INTERSECTIONS: A Day Program Without Walls

INTERSECTIONS: A Day Program Without Walls

Season 1, Episode 4

Host(s): Dr. Larry Force, Andrew O’Grady, Elisa Gwilliam


Jim Ball: CRPA, CASAC-T, Director of Peer Services at MHA-Dutchess, NOAAR co-founder

Stephanie Camardella: LMSW, CASAC-2, MHA-Dutchess Community Recovery Specialist

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team speaks with Jim Ball, CRPA, CASAC-T, Director of Peer Services at MHA-Dutchess and NOAAR co-founder, and Stephanie Camardella, LMSW, CASAC-2 and MHA-Dutchess Community Recovery Specialist. The panelists discuss the goals and methods of NOAAR’s INTERSECTIONS program, including the importance of the program’s modules on self-care and wellness to recovery. Camardella emphasizes the power of human connection and the vast potential for success in digital recovery programs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Topics Discussed

  • INTERSECTIONS mission and methods
  • Dimensional solution-based treatment: “starting here and moving forward”
  • Self-care as a substitute for substance use
  • Benefits of digital recovery solutions
  • Understanding humans as social beings
  • Importance of individualized recovery


Key Quote(s)

  • “This program is known throughout the region and the country as a platform and an arena to try to help people in a different way for addiction.” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “The goal of INTERSECTIONS is to improve outcomes of recurrence, keep people out of the ER and services, and help them stay on their recovery plan to help them integrate back into their family and the community.” – Jim Ball
  • “When people are denied access to social engagement, support and relationships with other humans, the resulting isolation creates anxiety and fear from not having the protection of perceived others.” – Stephanie Camardella
  • “The opposite of addiction is connection to others.” – Stephanie Camardella
  • “There really shouldn’t be silos [in mental health treatment]. It’s all interconnected and we’re doing our part to look at the whole person, to really pull it all together, and get people a chance to get back to living a life that’s going to be beneficial to them and their families.” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “Recovery is the expectation, and treatment makes a difference.” – Dr. Larry Force


INTERSECTIONS is an innovative, peer delivered, modular self-care program developed by the National Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR) and Mental Health America of Dutchess County.

Addiction, chronic illness, and mental health are dimensions in our lives that isolate us. They isolate us from ourselves, from others, and from our spirit. INTERSECTIONS helps us connect and reconnect to reach our full potential.

INTERSECTIONS promotes the reduction of reoccurrence, improved maintenance of recovery plans, and success within family systems and the community.

Modules include:

  • Orientation
  • Meditation
  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness
  • Personal Visions and Goals
  • Spirituality

INTERSECTIONS is based on a theoretical orientation called The Theory of Dimensionality and is rooted in a Practice-Based Intervention, Dimensional Solution Based Treatment (DSBT).

“We cannot fix you because you are not broken … everybody has stuff. We are all in Recovery from something.”

About MHA Dutchess County

Mental Health America of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure nobody gets left behind in our community due to lack of mental health services. Our staff and volunteers work day and night to:

  • Strengthen families
  • Overcome fear
  • Help people dealing with anxiety
  • Link individuals to the supports they need
  • Provide safe spaces to heal
  • Break down stigma
  • …and much, much more.