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Treatment Communities of America (TCA) is committed to working with our members to support, prevent and alleviate the profound personal, social and economic consequences of alcoholism and substance abuse in this country. As a means of supporting our workforce TCA is proud to announce the newly developed Richard Pruss Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more direct-service staff person(s) to assist them in furthering their education. Each scholarship award will be for $1,000.00 and the first award will be given at the TCA Fall Reception on September 11, 2019.

Mr. Pruss has a long history of service in the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) field; he stepped down as President and CEO of Samaritan Village (NY) in 2008 and served as a Board member and Chairman of the Board of Directors until December, 2017. Richard was one of the pioneers in the field; he began his mission in the mid-60s and dedicated his life to Samaritan Village where he saved the lives of thousands of individuals over his long and impressive career. Richard also served as the TCA President from 1980-1984 and remained active as a TCA Board Member until his passing in July, 2018. This scholarship is developed to honor the work and legacy of Richard Pruss to the SUD field.

We believe that this scholarship will make a profound difference and will support the professional development of a talented individual who works in the SUD field. Scholarships will be provided on the basis of need and qualification. TCA asks that all of our members consider nominating someone who you feel is deserving of this opportunity. All nominations must come from TCA members. Attached please find the Nomination Guidelines, Nomination Form, Individual Professional Development Plan, Professional Development Scholarship Nominee Evaluation Form, as well as the Donation Invoice Form. If you have any questions or need more information please do not hesitate to contact Pat Clay, TCA Executive Director, at pat@treatmentcommunities.com.

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