CCAR History (2000-2010)


The history and Annual Reports of CCAR from 2000 – 2010


  • Co-presented with Advocacy Unlimited, a mental health advocacy organization, on the “Recovery Basic Premises and Recovery Core Values” (Note: these values ultimately served as the basis for the DMHAS Recovery-Oriented System of Care)
  • Hosted 2nd Legislative Day, over 100 people attended
  • Started “Legacies” support group for parents who had lost children to addiction
  • Hosted training – Racism of the Well-Intended, Slaying the Dragon
  • 700 attended first annual Recovery Walks! at Bushnell Park in Hartford
  • “Putting a Face on Recovery” video distributed to 700+
  • 1st edition of The Recovery Herald newsletter published and distributed to 6500+
  • 112 people attended 1st Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner


  • 1st of 7 Chapters established giving CCAR local and regional presence
  • 200+ people attended 3rd Legislative Day, 36 legislators sponsored the event with 3 talking about their own recovery
  • Non-profit 501(c)3 status granted
  • 10,000+ Recovery Posters distributed nationwide
  • Website goes live
  • “Putting a Face on Recovery” video updated; 2000+ distributed nationwide
  • Awarded CSAT Recovery Community Support Program (RCSP) Track II grant
  • 2000+ participated in 2nd Recovery Walks! held 5 days after terrorist attack of 9/11

2001 Annual Report


  • 16 members testified at Informational Forum at the invitation by CT Legislature Judiciary Committee issues relating to felony conviction and sustained recovery
  • 200+ people attended CCAR’s trauma/recovery forum “Recovery Speaks in the Shadow of 9/11” in New London
  • Membership topped 2000
  • 3000+ participated in 3rd annual Recovery Walks! in Hartford

2002 Annual Report


  • 200+ attended 2nd trauma/recovery forum in Bridgeport
  • Code of Ethics established
  • Shifted successfully from Recovery Community Support Program to Recovery Community Services Program
  • 1st of 42 trainings in the “Recovery Training Series” delivered
  • New video “Healing Power of Recover” completed
  • 3000+ participated in 4th annual Recovery Walks! in Hartford
  • Staff invited to “Innovator’s Meeting: Strategic Planning for Peer Recovery Support Services” SAMHSA/CSAT Access to Recovery (ATR) Program
  • First audit for year ending June 30, 2003 completed and earned a non-qualified opinion

2003 Annual Report


  • CCAR involved in development of state ATR proposal
  • 200+ people attended Grand Opening of Windham Recovery Community Center
  • First Family Support Group met in Windham Recovery Community Center
  • Transition of leadership to new Executive Director
  • Executive Director Co-chairs state team with DMHAS Commissioner at National Policy Academy on Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Formal Volunteer Management System implemented
  • Awarded CSAT Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP) Track III grant
  • 3000+ participated in 5th annual Recovery Walks! in Hartford

2004 Annual Report


  • New London Recovery Community Center opened
  • Recovery Housing Project developed state-of the-art internet database to include 100 independently owned, privately operated recovery houses covering 1069 beds
  • Recovery Housing Coalition of Connecticut (RHCC) established
  • RHCC established standards for independently owned, privately operated recovery housing
  • Recovery Housing Project training “So… You Want to Open a Recovery House” generated 7 new recovery houses totaling 70 new recovery beds
  • Prison Support Groups established in Enfield and Bridgeport
  • Comprehensive Volunteer Management System implemented
  • An article on Recovery Walks! appeared on the cover of the inaugural edition of Rising Recovery in Action, Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR)’s national magazine
  • Recovery Walks! model replicated in several other states
  • Recovery Walks! drew 2000+, Honor Guard established for first time
  • Executive Director served on CSAT Summit Planning Committee
  • Established Recovery Capital Tool and Recovery Friendly Tool for evaluation purposes
  • Hosts recognition dinner in honor of CCAR founder, Bob Savage
  • The WRCC attracted 10,000 visitors
  • More than 350 individuals attended Recovery Training Series
  • CCAR represented at historic Faces and Voices of Recovery summit in Washington, DC
  • Executive Director presented at CSAT Summit
  • Begin series of Oldtimer (20+ years of recovery) Retreats and Focus Groups
  • The 50th ‘Hooked on Recovery’ article penned

