About Us

This board was formed in 1992 to offer certification to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and to supervisors in alcohol and drug counseling and is based on the standards and methods offered by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, a multi-state and nation body organized to promote uniform professional standards and quality for the substance abuse counseling profession and to give the profession greater visibility in the U.S. and abroad.

Mission

Our goal is to provide competency-based certification that will assure quality care for those affected by substance abuse. Certification is a voluntary process whereby professionals with a special interest in providing treatment to substance abusers and their families may receive recognition for their competency. The purpose is to establish professional standards which enable counselors, allied health professionals, health service providers, third party payors, employers, and the general public to recognize qualified professionals in this field. Certification offers evidence that standards of knowledge, skill, experience, attitudes and demonstration of competency have been met.

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia, Inc., is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit body.

This Board was formed in 1992 to offer certification to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and to supervisors in alcohol and drug counseling and is based on the standards and methods offered by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, a multi-state and nation body organized to promote uniform professional standards and quality for the substance abuse counseling profession and to give the profession greater visibility in the U.S. and abroad. As a result of membership in IC&RC/AODA, our certified counselors may relocate to other states, the military services and other countries, and transfer their certification with a minimum of effort and expense.

The 12 Core Functions:

  1. Screening: The process by which a client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a particular program.
  2. Intake: The administrative and initial assessment procedures for admission to a program.
  3. Orientation: Describing to the client the general nature and goals of the program, rules governing client conduct and infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge from the program, the hours during which various services are available and the patient schedule, treatment costs to be borne by the client, if any, and the client’s rights.
  4. Assessment: Those procedures by which a counselor/program identifies and evaluates an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, problems and needs for the development of the treatment plan.
  5. Treatment Planning: The process by which the counselor and the client identify and rank problems needing resolution, establish agreed upon immediate and long term goals, and decide on the treatment methods and resources to be used.
  6. Counseling: The utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications, examination of attitudes and feelings, consideration of alternative solutions, and decision making.
  7. Case Management: Activities which bring services, agencies, resources or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals. It may involve liaison activities and collateral contacts.
  8. Crisis Intervention: Those services which respond to an alcohol and/or drug abuser’s needs during acute emotional and/or physical distress.
  9. Client Education: Provision of information to individuals and groups concerning alcohol and other drug abuse and the available services and resources.
  10. Referral: Identifying needs of the client that cannot be met by the counselor or agency and assisting the client to utilize the support systems and community resources available.
  11. Reports and Record Keeping: Charting the results of the assessment and treatment plan, writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other client-related data.
  12. Consultation: Relating with counselors and other professionals in regard to client treatment and services to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client.


Board Meeting Schedule

All meetings are open to the public and are from Noon to 2:00pm


August 14, 2019

ADACBGA Office

777 Cleveland Ave SW
Suite 605
Atlanta, GA 30315

November 13, 2019

ADACBGA Office

777 Cleveland Ave SW
Suite 605
Atlanta, GA 30315



Staff

Amanda Finley

Board Administrator

Amanda Finley comes to us with over 22 years of administrative experience. She is from north Georgia and has lived in Atlanta for 4 years. She is a proud mother of one beautiful daughter currently attending Georgia State University to receive her Math & Chemistry degree. She is excited to be working in the addictions field as she has 5 years sobriety and working towards obtaining certification with the board.

Board of Directors

Zac Talbott, MSW

President

Treasurer

Zachary Charles (“Zac”) Talbott is a Maryville, TN native, and a nationally recognized expert in comprehensive opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. In 2015, he founded Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers (CSTC) and opened outpatient opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in Georgia and North Carolina. CSTC was acquired by BayMark Health Services in August of 2018, and Zac stayed through May of 2019 to assure continuity of care for the patients during the transition. Zac currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for ReVIDA Recovery Centers, a Nashville, TN-based company that operates comprehensive office based opioid treatment (OBOT) programs.

