The Fort Worth Business Press reported on Nov. 28th that the Dallas Council on Alcohol & Drugs and Recovery Resource Council have merged. Discussions began after Debbie Meripolski, CEO of the Dallas Council for 20 years, announced her retirement. The decision was effective immediately on Oct. 25 Given their shared missions of prevention education, intervention and treatment of substance abuse, both Boards of Directors agreed that one larger consolidated organization would be more efficient and effective, strengthening their capacity to serve more youth and adults in the community who are struggling with alcohol, drug or other related behavioral health issues.
The new Recovery Resource Council becomes North Texas’s largest non-residential non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, intervention, and treatment of substance abuse, HIV and behavioral health with offices in Fort Worth, Dallas and Denton. Lead by Eric Niedermayer, the combined organization has a budget of $6.5 million, 83 staff, and a footprint covering 19 counties. The merger will help impact 110,000 lives annually, 70% of those under the age of 18. Their vision is a North Texas full of health and wellness, free of the stigma associated with seeking help, and with fewer individuals suffering from substance abuse and mental health problems.
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