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DASPOP to Award Caron Treatment Centers CEO Doug Tieman with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wernersville, Pa. (October 12, 2020) – Caron Treatment Centers, an internationally recognized not-for-profit dedicated to addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, research, prevention and addiction medicine education, announced that the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania (DASPOP) will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Caron President and CEO, Doug Tieman, on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Deb Beck, President of DASPOP, said the board’s decision to select Tieman as this year’s honoree was unanimous. The achievement comes as he finishes up his final year at the helm of Caron before stepping down next summer.

Tieman has tirelessly advocated for substance use disorder to be regarded as a chronic, treatable disease. Under his direction, Caron greatly expanded its education, prevention and research initiatives. He also oversaw the transformation of Caron’s medical department, creating the Carole and Ray Neag Medical Center on Caron’s Wernersville campus and developing a second medical center, the Keele Center, which is currently under construction in South Florida. Tragically, people coming into treatment today are sicker than ever before and Caron’s state-of-the-art facilities combined with its medical expertise allows Caron to treat substance use disorder patients with significant medical issues.

During his time at Caron, the not-for-profit also became the only free-standing treatment center to have an ACGME-accredited fellowship for Addiction Medicine.

“With regard to his many acts of leadership, DASPOP offers our most sincere appreciation to Doug Tieman,” said Beck. “His insight and skill developed Caron into a leading provider of services in the addiction treatment field that has paved the way for first steps to recovery for thousands of those suffering with the disease of addiction. Doug’s 25 years of guidance and leadership in the field has made all of us stronger and better.”

In December 2017, Tieman testified before Congress on behalf of patients and their families to increase access to ethical, quality substance use disorder treatment services. He also remains steadfastly committed to helping families from Berks County, Pennsylvania, Caron’s home base, access treatment.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this award,” said Tieman. “I feel very fortunate to work alongside so many passionate and dedicated professionals. Now, more than ever, we must continue to come together to make recovery possible for individuals and families.”

DASPOP was founded to educate the public on alcohol and drug abuse prevention and addiction treatment and to advocate for an effective drug and alcohol prevention, education and treatment health system in Pennsylvania. Since its founding in 1986, DASPOP members and supporters have had a significant impact on the provision of addiction treatment in both the private and public sectors and have worked to establish school-based and other prevention and intervention programs for the young people of our state. Today, DASPOP is a statewide coalition of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, education and addiction treatment programs, practitioners, student assistance professionals, employee assistance professionals, other allied professionals, county and statewide drug and alcohol associations, as well as individuals, families, and concerned citizens.

The virtual event will also honor Senator Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) Senate of Pennsylvania, Democratic Chair/Labor & Industry Committee with the DASPOP Appreciation Award. Additional speakers at the virtual event will include Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Senate of Pennsylvania, Senate Democratic Leader Congressman Brendan Boyle (D- PA 2nd Congressional District), Robert Dellavella, CEO, Self-Help Movement, Inc., Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 1st Congressional District), Bucks County Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo, Steve Roman, DASPOP Board Chairman and Beck.

About Caron Treatment Centers
Caron Treatment Centers is an internationally recognized not-for-profit dedicated to addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, research, prevention and addiction medicine education. Headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, our mission is Recovery for Life. For more than 60 years, we have helped thousands of individuals struggling with substance use disorder and their families begin to manage this chronic, treatable disease. Caron provides a continuum of care for teens, young adults, women, men and older adults. Caron’s signature programming provides concierge treatment for executives, healthcare professionals, older adults and first responders. In addition to the Pennsylvania campus, Caron provides services in Palm Beach County, Florida, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and New York City. Caron accepts several major insurance plans and provides financial assistance for those who qualify. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at www.caron.org or follow us on Twitter @CaronTreatment.

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610-413-6938
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