James Nestor is the senior advisor for Caron’s First Responders Program. In this role, he assists in developing clinical programming, outreach, and organizational controls.
In addition to his work at Caron, he has developed a comprehensive alcoholism prevention and assistance model that impacts hundreds of first responders every year as well as peer advocate services that he trains and coordinates for state troopers and returning military veterans. He has also developed an employee assistance programming model that integrates human/organizational behavior with individual, work/family, leadership, performance, productivity, wellness, and spiritual growth. Jim collaborates and partners with medical services, wellness, chaplains, offices of professional standards, planning and policy, and human resources.
Jim has more than 40 years of experience in the public safety field, including six years as the director of a treatment program for first responders. Prior to that position, he served for 23 years as the director for the State of New Jersey’s Department of Law & Public Safety - Office of Employee & Organization Development. He led the employee and management assistance services for the 9,500 employees/families within the Office of the Attorney General and the New Jersey State Police, which included management and organization development, peer advocacy services, and critical incident stress management.
He has developed and provided training for 30,000 first responders in substance abuse prevention for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He is a licensed clinical addiction counselor and certified employee assistance professional. He has been a certified police instructor at state and county police academies for more than 25 years. In addition to serving two years as a military police officer in the army, he also worked as a member of the Philadelphia Transit Police Agency.
Jim was honored with the Governor’s Recognition Award (2002), International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s Innovation in Disaster Mental Health Award (2005), and recipient of the Caron Foundation EAP of the Year Award (2008) and the Greater Philadelphia EAP of the Year Award (2012). He was recently recognized with the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey Humanitarian Award and the 2019 International Employee Assistance Professional Association Lifetime Achievement Award.