Owen Dougherty is currently working independently, providing training and technical assistance for organizations developing peer recovery support services as well as leadership development coaching to emerging leaders in these organizations. Prior to April 1, 2019, Owen was the Deputy Executive Director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA). In this capacity, he oversaw the Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) Program, a project fostering the development of recovery community organizations across Georgia, a program providing peer recovery support services in the Emergency Departments and Women’s services in a hospital system in Northeast Georgia, and a state-wide Warm-Line for individuals facing challenges with substance use. The Council works closely with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and the Georgia Parent Support Network.
Owen has worked in ministry as the Associate Director of a Retreat and Conference Center in Citrus Heights, CA, Senior Consultant for Baxter Healthcare in Deerfield, IL, Executive Director at Career Transitions Center in Chicago and a Director at WBKearney Inc. in Alpharetta, GA providing consulting and technical assistance to Child, Youth and School Services of the US Army.