Peter Hayden is the principal and president of Turning Point, Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit agency devoted to integrated holistic health services programs. Under his leadership, Turning Point has become known for not only culturally specific chemical dependency treatment services, but also housing and a spectrum of supportive services. The organization is also making a name for itself with a culturally based training program.
Hayden is also Chair of the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council (NBAC.) He has strongly influenced the design of effective long-term community health programming. Hayden feels that education is very important and prides himself on his ability to share his knowledge with local and national communities. He holds a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis on Co-Occurring Disorders.
Dr. Hayden is a Brisbane-endowed lecturer, which is designated for a person who bridges academic leadership and community service. (Dr. Frances Brisbane is Dean of the School of Social Welfare, State University of New York.) He is also a graduate Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Multicultural Executive Leaders Fellows program and a Vince Bakeman Leadership Trainer. Hayden is a nationally- and internationally-known speaker and trainer on a variety of topics which fall into four general categories: 1) substance abuse and mental health, 2) co-occurring disorders, 3) end-stage renal disease, and 4) suicide prevention. He does both speaking and training sessions on all of these topics. He is a recipient of the “America Honors Recovery” Award. Of the many recognitions he has received, Hayden is most proud of the Martin Luther King “Legends” award presented by General Mills. Hayden is involved in local leadership, serving as a member on three task forces: The Citizens’ Advisory Council, the Medicaid Citizens’ Advisory Council and the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research Task Force.
In 2021 Turning Point was awarded first Diversity, Inclusivity and Racial Equity Award from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). The NAATP has permanently named the award for Dr. Hayden, and he presented the Dr. Peter Hayden Diversity, Inclusivity, and Racial Equity Award to the 2022 recipient. Dr. Hayden had the opportunity to have George Floyd go through the programs at Turning Point. Turning Point, along with Dr. Hayden, were mentioned in the recently published book by Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa His Name is George Floyd.