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Mark Fontaine Receives Visionary Leadership Award at NatCon19

Monday, March 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
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National Council for Behavioral Health Recognizes Mark Fontaine, Executive Director for the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association for Excellence in Behavioral Health

NatCon19 attendees to honor Mark Fontaine as a leader in health care during the

Awards of Excellence Celebration

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL (MARCH 25, 2019) – Mark Fontaine, Executive Director of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) has been named the recipient of the National Council for Behavioral Health’s 2019 Visionary Leadership Award. The award will be presented on March 26, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn., during the Awards of Excellence Celebration in conjunction with the National Council Conference – NatCon19.

 

The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Awards of Excellence recognize and honor individuals and organizations in behavioral health care for their ingenuity, hard work, and dedication to improving the lives of Americans living with mental illnesses and addictions.

A fairly recent initiative launched under the leadership of Fontaine is the extended-release injectable naltrexone program, also known as the Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT program. By working with the Office of State Courts Administrator and the Department of Children and Families, FADAA has been able to assist more than 58 communities from Pensacola to Key West in delivering a monthly injection to patients in participating programs. To date, over 6-thousand people have received the once-a-month shot and over 20-thousand injections have been administered.

“Once the governor declared the Public Health Emergency, more funds became available for medication-assisted treatment across the state,” said Fontaine.

Fontaine’s extensive knowledge on addictions is the result of years of dedication and work in the behavioral health field. More than just changing policy, his work has launched statewide programs designed to keep families together, established initiatives to get people medication-assisted treatment, and secured funding for transitional and community-based treatment.

The National Council Awards of Excellence Visionary Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the behavioral health care field, improving the lives of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions disorders and helping them live full lives in their communities.

Hailed as the nation’s premier behavioral health conference, NatCon19 will convene more than 5,000 behavioral health professionals to discuss solutions and outcomes that transform health care.

About the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association

The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), incorporated in 1981, is a non-profit membership association representing substance abuse prevention and treatment providers, managing entities, and community anti-drug coalitions.  FADAA's mission is to serve its members by advancing addiction and co-occurring treatment, prevention, and research through communications, professional development, and public policy leadership.

About National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1.5 million Americans have been trained.