Addictions specialist honored for his knowledge, dedication and ability to inspire others
Columbus, Ind.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced that one of its addictions counselors, Ray O’Donnell, has been awarded the prestigious Counselor of the Year award from the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (ICAADA). O’Donnell accepted the award from the ICAADA board of directors on Friday, June 17, at the 14th Annual Mental Health Symposium held at Union Station in Indianapolis.
“Ray has dedicated his career to helping people overcome addictions,” said Suzanne Koesel, CEO of Centerstone. “Over the last 25 years, he has been an integral part of the Richmond community, helping thousands of people achieve recovery. We are proud to have him on the Centerstone team and delighted that he has been recognized by ICAADA for his years of dedication and inspiration.”
Since 1973, the Counselor of the Year award has been presented to one counselor who exemplifies superiority in the addictions field. Honorees have consummate knowledge of the addictions field, consistently go above and beyond the call of duty for their clients, and are mentors who inspire other counselors. Nominations for the award are reviewed and voted on by the ICAADA board of directors. O’Donnell was unanimously selected for this year’s honor.
O’Donnell began his career in the addictions field in 1986 when he joined the Dunn Center as a detoxification technician. While at the Dunn Center, he became an addiction counselor, and in the last two decades, has held positions at the Aurora Addiction Program at Reid Hospital and Centerstone.
A dedicated member of the addiction and recovery community, O’Donnell is a founding member of the Hope House Board of Directors. He started the Richmond Caduceus Group for licensed medical professionals in need of specialized support in early recovery and served for three years on the ICAADA credentialing board.
O’Donnell served the National Security Agency as a Burmese translator/transcriber and cryptographer during the Vietnam War. He is an alumnus of Indiana University East and is a licensed Indiana Addictions Counselor and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist.
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, offers a wide range of mental health and addiction services to more than 24,000 people of all ages each year. Formed through the merger of Center for Behavioral Health, Quinco Behavioral Health Systems and Dunn Center, Centerstone has been serving Indiana residents for more than five decades. The organization has more than 60 facilities across 17 Indiana counties and operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties. It is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org.