ASHLAND, Ky. — Peggy Gemperline, program director at Crossroads Treatment Center of Ashland, has been selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a leadership coach for the 2018 Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute (WASLI).
The goals of WASLI are to strengthen the capacity of emerging leaders to meet the treatment and recovery needs of women with substance use and co-occurring disorders by developing and improving leadership skills of participants and creating the next generation of leaders in substance abuse treatment services. One focus of this year’s efforts is medication-assisted treatment services for opioid use disorders. Gemperline participated in the immersion training event in San Diego, Calif., in March, and will follow up in Washington, D.C., in June. She will actively coach two associates who have been determined to be emerging leaders in women’s treatment as they develop their leaderships skills and complete a service project developed at the Immersion event.
Gemperline, a graduate of Greenup County High School and the University of Kentucky, has worked in the addiction treatment field for more than 25 years, and has had an active role in combating the opiate crisis, especially in central and southern Ohio. She currently serves as director of Crossroads Treatment Center, a Methadone treatment center that opened in December.
Gemperline believes medication-assisted treatment, including treatment with Methadone, is an important tool in reducing the number of drug-related deaths in the area, as well as reducing the spread of diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C.
Crossroads is part of a larger organization which includes 29 treatment centers across the United States, and specializes in treatment that combines medication, counseling, drug screening and a referral network to give patients the best chance to succeed in treatment.
“Our staff at Crossroads strives to create a positive experience for all our patients, and to make Crossroads a very positive contributor to the Ashland community,” Gemperline says.