Nonprofit Leader's Addictions Work Recognized
CAMDEN, NJ – John Thompson, Senior Director of Prevention and Recovery Support Services at Center For Family Services, was awarded the 2019 Courage and Compassion Award for Outstanding Peer Leadership by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) on Monday, April 15th during their annual conference. This award is given annually to an individual that displays courage, compassion, and leadership and has had a significant impact on improving the lives of those with mental illness, substance use disorders, and other health conditions.
John Thompson began his career at Center For Family Services as the Director of the Living Proof Recovery Center upon its opening 2012. There, John provided advice and support to thousands of people on their personal journey to long-term recovery. Since then, he has helped Center For Family Services create culturally aware programs specific to opioid addiction, family members of those struggling with addiction, and peer support.
“John is an outstanding leader and invaluable member of our team.” said Center For Family Services COO Eileen Henderson. “We could not provide high-quality, transformative services without the care and compassion that John embodies.”
Opioid drug abuse was declared a statewide crisis for New Jersey in 2017, and drug overdose deaths have been rapidly increasing over the past decade. “Access to addiction and recovery services are more important now than ever before.” said Debra Wentz, President and CEO of NJAMHAA. “John’s innovative and highly regarded work has served as a beacon of hope and is an example for everyone in this field.”