• Women in the Behavioral Health Industry: Why Executive Leadership Needs a New, Female Face

    When universal education activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations in 2013, she pointed out that “we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Her words resonated with women’s rights advocates as she boldly confronted an inequity that still needs to be addressed today, especially in the behavioral health field.


  • Continuing Care Plan Adherence Following Residential Addiction Treatment

    Common sense suggests that greater patient adherence to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment recommendations is associated with better outcomes. Surprisingly, however, there is limited previous research systematically investigating the adherence-outcome relationship in the context of SUD treatment.


Susan  Blacksher

Susan Blacksher, MSW, MCAS, has over forty-eight years of experience in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction treatment and recovery. Being one of the original employees of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (DADP), Susan is well-versed in the bureaucratic process of legislation and regulatory issues coming from the assembly and senate. Just as pertinent, Susan has established and provided direct services for those suffering from addiction for the past twenty years.