January 2016 ASAC Action Newsletter

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Holiday Giving

Left to right: Bill Hanes – IBEW 405, Annalyse Gratzek –student intern, Sue Bock – Heart of Iowa Counselor, Wanda Mokry-Sellers – Director of Heart of Iowa, Kent McNally – Vice President of IBEW 405

Left to right: Bill Hanes – IBEW 405, Annalyse Gratzek –student intern, Sue Bock – Heart of Iowa Counselor, Wanda Mokry-Sellers – Director of Heart of Iowa, Kent McNally – Vice President of IBEW 405

We would like to thank everyone who donated to ASAC to help make the holidays brighter for the individuals and families in our residential substance abuse treatment programs.

Business/Organizational Donors: IBEW #405, Allergy Associates, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, GE Capital Employees, GE Capital Women’s Network, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Individual Donors:  Audrey Bradford, Carolyn Cleveland, Nancy Lowenberg, Laci and Nathan Lower, Amanda and John Rhomberg, Valerie and Stan Unkrich, Christine and Troy Mundt, Jen Blume, April Stumpf, Sara and Bob Wiemerslage, Chris Schlesser, Pan Carstens, Leighton and Sarah Smith, Larry and Nancy Smith

ASAC Employees: Erin Foster, Maribeth Bousman, Stephanie Boesenberg, Gabe Gluba, Gayle Kelly, Laurel Merrick, Candace Seitz, Juliene McNally, Susan Wolever, Barb  Malina, Connie McCubbin, Ed Laub, Gayla Creeley, Rachel Kimble, Lindsey Ungs, Jill Nothdorf-Gisel, Kathy Corbett, Bobby Sero, Diane Dethman, Wanette Mollenhauer, Lynne Peterson, Melissa Walker, Stephanie Smith

Town Hall Meeting on the Heroin Epidemic

townhall mtg HeroinThe Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative will be holding their first community event in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 in Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Library.

This town hall meeting will be a great night of information, personal stories of survival, and learning how to help the people in your community. ASAC’s Director of Linn County Prevention Services, Erin Foster, will be one of the panel members at the event.

The heroin epidemic is a community issue that needs your support. Please consider on attending.

Emerging Drug Trends (Advanced) Training

Advanced Emerging Drug Trends Training will be held on February 12, 2016 from 1:30 – 4:45pm in ASAC’s Prevention Building; 3536 18th Ave. SW, in Cedar Rapids. The objectives of the session include learning information about current drug trends, new methods of use, the impact on health care, the community and workplaces, and identifying legal and legislative issues surrounding emerging drugs.

ASAC_TrainingThis training has been developed for educators, healthcare providers, social workers, parents, and substance abuse treatment and prevention staff. The Iowa Board of Certification has approved this training for 3 hours of ATOD specific CEUs. Cost is $30 per person; $15 for current ASAC staff and interns.

The facilitators for this training session are Erin Foster, Director of ASAC’s Linn County Prevention Services, and Curt Wheeler, ASAC Prevention Specialist.

Online registration is limited to 30 participants. QUESTIONS: Contact Kathy Corbett at 319-390-1884 or kcorbett@asac.us.

ASAC Receives Telligen Community Initiative Grant

With $26,550 in funding from the Telligen Community Initiative, ASAC will be making improvements to our two on-site medical clinics; one is located on our main campus for our adult and youth residential clients and the other at Heart of Iowa for the moms and their children. The grant funding makes possible the purchase of new medical equipment and supplies plus technology upgrades for the two medical exam rooms.

TCI logoUpon program entry, each new residential client and each child accompanying their mom to Heart of Iowa receives an initial physical by our medical director, Dr. Michael Simison. With us now providing medication assisted treatment, Dr. Simison will be spending additional time in our medical exam rooms monitoring those clients receiving medications to help in their recovery from opioid addictions.

ASAC is very appreciative of Telligen Community Initiative’s financial support.

ASAC Board of Directors Election

Allen Witt

Allen Witt

Nancy Humbles

Nancy Humbles

In December, the agency’s Board of Directors elected two new members to ASAC’s board, Lance Dickson and Allen Witt, and elected Nancy Humbles as Vice-President. In addition, the board also re-elected Nancy Lowenberg, President; Jeff Lara, Treasurer; and Nancylee Ziese, Secretary.


Nancy Humbles joined ASAC’s Board in 2014. She is the former Director of the Center for a Diversity and Enrichment at the University of Iowa and currently is a Board of Education Member of the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

Allen Witt is an Instructor with Kirkwood’s Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy. He has a B. S. from Purdue and is a Licensed Professional Engineer, LEED Green Associate, and Certified Green Professional.

Lance Dickson is Vice President of Operations at GreatAmerica Financial Services and a resident of Mount Vernon.

Linn County Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing Update

By Amy Doerrfeld, Certified Prevention Specialist

sf_logo_finalDuring the past five years, ASAC Prevention has had the opportunity to work with landlords/property managers to provide education and assistance with implementing smoke-free policies.  Any property that meets the requirements has the opportunity to be included in the newly redesigned website where people can search for smoke-free housing in the state at https://www.smoke-freehomes.iowa.gov.

The response from landlords/property managers continues to be very positive.  Most of them understand the benefits and most residents prefer it as well.  So far this year, three more Linn County properties have implemented policies.  These include 10th Street Brickstones (Hatch Development, LLC), Ellis Commons (Newbo Development Group, LLC), and Village Lofts (Kingston Lofts, LLC).   This now makes a total of 23 smoke-free properties in Linn County.

These community champions, and all previous ones who have implemented policies, are making a great impact on protecting the health and safety of our community!

Sofas and Chairs Needed

Chair ImageASAC is in need of living room sofas and chairs and dining room chairs for the Heart of Iowa Mother and Child Recovery Center. The program has 36 apartments for the families seeking recovery from a substance abuse disorder and relies heavily on donations to maintain them. If you have gently used items available for donation, email Laurel Merrick at lmerrick@asac.us or call her at 390-4611.

ASAC is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. An in-kind tax receipt will be provided for donations.

Jennifer Husmann Honored

Picture of Jennifer10 years laterCongratulations to ASAC’s staff member, Jennifer Husmann, on receiving the Excellence in Mentoring Award. Jennifer will receive her award at a ceremony in Des Moines on February 3rd after the Volunteer Iowa/Iowa Mentoring Partnership’s Day at the Capitol.

Congrats to Jennifer and her Little Sister for their many great years together!

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