San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Monroe Township Municipal Alliance Commision invites everyone to attend The Reality Forum as we are Collaborating Efforts with Local, State and National Agencies & Organizations to provide you the most informative Educational Reality Forum on
Addiction Awareness, Issues,
Prevention and Resolutions.
This is an Event You
Don't Want to Miss!
Who should attend? . . . . Parents, Students, Community Leaders/Officials, Doctors, Pharmacists, Lawyers…. The Question really is….. Who wouldn’t attend?
Guest Speakers: Our Lives Have Been Touched By Addiction
Kevin J. Meara, NIN, CARC,
Governers Council on Alcoholism
& Drug Abuse (GCADA)
NJ Opiate Task Force Advisor
City of Angels NJ, Inc.
In 2011, Councilman Kevin J. Meara was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the Governors Council on alcoholism and Drug Abuse and is currently a New Jersey Opiate Task Force Advisor. Kevin was a founding member of the non-profit, city of angels NJ, Inc., which was formed to assist families with substance abuse issues. He has served as a volunteer, Board trustee, Chairman and is presentlu on the Executive Advisory Council. He has been certified as an NIN Interventionist and CCAR Recovery Coach. On the Hamilton Council, he is the liaison to the Hamilton Alliance Against Substance Abuse and has authored resolutions and legislation on addiction issues including the Good samaritan Emergency Response Act and Underage Drinking. He has resided in Hamilton Township, Mercer county for over forty years and is married to his wife, Maryann with a son Killian and a daughter, Kelly Rose . In Hamilton Townshipp. he is serving in his eleventh year as Councilman, where he is a two-term Council President and past Mayor. He has over twenty years experience as a volunteer coach and administrator with Hamilton's youth sports leagues.
President, Steered Straight
& Documentary Filmmaker
Michael R. DeLeon, a successfully acclimated ex-offender who after nearly 8 years of drug addiction and gang involvement, has earned 3 Associates Degrees, a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, with a minor in Criminal Justice and a CADC Certificate. Michael is now in the process of obtaining his Masters Degree in Social Work at Rutgers University School of Social Work as well as obtaining his LCADC.
Michael is the founder and President of Steered Straight, Inc. A non-profit organization formed in 2000 designed with the intention of carrying a message to youth and young adults regarding the extreme dangers of drugs, gang-involvement and criminal activity. Michael spends his time developing Steered Straight by stressing the importance of young men and women making sound, rational decisions in their day to day lives. Michael has spoken to over two million students and young adults as a motivational speaker in many facilities delivering evidence-based student programs around the state of New Jersey, and in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Washington, DC, North and South Carolina, Texas, Maryland, Georgia and Florida.
Steered Straight Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in New Jersey that brings extremely effective and powerful presentation for students about substance abuse. “Under The Influence” addresses not only the dangers of misusing prescription medication and illicit drugs, it accentuates the positive of staying drug free. As an evidence based program, data reflects an average 63% increase in help-line phone calls from students immediately after each assembly.
Michael also founded the Project Pride Program, a program that delivers the message that consequences are severe and life-lasting. Project Pride is still in existence at the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
Earlier this year, Michael has recently released his first full length documentary titled Kids Are Dying. This documentary has been officially selected for the 2014 Reel Recovery Film Festival in NYC and attracted the Media television outlet A&E, to approach Michael to initiate his second documentary on a nationwide coverage level.
Michael resides in Vineland, NJ with his wife Darla and their daughter.
NJDOL/Workforce Development, 2009 Alumni Award
Member of Cumberland County, NJ, Community Justice Panel, Office of Community Justice
Member of Vineland Violence Prevention Policy Board, Project Assistant, 2010-2013
Member of Camden Violence Prevention Policy Board, Project Assistant, 2012/2013
Member of Cumberland County Prevention Policy Board, Project Assistant, 2013-present
Appointed to the Cumberland County, NJ, Human Relations Commission
Chair of Cumberland County Healthy Communities Coalition, Southwest Council, Vineland, NJ
Member of Cumberland County Juvenile Reentry Team
Received the Vineland, NJ Grapevine Publication, 2011 Hometown Hero Award
Appointed to NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Appointed to Cumberland County College Board of Trustees, 2012-2016
Appointed to the NJ Minority Concerns Committee, Vicinage 15
Member of Ocean County D.A.R.T. Coalition
Vice Chair of Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County
Member of Cumberland County, NJ, Youth Services Advisory Council
Chair of YSAC, Minority Concerns Committee
Received three Joint Legislative Resolutions by both House of New Jersey State Legislature
Pastor Donnie Davis
Amazing Grace Community Church
In 1989 Pastor Donnie’s family relocated to Denver, Colorado to help create the foundation for Denver Street School. Denver Street School is an inner- city school that allows under privileged teens a second chance at receiving their high school diplomaand promotes encouraging and supportive direction by helping them enroll in college, enlist in the military or join the workforce. This school program instills a strong faith-based Christian component for “at risk” students while supporting various inner city churches and ministries who’s purpose was to have hope for inner city gangs and teens battling addiction.In 1993, Donnie enrolled in the United States Air Force. He was assigned to the Elite Unit, the USAF Presidential Honor Guard where he was appointed to the White House to escort Hillary Clinton along with both foreign and domestic dignitaries. Upon his decorated honorable discharge, Donnie joined the Prince Georges County Police Department in Maryland to begin his career in law enforcement. During his time of serving, many unfortunate distressing events had impacted his life without warning. These traumatic experiences left the feeling of vacuity, that there was no one to turn to. Donnie found himself struggling with addictions. It was at this time when Donnie resigned from this role and began seeking help through his faith in God. With the strong support from his family, and the fulfillment & guidance of God’s love, Donnie was empowered to “get clean”. This troublesome time in his life nurtured him to develop his purposeful gift of sharing God’s word.
