Pete Nielsen, MA, LAADC is the Chief Executive Officer for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), the largest statewide consortium of community-based substance use disorder treatment agencies and addiction focused professionals, providing services to over 100,000 California residents annually in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings. Pete’s mission is to make the world a better place by eliminating the devastating effects of addiction. Recent key accomplishments include: Creation of the California Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (C-CARA), travel to Washington, D.C. to testify before Congress, and playing a key role in the creation of SB 1228, recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, which cracks down on the vile practice of patient brokering by substance use treatment facilities and the individuals employed there. He has worked in the substance use disorders field for over 20 years, including association management, and in education as a campus director, academic dean, and instructor. Pete has experience as an includes interventionist, family recovery specialist, and counselor and is a nationally-known speaker and writer. He is on the editorial board for Counselor Magazine and was the co-chair for the criminal justice credential for the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and was previously the chair of the workforce development group for the Youth Advisory Group (YAG) with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Most recently, he was chosen to join the executive committee for IC&RC as board secretary.
  • A very hopeful, healing and transformative experience!

  • We find the leaders in our field at WCSAD.

  • The best conference in my 30+ years in the field.

  • WCSAD is the only national addiction conference we exhibit at annually because it meets all of our objectives – more awareness, lead generation and networking.

  • A Disneyland of information, empowering us to improve our common goal in the field of addiction disorders.

  • As a first-time exhibitor and sponsor, our team enjoyed maintaining and securing new connections while having fun.

  • Intimate clinically-driven, great conference.

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WCSAD is excited to announce it will host a hybrid event for 2021 - a socially distanced live conference & full virtual option. Expect the same amazing program & speakers we have become known for over the years! Visit for details. #wcsad #behavioralhealth