• 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.


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).