Deborah Simpson Taylor, R.N., C.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic spoke Wednesday at a bipartisan panel on Capitol Hill focused on stemming the epidemic of addiction affecting America’s young people. Called the Congressional Addiction Forum: Advancing Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for Youth, the April 29 event brought together leading experts on addiction, family impact, and criminal justice policy. The goal of the day: to guide consensus and chart a path forward toward effective policy solutions.
Taylor, who spoke on the Treatment and Recovery panel, brings more than four decades of experience in the treatment of substance use disorders to the issue. For her, the day signaled an increasing understanding that addressing addiction, like any epidemic, calls for a united approach. “We must all take responsibility to advocate for long-term recovery services and community support systems,” she stressed. “We’re not taking about numbers or admissions; we’re talking about people’s lives.”
Taylor and others spoke before an invited audience of members of Congress, sitting governors, state policymakers and officials, treatment providers, individuals in recovery, and other key stakeholders. Cohosts of the event were Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH). The event was one in a series organized by the Addiction Policy Forum, a nonprofit organization working to address the devastating effect of heroin and prescription painkiller addiction on public health and safety in communities across the country.
Since 1962, Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic has served more than 35,000 individuals. Every day, our programs help hundreds of people struggling with addiction. Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic is an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, managed care programs, TRICARE and adolescent Medicaid. Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic operates 13 programs in the Metro D.C. area to meet the varied treatment needs of adults, adolescents, and mothers with children. To find out more about our programs and services, visit us online at www.phoenixhouse.org, or call us at 1 888 671 9392.