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. His 25 years of executive leadership at the national, state, and provider levels in both the public and private sectors have given him a unique understanding of the complexity of systems in these areas. Kevin incorporates his knowledge of interrelated issues in health care, homelessness, social services/welfare, community development, public health, and criminal justice systems — and their intersection with the political environment — into his work.
Kevin joined TAC in 2011 as Director of Behavioral Health before becoming Executive Director in 2012. Prior to joining TAC, he 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, Kevin managed a $1.5 billion operating budget and led a statewide systemic transformation of public behavioral health to advance recovery, expand peer-delivered services, improve access to community-based programs, and decrease reliance on acute care. He has since helped several states to implement Olmstead by advancing recovery, community integration, and social inclusion — particularly through the use of evidence-based practices such as permanent supportive housing and care coordination.
He is currently the president-elect of the National Association for Rural Mental Health.