29th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 15th Prevention Day

General Barry McCaffrey Featured Speaker at National Leadership Plenary


General Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years.  When he retired in 1996, he was the most decorated General serving in the United States Army, having been awarded 3 Purple Heart Medals for wounds received in combat, 2 Distinguished Service Crosses (the nation’s second highest award for valor), and 2 Silver Stars for valor. He served overseas for more than 12 years and in 4 combat tours including the 82nd Abn Division, the Vietnamese Airborne Division, the 1st Cavalry Division, and the 24th Mech Infantry Division.


Upon leaving government service, he served as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies from 2001-2005; and an Adjunct Professor of International Security Studies from 2006-2010 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences from 1973-1976 teaching American Government and Comparative Politics.

CADCA is honored to have General McCaffrey as a featured speaker at the 2019  National Leadership Plenary at Forum.


National Leadership Award Recipients Announced!

This year, CADCA will honor three organizations instrumental in the prevention movement. We are honored to have these three partner agencies represented by three individuals CADCA has worked directly with in the past to ensure progress is being made in addressing some of the most pertinent and serious public health issues this country faces. Past CADCA National Leadership Awardees include experts such as Dr. Bertha Madras, Dr. Steven Schroeder and Dr. Alan Leshner. From the political field, awardees included Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Chuck Grassley, Rob Portman, and Chris Dodd; Congressmen Sander Levin, Hal Rogers, Elijah Cummings and Congresswoman Mary Bono.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD is the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. She obtained her PhD from Yale University with a specialty in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Addiction Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry with more than 25 years as a clinician, teacher, and clinical researcher. Most recently she served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and as the Chief Medical Officer for the Eleanor Slater Hospital system which is Rhode Island’s state resource for patients with the most serious mental illnesses and medical illnesses requiring long term, inpatient care. She was also Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. Dr. McCance-Katz will accept the award on behalf of SAMHSA and provide comments.




National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., became Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health in May 2003.  Dr, Volkow will accept the award on behalf of NIDA and provide her thoughts with the audience. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. 

Dr. Volkow’s work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain.  As a research psychiatrist and scientist, Dr. Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs.  Her studies have documented changes in the dopamine system affecting, among others, the functions of frontal brain regions involved with motivation, drive, and pleasure in addiction.  She has also made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging.



National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

George F. Koob, Ph.D., is an internationally-recognized expert on alcohol and stress, and the neurobiology of alcohol and drug addiction. He is the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), where he provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the public health burden associated with alcohol misuse. As NIAAA Director, Dr. Koob oversees a broad portfolio of alcohol research ranging from basic science to epidemiology, diagnostics, prevention, and treatment.

Dr. Koob will accept the award on behalf of NIAAA during their Power Session.