Homewood Resident Named Chairman of Statewide Substance Abuse Treatment Advocacy Group

Peter Palanca

(Chicago, IL) — October 5, 2010. Longtime Homewood resident Peter Palanca has been named chairman of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA), a Springfield-based non-profit organization that advocates at the state government level for progressive substance abuse prevention and treatment policies.

“I am honored by the confidence that my colleagues on the IADDA board have expressed in my leadership,” Palanca. “It will be a pleasure to serve as the chairman of this vital organization.”

Palanca is the executive vice president at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, Inc. (TASC), overseeing service delivery throughout Illinois and directing TASC’s new business development, training services, and philanthropy. Palanca joined the agency in 2003.

Founded in 1976, TASC assesses the mental health and drug treatment needs of individuals, places them into appropriate rehabilitation programs, and provides ongoing monitoring and recovery support to help them succeed and thrive.

Established in 1967, IADDA is the only statewide advocacy organization in Illinois focusing solely on substance use disorder issues, representing more than 50 prevention, treatment, and recovery organizations across the state.

“The current economic climate in Illinois and across the country has presented new and pressing challenges to human services,” said Palanca. “This is an opportune time for all of us to strengthen and renew our collective commitment to providing quality prevention, treatment, and recovery support services where they are needed most.”

Palanca serves as a senior lecturer at Governors State University and chairs the Governors State University Addictions Studies Advisory Board. He is also vice chair of the board of directors of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.

Palanca earned his B.A. and M.A. from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He lives in Homewood with his wife, Lisa, and they have four grown children and five grandchildren.

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