt Lake City, UT.
Legal Action Center Director/President Paul N. Samuels said, “All of us at the Legal Action Center are beyond proud of Gab. For over 13 years, she has been an integral part of the LAC team devoted to working on improving health responses to addiction and combating discrimination of those with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records. Her leadership, dedication, and knowledge have earned us many national policy victories and helped countless lives across our country.”
Gabrielle’s scope of work includes working to ensuring that the federal health care reform and parity laws are implemented well for people with addiction and mental health service needs, and for people in the criminal justice system; and eliminating legal and policy barriers faced by people with criminal records and drug addiction histories. She successfully directed the Center’s federal advocacy of the Second Chance Act reentry legislation as well as inclusion of strong addiction and mental health provisions in the Affordable Care Act. She also coordinates and helps to direct strategy for the Coalition for Whole Health, a group of national addiction and mental health organizations, and is a frequent national presenter on health and criminal justice policy.
Gabrielle is so appreciative of this recognition from NASADAD. “It’s a great honor to receive this award from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. I am very proud of the work we all do at the Legal Action Center to fulfill our mission of helping fellow Americans rebuild their lives with dignity. This is work I am extremely passionate about, and work that all of us at LAC believe is critical to the progress of our country. To be recognized for this is really special, and I am incredibly thankful.”
Originally incorporated in 1971, NASADAD has fostered the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout the country. The Legal Action Center thanks NASADAD for their crucial work and for recognizing Gabrielle as a leader in the field.