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Sadé Ali

Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Deputy Commissioner
Sadé Ali, MA, CAC, CCS, serves as Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. She is an internationally credentialed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and an internationally certified clinical supervisor. She consults with SAMHSA as one of the reader/authors for the new curriculum being published on Person-directed Care and has created a clinical instrument that will be published in that curriculum. The instrument focuses not on areas of disease and dysfunction but on strengths-based aspects related to culture and capacity. Ms. Ali has traveled the US and Canada extensively providing culturally-appropriate recovery management training. For the past fourteen years, Ms. Ali has been on the faculty of the New England Institute of Addiction Studies. She is also a member of the faculty of Brown University’s Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC-NE) where she provides education on Culturally-appropriate Recovery Planning and Working with Indigenous Healers in some African-origin, Native American and Latino Communities. Ms. Ali has been a member of the faculty of the Rutgers Summer School of Addiction Studies and the Austin, Texas (TCADA) Summer Institute. She has published her thesis and other scholarly articles on culturally appropriate recovery services and their efficacy in the field. Ms. Ali has planned and developed peer services that have drawn national recognition and she has been in the field of Behavioral Health Services for over 38 years.
Ms. Ali holds a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a master’s in Clinical Psychology with a concentration on the African schools of thought. She will be returning to her work in a doctoral program for a Ph.D. in Health Psychology. Additionally, Ms. Ali is an ordained minister. She holds a certificate of Clinical Pastoral Counseling and is a Chaplain.