History of MTAADAC
MTAADAC was created in
1987, the same year that the state organization, TAADAC, was
established. MTAADAC became one of six regional chapters which made up
the state chapter and is the Tennessee affiliate of NAADAC. These
original chapters included a Mountain Empire Chapter located in the
northeastern Tri-Cities area, Johnson City, Kingsport, and a
chapter in Jackson, in addition to the current East, West and Middle
Some of the original
organizing members from our area who participated in the early plans to
establish the local and state chapters included Bunny
Morgan, Bill Anderson, John Mulloy, Chuck Ealy and Jim Rackard.
This group represented several agencies in various fields of addiction
It was agreed early on that a once a year conference would be held
present educational information on treatment. The first
conference was held in Knoxville in 1987. The conference
was to rotate locations around the state from year to year,
hosted by each local chapter. The rotation plan worked well for about
four years at which time TADA (now TAADAS), two EAPA chapters and
several other organizations in the treatment arena joined in as
conference hosts. This increased the number of participants
and attendees. Bob Currie of TADA spearheaded these conferences
from 1991 - 1997. They were held in Nashville, Knoxville and
Memphis on a rotating basis, and once in Gatlinburg.
The educational conferences were invaluable to counselors
studying to become participants in treating addiction.
Unfortunately agencies became tight with financial backing for
subsidizing its people to attend, and less generous with time away for
their people to participate. It became evident that smaller, more
localized trainings would be the answer. The last
conference held in Memphis in 1997 with modest attendance, was a
financial loss. This was also the time of the advent of managed
care. Staffs were cut and layoffs were a fact of life.
By 1998 Marilyn Rackard had initiated and organized local chapter
training sessions in middle Tennessee. MTAADAC explored the idea
of hosting a state conference with local members responsible for
various aspects of the conference. The conference would be open
to all state members. Kathy Benson and Randy Lea agreed to co
chair the conference, returning in 1999 to Murfreesboro. The
conference was named Journey Together.
Journey Together was a success due to good attendance, low cost and
provisions for one day attendees. The conference moved back to
Nashville after the turn of the century. The conference will long
be remembered for 2001 when it began one day after 9-11. In 2007
under the chairmanship of Frances Clark Patterson, we were honored to
host the National NAADAC Conference.
located in Nashville, MTAADAC organizes
the Journey Together Conference for the state each year.
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