Bruce D. Emery, M.Ed., M.S.W.

Mr. Emery is Deputy Director of Advocate for Human Potential's (AHP) Technical Assistance Center, focusing on state behavioral health system transformation; recovery-oriented systems of care; and developing sound business practices in mental health and substance abuse services. Prior to joining AHP, Inc., he was senior consultant at Strategic Partnership Solutions, providing support to public authorities in transforming their mental health, substance use and co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders systems and services to align with best practices in management, clinical and recovery services. He has almost 40 years experience as an educator, clinician, consultant, trainer, mediator, and technical assistance expert specializing in substance abuse and mental health systems. He directed a county-based community mental health and substance abuse center; headed the office of technical assistance and training at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare; was the founding director of the National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health at NASMHPD.  As Assistant Commissioner for Substance Abuse Services in Tennessee's Department of Mental Health, Emery created partnerships with health care providers, law enforcement and corrections and active duty military and veterans organizations.  Emery staffed the national collaboration project for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders between NASMHPD and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) for six years. A clinical social worker, he was trained as a family and civil mediator in 1991 by the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Center in the District of Columbia Superior Court.