|Vic DiGravio has been President/CEO of ABH since July 1, 2007. Under his leadership, ABH is a leader in addressing public policy and financing issues impacting behavioral healthcare services in Massachusetts. ABH and Vic played leading roles in the Campaign to Strengthen Human Services which resulted in enactment of Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2008 and the Campaign for Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery which led the successful fight to repeal the sales tax exemption on alcohol sold in stores. Soon after becoming President/CEO, Vic, in partnership with the Board of Directors, led an effort to rebrand the organization to better position it as the preeminent association representing community-based mental health and addiction treatment organizations.
Vic serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (The National Council). He is also Chair of The National Council's Association Executives Group which is comprised of state association directors from across the country.
Vic is a graduate of Connecticut College and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and has extensive experience in governmental affairs and the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining ABH in 2006, he served for six years as Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry. In this leadership role, he directed all staff work on legislative, media and constituent matters and served as liaison to state and local officials. Vic worked on the passage of Massachusetts' Mental Health Parity law and increased funding for Early Intervention services as Chief of Staff to Senator Berry.
Vice President for Addiction Services
|Constance Peters, MSPA, is ABH's Vice President for Addiction Services and is ABH's primary representative for community-based provider organizations that deliver services to people with substance-use disorders. She represents ABH members with state and national agencies, administration officials, the state legislature and Congressional delegation. Connie serves as staff to the ABH committees on Acute Treatment Services (ATS), Clinical Support Services (CSS), Transitional Support Services (TSS), Residential Recovery, Driver Alcohol Education (DAE)/Second Offender Aftercare (SOA), Structured Outpatient Addiction Treatment (SOAP), Psychiatric Day Treatment and Partial Hospitalization (PDT/PH) and the ABH/Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Executive Team. In addition, Connie is President of the Board of Directors for the State Associations for Addiction Services and is a member of its Public Policy Committee and Practice Committee. Connie possesses over 20 years of experience working with state and federally funded programs for people with mental health and substance use disorders and other disabilities. She holds a Master of Science in Public Affairs degree from the John W. McCormack Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Norton.|
Vice President, Mental Health
|Lydia Conley serves as Vice President of Mental Health for ABH. Lydia holds primary responsibility at ABH for oversight of managed care issues, and she staffs the Community-Based Flexible Supports (CBFS) Committee, Billing, Rules, Regulations & Policy Committee, and the PACT Committee. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Lydia worked in the Massachusetts legislature for three years as a legislative aide to the House Vice-Chair of the legislative Health Care Committee. From 2000-2008, she was a member of the ABH team, first as a Program Specialist and eventually as Vice President for Public Policy, providing support on legislative, billing, and children's issues. Lydia also holds a Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law and is a member of the Massachusetts bar. For six years prior to returning to ABH, Lydia served in a number of leadership roles at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, most recently as Assistant Commissioner for Policy, Programs and External Relations. In this role, she engaged in public program and policy development on a range of issues affecting low-income individuals and families.|
Senior Director of Public Policy and Research
|Amanda Gilman, MSPA, currently serves as ABH's Senior Director for Public Policy and Research. She is responsible for monitoring all pending state and federal legislative and budget initiatives that are of interest to ABH membership. Before joining ABH, Amanda worked as the legislative, budget and committee staffer for State Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan, former chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. In that role, Mandy worked on a range of issues impacting community-based mental health and addiction treatment services. Mandy holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Bachelor's from Fairfield University.|
Director of Children's Behavioral Health and Member Services
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|Kristen Archibald, LCSW, serves as ABH's Director of Children's Behavioral Health and Member Services. Kristen is ABH's point person on children's behavioral health issues including staffing our Children's Policy, Children's Services, and In-Home Therapy Committees. Her work includes monitoring the implementation of the Commonwealth's Caring Together initiative, the ongoing development of the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), and being the point person for providers using the Massachusetts Standardized Documentation Project (MSDP). Kristen acts as ABH's representative for Veteran Services and is responsible for ABH member services. Prior to joining ABH in December of 2013, Kristen was the Program Director for a short-term acute treatment and stabilization residential program at Wayside Youth & Family Network. In July 2013, Kristen presented a paper she wrote at the International Consortium for Social Development in Kampala, Uganda. Kristen has a Masters in Social Work from Simmons College and a BA from Hamilton College.|
|Ellen Caliendo joined ABH in June 2004 as a business consultant and has been instrumental to helping the organization restructure its accounting, payroll and information technology system. With 20 years of experience in business operations and financial management, her current responsibilities include bookkeeping, membership billing and managing all major aspects of ABH's business office. Ellen's past experience includes developing and serving as director for a $15 million sales organization for 10 years.|
|Rosemary Santini currently supports the ABH staff as the organization's Administrative Assistant. Rosemary is responsible for database maintenance, membership mailings and coordinating meetings for staff. Prior to joining ABH, she has held various administrative positions in local companies.|