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NAATP Alliance for State Advocacy: Your State's Voice on Public Policy

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In 2020, NAATP released our State Advocacy Toolkit to support members in the implementation of effective state legislative advocacy initiatives and the development of state recovery hill days. The NAATP Alliance for State Advocacy (ASA) is a member benefit that provides training, resources, and a network to develop a consistent voice on public policy that enhances access to and quality of addiction treatment services. Join ASA Leads from California and Florida for best practices and lessons learned about how to become a treatment advocate and organize a Hill Day in your state.

KC Gooding, Ashley Neal, and Nikki Soda

KC Gooding, began working in addiction treatment in 2015 and worked as the National Director of Business Development at New Method Wellness in San Juan Capistrano, California, from 2018 to 2021. He also served the organization as a brand ambassador, executive level admissions counselor, family support specialist, and professional relations manager. He actively coordinates legislative involvement at the local, state, and national level. KC has served as state captain for multiple advocacy efforts within the state of California and in Washington, DC. He is a member of (NAATP) membership committee, serves as State of California Lead ASA, is the president of The California Alliance for State Advocacy (CASA) and serves on the (NAADAC) public policy committee. As a dedicated advocate for our industry, he is an invaluable ally for our communities, our families, and our nation at large.

Ashley Neal is the PR & Media Strategist for Turning Point of Tampa, a Florida Native and a person in long term recovery. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and private sector, she has a keen awareness of the community, a strong set of personal & professional ethics and knows how to get things done. Ashley has lived and worked in the Greater Tampa Bay Area her entire life and is a fierce advocate for addiction recovery, public policy and meaningful community involvement. In her current role, Ashley contributes to business development through both traditional and new media, community engagement and business to business relationship management. She serves as the State Lead for the Florida Alliance for State Advocacy, is an Ambassador for the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland and is active in the local recovery community. Her passions for media & addiction recovery awareness recently came together in the form of The Point is Recovery Podcast, where she is a cohost who talks with guests about Addiction, Eating Disorders and Mental Health.

Nikki Soda is a passionate advocate for recovery, experienced marketer and meeting planner. With over 10 years of nonprofit and corporate meeting planning, she brings an energy and level of professionalism used to create successful outcomes. Prior to working in the healthcare industry, Nikki was an event planner and organized large scale events while working for both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Her background in recovery led her to shifting into the behavioral health field. In the past few years, Nikki has worked in the capacity of Director of both Business Development and Marketing for nationally recognized treatment facilities, as well as overseeing several Alumni programs while being on the board of the Treatment Professionals and Alumni Services. Advocacy and Public Policy are two passions that Nikki continuously puts effort into, through volunteering and community engagement.

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Date & Time: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021
11:00 am to 12:00 pm