The mission of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA) is to reduce the impact of substance use in Georgia’s communities through education, advocacy and training. We accomplish our mission by:
Influencing public policy to improve the availability and effectiveness of prevention, treatment and recovery support services
Providing and disseminating education and training relevant to the addiction recovery field, and acting as a clearinghouse of information on substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery-oriented systems of care
Providing advocacy that mobilizes and organizes Georgia’s recovery communities to promoting the benefits of recovery and eliminating discrimination against people seeking and in long-term recovery.
Through private donations, foundation contributions and grants, we are dedicated to strengthening communities by promoting quality addiction prevention, treatment and recovery practices, and by supporting public policy that not only reduces the stigma associated with addiction, but also supports the development and implementation of a strong prevention, treatment and recovery services system.
We have an active Board of Directors representing the business, criminal justice, and education, prevention, treatment and recovery communities. Our diverse staff of people in long-term recovery work hard to create and sustain communities that support recovery:
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Board of Directors
D. Hines Brannan, Vice Chairman
Devereux Georgia Treatment Network
Warren Jobe, Treasurer
Retired, The Southern Company
James G. Emshoff, Ph.D.
Retired, Georgia State University
Tom Roeck, Chairman
Retired, Delta Airlines
Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D
Executive Director, CETPA, Inc.
Criminal Justice Consultant
Laurisa Barthen, CARES
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Gene Conroy, CARES
George S. Braucht, LPC
CARES Co-founder and Consultant
Dawn A. Randolph, MPA
Government Affairs Consultant