Anthony Rizzuto, LMSW, CASAC
Anthony Rizzuto is the founder and Executive Director of F.I.S.T-Families in Support of Treatment. He has been working in the substance use disorder field since 2001. He holds both a Credential in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC) and a Masters degree in Social Work from Adelphi University (MSW). In March of 2013 Anthony founded an organization called Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.) This organization was designed to put on community forums to gather support for legislation being proposed to improve access to treatment for those struggling with substance use disorder. In 2013 he partnered with various communities to bring forums to Nassau County, Suffolk County, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. In 2014 F.I.S.T., along with several other agencies and many families struggling with a loved ones addiction or loss of a loved one to addiction, travelled to Albany to gather support for the legislation previously discussed. Working in unison with others, F.I.S.T was instrumental in the passing of 11 bills into law. That same year F.I.S.T. held two more forums in Westchester and Long Beach. In November of the same year it was decided to pursue formalizing this organization and apply for not-for-profit status. A 501c3 status was approved in December 2014.
In addition to his work with F.I.S.T (which is volunteer), Anthony works for Seafield Center where he serves as a Provider Relations representative since 2008, as Director of the Domestic Violence Program since 2006 and the Family Program Coordinator in Seafield outpatient center in Amityville since 2013. Anthony serves as the Vice President of the Board for the Employee Assistance Program Association Long Island Chapter. Anthony was recently appointed to the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Credentialing Board and also sits on the Talent Management Committee for OASAS. Anthony continues to serve on the Nassau County Heroin Task Force, the Communities of Solution workgroup, and the Nassau County Substance Abuse Task Force.
Anthony has experienced addiction from many perspectives. He is a person in long-term recovery since 1993, a family member of someone struggling with substance use disorder and a professional in the field since 2001
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