OSA Director Receives Recognition

August 23, 2005
Human Services

AUGUSTA, ME--Kimberly Johnson, Director of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Substance Abuse (OSA), recently received an award from the Women’s Addiction Services Council in recognition of her outstanding service to women and their families affected by substance abuse.

“Every year the Women’s Addiction Services Council selects and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an understanding of the specific obstacles faced by women affected by substance abuse and has been a catalyst to make things happen that remove some of these barriers,” said Carol Troy, Director of The Women’s Project, “Kim has shown this commitment over the years in both her former role as Executive Director of Crossroads for Women and as the OSA Director. She has provided the leadership which resulted in many new initiatives supporting women’s’ access to substance abuse treatment, for example, the CAMP program at Crossroads and her collaborations with Child Protective Services.”

In 2004, Johnson was a recipient of the Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner’s Award providing national recognition for preventing child abuse and neglect.

Prior to working at OSA, Johnson served as executive director of Crossroads, a Maine substance abuse treatment program, where she was instrumental in developing an innovative residential program known as the CAMP program, which allowed women to bring their children with them into treatment.

The Women’s Addiction Services Council is a statewide organization made up of seven member agencies that share a commitment to supporting women who are engaged in treatment and recovery. They are: Crossroads for Women, Inc.; Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs; Maine Pre-Trial Services; New Directions, Health Reach Network; Supported Journey Into Recovery, a program of Community Concepts, Inc.; The Women’s Project, a program of People’s Regional Opportunity Program; and Wellspring, Inc.

Contacts:

Kimberly Johnson, Director
Office of Substance Abuse
Dept. of Health & Human Services
Tel:  (207) 287-2595

Michael Norton, Director
Media and Public Relations
Dept. of Health & Human Services
221 State Street, Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Tel: (207) 287-5012 TTY:
Maine relay 711