2005 Annual Report


  • Core Elements of a Recovery Community Center written
  • Volunteer Coordinator hired
  • Telephone Recovery Support became CCAR’s first “fee-for-service”
  • Article published on Telephone Recovery Support in Addiction Professional magazine
  • New London Recovery Community Center held successful comedy night/pasta dinner event
  • Senior Peer Services Coordinator Diane Potvin received the Dr. Edward Brown Humanitarian Award for her work in support of recovery in Willimantic.
  • Executive Director traveled to AZ to serve as consultant to a sister Recovery Community Organization
  • Hosts 1st Annual Volunteer Recognition dinner with comedian Mark Lundholm, 144 registered CCAR volunteers invited, Keith Sawyer earns Presidential Award with over 1200 hours
  • Legacy of Hope: Recovery Elders Video Project launched
  • CCAR staff ran workshops, served on panels and introduced speakers in statewide DMHAS Recovery Conference: Vision to Outcomes
  • Bridgeport Recovery Community Center opened (#3)
  • Purchased a 3-story Victorian on 198 Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford to house the Hartford Recovery Community Center and the administrative offices
  • Individual Giving campaign launched
  • Recovery Walks! held for the 7th consecutive year, a lead event for Rally for Recovery, banner for 46 other events held nationally on same day
  • Executive Director Phillip Valentine received America Honors Recovery award from The Johnson Institute at the National Press Club, Washington DC
  • Executive Director presented on CCAR, recovery support services and promotes the RCSP at congressional briefing in Washington, DC
  • WRCC attracted more than 15,000 visitors
  • Hartford Recovery Community Center opened (#4)
  • Technology grant received from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

2006 Annual Report


  • Hosted HBO “Addiction” premier at St. Francis Hospital Chawla Auditorium for 125 persons
  • Hosted 2nd Annual Volunteer Recognition dinner with comedian Mark Lundholm, more than 200 registered CCAR volunteers invited, 17 Presidential Awards given
  • The CCAR experience highlighted in interviews published on Faces &Voices of Recovery website, Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC) website, Recovery Solutions magazine
  • Hartford Recovery Community Center launched with Grand Opening for more than 200 people
  • CCAR leased space to Columbus House “Road to Recovery” program on 3rd floor of the HRCC
  • New author Richard Anthony (his pen name) began new recovery column that goes out on CCAR website and list serve, “Reflections of a 10th Leper”
  • Senior Peer Services Coordinator Diane Potvin celebrated 20 years of recovery
  • Legislative breakfasts held in each of the Recovery Community Centers
  • NLRCC held 2nd successful Comedy Night
  • CCAR presents at CCB conference on co-occurring disorders
  • Executive Director presents at NASADAD (National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors) on the CCAR experience in Burlington, VT
  • Senior Peer Services Coordinator Michael Askew retires and moves to North Carolina
  • Executive Director is lead author on a paper titled,” The Recovery Community Organization: Toward A Working Definition and Description” with Bill White and Pat Taylor
  • CCAR won $270,000 DMHAS grant to provide Telephone Recovery Support to 2500 recoverees
  • Staff expanded from 10 to 15.
  • Recovery Walks! held for the 8th consecutive year, Songwriter/vocalist Paul Williams keynotes, first time weather bad, yet sun breaks out during Honor Guard
  • Senior Peer Services Coordinator Kim Haugabook represented CCAR at a Whitehouse Roundtable in Washington, DC
  • Senior Peer Services Coordinator Diane Potvin presented at New England Association of Drug Court Professionals in Boston, MA
  • Executive Director represented CCAR at CSAT Regional Recovery Summit state planning meeting
  • Executive Director served on a consensus panel for a Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) TIP (Treatment Improvement Protocol) on Relapse Prevention
  • Volunteer Manager Normajean Cefarelli presented on the CCAR Volunteer Management System in Kentucky
  • Long time Office Manager Pat Howard retires
  • CCAR completed a strategic planning process
  • Executive Director Phillip Valentine celebrated 20 years of recovery
  • Volunteer hours served topped 10,000

