ASAP: Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County


Jeff Jones, Executive Director– Jeff serves as Executive Director for ASAP. He oversees the initiative, advising the work of the four action teams and their associated projects. Jeff retired from Cummins Inc. in 2014 after a 37-year career in a variety of field service, sales and marketing roles with customers, dealers and OEM partners throughout the United States and Canada.

Beth Morris, Prevention Action Team Lead, Director of Community Health Partnerships, Columbus Regional Health – Beth leads the Prevention Action Team, working with employers, the educational system, social service organizations and mental health services. Her role at CRH is improving and promoting a healthy environment, activities and habits across Bartholomew County through the various initiatives within Healthy Communities.

Judge Kelly S. Benjamin, Intervention Action Team Lead, Bartholomew County Circuit Court – Judge Benjamin leads the ASAP Intervention Action Team, which analyzes, researches and coordinates evidence-based processes and programs between law enforcement, the court system and government. As Circuit Court Judge, Benjamin hears and decides cases involving criminal felonies (including drug cases), family law, estates and civil law, while remaining involved in court-related community efforts, committees and trainings.

Julie Abedian, Treatment Action Team Lead, Vice President – CRH Community Partnerships and Corporate Responsibility – Julie leads the ASAP Treatment Action Team, coordinating efforts with health stakeholders, behavioral health provider Centerstone, employers and others. At CRH, Julie leads the development of community partnerships and resources in support of the hospital’s strategic priorities. She also leads the hospital’s corporate social responsibility initiatives and investments to advance CRH’s mission to the communities it serves.

Dr. Kevin Terrell, DO, MBA, Physician Lead for Community Programs, VP of Medical Management at SIHO and CRH Emergency Physician – Kevin works with the Treatment Action Team. The focus of his initial work is to work with the community’s prescribers to be effective stewards of opioid medications. At CRH, he works as an emergency physician to care for the community’s ill and injured patients.

Cheryl Buffo, Community Programs Lead – CRH Community Partnerships – Cheryl is a member of the ASAP Treatment Action Team, specifically coordinating ASAP’s efforts around local residential treatment capacity for men, women and adolescents. Cheryl brings to the team extensive experience in community development, business planning, finance and project management.

Scott Hundley, Recovery Programs Team Lead, Director of Counseling at Community Downtown/Community Church of Columbus – As the Recovery Programs Team lead, Scott is working to coordinate and enhance local efforts for those in recovery. Scott is a Board Certified Counselor and provides oversight of the various initiatives through Community Downtown such as counseling, support groups, contractual agreements for numerous local churches and the local Celebrate Recovery programs.

Ben Jackson, Housing Team Lead, Columbus Township Trustee – Ben leads the Housing Team, working with the local recovery community to coordinate efforts to establish safe, supportive, recovery-focused housing for those in need. As the Columbus Township Trustee, Ben is responsible, among other things, for providing basic necessities for those who lack the resources to provide for themselves. In recent years, he has led the Columbus community’s efforts to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring.

Matthew Neville, Communications Manager – Matthew develops and executes the communications strategy for ASAP, including website development and management, digital marketing campaigns and media relations. He has a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science from University of Southern Indiana.

Last modified on Friday, 15 February 2019 11:11