The South Carolina Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates (SCAPPA) held its 2022 statewide meeting and awards ceremony today to recognize high-standard substance misuse prevention efforts and prevention professionals who excel in their field. LRADAC’s prevention team received several recognitions that included the following:
•Kimberly Henry-Myers, LRADAC Prevention Specialist, received the Jan Oglietti Rising Star Prevention Professional Award that recognizes outstanding prevention professionals with educational scholarship funding;
•Laura Ryan, LRADAC’s Alcohol Enforcement Team Coordinator, received the Norman Peter Johnson Outstanding Prevention Professional Award that recognizes the importance of preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse in the home, school, church, and community. The award also recognizes AET’s efforts in preventing addiction, allowing for an overall reduction in chronic diseases, crime, dropouts, child abuse, and other public health concerns; and
•The West Columbia Police Department Community Action Team (of which LRADAC is a partner) received the William Jerry McCord Prevention Advocacy Award recognizing advocacy leadership in promoting the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse in the home, school, church, and community.
“With substance misuse numbers so challenging in our communities, prevention education and other outreach initiatives are more important than ever,” said Ashley Bodiford, LRADAC’s Director of Prevention. “Everyone on our prevention team is especially honored to be recognized by our prevention peers and to be part of proactive solutions for our communities.”
To learn more about LRADAC’s prevention programs and community outreach services, visit www.lradac.org/prevention/.
LRADAC is the designated alcohol and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention, and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 4,500 clients annually. For more information on programs and services visit LRADAC’s website at www.lradac.org.