Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Addiction: A Court’s approach to justice.

July 7, 2008
Hosted by Mary Woods

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Episode Description

James H. Leary, Justice, Nashua (NH) District Court. Justice Leary was awarded a BA from University of Massachusetts, a MA in Counseling Psychology from Rhode Island College and a JD from Franklin Pierce Law Center. Prior to attending law school he worked as a teacher and social worker. He practiced law for 20 years in Nashua, New Hampshire and, in 2002, was appointed Special Justice of Nashua District Court. He was appointed Justice in 2005. Justice Leary has worked mental health providers in the Nashua area to improve communication with the courts and, in conjunction with the providers, instituted a mental health court program in 2006. The program is designed to provide diversion and sentencing alternatives for court involved individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders.

One Hour AT A Time

One Hour AT A Time

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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.

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Mary Woods

Mary Woods

Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.

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