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PSAN Recovery Speaker Series – Clarence Jordan
November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Clarence Jordan’s talk presentation is designed to level set our understanding of stigma. The Evidence of Stigma Change examines stigma and its many forms and suggests appropriate strategies to minimize each.
About Clarence Jordan
Clarence Jordan is Vice President of Wellness & Recovery for Beacon Health Options. In this role, he provides strategic direction and leadership for the company’s national Wellness & Recovery program. He is responsible for various initiatives to operationalize Beacon Health Options’ commitment to recovery-based principles in the delivery of behavioral health services.
Jordan is a former naval officer and his recovery journey is chronicled in National Council Magazine’s “50 Years, 50 Stories of Recovery” special issue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act.
Clarence Jordan has deep roots in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has served multiple terms on its National Board of Directors. Prior to that, as the NAMI Tennessee state office Director of Multicultural Outreach Initiative, he developed and wrote “A Family Guide to Mental Health: What You Need to Know.”
Clarence Jordan received the Consumer Leadership Award at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) 2010 National Voice Awards, as well as its 2012 VOICE Awards Fellowship. In 2014, the National Council for Behavioral Health named him its Peer Specialist of the Year.
In 2015 Clarence was selected to serve on the Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The findings of the Committee were released in a 2017 report “Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders, The Evidence for Stigma Change.”
In 2022, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) selected Clarence as a member of the Subject Matter Expert Panel. The Panel was put in place to advise SAMHSA on the development of National Standard Guidance for the certification of Peer Specialist. In 2023, the National Practice Guidelines was released to all stakeholders and the public on peer specialist certification.
Would you be surprised to know that “stigma,” as we know it is unique to this country. For the lack of a better description, stigma or better yet the recovery movement is an outgrowth of the civil rights movement. Why this is important to understand is that many of the remedies to minimize the negative effects have followed the strategies to affect other issues of prejudice and discrimination. The remedies have for the most part been directed toward individuals’ rights, equality in the treatment of individuals with mental illness to those with physical health conditions for example. This presentation was designed to level set our understanding of stigma. The Evidence of Stigma Change examines stigma and its many forms and suggest appropriate strategies to minimize each.