Tom Waddill, MSW ’87

Tom Waddill (MSW ’87) was an innovator even before earning his MSW. He developed a safe house for alcoholics into a residential treatment facility and added a youth-to-youth crisis and drug-related hotline. As alcohol and drug program director at a community mental health center, he established new programs with AA, a jail program, a deferred prosecution program, a drug street program, a youth group program and services for parents of handicapped children. As State Liaison/Substance Abuse Coordinator, Waddill substantially expanded services and developed creative approaches to issues created by Colorado’s boom-to-bust energy development and population growth. Later, he established the Lakewood Police Department’s Victim Assistance Program, including a mobile unit that became a national model and one of Colorado’s first victim compensation programs.

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