Nashville, TN — The Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (TAADAC) has named CCA vice president, Inmate Programs Dennis Bradby as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for the Middle Tennessee region.
For 20 consecutive years, TAADAC’s Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to four addictions treatment professionals who have worked in the field for over 25 years. Each award recipient represents one of Tennessee’s four regions: Middle Tennessee, West Tennessee, East Tennessee and Southeast Tennessee. Bradby was selected from a group of five nominees across Middle Tennessee. The award honors addictions treatment professionals from a variety of areas, such as law enforcement, private practices, major treatment facilities and halfway houses.
“Mr. Bradby received this high honor based on his tenure with CCA and dedication to inmate programs,” said CCA manager, Inmate Programs and TAADAC member Terry Kinnaman, who introduced Bradby at the award ceremony on September 15. “He always demands excellence of his staff, and directs us to only implement programs that have strong evidence-based foundations.”
Bradby joined CCA in 1984 as CCA’s first warden and during his tenure he has also served as administrator at Houston Processing Center and Silverdale Detention Facility, and has been a corporate officer since 1986. Bradby has served in his current position for 16 years. He oversees CCA’s rehabilitation programs, including addictions treatment, academic education, vocational training, life skills training and preparation for re-entry and pre-release. Prior to joining CCA, Bradby spent 12 years with the Virginia Department of Corrections, where he started as a correctional officer and promoted to regional manager.
Bradby is an active member of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), TAADAC’s mother organization. In addition, he is president of Technical Business Institute of America and a member of the American Correctional Association and the Corrections Education Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Norfolk State University.
“We are very proud of Mr. Bradby’s many contributions to addictions treatment here at CCA, and proud that he has earned this outstanding honor,” said Rick Seiter, CCA executive vice president and chief corrections officer. “He has been a driving force behind so many of our programs that help inmates prepare to re-enter society successfully.”
“Mr. Bradby believes that our addictions treatment programs do make a change in people’s lives and that’s what he pushes us to do,” Kinnaman said. “His dedication, professionalism, determination, drive and vision create a ripple effect among CCA staff.”
Currently, CCA operates 25 addictions treatment programs companywide.