2007 Annual Report


  • CCAR formed the Recovery Technical Assistance Group (RTAG) to provide consulting, technical assistance to recovery community organizations and other entities
  • Held the 3rd annual Volunteer Recognition and Celebration dinner with Mark Lundholm. 221 people attended, 123 of them volunteers and 21 Presidential awards were given. The CT Attorney General also signed certificates for each of the Presidential Award recipients
  • CCAR won 4 DMHAS Innovative Recovery Initiative one-time grants totaling $139,000 – Oldtimers Conference, Legacy of Hope 2, Women In Recovery through Enhanced Designed (WIRED) and Recovery Coaching
  • DMHAS Commissioner Thomas Kirk attended a CCAR Board meeting and the discussion focused on sustainability
  • CCAR collaborated with a treatment provider, ADRC (Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center) and won a state grant to provide Recovery Oriented Employment Services (ROES)
  • With the CT Certification Board (CCB), CCAR assisted with the Recovery Support Services Conference: Promoting Recovery with Recovery Support Services. Several CCAR volunteers and staff presented.
  • Diane Potvin WRCC Manager was voted in as a co-chair of the DMHAS State Advisory Board
  • United Way contributions to CCAR topped $1,000
  • The 1st Recovery Coach Academy was held, a 7-day training that drew 30 participants in a “learning laboratory” model
  • The number of recoverees reached through Telephone Recovery Support tops 1,000

2008 Annual Report


  • Held the 4th annual Volunteer Recognition and Celebration dinner with Mark Lundholm. 209 people attended, 108 of them volunteers and 27 Presidential awards were given. The CT Attorney General also signed certificates for each of the Presidential Award recipients.
  • CCAR earned a $100,000 contract form the CT Department of Correction for the Re-Entry & Recovery Project for people in the Hartford parole district.
  • Michael Askew returned from North Carolina to serve once again as the Manager of the Bridgeport Recovery Community Center.
  • DMHAS Commissioner Thomas Kirk retired. The CCAR Executive Director served on the committee to interview candidates for the position. Pat Rehmer appointed new Commissioner.
  • The Recovery Coach Academy was held 4 times, a 5-day training that drew participants from 13 different states.
  • The Recovery Technical Assistant Group expands – a recovery community organization development contract in Sioux Falls, SD; a Recovery Coach Academy in Des Moines, IA; Telephone Recovery Support TA in VA, TX; numerous speaking engagements (MN, VT, ME, NH)
  • CCAR had visits from several states interested in our model – Texas, New Jersey, South Dakota, Massachusetts and Vermont. Also, a gentleman from England visited the HRCC.
  • The number of recoverees reached through Telephone Recovery Support tops 2,000.
  • Recovery Walks! celebrated its 10th anniversary.
  • Hartford Business Journal selects CCAR Executive Director Phillip Valentine as Non-Profit Executive of the Year.
  • became an official e-commerce site.

2009 Annual Report


  • CCAR Recovery Community Centers welcomes over 15,000 visits.
  • New London Recovery Community Center closes, leaving 3 Recovery Community Centers in operation.
  • Telephone Recovery Support enrolled more than 1,218 new recoverees. Our volunteers had more than 6,800 conversations about recovery.
  • lists over 150 houses from seven states.
  • The Recovery Coach Academy was held 5 times and trained 62 coaches representing 18 states.
  • CCAR volunteers continue to be the backbone of the organization; 319 volunteers served over 14,426 hours in 2010.
  • CCAR honored our volunteers at the 5th Annual Recognition dinner. 34 volunteers were presented with Presented with Presidential awards and one volunteer received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Shaded Soul wowed us at the 11th annual Recovery Walks.
  • CCAR staff provided RTAG Recovery Works training for folks in a recovery community organization in Maryland.
  • Men’s Wearhouse supports CCAR and our recoverees by donating professional attire on a regular basis.

2010 Annual Report