Tuerk Conference

Our Tuerk Conference is the largest one-day addiction conference on the East Coast structured to share the latest information, new ideas,
important research, and personal experiences to help shape the future of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment.

Conference Aim

We hold our anual Tuerk Confernce to increase the participants understanding of current issues in the field of mental health and substance use disorders. The Annual Tuerk Conference continues to be the premier conference in the Maryland region for providers, administrators, counselors and advocates to learn about the latest information on events and changes that will affect them. It is vitally important for professionals in this field to stay informed about these changes and their impact on patient care.

Remembrance Video for the Anniversary Conference

Remembering Dr. Isadore Tuerk

The annual NCADD-Maryland Tuerk Conference on Addiction Treatment is named after Isadore Tuerk, a psychiatrist who served as Maryland's Mental Health Commissioner for eight years and was a prominent figure in the field of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. A native of Baltimore, Dr. Tuerk oversaw the state's mental hospital system from 1960 to 1968 before leaving public service, and continued practicing psychiatry and teaching at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins medical schools.

Isadore TuerkDr. Isadore TuerkDr. Tuerk grew up in the neighborhood around the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and first came into contact with the school as a child when he delivered clothes made by his tailor father. A 1924 graduate of Baltimore City College, Dr. Tuerk completed undergraduate studies at Hopkins and received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1934. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a division psychiatrist in the European Theater, was awarded a bronze star and was discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant colonel.

As a public servant, he fought for more dollars for the state's mental hospitals and pioneered group therapy techniques for alcoholics. All were welcome to the Saturday morning sessions he launched at Spring Grove State Mental Hospital where he became a staff psychiatrist in 1939 and superintendent 10 years later. His son Jonathan recollected that Dr. Tuerk only once threw someone out of the sessions - a man who came in with a bottle of whiskey. "It was the only time he ever kicked somebody out of the group and years later he kept asking whether that was the right thing to do."

Dr. Tuerk was an honorary member of the Maryland Society on Alcoholism Treatment and was named its Man of the Year in 1957. Tuerk House, an alcoholic treatment center, formerly a University of Maryland drug and alcohol abuse treatment center, was named in his honor in 1970. In 1981 he received the Gold Key and Honor Award from the Medical Alumni Association and its Service Award in 1987. Dr. Tuerk retired in 1986 and died at the age of 81 in 1989.

36th Annual Tuerk Conference on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment


Tuerk 2024 was held Tuesday April 23rd, 2024

We were back in person and hope you are looking forward to next April, 2025 Tuerk Conference.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2024 Tuerk Conference, “TACKLING THE ADDICITON CRISIS

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

We are deeply grateful for the participation and support of our sponsors and exhibitors each year for the annual Tuerk Conference. Their support is vital to our ability to host this event each year to share the latest information, programs and services available to our professional community. We encourage you to reach out to the sponsors listed here, get to know their services and programs, and visit them at next year’s Tuerk Conference.  Help us build a strong healing community!

Contact Information

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence,
Maryland Chapter
28 East Ostend Street Suite 303
Baltimore, MD  21230
410-625-6482 (main)
410-625-6484 (fax)

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