THE HAMS HARM REDUCTION NETWORK INC

aka HAMS   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  https://hams.cc

Mission

The HAMS Harm Reduction Network provides information and support for people who wish to reduce the harm in their lives cause by the use of alcohol or drugs. HAMS neither encourages nor condemns alcohol use or alcohol intoxication. HAMS recognizes recreational intoxication as a reality and seeks to reduce harms associated with it. HAMS believes in the autonomy of the individual and supports each individual's choice of a goal vis a vis alcohol - whether the goal is safer drinking, reduced drinking, or quitting. HAMS supports every positive change. The focus of HAMS is alcohol harm reduction, but users of any substance are welcome. HAMS offers support via live and online groups and offers information via the web and printed page. HAMS support groups are lay-led and free-of charge.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Kenneth Anderson

Co Principal Officer

April Wilson Smith

Main address

424 South 48th Street Apt A2

Philadelphia, PA 19143 USA

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EIN

68-0657296

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Harm Reduction Support Groups

HAMS provides both live support groups and online support via an email group and a chat room.

Population(s) Served

HAMS provides individuals with information about ways to reduce the harm in their lives caused by alcohol via a web site, a book, various articles on the web and youtube videos. HAMS also seeks to make the harm reduction approach better known to drinkers and to professionals such as counselors and therapists via press releases, news articles, web pages, and other public relations strategies.

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We wish to help people with alcohol problems who are unhelped by other approaches. We do this by applying harm reduction strategies to alcohol use.

We offer information about how to practice harm reduction for alcohol via the internet and our book. We also offer live and online support groups for alcohol harm reduction. We also seek to disseminate this information to professionals who work with people with alcohol problems.

We have been incorporating harm reduction strategies with proven success rates for drug users into our alcohol harm reduction program. We have also been blessed with great input and aid from our colleagues in the field and our membership in the development of the program.

We have an online membership of over 30,000 people, a published book, and good relationships with hundreds of professionals. We are not yet as well known or accessible as AA, but we will be.

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THE HAMS HARM REDUCTION NETWORK INC

Board of directors
as of 11/25/2019
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Board chair

Electra Weeks

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Term: 2012 - 2017

David Hanson

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Mary Ellen Barnes

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Jane Conroy

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Angelique Dean

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Michael Hornbeck

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Electra Weeks

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No