Zac received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & History from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and he received his Master of Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice from the CSWE-accredited MSW program at Walden University. Zac holds the CADCII, E-CADC, MATS, and CCS through ADACBGA, the ICADC and ICCS through IC&RC, the CACII through GACA, and the Certified MAT Advocate (CMA) through NAMA-R. Zac has provided operational, policy, compliance, and clinical consulting for office based opioid treatment (OBOT) providers and opioid treatment programs (OTPs) across six U.S. states, and he is proficient in the behavioral health accreditation standards of The Joint Commission and CARF International. He is committed to evidence-based practices and providing holistic treatment for individuals struggling with mental and/or substance use disorders through the collective experience of a multidisciplinary treatment team.

Zac has served as a Planning Partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) since 2014, and he concurrently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (OTPG). Zac is also the 2020 President Elect for the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA), and he is the recipient of the 2019 Richard Lane/Robert Holden Patient Advocacy Award, given to one individual in the country every 18 months by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD). Zac splits his time between his residences in Dalton, GA and Maryville, TN, and he is committed to ADACBGA’s mission to protect the public through the provision of competency-based credentials and holding ADACBGA-certified professionals accountable, even when it isn’t easy or popular.

Sarah Hilbert

Vice President

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in criminal justice and a Master of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Social Psychology. She was one of only twenty people selected from the United States (of a total of forty) to participate in the inaugural class of a blended learning program in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery, for which she earned a Master’s Certificate from Harvard Medical School (in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Health).

Sarah has over twenty years of experience working in the addiction field. Her special areas of interest include trauma, co-occurring disorders, and working with the criminal justice population.

Sarah began her career working with juvenile felony level offenders in a residential treatment program. Two years later she became the assessment coordinator, and later the clinical coordinator, at a community based correctional facility for adult felony level offenders. She has almost ten years of experience working in institutional settings with the offender population.

Sarah moved to Georgia in 2005. Initially, she did outreach counseling with evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, and later went on to become a call center supervisor for the Georgia Crisis and Access hotline. Sarah has worked as an assessment counselor for inpatient behavioral institutions, as an IFY team leader, as a community counselor for adults with serious mental health disorders in addition to addiction, as a substance disorder therapist at a private clinic, and as a quality assurance manager.

Sarah has spent the last eight years working in the arena of Medication Assisted Treatment as a Program Director and Clinical Director and truly loves both the modality and the patients she serves. As such, she has extensive knowledge of the State of Georgia Department of Community Healthcare rules and regulations, federal rules and regulations, SAMSHA guidelines, and CARF expectations. Sarah has been the ADACBGA conference chair since 2013, and has been on the ADACBGA board for the past five years. She is certified through this board as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Medication Assisted Treatment Specilaist.

Jane R. Furtner, LCSW, CAADC, CCS, CCDP-D

Past President

Jane currently is semi-retired, splitting her time between her home in Atlanta and her place in Vail, CO. She spends as much time as she can on the ski slopes in her winter community. Jane worked as a counselor and therapist for over 35 years in substance abuse, survivors of physical and sexual abuse, and the interaction of the two presenting problems. She has organized and directed programs for extended care after inpatient treatment in supportive community environments. She has also participated in authoring studies of the roles of various positions in the treatment field, as well as developing standards and testing for professionals in the field of addiction counseling and peer specialists.

In 1992, Jane helped to establish the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia, Inc., and served as President of the Board for 25 years. She remains a delegate to IC&RC for the Georgia Board, and served for many years as the co-chair of the Peer Credentialing Committee for IC&RC. She has presented several professional workshops and has offered practicum placements for master’s level students in Psychology, Community Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling.

Denese Faulkner MS, LCSW, CAADC

Secretary

Denese is a LCSW in Georgia and holds a CAADC from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board. Denese graduated from MS State University with a Bachelors in Social Work and Kennesaw State University with a Masters in Social Work. She has been on the conference planning committee for the ADACB-GA annual conference for 7 years and on the ADACB-GA board since 2018. Denese has extensive history working with children and families thru the Dept of Family and Children Services. Denese discovered her passion of working in the field of addiction when a loved one began struggling with substance abuse. Denese works for Alana Recovery (FreshStart Track) as well as, The Zone, helping to create the curriculum for their Re-entry program. Denese loves to travel with her husband and play with her 2 Dobermans!!

