Lake Placid After two years as the top man for a seven-county coalition, Doug Terbeek relinquished his gavel as president of the Northern Tier Providers.
“Just being involved at this level at this time is important because there are huge changes in the way health care reform will impact people and where our services fit,” Terbeek said. “My goal was to keep our members up to speed on these reforms and how they should be planning for the future.”
Terbeek is the executive director of the Prevention Team of Essex County, Inc., which provides school-based substance abuse prevention education, counseling and community awareness programs.
Terbeek served two years as president of the organization, made up of chemical prevention, treatment and recovery providers in Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The organization will now be led by Tina Buckley, the director of Rose Hill Residential Rehabilitation Services in Massena, during the annual North Tier conference at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid Nov. 7.
Terbeek said that with national and state regulations changing, the organization works to keep their services and value to the local communities at the forefront of provider conversations.
“We are always in the process of trying to carve out a niche that is not yet defined,” Terbeek said.
Among Terbeek’s last duties as president was to welcome people to the conference, which he said was held on his “home field” and to present the Volunteer Award to Elizabethtown-Lewis senior Brody Hooper during the 15th annual Northern Tier Awards Banquet.