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Mental Health Program

Murray, Kentucky, United States
August 25, 2018

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Drew Lester

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Calvert City, Kentucky 42029



Substance abuse counseling professional with over 30 years of experience in counseling and program administration. Possess B.S. in Psychology, Tenn. LADAC 1990 to 2012 (retired license ). Excellent people skills and prodigious problem solving abilities.


11/2013 to 12/2017

Tennessee Lifeline Project - Recovery Coordinator

Over saw a region of 9 counties in North west Tennessee; duties included:

●Conducted needs assessment for each counties recovery group needs

●Developed and provided educational presentations for civic programs, faith based organizations and community leaders.

●Facilitated the establishment of evidence based addiction and recovery services

● Acted as a liaison between State and Recovery Courts as well as providing direct treatment services to programs within counties in my region

10/2010 to 8/2013

Tennessee Dept. of Corrections- Counselor II

Oversight of all outpatient A&D services at the Northwest Correctional Annex, a 680-bed minimum restricted prison; duties included:

●Provided assessment and mental health and A&D triage for the Annex Health Clinic

●Treatment planning and program implementation for all outpatient A&D clients at Annex

●Provided outpatient counseling services & group therapy facilitation for all A&D clients at Annex

9/2000 to 10/2010

Correctional Counseling Inc - Program Director

I was Program Administrator for a 48 bed Therapeutic Drug Community located at the Lake County Tn. Regional Prison; duties included:

●Clinical Supervision of a multidisciplinary staff of 10 employees

●Developed and oversaw implementation all policies and procedures for facility

●Developed and implemented program curriculum for 48 clients

●Developed budgets and implemented Outcome Studies of treatment program efficacy based on empirical methods.

7/1994 to 7/2000

Baptist Hospital Corp. - Program Administrator

Program Administrator for a 28 bed dual unit at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Ripley, Tennessee. 14 beds were inpatient Alcohol & Drug and 14 were Geriatric Psychiatry Beds; duties included:

● Clinical supervision and quality improvement duties for stall of 26 employees.

●Oversight and coordination of Multidisciplinary Treatment team.

●Developed protocols and policy and procedures for unit’s Joint Commission of Hospital Accreditation Surveys. Passed 2 JCHA surveys with no deficiencies

Developed all policies and treatment curriculum for Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, the first such unit in the Baptist Hospital System


1/1988 to 12/1990

University of Tennessee at Martin- Bachelor of Science Psychology

Graduated with Honors

Licensure and Certifications

Licensed Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse Counselor St of Ten. 1990 to 2012 (retired license 2012)

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist of Tennessee: 2014 to 2017 (moved out of state 2017)

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