Bunker Hill, IN (Nov. 12, 2014) – Miami Correctional Facility’s Ken Russell, Addiction Recovery Specialist, was awarded the 2014 Addictions Professional of the Year, recently during the Indiana Counselor’s Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA) ceremony luncheon in Indianapolis.
Russell began his career as a Correctional Officer at MCF in February 2002. He later moved into the field of addictions when the CLIFF (Clean Living is Freedom Forever) unit opened in 2005 and has been an addiction recovery specialist since then.
Ken was nominated by his supervisor, Tracey Jones, Addiction Recovery Director. “Ken is instrumental in keeping the therapeutic community running smoothly,” she said. “He focuses on the individual’s needs, as well as giving the client the tools which will allow him to grow and progress towards the ultimate goal of recovery. Ken comes to work each day with a desire and personal goal to help those incarcerated with addiction.”
Mr. Russell was presented the award by ICAADA executive director, Stan DeKemper. There were eight nominees from across the state representing several different organizations besides the Indiana Department of Correction. Some of those individuals who were nominated were mental health center employees, as well as employees of other addiction treatment centers across the state.
Currently, all addiction counselors who work in a state prison are required by the state to hold a certification. This certification is usually through the ICAADA. Ken Russell currently holds a certification of CADAC II.
The mission of the ICAADA is to advance the field of alcohol and other drug and co-occurring disorders prevention and treatment through provisions of addiction professional testing, credentials, and training programs and advocacy and membership services of the highest quality.