Betsy Farver-Smith, MAAC

Betsy Farver-Smith, MAAC

Betsy Farver-Smith, MAAC, holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Art in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. A 1997 alumnus of the Center, Betsy served as a member of the BFC Alumni Board of Directors before accepting a counselor position there in 2002. In 2004, she transitioned to the Betty Ford Center Foundation and returned to campus in 2012 to become one of the Center’s first Patient Advocates. She became Executive Director, Treatment Services in September 2013. During her time with the Betty Ford Foundation, Betsy had the privilege of getting to know Mrs. Ford on a personal level. This was during the transition of the chairmanship from Mrs. Ford to her daughter, Susan Ford Bales, in 2005. There was a great deal of media attention to the event, which was expected, and Susan and her mom were very visible around campus. During that time, Betsy had the distinct honor of traveling to Sacramento, CA, to accept a lifetime achievement award on Mrs. Ford’s behalf. When asked what she would like to be said on her behalf, she replied, “You tell them how very proud I am of your sobriety!” Mrs. Ford was always devoted to staff and patients, and exhibited a great deal of humility and grace. Betsy is proud to be a member of the Betty Ford Center staff. With the feeling of “family” and the dedication to the best patient care, it is obvious that they are committed to the mission, vision and goals of the Center. Having been at the Hazelden graduate school for a year, she is also keenly aware that staff in Center City is equally as dedicated and shares the same commitments. There are so many similarities between the two institutions; she is convinced that the merger is a “win-win”. Betsy has three sons and five grandchildren. She lived in Colorado for many years and is a devoted Broncos fan! She currently lives in Rancho Mirage with her husband, Rick.