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SAMHSA Region 1 | Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase: Promoting Recovery-Oriented Organizations

The New England ATTC was honored to host the inaugural SAMHSA Region 1 Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase (DIPS): Promoting Recovery-Based Organizations! The goal of the DIPS series is to bring together community-based organizations (CBOs); local, state, and regional leaders; policymakers; funders; philanthropic entities; and additional partner organizations.

This showcase was introduced by Assistant Regional Administrator Taylor Bryan Turner, with remarks by national and state leaders Tom Coderre, Deidre Calvert, and Nancy Navaretta. Moderators Dr. Haner Hernandez, Michele Stewart-Copes, and Daryl McGraw introduced four recovery-oriented community-based organizations that serve historically marginalized communities:

  • Recovery Support Services

  • New Life II Ministries

  • Stairway to Recovery

  • STEPRox Recovery Support Center


This event took place virtually on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (ET). A recording of the event can be found here and the slides and agenda that were shared can be found here.




Haner Hernandez  

Michele Stewart Copes



Haner Hernandez

Senior Trainer,
New England ATTC

Michele Stewart-Copes

Senior Trainer,
New England ATTC

Daryl McGraw

Senior Manager,
C4 Innovations

Featured Speakers:






Taylor Bryan-Turner



Tom Coderre

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Mental Health and Substance Use,

Taylor Bryan Turner

Assistant Regional Administrator,
SAMHSA Region 1







Nancy Navarretta

Acting Commissioner,
Connecticut Department of
Mental Health and Addiction Services

Deirdre Calvert

Massachusetts Bureau of
of Substance Addiction Services

CBO Speakers:


Louray Barton



Louray Barton
Recovery Coach & Peer Specialist

STEPRox Recovery Support Center

1427 Blue Hill Avenue
Boston, MA, 02126

Contact Information:
Phone: 617-322-3277
Email: [email protected]

Efrain Baez
Program Director

Gándara Center: Stairway to Recovery 

90 Main Street
Brockton, MA, 02301

Contact Information:
Phone: 774-257-5660
Email: [email protected]




Pastor Dana Smith

Marie Spivey, EdD, RN, MPA
Administrative Coordinator

Recovery Support Services

New Britain, CT, 06053

Contact Information:
Phone: 860-221-5382
Email: [email protected]

Pastor Dana Smith

New Life II Ministries 

49 Union Street
New Britain, CT, 06052

Contact Information:
Phone: 860-371-8287
Email: [email protected]




Who Attended?

Federal Partners: Learned about a new and creative way to assist partners with engaging recovery-oriented community-based organizations that service historically marginalized communities in the New England region who might benefit from federal programs.

State Leadership: Discovered creative ways to engage recovery-oriented community-based organizations, match programs to people, and gain access to a database to ease outreach.

Philanthropy: Explored CBOs that might benefit from recovery-oriented investment initiatives.

Community-based Organizations: Learned how to showcase their organization to potential funding partners, access training and technical assistance, and gain exposure.

Community Members: Learned where to get recovery support services, and celebrated organizations dedicated to recovery.


For more information about the history of the DIPS initiative, please contact SAMHSA's Public Health Fellow Tim Jean at [email protected].



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Starts: Oct. 5, 2021 1:00 pm
Ends: Oct. 5, 2021 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
October 5, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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