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John J. Tassoni, Jr. takes on new posts at the SUMHLC

Warwick, RI – 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.

In this role, Tassoni will play a critical leadership role in helping to manage and coordinate a high-priority strategic planning process and develop long-term plans to optimize support and resources for the Council, while creating partnerships with state and federal relations staff and lawmakers.

Tassoni is a well-known business leader, former union executive and mediator, and social advocate for issues related to addiction and recovery. He is a former member of the Rhode Island State Senate, having served from 2001-2012, and has over 30 years of experience in the private sector and labor community.

In the Senate, his advocacy for fair labor practices, affordable healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and assistance for the homeless, earned him high praise among constituents and citizens alike. Open dialogue and maintaining positive working relationships has been Mr. Tassoni’s mantra, which led him to host 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 Storti, President and CEO of the Council.

For more information, contact the Public Relations Office at 401-521-5759.