The Advocacy Leadership Program aims to develop highly knowledgeable and trained citizens, especially those most impacted or affected by alcohol and drug addiction, who will contribute significantly to policy change on key issues.
The issues at the forefront of the program are Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap; ending the stigmatization of addiction by promoting recovery; preventing addiction; and Health Care Reform.
The program builds an understanding of self-advocacy, legislative processes, social change models, and story-telling as a means of effective advocacy.
Advocacy Leaders become empowered citizens engaged in systems change efforts by leading regional advocacy teams established throughout New Jersey. Each regional advocacy team is unique in motivation, and allows the advocacy leaders to work with each other in their county and surrounding counties on local and statewide addiction issues.
Advocacy Leaders make a commitment to attend one weekend retreat, additional education sessions to enhance skills, and participate in ongoing activities that provide them to be the face and voice on addiction issues.
The Advocacy Leadership Program has been growing since 2008, with an inaugural class of 30, to nearly 150 leaders throughout the state today. Advocacy Leaders are present in every county in New Jersey and represent 38 out of New Jersey’s 40 legislative districts.
You must apply to become an NCADD-NJ Advocacy Leader. You can apply (accepting applications year round) by clicking here.