Flo Stein, Community Policy Management Section chief with the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services was awarded the sixth annual Ramstad/Kennedy Award. The recognition is given each year to one state leader who has made outstanding national and local contributions toward the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and support for people in recovery.
Stein was recognized for her exceptional commitment to recovery of both addicted individuals and their family members. She also was cited for spreading the message that prevention can be effective in helping to break the cycle of addiction in families. The award was established in honor of retired U.S. Congressmen Jim Ramstad and Patrick Kennedy, vocal advocates of recovery treatment in all forms who have championed local efforts to support prevention, treatment and recovery.
“Flo has been instrumental in establishing a person-centered recovery system throughout the state,” said Dave Richard, director of DMH/DD/SAS. “Her work on substance abuse and mental health policy is about caring for the whole person, which is the only path to successful treatment and recovery for individuals struggling with addiction.”
Stein was president of the National Association of State Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) from 2008-2010, and still chairs its Public Policy, and Criminal Justice committees. She also serves on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration National Advisory Committee, to which she was appointed in 2006.
Starleen Scott Robbins, program manager with DMH/DD/SAS, received the 2013 Women’s Services Network (WSN) Leadership Achievement Award from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. The award recognizes someone who exhibits commitment and dedication to Women’s Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Services.
“Starleen is a wonderful advocate for women seeking treatment and in recovery,” said Richard. “Her dedication to the people of this state and commitment to serve on the national level make her fully deserving of this recognition.”
Scott Robbins is currently on the executive committee of the Women’s Services Network having served previously as its president for three years and vice-president for one year. She also serves on SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services.