Rosalyn D. Davis, MSCJ, MATS, CADC II

Parliamentarian

Rosalyn D. Davis has over 30 years of experience in the Criminal Justice profession. Rosalyn worked in the private probation sector monitoring a private probation company for 7 years prior to starting her career in State Government for the Georgia Department of Corrections in 2000. She has held positions as a Probation Officer I/II, Probation Officer III, Director of a Day Reporting Center, Statewide Day Reporting Center Manager, and Field Services Programs Manager. Rosalyn is currently the Manager of the Community Counseling Services Unit with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Rosalyn has supervised Probation/Parole Officers, managed community service coordinators, mental health and substance abuse counselors, and implemented cognitive behavioral and substance abuse treatment programming for offenders. Rosalyn earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State College in 1992 and her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Albany State College in 1995. She is also a Senior POST instructor who actively provides instructions to officers and counselors employed with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Rosalyn has been a Part-time Instructor for Middle GA State University for 7 years. She is very active in her community. She served as Board Chair for 4 years as President for Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, a homeless shelter for female veterans. Rosalyn is a member of the Macon Reentry Coalition, Warner Robins Human Needs Coalition, Georgia Professional Association of Community Supervision, American Probation and Parole Association. Rosalyn serves on various workgroups with various organizations and agencies. Rosalyn has always been an advocate for the less fortunate, homeless, and individuals who are in Recovery. Rosalyn holds credentials as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, An International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II and a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist.

Board Members

Jo Abney, LPC, CAADC, MAT, CPCS

Jo Cheezem Abney, LPC, CAADC, MAT, CPCS is the Clinical Director at The Carter Treatment Center in Cumming, GA where she also maintains a private practice providing individual, couples and family counseling. Jo’s experience includes facilitating intensive outpatient treatment programs and aftercare recovery groups, establishing a peer-support SMART recovery program, working with drug and DUI accountability court programs, and facilitating anger management as well as family violence intervention groups. Jo is a past-President of LPCA-GA (2013-2014) and has served on the Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth and the Domestic Violence Task Force of Forsyth. She currently serves on the Georgia School of Addiction Studies board along with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of GA.

Dawn Allred, LPC, MAC

Dawn is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor with over 25 years of experience working in the Behavioral Health field. She currently manages 2 outpatient Community Mental Health Centers in West Georgia for Pathways Community Service Board. Dawn serves on the board of 2 other nonprofit organizations. She is passionate about recovery and wellness for all people living with mental illness and addiction. Dawn is also living in long term recovery from addiction.

Lisa Brown CADC-II, ICADC

Lisa currently works for Veterans Affairs as a Health Science Specialist Crisis Responder. She has over 20 years experience in Criminal Justice and over 10 years of experience in the field of addiction. Lisa is a 2003 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Phoenix, where she earned her Master of Science degree in Marriage, Family, and Children Counseling. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science and a Minor in Sociology. Lisa is a 20 year retired Untied States Army veteran and works part-time as an Adjunct Professor with American InterContinental University in Atlanta. Lisa has always been a strong advocate for individuals struggling with addiction and understands the importance of seeking treatment.

Buddy Horton, BS, CADC II, ICADC, CSS

Buddy Horton serves as the director of the Penfield Addiction Ministries' Women's campus. Prior to working in the field of substance abuse treatment, Buddy worked in the education and criminal justice arenas. He received his BA from Georgia College and State University and he has more than 12 years experience in substance abuse treatment, which includes the treatment of males and females. Buddy is a CADC II, ICADC and a CCS. Mr. Horton facilitated the construction of the current Penfield Addiction Ministries psychoeducational curriculum, among his other duties as campus director. He has been employed at Penfield for the last 11 years.

