2019 Vernon Johnson Award
William Stauffer is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Alliance (PRO-A), the statewide recovery community organization of Pennsylvania. He is in long term recovery since age 21 and has been actively engaged in public policy in the recovery arena for most of those years. He is a graduate of Northampton Community College, Cedar Crest College and Kutztown University. Mr Stauffer is also an adjunct professor of Social Work at Misericordia University in Dallas Pennsylvania.
Mr. Stauffer has been a staunch advocate for strong Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Privacy Protections at both the state and federal levels for many years. In 2018, he testified in front of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging on the opioid epidemic and older adults. He ran a recovery house taskforce in Pennsylvania that helped inform PA Act 59 of 2017. Earlier this year, he conducted a hearing with the PA House Human Services Committee to expand recovery opportunities for young people. He has initiated numerous workforce expansion initiatives for persons in recovery. A major focus of his work has been aimed at moving our entire SUD care system towards a five-year care paradigm to dramatically expand the numbers of Americans in recovery while saving lives, resources, and communities. He is co-chair of the Public Policy Committee at Faces & Voices of Recovery.