For approximately 20 years, Brenda Davis has been employed as a patient advocate and has assumed duties as treasurer of NAMA Recovery. She was instrumental in establishing the MARS Project in the Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Methadone program and has been in recovery nearly three decades.
Brenda has mastered the medical and social aspects of methadone maintenance including: stabilization, side effects, and drug interactions; the major health concerns of patients including pregnancy, pain, infectious diseases; and the personal and social issues including the pervasive stigma which patients encounter in the course of their treatment and lives.
She has attended conferences and participated in policy meetings with various governmental agencies. The administration of the Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Methadone program has also been impressed with the breadth of her knowledge and her capacity to help settle problems which arise in the clinics between patients and the staff, issues that arise in the patients’ families, and criminal justice matters.