Community Service Spotlight: Sam Skorepa, Robert Young Center & Center for Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc.

Sam assists clients with estate planning, probate and trust administration, general business, and real estate matters. When not practicing law, he can be found enjoying Quad Cities restaurants or spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Sam grew up in the small town of Taylor Ridge right outside the Quad Cities and has enjoyed watching the region change and grow since returning from his time attending University of Iowa and Creighton University School of Law. He enjoys giving back to the community, and has become increasingly involved in behavioral health initiatives in the Quad Cities by serving on the Robert Young Center board of trustees and the Center for Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc. (C.A.D.S.) board of directors.

Mental health has taken the national stage recently; locally, organizations are coming together to work toward helping those in need. “A Safety Net in Peril: The State of Public Mental Health in the Quad-Cities,” is a report that outlines the history of mental health care in the region, the current depth of the problem, and what services are available. Major concerns include lack of resources to fund care and the stigma toward those with mental illness. Organizations like the Robert Young Center and the Center for Alcohol & Drug Services work collaboratively with organizations throughout the region to address these issues.

Taking their previous collaboration a step further, Robert Young Center and the Center for Alcohol & Drug Services formally affiliated with one another on July 1, 2017. The agreement brings the two organizations together, allowing for enhanced access to behavioral health services and addiction treatment specialists while improving care coordination and patient experience.

The UnityPoint Health – Robert Young Center (RYC) is a behavioral health care organization that helps individuals with mental illness. The center provides outpatient therapies, inpatient psychiatric services, partial hospitalization, continuing care, and chemical dependency treatment services. RYC also offers crisis intervention and alternatives to hospitalization through their Community Support Program. Sam has been a proud member of the UnityPoint Health – Robert Young Center board since its affiliation with Center for Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. in 2017. He served on that board for 5 years, and through that time learned how necessary robust mental and behavior health services are for the Quad Cities.

C.A.D.S. is dedicated to the prevention, education, and treatment of addictions, substance abuse, and other disorders related to the harmful use of alcohol and drugs. The organization helps not only the addicted individual, but also the individual’s family and friends. C.A.D.S. also offers substance abuse prevention and awareness programs, including after school and summer outreach for children, esteem building groups, and educational services and workplace training. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and C.A.D.S. works with local school districts to deliver “Choose to Refuse” programming. Through his service on the board, Sam has witnessed firsthand how C.A.D.S. positively impacts individuals and families affected by substance abuse.

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