Tassoni takes on planning role on Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island

WARWICK – Former State Senator John J. Tassoni Jr. has been appointed the new director of operations, community and government relations for the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island.

The leadership council is the main advocacy organization in Rhode Island that represents agencies that provide mental health and addiction treatment, substance abuse prevention, primary health, and wellness services to over 20,000 individuals annually.

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In his new position, Tassoni will lead a high-priority strategic planning to optimize support and resources for the council while creating partnerships with state and federal relations staff and lawmakers.

Tassoni, a well-known business leader and former union executive, has also long been a social advocate for issues related to addiction and recovery.

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In the Senate from 2001-2012, his advocacy for fair labor practices, affordable health care, substance abuse treatment, and assistance for the homelessness earned him high praise among constituents and citizens. He is also the host of “Recovery Radio,” the first radio program in the state to offer useful information to those suffering from alcohol, drug and other addictions.

“John Tassoni will further strengthen the core mission of the leadership council and accelerate a strategic shift to capitalize on partnerships and emerging opportunities in the behavioral health care field,” said Dr. Susan A. Storti, president and CEO of the council.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.