Mike Barry has had his share of broad life experiences from which to draw. By age 40 he had reached the peak of his profession as a TV News Anchor, reporter, and producer. But behind the polished image of success was a man already overwhelmed by the disease of alcoholism.
His story is more common than you think, which is why the driving passion of his life today is to help others in need of a new life, free from addiction and in long-term recovery, he himself found.
His new calling as an advocate for the recovery movement is enhanced by his training and experience in broadcasting and technology. His unique combination of talent, energy, and devotion to the cause has placed Mike Barry at the heart of this movement.
He travels the country seeking to educate others about addiction, to remove barriers and discrimination, and thus enable those in long-term recovery and no longer using alcohol or other drugs to become productive members of society.
In 2005 Barry was awarded the Kentucky School’s Advocate of the Year Award and the Vernon Johnson Award from Faces of Voices of Recovery in 2011.
Educational & Personal
B. S. in Business Administration, Southeast Missouri State University, 1976
Nominated for the University’s 2002 Alumni Merit Award
Married to wife Dona; they reside in Southern Indiana
A long-time volunteer for the March of Dimes and the Leukemia Society
Scott Hesseltine is Vice President of Addiction Services and Prevention divisions of Centerstone Kentucky. Centerstone is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health care, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment and intellectual and developmental disabilities services in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
As Vice President of Addiction Services, Scott has initiated successful growth with the Addiction Services division of Centerstone Kentucky by implementing “RO-MAT,” or Recovery-Oriented Medication Assisted Treatment, which links the traditional 12-step model with medication assisted treatment and a focus on recovery. Due to Scott’s expertise in the field of addiction treatment, he has been appointed to lead the implementation of several regional pilots, ranging from creating linkages between emergency departments and addiction treatment, creating reverse co-located integrated health clinics to scaling programs for pregnant and parenting women seeking to overcome addiction. Prior to joining Centerstone Kentucky in 2015, Scott served as the Director of Clinical Support and Operations of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. While at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, he led the efforts to design clinical practice protocols, organization wide clinical training, and program implementation for the Comprehensive Opioid Response with Twelve Steps (COR-12) program.
Scott possesses a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a healthcare focus from the University of St. Thomas. Scott is also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor with the State of Kentucky (LCADC), Board Certified Addictions Counselor with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, and holds Licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor with the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LADC). Scott is also a member of the Operations Leadership Team (OLT) of Centerstone Kentucky and he is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and the Kentucky Association for Addiction Professionals. Scott is a highly motivated and results-oriented leader within the addiction treatment field. He has a proven track record of delivering excellent patient care, facility and program management, financial and budgetary oversight and providing innovative clinical and business solutions as demonstrated through positions of increasing responsibility over his career.
Instrumental in establishing certification process and writing state administrative regulation to support peer support services in the area of MH. Experience reviewing and revising state administrative regulations governing mental health and substance use disorder services and providers. Experience in policy analysis and revision at the state level. Over ten years of experience providing direct clinical services to children, adolescents, adults, and older Americans with MH and SUDs. Extensive experience working with court-mandated clients and interacting with law enforcement and judicial establishment. Experience with certification and oversight of state narcotics programs dispensing medications and providing services to persons with addictions. Program manager for peer-run long term residential SUD recovery facility. Consultant involved in development and training for seminars related to cultural awareness and recognition of substance use in the workplace. Developed mandatory training for staff of local correctional facilities to improve cultural awareness and reduce staff-inmate friction. Person in long-term recovery involved with recovery community.