CASAC Director Munson Honored By Regional Addictions Group

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Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council

The Western New York Chemical Dependency Consortium named Patricia Munson, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council, a recipient of a special Lifetime Achievement “Gold Key Award” on Friday, March 18 at the group’s monthly meeting. The WNYCDC is a group of over thirty member agencies representing an array of substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services serving the eight-county region of western New York.

“Pat has served the addictions field for many years,” said Matthew G. Smith, chairman of the consortium, “I am delighted to present her with this small token to recognize her dedication to our important work and wish her well in her upcoming retirement.”

The WNYCDC awards Gold Keys each year to recognize outstanding contributions to the regional addictions effort by individuals and groups.
“Pat has meant a lot to so many,” Smith continued. “She has shared her knowledge and experience while mentoring others and has been a tireless advocate for grass roots substance abuse prevention efforts for decades. She is very deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Gold Key.”

Ms. Munson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s concentrating in public administration and criminal justice from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. She was trained in Community Strategic Planning by Case Western Reserve, Outcome Management by the Rensselaerville Institute and Community Coalition Building through the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). She is a New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Credentialed Prevention Professional.

Pat’s previous work experience includes: Administrative Assistant at Abraxas, a residential program for youthful alcohol and substance use offenders, Assistant to the Vice President for Development at Chautauqua Institution, and Executive Director of the YWCA of Warren, PA. She also completed an internship at the Northwest Pennsylvania Governor’s Justice Commission.

Ms. Munson has served on the board of directors for the Councils on Addictions of New York State (CANYS) since 1986. She also served on the OASAS Problem Gambling Steering Committee and spent two lengthy stints on the Western New York Chemical Dependency Consortium Board of Directors with some of that time as the chair of that group’s Prevention Committee. Pat is also a volunteer facilitator for Chautauqua County’s Victims Impact Panel and serves on the Chautauqua County Youth Bureau Board.

Ms. Munson plans to retire from her position as Executive Director of the Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) on March 31st after thirty years of service in that position. CASAC has provided alcohol, other drugs, and compulsive gambling prevention services to the Chautauqua County community since 1974.