2013 Man Of The Year Nominee: Cary Quashen
Executive Director, HMNMH Behavioral Health Unit;
CEO Action Family Counseling
Nominated by Action Parent & Teen Support Program
Cary Quashen has dedicated the past 30 years of his life, reaching troubled teens and dysfunctional families with the objective to pass his personal recovery experiences with drug and alcohol to the youth of today and to provide evaluation, assessments and interventions to parents, school districts and the juvenile justice system. As a Certified Addiction Specialist and interventionist and a high-risk teen counselor; he has become a nationally recognized expert working with adolescents. Quashen developed and operates the Action Family Counseling Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers with 12 locations and 16 programs in the Southern California area that specialize in alcohol and substance abuse intensive outpatient, residential treatment programs for both teens and adults.Action Family Counseling, Inc. was incorporated in May of 1997. Quashen is currently the Executive Director of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Unit. In 1989, Quashen founded Action – A Parent and Teen Support Program, a non-profit organization. The program currently operates in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, Simi Valley, Glendale, Alhambra, Newbury Park, and Las Vegas to name few. Currently, Quashen is the host of the KHTS AM 1220, “Families In ACTION” radio show, as well as a contributing author to the Steps For Recovery Newspaper and a columnist for the Signal Newspaper.Cary and his wife, Kirsten, are parents to three children, Sean, Scott, and Courtney. They are also the grandparents of Nick.
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