• 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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Joan  Ward

Joan Ward is a retired educator having worked as a teacher, school counselor, principal, and Pennsylvania Department of Education Distinguished Educator. She is a member of the Parent Panel Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, a parent coach for the Parent Support Network of the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, and steering committee member of the Bridge to Hope Family Support Group.