Lauryn Wicks

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Presenter Bio

Lauryn Wicks comes to the recovery advocacy movement from an extensive background in health and corporate managed care leadership. She is the mother of three adult children, the youngest of whom is a person in long-term recovery from severe substance use disorder. In Pennsylvania, Lauryn chairs the state’s Parent Panel Advisory Council under the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and is on the Boards of Directors of Pennsylvania’s statewide recovery organization, PRO-A, and Unity Recovery, an emerging RCO located in the Philadelphia region. Nationally, Lauryn serves on Faces and Voices of Recovery Public Policy Committee and is Chairperson of its Programs and Outreach Committee. She has active volunteer affiliations with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids|Center on Addiction and is a founding member of its inaugural parent cohort trained in evidence-informed strategies of CRAFT and the Invitation to Change Approach of family support and coaching. She is a volunteer advisory member of the Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform, and is appointed to family, consumer and expert panels for MHSUD quality projects of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Neurology Association. She is also a SAMHSA National Recovery Month Planning Partner. Lauryn and her son, Keegan frequently speak together of their shared, yet unique individual experiences, through his illness, regained wellness, and long-term recovery.