Gina Hutto, LPC, MAC, CCDP-D, CCJP, NCGC-I

Gina Hutto is the current Director of Addictive Diseases for View Point Health (formerly GRN Community Service Board). Gina has been with View Point Health since 1996, working with substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring clients. Prior to coming to work for View Point Health, she worked for 5 years as a Counselor Offender Rehabilitator with the Georgia Department of Corrections. Gina currently manages the Court Services and Lawrenceville Addictive Diseases Programs in Gwinnett County, and directs the treatment programs that provide services for the Gwinnett County DUI and Drug Courts. She also supervises the team that provides treatment services to the Newton County Drug Court.

Gina has a B.A. in Psychology, as well as an M.A. in Education/Community Counseling from the University of Georgia. Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. She also holds certifications as a Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate, National Certified Gambling Counselor-I, and Distanced Credentialed Counselor. Gina specializes in working with substance abuse, gambling and other addictive diseases, as well as court mandated programs and clients.

Anne Kohutko, LPC, CADC II, CRRA, MATS, M.Div.

Anne currently works for Legacy Behavioral Health Services at their Tift County Site after relocating here 8 years ago from the Chicago area. Anne graduated from North Central College with a B.A. in psychology and religions studies and Northern Baptist Seminary with a Master in Divinity. She is an ordained pastor with the Evangelical Church alliance. Anne has 30 years experience in the addiction field with emphasis in criminal justice having worked with probation and parole throughout her career. She has served as a prison and jail chaplain, in addition to working with the drug court.

Currently Anne is the Substance Abuse Director for Legacy Behavioral Health Services, Tifton and the liaison for the Tift Accountability Court. She resides in Tifton with her husband.

Heather Polson, CADCI, ICADC

Heather is certified as a substance abuse counselor with state and international credentials. Heather served as a member of the conference planning committee prior to joining the full board. Heather is the Program Director for The Carter Treatment Center located in Peachtree City. She has worked in the field since 2011 and has a passion to assist those struggling with addiction. Currently, Heather is a sophomore at Georgia State University pursuing a Bachelors in Social Work. She is also the proud mother of three daughters.

Stephen Mathis

Psy.D, AAPTA, MAC, CCADC, CCDP-D, ICADC, CCS, CRAT, CSP, CGP, BCFE, BCFM, DABPP, FACFE, CCJS, CCJAP-II, CRST, FPPR, FACAPP, FCICPP

Stephen M. Mathis is a licensed psychologist and certified addictions counselor. In addition to earning two Undergraduate degrees, a Master’s degree, and a Doctorate degree, Dr. Mathis possesses a Post-Doctoral in Clinical Psychology, a Diplomate in Addictionology, a Diplomate in Co-Occurring Disorders, Diplomates in Forensics (one in Forensic Examination, one in Forensic Medicine, and many in various subareas of Forensic Psychological Specialties), a Diplomate in Sports Psychology, a Diplomate in Psychopharmacology, a board certification in substance abuse treatment from the American Psychological Association, an international board certification in addictions, and a national board certification in group psychotherapy. Further, he is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, a Fellow of the Prescribing Psychologists’ Register, a Fellow of the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists, a Fellow of the International College of Professional Psychology, a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist, a Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional, a Master Addiction Counselor, a Certified Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Rational Addictions Therapist, and a Certified Rational Sex Therapist. Dr. Mathis is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and as a trainer for other therapists working with athletes. He also completed diplomas in Personal Nutrition and Sports and Exercise Nutrition.

Since 1983, Dr. Mathis has specialized in working with and treating adolescents, adults, families/couples, athletes, gays/lesbians/bisexuals, and trauma survivors. Treatment areas and populations served include addictions, destructive “cults”, gang involvement, alternative religious expressions, existential issues, “new age” matters, disruptive behaviors, attention deficits, learning disorders, pain management, suicide, interpersonal conflict, relationships, academic and/or occupational dysfunction or impairment, sexual orientation issues, identity concerns, eating disorders, social skills deficits, stress-related disorders and/or management, sport and/or athletic competition matters, survivors of dysfunctional or abusive families and/or relationships, forensic evaluations and related issues, participants in the BDSM and/or polyamorous lifestyle, and coping with death, grief, or significant loss. He is also one of the very few clinicians in the city who often works on weekends and does "house calls" for emergencies. Further, Dr. Mathis is able to perform Telementalhealth sessions via a secured web provider for existing patients who might have difficulties in coming to his office on a regular basis.

In addition to providing psychological assessment, individual psychotherapy, and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several local colleges, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, and has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.). Currently, he is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Psychologists Treating Addictions, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the National Association of Cognitive–Behavioral Therapists, the National Association of Forensic Counselors, the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, the Prescribing Psychologists’ Register, the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists, and the Executive Board in Georgia of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium — Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse.

William Thomas, Ph.D, LCSW, ICADC

Dr. Thomas has over 25 years’ experience in the field of addiction and substance use disorders. He was introduced to the recovery treatment field in the poor working-class community in the South Bronx in the height of the HIV/AIDS outbreak and the crack epidemics.

He started in the trenches as a counselor, and then moved to work with the largest substance abuse provider in the country Beth Israel Medical Center in Harlem, New York City, and Lower Manhattan, as a program Supervisor.

His experience extended to working with substance abusers in Brooklyn also. Dr. Thomas migrated to Georgia where he worked as a private contractor in the field.

Academically, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services, from Empire State College, New York, a Master’s in social work from Hunter College in New York and a Ph.D. in Psychology from California Southern University, California.

Currently Dr. Thomas is a Lecturer at Clark Atlanta University, Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work, where he teaches in the graduate degree program several courses, including courses relevant to addiction and substance use disorder.

He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York and holds the addiction credential in Georgia – International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor certificate. He presented to audiences both in the north east and the south on topics relevant to the field of addiction and substance use disorder.

Dr. Thomas strongly believes that treatment works. He is committed to continue to work with all populations, including persons, with substance abuse and drug dependency problems to improve their lives “one day at a time”.

Canzada Twyman, Ph.D., MAC, NCAMS-II, ICAADC, ICCDP-D, ICCS

Dr. Canzada (Cea) has over 25 plus years’ experience in the field of addiction/human service. She has held several leadership roles; from a Lead Primary Counselor to an Executive Director. A Trailblazer within the Faith-Based Community and an Advocate for the underserved population. Currently, Dr. Cea is the Co-visionary, Founding Executive Director, and Pastor of the Divine Exchange Ministry, Inc. overseeing the Women of Exchange Empowerment and the Beautiful Pearls Project in Washington, D.C. She is an Ordained Teacher/Preacher, Agent of Change, Humanitarian, Published Author, Motivational/Conference Speaker & Host, and Therapist. Dr. Cea is a learned woman, academically, she obtained a Master of Human Service and Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology and Organizational Structure from Lincoln University in Philadelphia, Pa. She holds several professional credentials state and internationally. She is a National CAMS II, a NCC AP MAC, IC&RC/Georgia state CAADC, CCODP-D, CCS, and E-CADC. Additionally, she is a state Training Provider with the world renowned certification board, of Georgia the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. Spiritually, she received profound teachings and sound doctrine from the Assemblies of God International Studies, in Brooklyn, New York, Biblical Chronology from the Jericho City of Praise Christian College in Landover, Maryland, Understand Your Calling from Full Gospel School of Ministry in Washington, D.C., Biblical Foundation from Immanuel’s School of Ministry, in Silver Springs, Maryland, Biblical and Ministry studies at the Howard University Saturday College in Washington, D.C., graduating with distinction and high honors; and in July of 2015, Dr. Cea was able to obtained her Doctorate of Divinity from the Kingdom Leaders Seminary in Austell, Georgia.

J. J. Widener, LPC, LMFT, CAADC

J. J. is licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition, he is board certified through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He currently splits his week between metro Atlanta and southern Georgia, seeing clients in metro Atlanta Monday through Wednesday while he builds what will ultimately be a full time private practice in Thomasville, Georgia.

J. J. graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He received a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2015 and a master’s in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University in 2018.