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Heartland RADAC provides an array of services to individuals confronting alcohol and drug issues. We can provide information and assistance to individuals seeking information either for themselves, a loved one, co-worker or client.

Similar to individuals with other types of illness, those with substance use disorders may choose to make changes in order to improve their life. Sometimes this decision can be made on their own behalf, other times through community support, formalized treatment or as part of a requirement of some other system such as the courts or social services.

Heartland RADAC’s services are designed to assist individuals in addressing substance use disorders so that their recovery can begin.

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Dalyn Schmitt Steps Down as Heartland RADAC’s CEO and Founder

Dalyn Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer for Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center (Heartland RADAC), Roeland Park, Kan., announced today she plans to step down as the CEO on Dec. 31, 2014. Schmitt founded the organization in 1998 and has been instrumental in its steady growth and success over the last 16 years. Jason Hess, Executive Director, will steer the organization forward with a new generation of leadership. He has been with Heartland RADAC since 1998.

Heartland RADAC, a non-profit organization, is a licensed alcohol and drug treatment program that provides assessment and referral services as well as care coordination and case management for individuals seeking substance abuse treatment in 76 Kansas counties. Heartland RADAC partners with several local, state and national organizations including the Kansas Department of Corrections, Kansas Department for Children and Families, Kansas Department of Aging and Disabilities/Behavioral Health Services, Johnson County 10th Judicial District, New Directions Behavioral Health and Wyandot Center.

"Helping to found and lead Heartland RADAC has provided me an incredible opportunity to serve the community in such a fulfilling way," Schmitt says. “I have been contemplating the right time to “pass the baton’ for some time, and my decision was ultimately determined by the strong state of the organization right now and my absolute confidence in Jason's leadership and the strength on the management team he leads. I believe Heartland RADAC is well positioned for the future.”

"Dalyn has been an extraordinary CEO and, prior to that, Executive Director, for the organization for more than 16 years,” says Heartland Board President Michael Billquist, of Intergraph, Inc. “Dalyn’s visionary leadership style, enthusiasm and passion for individuals and families facing addiction have made a huge impact in the communities we serve. Dalyn has been the ‘heart and soul’ of this organization—with her caring, open nature and ability to connect with staff and colleagues. We will miss her.”

Schmitt adds, “Over the years I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented and highly-skilled employees, management team and board in the industry, and I’m proud of their dedication and focus to our mission. We’ve continued to offer those who are affected by substance abuse vital access to treatment options and a continuum of care as well as foster professional partnerships in order to improve services.”

Since founding HRADAC in 1998, Schmitt has spearheaded major strategy and program shifts across the organization. Most notably are her advocacy efforts with criminal justice systems, acute care facilities, other treatment providers and mental health centers to collaborate and develop partnerships to better serve consumers suffering with addiction.

During the past year, Schmitt played a key role with Wyandot Inc. and Johnson County Mental Health in the effort to convert Rainbow Mental Health Facility from an inpatient psychiatric unit to a much needed community crisis stabilization facility. This pilot project enhanced the continuum of mental health crisis/emergency services serving residents of Wyandotte and Johnson counties.

Under her leadership, tele-health and other innovative technology have also been introduced to meet the diverse needs for persons living in urban, suburban, rural and frontier areas. “Her forward thinking and ethical approach to problem solving have gained the attention, respect and support of state legislators, funders and fellow colleagues,” notes Beverly Metcalf, CEO of Mirror Inc., Newton Kan.

“She has the unique ability to study and stay abreast of the changing needs of the marketplace; identifying and anticipating trends; evaluating and offering options to the Boards of Directors to keep the organization competitive,” says Board member Michele Manne Neylon, of Cross First Bank.

Besides her role as Heartland RADAC’s CEO, Schmitt is also President of Heartland Consultation, Inc. She supervises independent contractors involved in crisis intervention and referral to community-based services consults with Emergency Services departments. In addition, she provides education, training, community awareness and consultation to various community organizations, agencies, employers and the general public. Schmitt will continue to serve in this role.

As a 30-year veteran in the behavioral health field, Schmitt has served and been actively involved on numerous boards and initiatives including Past President of the Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals and the Redesign Committee for the State of Kansas to evaluate the effective delivery of substance abuse treatment. In addition, she participated on many tasks forces including serving as a member of the Kansas DUI Commission formed in 2009 which later resulted in DUI policy changes.

Currently, Schmitt is a faculty member of the Addiction Professional Business Learning Collaborative with NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals and Via Positiva. She has also taught addictions-related courses at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus and University of St. Mary in Leavenworth. She currently volunteers with Kansas City Hospice.

She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in Kansas and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas.

Billquist adds, “Over the next couple of months, Dalyn and Jason will continue to work together to ensure a smooth leadership transition across our organization and with community and statewide partners.