Joe Powell


Joe Powell is in long term recovery with thirty-one years free of alcohol and other drugs. A family member of 7 brothers and 1 sister who experience addiction and mental health challenges. Joe is the President/CEO of APAA-Association of Persons Affected by Addiction in Dallas, a recovery community organization that provides peer-to-peer integrated mental health and addiction recovery support services for individuals, family members, and the community. Mr. Powell is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor for over 25 years. His accomplishments with APAA includes:
1. The first Peer Recovery Community Organization in Texas funded in 1998 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
2. APAA holds a National Accreditation for Peer Recovery Support Services.
3. Initiation support and trainer for Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRP) at the University of North Texas (UNT) and Eastfield College.
4. Peer advocacy for the passing of House Bill 1486, Peer Medicaid-Reimbursement.
5. Chairman of the Peer Committee for Texas Certification Board (TCB) 2020.
6. Trainer of Trainers for APAA Training Entity and Certified Peer Specialists.
7. Started the first African American NAMI Chapter in Texas in 2001.
8. In 2003, Advocate of National Faces and Voices of Recovery in Washington DC.
9. Since 2002, provided first Peer services in Divert, Drug, Re-entry, STAC, Veteran Courts, and Community Court in South Dallas.
10. Implemented the first APAA Recovery POD (63 men) in Lew Sterrett Jail.
11. In 2019, Initiated the naming and grand opening of the first “Dr. Louis E. Deere Behavioral Health Complex” and essential (COVID-19) crisis and forensic supports at North Texas Behavioral Health Authority “Living Room” in Texas.
12. Served as the President of the National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral health (NLC).
13. Member of the Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Centers Regional Advisory Council (SWATTC).
14. Governor appointment, on the Rehabilitation Council of Texas (RCT).
15. Chair of the largest Big Texas Rally for Recovery in 2016 & 2019.
16. Recipient of the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, Rep. Garnet Coleman Eternal Flame Award, (February 2020).

Joe Powell is originally from Harlem N.Y.C., performed as a tap dancer with his 2 older brothers and Dad for 15 years. Joe is a Servant leader, lifelong learner, Innovator and Initiator of Telehealth peer recovery support services, and a national subject matter expert in the Peer recovery movement.