STILL IN ACTION –
May 19, 2021 – Daisy Carter of Jackson is the executive director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the Central Mississippi Area (NCADD), a nonprofit that raises public awareness about addiction. A native of Jackson, Carter graduated from Wingfield High School in 2002 and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Jackson State University in 2007 and master’s degree in public policy and administration from JSU in 2015.
Executive director at NCADD since 2015, Carter’s career has also included work at the Mississippi State Department of Health in preventative health services. Carter serves as a member of the board of directors for the McCoy House for Sober Living and is the incoming president of the Capital Area Sunset Rotary Club.
NCADD is funded by general donations and grants. A lot of our grants are funded by the state of Mississippi.”
What services does NCADD provide for people?
“We provide services in three areas: prevention, which is our education piece; treatment, where we refer people to treatment programs by providing alcohol and drug assessment; and recovery, which is helping people maintain sobriety and recovering status, helping them find sponsors and literature they need. We have a recovery bookstore in our office.”
Which service receives the most attention?
“We spend the most time on the prevention piece. We think if we prevent people from using alcohol or drugs it will prevent the need for treatment for treatment and recovery. We hold alcohol and drug abuse awareness events. We do evidence-based prevention programs at schools, focusing on eight counties: Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Lincoln…