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Building a Recovery–Oriented System of Care - Pittsburgh, PA - December 8, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA   ♦  Tuesday, December 8, 2015



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Jack Sodak, LPC, MS, CAADC, CCS
Director of Outpatient Services, Retreat at Lancaster County
Jack is the Director of Outpatient Services for Retreat at Lancaster County in Akron, Pennsylvania.
Jack is a substance abuse professional with over 26 years of experience implementing programs and providing direct care to individuals and families. A licensed professional counselor, certified addiction counselor, and certified clinical supervisor, Jack has established specialty programs in an inpatient and outpatient settings. He has worked with specific populations such as impaired professionals, adolescents, young adults, co-occurring disorders, couples and families.He has had a private practice, consulted with local schools and county probation departments, served on student assistance teams, provides public speaking and trainings for other substance abuse professionals, and has trained many addictions professionals in the field over his career.Jack has also established a growing outpatient facility for Retreat at Lancaster County that provides partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment for individuals and families affected by substance abuse.
William Harris, CSAC, CRPS, ADS
Clinical Program Supervisor

William Harris, CSAC, serves as the clinical program supervisor at Mount Regis Center where he oversees the day-to-day clinical program operations, facilitates large and small groups, provides individual and group counseling as needed and serves as the liaison between patients and utilization review. Bill has over 20 years of experience as a substance abuse counselor and program manager for a variety of treatment modalities including inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient therapy, psychiatric centers and extended care programming.  Bill is certified as an advanced relapse prevention and Acudetox specialist and received his formal education in chemical dependency counseling from the Community College of Baltimore County.


Melissa Townes
Regional Service Coordinator - White Deer Run Treatment Network

Melissa Townes serves as Regional Service Coordinator for White Deer Run Treatment Network and services Allegheny County.  Melissa’s day to day responsibilities include coordinating care for those suffering from Chemical Dependency, Developing, Maintaining and Expanding referrals sources within Allegheny County, Providing customer service to clients and potential/current referrals sources, Melissa also provides training on topics substance abuse and treatment options for chemical dependency. 

Melissa has over fifteen years’ experience in Behavioral Health field in various settings and has worked in many arenas of the Chemical Dependency field including,  Substance Abuse Treatment Coordination, Mobile Evaluations, Develop and implement mobile assessment model for Primary Care Physicians and Pain Management Physician’s, Case Management of Co-occurring HIV positive clients, Education and Intervention, and Substance Abuse Training.  Melissa is also a certified Communicable Disease Trainer, and is licensed to provide HIV testing and counseling in the state of Pennsylvania, she sat on the Pennsylvania HIV Prevention Board from 2006-2009 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

Melissa attended Marist College majoring in Business Administration and is currently a student of Capella University and looking forward to obtaining her Graduate Degree in Healthcare Management.