California's largest statewide association representing community-based addiction treatment agencies and professionals will have new executive leadership as of Aug. 28. Pete Nielsen, who has been serving as deputy director of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), will become CEO of the organization and will replace the retiring Susan Blacksher.
Nielsen, who has worked in several roles in treatment organizations and is presently completing a master's program in counseling psychology, has been a leader in navigating the consolidation of two former statewide associations (the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources) into what is now CCAPP, states an Aug. 13 news release from the association. The two former organizations decided in 2013 to join forces.
“His in-depth knowledge of the complex challenges faced by both our program and individual members was essential to the CCAPP Board's decision,” CCAPP president Warren Daniels said of Nielsen.
Daniels added in regard to Blacksher, a prominent leader in California who has worked in the addiction treatment community for more than 50 years, “Her thoughtful and knowledgeable consideration of the challenges and opportunities that face AOD treatment in California have been invaluable.”