The MARS Team

Walter P Ginter 

Founding Project Director of the MARS™ Project.

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Walter is founding Project Director of the Medication Assisted Recovery Support (MARS™) Project. MARS™ is designed to provide peer recovery support to persons whose recovery from opiate addiction is assisted by medication. MARS™ is a collaboration between the Division of Substance Abuse, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University and the National Alliance for Medication Assisted (NAMA) Recovery.  MARS™ was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP).

In 2012 he helped create the Beyond MARS Training Institute at Einstein where opiate treatment programs are trained to implement MARS™ around the US.

Prior to MARS, Walter served NAMA Recovery as Vice President, Director of Training and as a board member.

He has also served as a board member of Faces and Voices of Recovery (FaVoR), as a National Recovery Month Planning Partner, a member of the NYS Recovery Implementation Team, and as a member of the Methadone Transition Advisory Group (MTAG). He has served on more than twenty federal and NYS panels, expert panels, and advisory groups.

He was a recipient of the Richard Lane/Robert Holden Patient Advocacy Award at the 2009 American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) National Conference in NYC. He also received the 2012 Vernon Johnson America Honors Recovery Award from Faces and Voices of Recovery in Washington. DC.

Walter is founding Project Director of the Medication Assisted Recovery Support (MARS™) Project. MARS™ is designed to provide peer recovery support to persons whose recovery from opiate addiction is assisted by medication. MARS™ is a collaboration between the Division of Substance Abuse, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University and the National Alliance for Medication Assisted (NAMA) Recovery.

 

 

Suzanne Hall-Westcott, MS, CASAC, CARC 

Director, Beyond MARS Training Institute

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Suzanne Hall-Westcott’s professional training credentials include a master’s degree in education and experience managing both corporate and nonprofit training projects. She is a NY State Certified Addiction Counselor and Recovery Coach. She has worked with education and training in the field of addictions for 20 years and has worked extensively with organizations that support and promote education and training in the field over those years, presenting at conferences and working as a member of the NY State Certification Board. Suzanne has developed and delivered training projects internationally, many funded by the US Department of State and SAMHSA, working extensively in Asia, Africa and South America. Suzanne continues her international training work as a consultant and also works at the MARS (Medication-Assisted Recovery Services) Project at the Einstein College of Medicine, where she created the Beyond MARS International Training Institute. Beyond MARS provides recovery-focused training across the US and has taken the unique MARS model of peer support and education to eight sites in Vietnam, thanks to funding from SAMHSA, UNODC and UCLA. In addition to her work with MARS, Suzanne provides (or has provided) training development, delivery and technical assistance for GROW (Guiding the Recovery of Women); the Universal Treatment Curriculum (part of an international professional certification effort for staff working in the field of addictions); Daytop International; and Phoenix House.