Over the past twelve years, Pastor Donnie has strengthened his relationship with God and is a driving force for God’s word as he continues to speak at both local and national events. He is primarily dedicated to servicing our local community in various roles and has both created and implemented God centered recovery ministries that focus not only on addictions, but the family unit as a whole.
His ultimate joy is to Share God's Hope & Love to our community and the world.
Amanda Bent, MSW, MPP
National Drug Policy Alliance Commission
As New Jersey Policy Associate, Amanda Bent works to reform the state’s drug policies and implement legislative changes that prioritize human dignity, social justice and public health. Bent was first exposed to harm reduction through an undergraduate internship at Rutgers College, where she majored in English and Linguistics. She stayed on at Rutgers to earn a master’s in public policy with a concentration in social policy and women’s issues from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She spent several years working in Student Affairs, mentoring residential college students to help build positive and inclusive communities and promote civic involvement.
Most recently, she completed her master’s in social work at Temple University.
During her tenure there, she had the opportunity to intern at Philadelphia’s syringe exchange program, furthering her interest in harm reduction and inspiring her continued work in this area. She is also a long-term domestic violence hotline volunteer.
Bent appreciates the intersections between different forms of oppression and sees the harm reduction approach as an ethical imperative underscoring advocacy and clinical practice for social workers and others who are committed to eradicating social injustice, facilitating social progress, and advancing much-needed policy reform.
Monroe Township Police Department
The Monroe Township Police Department is committed to providing a safe and peaceful environment in the Township of Monroe through effective and impartial law enforcement.
The Monroe Township Police Department shall respond to the needs of its residents through active participation in community partnerships.
The Monroe Township Police Department shall accept only the highest caliber personnel with a demonstrated ability to meet and exceed standards for personal and professional conduct.
The Monroe Township Police Department will extend the utmost courtesy and respect to all residents, visitors and employees within the community; and will be accountable for the actions of its employees at all times.
If you would ike to have a vendor resource table at this forum please contact the organizer of this event for more information.
Refreshments, Treatment Network Resource Presentations, Q&A Panel Session
The Monroe Township Municipal Alliance Commission would like to Acknowledge and Thank all Organizations, Agencies, and Individuals for participating in The Reality Forum.
A Sincere Thank You to All of Our Supportive Sponsors:
Monroe Township Board of Education
Governers Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
| Steered Straight, Inc.
Monroe Township Police Department
Amazing Grace Community Church
City of Angels, NJ Inc. & The KC Meara Foundation
The Drug Policy Alliance
Great Appreciation to Our Treatment Network Presenters:
A New Day Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center
Amazing Grace Community Church
Caron Treatment Centers
Center for Family Services
Christian Counseling & Wellness Centers for Women
City of Angels, NJ Inc.
City of Angels Recovery Radio www.COARadio.com
Daniellie Center / Robins Nest
Drug Policy Alliance
Footprints to Recovery
Gloucester Regional Addictive Substances Prevention Coalition (GRASP)
Hampton Behavioral Health Center
Kennedy Health System
Lakeside Recovery Center
Living Proof Recovery Center
MHWTC/ Bring Change 2 Mind
Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
Reaching for Recovery NJ
Rehab After Work/Onward Behavioral Health of Turnersville
Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative
Southwest Council Inc.
The Hope All Day Foundation Inc.
Tri-State Treatment Connection
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Monroe Township Municipal Alliance Commission
The Monroe Township Municipal Alliance Committee is to work with the police, schools, community/religious groups and businesses to provide community members with quality programs, which educate our citizens about drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse and misuse.
Part of this mission is to also provide a coordinated approach to advocacy, collaboration and education to promote wellness among all age groups and to keep individuals and families healthy and safe.