Law Enforcement RED Forum

This RED Forum is being held for Law Enforcement Only!

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America is struggling with a heroin/opioid problem, which is gripping large cities and small towns alike. No longer can our medical, educational and law enforcement agencies operate in silos and so we are learning that partnering can produce positive results and save lives. The perception that law enforcement, long trained to arrest, would be the last one over the fence when it comes to combating addiction is being shattered, as these agencies began to partner with the recovery community. Local towns now have HOPE, CLEAR, ANGEL and CARE programs, that partner their police departments with recovery coaches to help those struggling with substance-use disorders. At the 2017 RED Forum you will learn about these programs, meet the police officers and recovery coaches who participate in them and get information on initiating a program in your town.

RED Forum Agenda

8:00 – 9:00am Registration –Networking and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15am Welcome/Moderator: Bill Spadea, Chasing News/NJ101.5 Radio
9:15 – 9:30am Panel 1: PAARI
9:30 – 10:20pm Feature: Chasing the Dragon –FBI Documentary
10:20 – 10:35am Coffee Break
10:35 – 11:30am Panel 2: Police Addiction Programs – Session One
11:30 – 12:30pm Panel 2: NARCAN Reversal Intervention Programs
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch – Keynote Phil Valentine, CCAR
1:45 – 2:20pm Panel 3: HIDTA: Tracking A Spike –There’s An App For That
2:20 – 3:25pm Panel 4: Police Addiction Programs –Session Two
3:25 – 4:00pm Discussion & Closing

Our Moderator, Bill Spadea


Bill Spadea @billspadea is the Ringleader/Host of a nightly news & talk show airing on Fox Television affiliates in NYC and Philadelphia. Spadea brings a unique perspective to the news/talk format, having served as a political strategist, analyst, candidate and business executive for the past two decades. His role as the Ringleader/Host is to facilitate and lead a lively and thoughtful discussion of original reporting on daily news events throughout New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Prior to joining Chasing News, Spadea was a regular television guest in the New York & New Jersey media markets as a political strategist and analyst. Spadea’s media reach also includes hosting the top rated morning drive show on New Jersey’s most listened to station, NJ101.5 FM. His experience, knowledge, contacts and presentation skills bring a high level of energy, enthusiasm and expertise to the fast paced format for delivering nightly news on Chasing News and maintaining and informative, interactive and entertaining four hour live radio broadcast. Coinciding with his media and political experience, Spadea served as an executive in the real estate industry for 18 years with responsibilities including coaching, recruiting, sales and other key areas for a national real estate brand based in New Jersey.
He still has active broker licenses in New York, New Jersey, Washington and Massachusetts and continues to speak on training & sales subjects. As a candidate, Bill took on a three­term Democratic House incumbent, in New Jersey’s 12 th Congressional District. Highlights of the campaign included his walking 200 miles through all 44 towns in the district, knocking on 16,000+ doors and beating expectations as the top Republican challenger in New Jersey in 2004. He ranked 17 th out of 157 GOP challengers nationwide by earning 40% of the vote with more than 115,000 votes. Following the race he served as a surrogate speaker in New Jersey for Republican candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate and for Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign in 2008.
After beginning his political career while a student in Boston, Spadea joined the U.S Marine Corps Reserves relocating to DC after boot camp and infantry school. There he served as a strategic advisor and fundraiser for several national campaigns including the post as National Youth Director for President Bush’s re­election campaign in 1992. He also served as the elected National Chairman of the RNC College Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1995. In 1991, he graduated with a B.A. from Boston University and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps Reserves after serving eight years. He lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and their two children.

Our Keynote Speaker, Phil Valentine


Phil Valentine is the Executive Director for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). He has been an integral component in this Recovery Community Organization since January 1999. An accomplished author, trainer and presenter, Phil has gained recognition as a strong leader in the recovery community; in 2006 the Johnson Institute recognized his efforts with an America Honors Recovery award.
In 2008, Faces and Voices of Recovery honored CCAR with the first Joel Hernandez Voice of the Recovery Community Award as the outstanding recovery community organization in the country. In 2009, the Hartford Business Journal named him the Non-Profit Executive of the Year. He appears in the documentary “The Anonymous People”, a ground-breaking video that CCAR had the privilege of supporting. In 2015, Phil completed a thruhike of the Appalachian Trail, a journey of 2,189 miles, carrying the message of recovery the entire way (#AT4Recovery).
In recovery since December 28, 1987, Phil is the author of “Hooked on Recovery”, a blog that has informed the general public about his personal recovery process. Phil believes that being public about his own recovery from alcohol and cocaine addiction helps ease the discrimination surrounding addiction and recovery. He strives to “soften the community” to recovery. A University of Connecticut graduate, he worked experience as a community counselor in a detox/residential treatment setting and in the field of prevention. He is married and has five children. His favorite hobbies are hiking, kayak and surf fishing, golf and movies.

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