CCAR History (2011-2017)

The history & Annual Reports of CCAR from 2011 – 2017



  • Executive Director, Phillip Valentine, traveled to Wales and the United Kingdom to speak on the power of recovery and the recovery community organization model. Phil attended the grand opening of the Newcastle Gateshead Recovery Centre, a recovery center modeled after CCAR.
  • CCAR wide strategic plan was conducted outlining agency priorities for upcoming years.
  • Yoly Lebron was promoted to Director of Administrator/Human Resource Officer role
  • Recovery Works hires new Coordinator; 203 individuals referred to program, 54 completed it and 56 gained employment.
  • Ken Aligata, CCAR volunteer and supporter, hired as Community Educator to conduct outreach to providers and individuals in treatment programs. 16 trainings conducted reached 226 participants.
  • The number of recoverees that received Telephone Recovery Support calls tripled, with volunteers calling nearly 650 people each week.
  • BRCC supported Keytrain, an initiative that prepared people to become more employable.
  • CCAR Recovery Community Centers saw more than 35,000 visitors, hosted 38 different trainings, and held 375 other events.
  • CCAR’s Telephone Recovery Support model expanded to Minnesota, South Dakota, Rhode Island, and the United Kingdom.
  • The Recovery Coach Academy was held 4 times and trained 124 coaches representing 28 states; 32 scholarships were provided to CCAR volunteers.
  • Recovery Coach Academy model trained total of 958 coaches nationwide.
  • 317 CCAR volunteers contributed over 20,438 hours of service.

2011 Annual Report


  • Maine RCO Leader, Deb Dettor, hired as Director of Operations to implement program development based on strategic plan.
  • Volunteer workforce number lessens slightly, but 291 individuals serve even more hours than previous years, contributing 23,264 hours.
  • TRS volunteer callers make 34,230 total calls and engage in 12,765 conversations.
  • CCAR’s Recovery Community Centers saw even more visitors, nearly 50,000 people.
  • Windham and Bridgeport Recovery Community Centers each doubled their space.
  • Community Educator expanded outreach to promote recovery posting YouTube Recovery Minute videos and daily Twitter Affirmations.
  • CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© ran 117 times across the country and trained 2,038 new coaches.
  • Recovery Walks! celebrated simultaneously with Recovery Walk in Manchester, England with live-feed broadcast.
  • CCAR technology upgraded thanks to grant from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

    2012 Annual Report


  • CCAR hired first Recovery Coach Academy Coordinator, Stacy Rosay.
  • Bob Savage Recovery Advocate of the Year Award given to Greg Williams, producer of The Anonymous People.
  • CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© conducted 121 times across the country and trained 1,741 new coaches.
  • A new Recovery Coach Ethics training was developed.
  • Performance Support Learning Communities implemented by consultant/trainer Art Woodard with Recovery Coaches in CCAR Recovery Community Centers.
  • CCAR sponsored the April sneak preview of the groundbreaking documentary, The Anonymous People.
  • Volunteer service rose again, with 293 individuals providing 28,427 total hours, averaging 97 hours per volunteer.
  • CCAR Executive Director teamed with local media celebrity in recovery to host a weekly radio show, Voices of Recovery, on CT’s largest AM radio station.
  • Executive Director Phil Valentine awarded with thanks for 14 years of Annual Recovery Walks! leadership.
  • Recovery Walks! celebrated first ever Friday, drawing 1,000 people. CT Governor Dannel Malloy spoke, as first active Governor keynote at a Recovery Walk event.
  • Rebecca Allen promoted to new Telephone Recovery Support (TRS) Manager position.
  • Significant rise in CCAR’s Recovery Community Centers activities; 300 trainings ran with 2,438 participants and 1,131 other events drew 24,336 attendees.
  • CCAR piloted weekly Artists in Recovery; and sponsored first artwork exhibition at Annual Recovery Walks!

2013 Annual Report


  • The Bill Leary and Judith Stonger Leadership Scholarship Program was established to provide opportunities for people who have participated in CCAR programs to enhance their leadership skills through formal training, mentoring and related opportunities.
  • CCAR launched a new event, the CCAR Cup golf tournament.
  • The Mental Health First Aid© training was delivered in all three RCCs.
  • All three RCCs initiated evening hours.
  • RCC volunteers conducted more educational workshops and seminars.
  • RCCs increased participation in Medication-Assisted Recovery Groups.
  • Each of the three RCCs hosted a focus group on gambling for a total of 59 people.
  • Participation in Recovery Coach groups increased.
  • The WRCC reports that 24 former volunteers all gained full-time employment in 2014.
  • BRCC volunteers bring an All-Recovery Meeting to a local detox.
  • Two HRCC volunteers secured employment as Associate Counselors with The Open Hearth.
  • Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches (2nd edition) and Spirituality for Recovery Coaches were piloted and finalized this year.
  • CCAR developed a strategic plan for implementation in years, 2015-2017.
  • Young Adult and Family Project was established.
  • The Recovery Training enter was established.
  • CCAR hired its first Special Events Coordinator.

