Kevin Martone, M.S.W., L.S.W.

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Kevin Martone is nationally recognized for his expertise in behavioral health policy, system financing and design, Olmstead and community integration, homelessness, and best practice models of housing for persons with disabilities. With nearly 30 years of executive leadership at the national, state, and provider levels in both the public and private sectors, he has a unique understanding of the complexity of systems in these areas. Mr. Martone incorporates his knowledge of interrelated issues in behavioral health, Medicaid, homelessness, social services/welfare, community development, public health, and criminal justice systems — and their intersection with the political environment — into his work with clients. He is regularly engaged as a subject matter expert on Olmstead planning, implementation, and litigation matters.

Prior to joining TAC, Mr. Martone served as president of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, advancing key policy issues on behalf of the nation’s public mental health systems before Congress; with federal agencies including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and with stakeholder groups. As Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Mr. Martone managed a $1.5 billion operating budget and led the statewide systemic transformation of public behavioral health to advance recovery, expand peer-delivered services, improve access to community-based programs, and reduce reliance on acute care. Prior to Mr. Martone’s state-level works, he spent several years in community services as CEO of a supportive housing agency and provided clinical services in a community mental health center. He has taught courses on mental health at the Tufts University School of Medicine and the Rutgers University School of Social Work.

Mr. Martone currently serves as president of the National Association for Rural Mental Health.


Recent Publications

Federal Policy Recommendations to Support State Implementation of Medicaid-Funded Mobile Crisis Programs

Effective Behavioral Health Crisis Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Olmstead at 20: Using the Vision of Olmstead to Decriminalize Mental Illness

The Role of Permanent Supportive Housing in Determining Psychiatric Inpatient Bed Capacity