CLARE Foundation’s 2016 State of Addiction Forum Spotlights “Women in Recovery” (Friday, February 26)


Media Contact:
Grace Lee
CLARE Foundation
(310)314-6200 x3147

CLARE Foundation’s 2016 State of Addiction Forum
Spotlights “Women in Recovery” (Friday, February 26)

Only 1 out of 10 women who needed treatment in the past year
actually received it (SAMHSA, 2012)

CLARE Foundation will host the 3rd Annual Forum on the State of Addiction, focusing on “Women in Recovery”. Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Laurel Rosen, will moderate our panel of experts. Panelists include LA County Public Defender Nancy Richards Chand, UCLA Professor Christine Grella, New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah Hepola, and April Wilson, VP of Integration at Prototypes. The annual event gathers thought leaders and medical researchers to share their knowledge about the latest findings in the field of recovery with the community.

The forum will be held from 3-5 PM on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Conscious Recovery by CLARE. Please RSVP with Christina at or (310) 314-3147 x3403 to reserve a seat.

The discussion will be led by Laurel Rosen, President and CEO of Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce since 2008. Rosen has more than 25 years of business management experience and has been applying that leadership to the community, creating the Organization of Women Leaders (OWL) and partnering with the Commission on the Status of Women to produce the International Women’s Day Breakfast to celebrate women all over the world.

Rosen is joined by panelists:

  • Nancy Richards Chand: Attorney for LA County Public Defender’s Office for 28 years. Chand has participated in the creation of treatment collaborations designed to divert children and adults away from the criminal justice system including 2nd Chance Women’s Re-Entry Court, Public HALO, Project YOUTH EMBRACE and Project STAR.
  • Christine Grella: Medical Advisor to CLARE, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Co-Director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. Grella has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications and serves on numerous advisory boards in the area of substance abuse and mental health treatment.
  • Sarah Hepola: Author of New York Times bestseller, “Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.” Hepola is a longtime writer and editor whose work has appeared in Elle, Guardian, Glamour, The New Republic, the New York Times magazine, Slate, and Salon. The author will conduct a writing workshop at CLARE on Writing for Recovery.
  • April Wilson: Vice President of Integration at Prototypes, treatment facility. Having joined Prototypes in 1991, Wilson has developed many areas at the treatment center having previously been Director of the Pomona Women’s Center and Vice President of Mother and Child Residential Programs.

The 2016 State of Addiction will be held Friday, February 26 from 3-5 PM at Conscious Recovery, located at 1334 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Space is limited so please reserve in advance. RSVP with Christina at or (310) 314-3147 x3403.

Panelists will be available to speak with members of the press during the Q & A portion of the panel or before January 26 by exclusive arrangement. To schedule an interview please contact CLARE Foundation’s PR and Marketing Associate Grace Lee at 310-314-6200 x3147 or

About CLARE Foundation

Since 1970, CLARE Foundation has provided treatment, recovery and prevention services for alcoholism and substance abuse. The LA-based nonprofit provides compassionate and affordable treatment services and behavioral health therapy programs for adults. Using a variety of methods including individualized treatment protocols grounded in evidence-based practices, CLARE helps those confronting addiction to produce positive and long-lasting health and wellness. For more information about CLARE Foundation, please visit

About Conscious Recovery by CLARE

Conscious Recovery by CLARE, is a non-profit intensive-outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Santa Monica, CA. Conscious Recovery is an innovative treatment program that offers highly effective drug and alcohol counseling services to insurance clients. Treatment is focused on client’s strengths, needs and aspirations, and sessions are conducted primarily by doctorate and masters level clinicians who are trained to support most co-occurring disorders. Conscious Recovery is currently in-network with Anthem Blue Cross, Value Options, Optum, Beacon, and Three Rivers and accepts most PPO insurance plans. Conscious Recovery offers a uniquely affordable and effective treatment option that truly helps increase access to quality care.