2014 Annual Report


  • Phil began his hike of the AT on March 19, 2015 to put a face on recovery.
  • Introduced the new strategic plan (years, 2015-2017).
  • 759 All Recovery Support Meetings were held in 3 RCCs, with 12,541 participants.
  • More people attended more Gambling Recovery Support Groups, presentations and discussions
  • Recovery Coaching was a major focus, with more training sessions and practice opportunities for coaches, and service delivery to recoverees.
  • More recovery support was available to Spanish-speaking recoverees through Telephone Recovery calls and specialized recovery support meetings.
  • New weekly Recovery Support Meetings for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) community were added.
  • More outreach was conducted to educate about addiction recovery and CCAR services.
  • Phil completed his hike of the AT on September 23, 2015.
  • 3 staff were trained as Trainers for Mental Health First Aid, through partnership with Wheeler Clinic.
  • Our 10th Annual Volunteer Recognition dinner was held.
  • CCAR hosted an evening with Phil and Sandy Valentine to raise money for CCAR and to speak about their experiences while Phil hiked the AT.
  • The Recovery Training Center began hosting a monthly webinar training series for recovery coaches.
  • Home-Based Navigator training was developed for Recovery Coaches who work with Veterans of the Armed forces.
  • The ROES program received the DMHAS Commissioner’s Recognition Award for Excellence
  • Through a collaboration with Advocacy Unlimited, the Recovery Training Center produced a webinar on gambling.
  • CCAR hosted CT Governor Dannel Malloy at the WRCC to speak about his Second Chance Initiative.

2015 Annual Report


  • First Multiple Pathways Conference was held in Mystic, CT.
  • The Recovery Training Center was renamed Center for Addiction Recovery Training (CART) and a new website was created.
  • The very first CCAR trainer’s symposium was held in Litchfield CT.
  • CART designed a brand new designation for CCAR trained Recovery Coaches, Recovery Coach Professional (RCP).
  • Staff from the RCCs were part of a study of the RCC model headed up by John Kelly out of Harvard Medical School.
  • CCAR applied for an was granted a Strategic Technology Grant through the Hartford Foundation and Public Giving.
  • Live with Phil webinars were presented on a monthly basis.
  • The Recovery Housing Project began certifying recovery homes in a collaborative effort with NAAR.
  • The ROES program was once again honored to receive the DMHAS Commissioner’s Recognition Award for Excellence.
  • Senator Blumenthal held roundtables on the opioid crisis at WRCC.
  • BRCC celebrated its 10 year anniversary in August 2016.
  • CCAR acquired office space at the CT Non Profit Center.
  • CART surpassed training over 10,000 recovery coaches in the Recovery Coach Academy.

2016 Annual Report


  • Our staff has grown from 18 to 28.
  • Phillip Valentine, Executive Director, trained Recovery Coach Academies in Vietnam and Canada as well as several states across the US.
  • The 2nd Annual Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference was held in Punta Gorda Florida.  Bill White author of Slaying the Dragon, Don Coyhis founder of White Bison, and Mark Lundholm were amongst the presenters.
  • We launched our Emergency Department Recovery Coach (EDRC) Program with funding from DMHAS.  EDRC’s are dispatched to Emergency Departments to meet with patients who are experiencing a medical crisis caused by their alcohol or substance abuse. Due to the programs growth the number of Emergency Department Recovery Coaches grew from 3 to 9.
  • Our 3 Recovery Centers and Young Adult and Family Program saw over 30,000 visits by 4325 individuals seeking the hope and healing power of recovery.
  • Recovery Support Services held 1817 groups with over 21000 attendees, facilitated 337 trainings on a variety of topics, and in partnership with Beacon Health delivered over 35 educational groups on Medicated Assisted Recovery.
  • Made lasting connections with the CT Judicial Branch’s Community Courts and the CT Department of Labor’s return to Work program.
  • John Schwartz, CCAR Willimantic Recovery Center (WRCC) Manager, became a certified SMART Recovery facilitator. WRCC established the areas first SMART Recovery Meeting.
  • Young Adult and Family Program moved to a new location in Derby, CT.
  • 308 volunteers volunteered a record 28,841 hours of their time to CCAR.  This translates to roughly $844,760 worth of volunteer time. Amazingly, seven of our volunteers contributed 500 hours each to CCAR.
  • CCAR Administration moved to the CT Nonprofit Center on Charter Oak Ave in Hartford.
  • CCAR once again hosted the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner, CCAR Golf Cup, and CCAR Recovery Walks!
  • Michael Askew, CCAR Bridgeport Recovery Center Manager, won the prestigious Vernon Johnson Award for Advocacy by America Honors Recovery in Washington DC.
  • Over 20,000 participants trained in the CART (Center for Addiction Recovery Training) model, through 6 different curriculums.  Over 590 trainings were held throughout the country and abroad.

    2017 Annual Report