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“Participating in the Leadership Institute has been a
Life Altering Experience.”

Frank McIlroy, CCS, CADC, SAPFrank McIlroy
Director of Market Development
Quapaw House, Inc.

Emerging leader Frank McIlroy earned a business management degree and began his career after college working in retail management and sales for a Fortune 500 company. Five years passed and then life as he knew it dramatically changed. Frank was admitted into a treatment center for alcoholism.

While in treatment, Frank realized that a career in retail was not for him. This insight lead and motivated him to seek out a new career direction. Consequently, he landed a part-time/weekend job working as a residential tech at the same treatment facility where he got sober and discovered a great passion for the field. 

Thus, Frank McIlroy’s career in addictions began eight years ago. During this development process, he has participated in an internship program, gone through the IC&RC certification processes to become a certified addictions counselor and clinical supervisor, and worked in two treatment facilities, while spending most of his time at the Quapaw House.

Frank became involved with the PFR/ATTC Leadership Institute in 2007 when his supervisor nominated him to participate in the Leadership program as an emerging leader.

How has your mentor helped you? 
Having a mentor has been very rewarding. I never thought in my wildest dreams, I would be working with my mentor. I had seen him in a few meetings and trainings, and I remember thinking, “That’s what I want.” I aspired to become an addictions professional like him. Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled to learn he was going to be my mentor at the Leadership Institute Immersion training! Since then we have developed a great relationship, and it has been a wonderful experience working with him. He is always there for me and gives great feedback. We still meet once a month where he continues to share his wealth of knowledge with me.

What, so far, have you learned from your mentor?
The best advise my mentor has given me is to stay involved and don’t be complacent. Don’t stand still. Think outside of the box.

Through this mentoring process, what has been the biggest benefit to you?
Going through the Leadership Institute has given me confidence. Also, this process and my mentor have opened many doors for me. It has allowed me to network and be introduced to many people.

What was your Leadership Institute Project? 
To begin with, I had learned that our district court, which handles “lesser charges” or misdemeanors and covers many rural parts of the state, had nothing to offer those with drug possession and other alcohol related charges. To address this issue, I created my project, Intervention for Substance Abuse Offenders in the District Court System, with the guidance of my mentor. I developed a 6-week Substance Abuse Education Program where offenders meet one night per week. The program begins with an assessment and then an appropriate modality is prescribed. Programming includes instructional teaching, along with group therapy. My first step toward implementation was to meet with the judges and staff in the 10 district court area to introduce and ask for participation in the program. These meetings turned out to be an incredible networking opportunity and the response has been very positive. In fact, everyone I’ve approached has fully embraced the plan, and some are even enhancing the program further to meet their needs. For example, one probation department has turned it into an outpatient program and there is a district court judge who will take the program charge off an offender’s bill if he/she successfully completes the program.

What did you learn from this experience?
Through this project, I’ve discovered how much communities care about the substance abuse issue and the support has been overwhelming. My experience with this project has been personally very gratifying.

How did the project help your organization?
It helped create community and area awareness for the Quapaw House and the organization has also benefited from the networking process. Eventually, the project will also be a future source of revenue. In addition, as a direct result of the work done on the Substance Abuse Education program, towns are now inquiring about the program, as well as other treatment facilities. Even High Schools have called and an Adolescent Substance Abuse Education Program is in the works. We are now holding town hall meetings and people are attending!

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
My dream is to become a Treatment Facility Director. I am very fortune to have the support of my Executive Director and he has put me on this career “track”. I would like to do some consulting in the future and also plan to continue growing and building my relationship with my mentor.

Frank McIlroy's Bio

Frank McIlroy has been working in the addictions field for the past eight years. Along with his duties as Director of Market Development, he was recently been appointed Program Director for Quapaw House’s residential program. 

Frank also serves as Director of the Arkadelphia Outpatient Clinic and Director of the Area 8 Drug and Alcohol Safety Education Program (DASEP), which screens DWI, DUI and minor in possession cases on the District Court level. 

McIlroy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at Arkansas State University. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), and Substance Professional (SAP). In addition, Frank is currently a member of the Arkansas Substance Abuse Certification Board.

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