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Peter Palanca, M.A.
Featured In: Adolescence: "Adolescent Substance Abuse"
Addictions A: "Substance Abuse in Adolescents"
The Hazelden Foundation 867 N. Dearborn Chicago, IL 60611
Peter Palanca, Executive Director of Hazelden, Chicago, has spent the majority of his career working with adolescents and adults in the Substance Abuse field. Over the last 25 years, he has founded and directed in-patient and out-patient programs for chemically dependent adolescents, including Engels Hospital and the Parkside Program in the Chicago area. He has taught at Governor’s State University since 1982 and was President of the National Adolescent Treatment Consortium through the mid-80''s and early 90''s. He was also Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, and responsible for overseeing the state’s publicly funded programs. He has 4 children of his own, ranging in age from 14-24, which, he states, most qualifies him to do this work.