HC DrugFree's Executive Director to be Inducted into Howard County Women's Hall of Fame

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Congratulations to HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi for her upcoming induction into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame.

Ms. Scornaienchi will be one of three women inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame in 2018. The induction ceremony will be held on March 22 in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City, MD. 

For more information about the event or the three women, visit http://bit.ly/2Ch81HW.

HC DrugFree Standing with National Partners -- Partnering for Prevention

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HC DrugFree was pleased to spend time with old friends and meet new partners in the substance use prevention movement while at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, MD. 

Pictured: HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi with Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Instititues of Health (NIH). 

Dr. Compton has worked with HC DrugFree for the past several years and it's always good to hear his latest science-based updates. Dr. Compton's presentation emphasized the importance of prescribing practices, as well as methods of prevention that are school and community based.

HC DrugFree thanks NIDA for partnering with us throughout the year and we extend a special thank you to Dr. Compton for making himself available to us and cheering on our efforts.

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Pictured:  Joan with Mr. Richard Baum, Acting Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) holding a "We Want YOU - Partnering for Underage Drinking Prevention" sign to be used later that day at a prevention rally in D.C. 

Mr. Baum has been a member of ONDCP's staff since the late 1990s and he was named Acting Director of ONDCP by President Trump in March 2017. 

 

Substance Use and Its Impact on Academic Achievement and Mental Health

HC DrugFree, Howard High School PTSA, and Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA partnered to present: SUBSTANCE USE AND ITS IMPACT ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH with expert speaker Dr. Amelia Arria. 

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Pictured: Bonnie Branch Middle School Principal Dr. Andrew Cockley, Howard High School PTSA President Donna Sudbrook, Bonnie Branch Middle School's HC DrugFree Parent Rep Gina McGuinness, HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Dr. Amelia Arria, and Howard High School Principal Mr. Nick Novak.

Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.

Dr. Arria’s research has focused on the risk and resiliency factors that contribute to mental health and substance use problems among adolescents and young adults.  Her most recent work has clarified the impact of substance use, particularly excessive drinking and marijuana use, on academic achievement. She is the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded prospective College Life Study, which annually assessed the behavioral health of 1,253 college students through their young adult years. Much of her work has direct relevance to parents, communities, educational professionals and policy makers. 

St. Louis Home and School Association Invites HC DrugFree to Speak to Parents

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HC DrugFree's team provided a drug and alcohol update to parents at St. Louis School located in Clarksville. 

The speakers included HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi and the owner of Congruent Counseling, Mark Donovan.

Pictured: Sheri Lewis, Home & School Association, President; Camilla Duffy, Home & School Association, Treasurer; Joan Webb Scornaienchi; Tina McMorland, Home & School Association, Secretary; and Mark Donovan. 

Howard County Future Business Leaders of America Region Conference

Thank you to the Howard County Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Megha Sharma, the President of Long Reach High School’s FBLA chapter and Region 5 Vice President, for inviting Joan Webb Scornaienchi and John Scornaienchi to present “Gaining a Competitive Edge” at the FBLA Regional Leadership Conference earlier today.

The conference was held at Long Reach High School in Columbia and open to all Howard County schools.

FBLA is the largest student lead business organization in the world.

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Pictured: John Scornaienchi, Director, Public Sector, Grant Thornton LLP; Megha Sharma, President of Long Reach High School’s FBLA chapter and Region 5 Vice President; and Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree.

HC DrugFree Speaks to the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent

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Thank you to the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent for inviting HC DrugFree to speak at your morning meeting.

Pictured: Rotary's Cliff Feldwick, HC DrugFree's Joan Webb Scornaiench, and Howard County Deputy State's Attorney and HC DrugFree's Board Member Kim Oldham.

FBI and HC DrugFree Partnering to Protect Howard County Families

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Gordon Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), visited HC DrugFree's office today to discuss additional opportunities for the two organizations to partner to keep Howard County families safe.

HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, showed Mr. Johnson the medication storage boxes HC DrugFree continues to provide to Howard County families.

HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the FBI and appreciates Mr. Johnson's support and commitment to both HC DrugFree and Howard County families. 

OIT Promising Practices Swap & Share Held in Howard County

Pictured: Howard County's Team with State Representatives

Pictured: Howard County's Team with State Representatives

HC DrugFree was proud to stand with partners in Howard County and across the State.

Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) hosted an Opioid Intervention Team (OIT) Promising Practices Swap & Share at the Howard County Public Safety Training Center. The event provided an important platform for OIT teams from counties across the state to share best practices and lessons learned in the fight against the opioid crisis.

Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford delivered welcoming remarks followed by remarks from Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader, Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Russell J. Strickland, and Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Associate Director Natasha Mehu. Clay Stamp, Executive Director of the OOCC, and Birch Barron, Deputy Director of the OOCC, served as M.C.’s for the day.

HC DrugFree's Executive Director and others from across the State joined together to learn.

HC DrugFree's Executive Director and others from across the State joined together to learn.

Howard County resident Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

Howard County resident Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman