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1 Profile: Stephenie W. Colston, M.A Ivanhoe Road Tallahassee, FL Telephone: (850) Dedicated senior professional with over 35 years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience in the private sector and in federal and state governments. Proven track record to identify, synthesize, and act upon complex policy and programmatic issues and to work effectively with senior executives including proprietary and private non-profit organizations, federal officials, state officials, stakeholders, associations, and boards of directors. Expertise in a wide range of policy and program areas in substance abuse and mental health, demonstrating policy and political acumen. Strong track record of implementing performance-based cost saving measures, problem solving, and focusing on results. Successful history in consulting with and administering agencies, programs, and projects. Highly committed to developing cost-effective solutions for substance abuse and mental health services and systems. Professional Experience: Colston Consulting Group, LLC- President and CEO - Tallahassee, FL (2012-Present) Provide consulting services for public and private organizations relating to substance abuse and mental health services, systems, policies, and outcomes. Analyze and assess organizational and system capacity and provide recommendations designed to improve costeffectiveness and performance. Provide expertise and advice to variety of substance abuse and mental health leaders. 1

2 Director of Substance Abuse and Mental Health- Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) - Tallahassee, FL ( ) An Executive Management Service position that plans, directs, and manages substance abuse treatment and prevention and mental health treatment services for the State of Florida s Department of Children and Families. Manage budget of over $500 million, including Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant and Community Mental Health Block Grant totalling of over $130 million. Supervise 54 staff at Tallahassee Headquarters and 6 Region/ Program Directors throughout Florida. Provide on-going assistance to the DCF Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, Governor s Office, and the Florida Legislature in developing state program policies for substance abuse prevention and treatment services and mental health treatment services, through research, analysis, and evaluation of existing program results, and submission of recommended program and policy improvements. Plan for and manage the operations of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office to ensure that program goals, policies, and procedures are consistent with statutory provisions, agency goals, and are responsive to the needs of consumers, communities, and other stakeholders. Function as State Mental Health Authority and State Substance Authority for State of Florida. Represent the interests of the State of Florida in interactions with federal agencies, including influencing federal policy. Assure compliance with federal funding requirements. 2

3 Director of Substance Abuse- Florida Department of Children and Families and Deputy Director for Treatment - Florida Office of Drug Control - Executive Office of the Governor - Tallahassee, FL ( ) An Executive Management Service position that planned, directed, and managed substance abuse treatment and prevention services for the State of Florida s Department of Children and Families. Managed budget of over $200 million, including Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant of over $100 million. Supervised 54 staff at Tallahassee Headquarters and 26 Region/ Program Directors throughout Florida. Provided on-going assistance to the DCF Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, Governor s Office, and the Florida Legislature in developing state program policies for substance abuse prevention and treatment services through research, analysis, and evaluation of existing program results, and submission of recommended program and policy improvements. Planned for and managed the operations of the Substance Abuse Program Office to ensure that program goals, policies, and procedures were consistent with statutory provisions, agency goals, and are responsive to the needs of consumers, communities, and other stakeholders. Functioned as State Substance Authority and State Opioid Treatment Authority for State of Florida. Represented the interests of the State of Florida in interactions with federal agencies, including influencing federal policy. Assured compliance with federal funding requirements. Represented the Governor and the Director of the Office of Drug Control to local, state, and federal audiences. Convened interagency representatives on a wide range of substance abuse treatment issues. Recommended substance abuse treatment system improvements to Director. 3

4 Senior Advisor to the Administrator - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Rockville, MD - ( ) In this Senior Executive Service-equivalent position, served as principal and confidential advisor to the Administrator on all substance abuse prevention and treatment issues and initiatives, requiring a thorough and intimate knowledge of the interests, activities, programs, policies, and priorities of the Administrator. Routinely served as the Administrator s central point of liaison with the Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House. (SAMHSA is a $3.4 billion agency with 550 staff. Substance abuse prevention and treatment components of budget are $2.3 billion). Portfolio includes Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Played a key role on SAMHSA s Executive Leadership Team leading and/or monitoring key initiatives in various policy, program, and management areas addressing system issues; represented the Administrator and his priorities internal and external to the Agency and the Department; conducted Congressional and other executivelevel briefings; consistently demonstrated skill in management, negotiation, decision-making, analyzing key problems and proposing solutions, maintaining positive and effective relationship with senior executives in other agencies, departments, and external stakeholders, and reporting results to the Administrator and other senior Administration officials. Managed and negotiated the development of a complex Presidential substance abuse treatment initiative with stakeholders including several White House Offices, HHS Office of Secretary, SAMHSA staff, several national organizations, and researchers. Worked closely with Administrator to develop concept of and implement National Outcome Measures to align SAMHSA funding streams with SAMHSA vision and mission. The National Outcome Measures have become a major alignment initiative of the entire agency. Worked closely with SAMHSA Administrator to develop concept of and to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework to use the findings from public health research along with evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity within States and 4

5 communities to assess preventin need based on epidemiologocal data, buiild prevention capacity, develop a strategic plan, implement evidence-based programs, and evaluate for outcomes and the prevention field. The Strategic Prevention Framework is still in use at SAMHSA. Led Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Reengineering Initiative resulting in substantial change in internal policies and procedures and in major staff development efforts for CSAT and CSAP staff. Led efforts to clarify and focus policy attention on maintenance of effort requirement of Block Grant and consistently communicate and negotiate with Governors Offices on this requirement. Participated in international substance abuse leadership efforts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, and Lithuania. Led SAMHSA Criminal/Juvenile Justice Workgroup and represented the Administrator in senior executive interagency task force which developed the President s Prisoner Re-entry Initiative. Led Substance Abuse Financing Workgroup to identify current and future substance abuse financing alternatives, including innovative payment mechanism applicability to substance abuse funding streams (e.g., voucher mechanism). Workgroup representatives included states, community based organizations, and SAMHSA staff. Developed and maintained close relationships with major national, state, and sub-state substance abuse stakeholder and advocacy organizations. Senior Advisor to the Director - White House Office of National Drug Control Policy - Washington, D.C. ( ) Represented White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director on demand reduction issues internal and external to the Office. Served as advisor to the Director on wide variety of demand reduction issues, requiring thorough knowledge of the Director s priorities and interests. Played a key role on ONDCP s Senior Staff and assisted in development of several operational priorities (e.g., Drug Data Initiative). 5

6 Led United States delegation to the Netherlands to exchange policies, programs, strategies, research, and practices on a wide variety of substance abuse treatment and prevention issues. Maintained close relationships with major national, state, and substate substance abuse stakeholder and advocacy organizations. Developed close working relationship with Federal law enforcement agencies, leading to increased interagency data-sharing among federal supply and demand reduction agencies (i.e., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Justice). Participated in negotiations across federal supply and demand reduction agencies (i.e., United States Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Justice) pertaining to a complex World Health Organization drug treaty issue. Vice President/Officer - Johnson, Bassin & Shaw, Inc. - Silver Spring, MD - ( ) Provided executive direction for technical assistance services, systems assessments, and compliance reviews of state and territory prevention systems funded by the SAPT Block Grant. Directed the provision of State-specific and multi-state technical assistance designed to develop State prevention system infrastructures. Directed the development of knowledge dissemination materials/ publications and information dissemination tools. Supervised a staff of approximately 20, in addition to 150 consultants. Provided executive direction for technical assistance and training services to support the application of business and management technology transfer to community based substance abuse treatment organizations throughout the United States. Directed the provision of long-term technical assistance to assist organizations to become or remain competitive. Directed diffusion strategies to support adoption of successful business practices. Directed design and delivery of training. Directed development of knowledge dissemination materials. Supervised a staff of approximately 20, in addition to 100 consultants. Provided executive direction for systems and compliance reviews of all Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant monies received by the states and territories. Directed analytic studies and aggregate reports based on trends and issues 6

7 emerging from field reviews. Supervised a staff of approximately 20, in addition to 50 consultants. Directed preparation of background papers relating to model interventions and policy implications of prevention of co-morbidity among children and adolescents. Directed review of epidemiologic research, review of effective prevention intervention, and policy discussions to serve as a catalyst for SAMHSA action plans. Directed evaluation teams conducting studies in four states of the impact of behavioral managed health care focusing on service access, utilization, quality/outcomes, and cost dimensions of managed care. Conducted evaluability assessments of managed care initiatives in two States. Served as co-investigator for one state evaluation study. Conducted contextual analyses in four states. Directed development of policies, procedures, management plans, and training programs to assist St. Elizabeth's Psychiatric Hospital in Washington, D.C. to meet Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Environment of Care standards. Designed behavioral health services to meet the needs of welfare recipients for Washington, D.C. welfare reform initiative. Provided management services, managerial consultation, training services, technical assistance, and financial operations analysis to state mental health and substance abuse agencies, regional entities, and local service providers. Assistant Vice President/Executive Administrator - Psychiatric Institute of Richmond - Richmond, VA - ( ) Responsible for overall operations of two psychiatric facilitiesresidential and acute hospitals. Responsible for overall operations of 84-bed psychiatric and substance hospital. Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director - Jim Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center - Lawton, OK ( ) Responsible for overall operations of comprehensive community mental health center (32 inpatient beds, psycho social rehabilitation facility, offsite nursing home beds, outpatient services, and day treatment services). 7

8 Chief of Operations/Inspector General - Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services - Oklahoma City, OK ( ) As Chief of Operations, provided executive direction and control over financial, programming, compliance/internal audit, research/ evaluation, management information systems, staff development/ training, human resources, and administrative services areas of the Department. Supervised all non-treatment operations of the department and its state-operated and funded services. Supervised staff of approximately 80; Department s budget was approximately $100 million. Advised Commissioner of Mental Health and State Board of Mental Health on significant matters involving the programming of State and Federal funds. Reported on fiscal affairs of the Department. Testified before legislative committees. As Inspector General, investigated complaints concerning employees, facilities, programs, and services funded and/or operated by the Department. Coordinated efforts, as necessary, with Department Counsel, professional regulatory boards, law enforcement agencies, and state and federal auditing and investigatory agencies. Director of Bill Drafting and Fiscal Services - Oklahoma State - Senate, Oklahoma City, OK ( ) Directed legal and fiscal services provided to Oklahoma State Senate. Managed production of over 200 pieces of legislation per session. Supervised staff of approximately 20. Coordinator, Research Staff, Research and Reference Services Division - Oklahoma Joint Legislative Council - Oklahoma City, OK ( ) As Coordinator, coordinated research and reference services for Oklahoma House of Representatives and Oklahoma State Senate. As Research Staff, conducted research on policy issues relating to health and welfare. Staffed interim, session, and special investigating committees. 8

9 Education: Candidate for Ph.D. (All But Dissertation)/Political Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. M.A./Political Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK., B.A./Sociology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK., 1972 Selected Publications and Reports: Wiersema, J.; and Colston, S. National Leadership Institute Evaluation Report for FFY Evaluation Report for Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Colston, S.; Shaw, J.; Johnson, R.; Hale, J.; and Epstein, E. Leading and Managing State Prevention Systems Change. Report for Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Denmead, G.; and Colston, S. The State Substance Abuse and Mental Health Managed Care Evaluation: The States and Their Initiatives. Report for Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Mental Health Services by Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Brandeis University, Clinkscale, R.; and Colston, S. Policy Context Related to Prevention of Co-morbidity Among Children and Adolescents: The Nexus of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Background Paper for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, December, Colston, S.; Polnaiszek, S.; and Brady, J. A Study of State Use of Substance Abuse Treatment Needs Assessment Information. Analytic Study for Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, June, McCarty, D.; Frank, R.; and Colston, S. Maryland Health Choice: An Evaluability Assessment. Managed Care Evaluation Report for Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, November, Colston, S., and Denmead, G. Alcohol and Other Drug Service Systems: State Transitions to Managed Care. Aggregate Report for Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, November, Colston, S., and Wedel, K. Performance Contracting for Human Services. Administration in Social Work, 12: 1, Spring,

10 Selected Academic, Professional, and Honorary Awards and Appointments Vice President for Internal Affairs, President of National Data Infrastructure Improvement Consortium, and Board member, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Award of Distinction, Davis Productivity Award, 2007 Secretary s Award for Distinguished Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2004 and Superior Service Award, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Quality of Life Partnership Award, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Member, Panel on Improving and Strengthening Treatment Systems, National Treatment Plan Initiative, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Field Reviewer, American Society of Addiction Medicine s Patient Placement Criteria, 2 nd Edition Revised, Special Achievement Award, National Medical Enterprises/ Psychiatric Institutes of America, President, Oklahoma Association of Community Mental Health Centers, National Leadership Award for Oklahoma Executive Team, Public Citizen Health Research, Outstanding Young Woman of America,

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