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Entertainment Industries Council Inc. links addiction and treatment experts with creators and performers for authentic and powerful storytelling

Los Angeles, CA (October 16, 2008) The entertainment industry demonstrated that the field of addiction continues to be a valued well from which compelling stories for television can be drawn - perhaps in part because the current economic crisis may lead to more cases of drug and alcohol addiction and relapse. TheEntertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), carried out two briefings on the subject for the creative community, both of which saw strong attendance.

One of the sessions, targeting studio and network executives as well as writers and producers of TV conducted on the 20th Century Fox studio lot, saw over 70 participants. Focusing on drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery as they relate to storylines and character motivations, it drew executives from ABC Family, BET, Bravo Media, CBS Entertainment, CBS Paramount Network Television, Disney-ABC Television Group, E! Studios, Fox Broadcasting, Fox Television Studios, FX Network, MTV, The N, NBC Entertainment, Showtime, and 20th Century Fox Television.

Panelists for this session included recovering actress Brigitte Nielsen, Emmy-winning actor Matt Borlenghi "The Cleaner" co-executive producer Warren Boyd, casting agent Patrick Baca, Dae Medman of the Entertainment Industry Referral and Assistance Center, physician/psychiatrist Dr. Reef Karim.

Shows sending writers and producers included "Brothers and Sisters," "Bones," "Cold Case," "Criminal Minds," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "CSI: Miami," "CSI: New York," "Eleventh Hour," "The Ex-List," "The Game," "Ghost Whisperer," "House," "King of the Hill," "Knight Rider," "Life on Mars," "Medium," "The Mentalist," "My Name is Earl," "NCIS,"Numb3rs," "Prison Break," "Saving Grace," "The Simpsons," "Sons of Anarchy," "24," "The Unit," and "Without a Trace." Speakers at the session were Ivette Torres with SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Janice Stimson with the Matrix Institute, and Carol McDaid, a treatment and recovery lobbyist.

Another meeting, conducted by EIC as part of AFTRA's educational series for its members, offered performers information to help prepare for roles and portrayals involving addiction, treatment and recovery. The session drew over 80 members of the performing community. Panelists for this session included recovering actress Brigitte Nielsen, Emmy-winning actor Matt Borlenghi "The Cleaner" co-executive producer Warren Boyd, casting agent Patrick Baca, Dae Medman of the Entertainment Industry Referral and Assistance Center, physician/psychiatrist Dr. Reef Karim.

EIC offered the attendees at both events access to First Draft, its free technical resource service in preparation for authentic and accurate depictions. The service, available to all entertainment industry professionals, provides a link between the creative community and experts on nearly any health or social issue they might care to address in their productions. The EIC philosophy is that accurate entertainment leads to more authentic, engaging and powerful entertainment.

Not coincidentally, EIC also announced that the Call for Entries period has begun for the2009 PRISM Awards, honoring production for the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction, as well as mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and suicide.



Dae Sullender Medman was honored and awarded by Sierra Tucson at the Gratitude for Giving Event.  Her category of recognition was for "Vision."

(from left to right) Dae Sullender Medman, EIRAC, Jerry McDonald, Betty Ford Center, Sarah Webster, Matrix Institute, Karen Miotto, M.D. UCLA, Terry Eagan, M.D., Moonview Sanctuary, George Patterson, PHD., Private Practice, Keith Arnold, Executive Director, Sierra Tucson
Dae Sullender Medman was honored and awarded by Sierra Tucson at the Gratitude for Giving Event.  Her category of recognition was for "Vision."

Dae is a graduate of Rutgers University, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has worked for over thirty-years in the mental health field. Dae has extensive experience working with the chronic and terminally ill patients, including the disease of chemical dependency. She is an expert in the area of crisis intervention and served for several years as a therapist at the nationally recognized Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center. Currently, Dae serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the internationally recognized Matrix Institute on Addictions.

In the mid 1970's, Dae was in the forefront of a successful lobbying effort to secure the mandatory payment of treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction through Blue Cross of New Jersey. This successful campaign was the first step in her effort to achieve her vision of providing accessible, cost effective treatment, and comprehensive treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction to those in need.

It was during her continuing 25-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Entertainment Industry Referral and Assistance Center (EIRAC), and Employee Assistance Program, sponsored by the major studios for their employees and family members, that her vision was realized. As EIRAC's Executive Director, she developed, negotiated, lobbied and ultimately convinced entertainment industry executives to provide comprehensive chemical dependency and mental health benefits to their employees and family members.  Today, in the often difficult and challenging climate of managed care, Dae and her staff, continue their  tireless efforts to ensure that those in need of chemical dependency and mental health services, are able to secure competent and adequate care.

It is because of Dae's tremendous background, that this award was given to her. She is a professional of true vision. Congratulations, Dae on receiving this esteemed award.


Dae Sullender Medman Awarded the Fresh Start Award
The Matrix Institute on Addictions is proud to present the Fresh Start Award to Dae Sullender Medman, L.C.S.W.

Dae Sullender Medman is a founding board member of the Matrix Institute. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has worked in the mental health field for 30 years . She was awarded her diplomate in 1988, by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.

Dae has extensive experience working with chronic and terminally ill patients, including the disease of chemical dependency. She is an expert in the area of crisis intervention and was employed for several years as a therapist at the nationally recognized Santa Monica Hospital Rape Treatment Center.

In the mid-1970's, while employed as a chemical dependency counselor at Family Services of Trenton, Dae was in the forefront of a successful lobbying effort to secure the mandatory payment of treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction through Blue Cross of New Jersey.

Dae has been the Executive Director of the Entertainment Industry Referral and Assistance Center (EIRAC) since its inception in 1984. "EIRAC" is the Employee Assistance Program, sponsored by the major studios, for employees and family members of the entertainment industry.

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