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The Institute for Professional Development in the Addictions (IPDA) is a Statewide non-profit organization that was established in 1999 and became operational in 2001. The goal of the founding board of directors was to establish an organization that would play a key role in assuring the delivery of quality addictions care. This goal would be achieved by establishing an organization that was dedicated to the professional development needs of all of the multi-disciplinary practitioners who work in the field of addictions and would work to enhance collaboration between professions. IPDA’s board is made up of addictions medicine doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors and prevention practitioners and includes representatives from New York’s academic and research communities as well as the provider community. There is no other organization in New York State that fills this important role.