• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).

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  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.

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Ben  Cort

Now the Director of Professional Relations for CeDAR, in Aurora, CO that is part of the University of Colorado Health System. With a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized, his passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Until 2007 he was a HR Director at an S&P 500 firm. He left this role to help start the Colorado based nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport (PM), an organization that has received frequent national recognition for their innovative approach to building sober communities around sport and healthy activities. While with PM, Ben worked extensively with the treatment community as well as drug courts and the therapy community as advisor, a member of clinical teams, frequent speaker, liaison, etc. Ben joined the drug policy conversation at the national level in 2012 after leaving PM and has since been appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).