Sara Polley Named Medical Head of Hazelden Youth Program

Sara Polley

Plus: Eleanor Health garners CARF accreditations, IRETA webinar on work addiction, and addiction treatment job openings

By Angela Zhou

New & Next: Industry

Hazelden Betty Ford’s Youth Continuum Gets New Leader

Triple-board certified physician and psychiatrist Sara Polley, M.D., is the new medical director at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s National Youth Continuum, a substance use and mental health treatment center for adolescents and young adults in Plymouth, Minn. Polley succeeds Joseph Lee, M.D., who recently was promoted to president and CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Polley says she’s ready to take on her new challenge: “It’s an honor to join Hazelden Betty Ford and be part of a multidisciplinary team devoted to providing hope and healing to young people.”

Carlat Addiction Treatment Report’s New Editor in Chief

The monthly newsletter The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report recently made Yale School of Medicine’s assistant professor of psychiatry Noah Capurso, M.D., MHS, its new editor in chief. In his new position, Capurso says he will strive “to broaden the [publication’s] appeal to other allied health professions” and expand its readership.

Eleanor Health’s CARF Accreditation

Addiction treatment provider Eleanor Health recently announced that it received accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in New Jersey and North Carolina. This accreditation marks Eleanor Health as the first CARF-accredited Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) provider in New Jersey and one of four such accredited providers in North Carolina.

Our care team works tirelessly to offer the highest-quality care possible to people affected by addiction.”—Danica Patterson, general manager of North Carolina Eleanor Health

Danica Patterson, general manager of North Carolina Eleanor Health, says the accreditation is a reflection of the provider’s work. “Our care team works tirelessly to offer the highest-quality care possible to people affected by addiction. Obtaining CARF accreditation validates not only our commitment to quality but also our ability to deliver high-quality care.”

New & Next: Community

Hazelden Hope Scholarship for BIPOC Students

The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies launched a new Hope Scholarship available for the 2021 fall semester. The scholarship supports Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) students who are pursuing a master’s degree in substance use disorder and mental health counseling. Five recipients will be awarded $16,000 apiece. To apply, students must complete an application, provide a resume and submit an essay. Applications are due Aug. 1.

New & Next: Webinars

IRETA Webinar on Work Addiction

This month’s free Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions (IRETA) webinar “Work Addiction: The Most Glorified Addiction Hiding in Plain Sight” is scheduled for June 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will discuss how work addiction is both an activity (overdoing) and a substance (adrenaline) addiction and how to recognize the affliction. Registration and more information are available here.

New & Next: Job Opportunities

The Narrow Gate LLC

The Narrow Gate LLC in Rockville, Ind., is seeking a private practice substance abuse therapist. Candidates who are licensed in Indiana can apply by sending a resume and letter of intent to

Horizons Youth Services

The Washington, D.C.-based Potomac Job Corporation Center of Horizons Youth Services has both full-time and part-time openings for licensed drug and alcohol counselors. Those interested can call 202-868-7382 for more information or apply by emailing a current resume, salary requirements and a copy of their DC CACI or CACII license to