Aaron Williams serves as the Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Substance Abuse for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) at the National Council for Behavioral Health. In this role, Mr. Williams leads the National Council/CIHS strategic initiatives on substance use screening and treatment. He also provides direct training and technical assistance to promote primary and behavioral healthcare integration, with special attention on addiction treatment providers. Prior to joining the National Council, Mr. Williams served as the Associate Director of Research and Information for the Danya Institute, Inc., and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Central East), where he was responsible for the management and dissemination of all research related to Institute endeavors.
Mr. Williams possesses more than 15 years of experience in the field of behavioral health services, with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment and prevention, workforce development and the implementation of evidence-based practices in clinical settings. Mr. Williams has written and contributed to numerous articles and reports on: drugs of abuse, primary care and substance abuse disorder integration, workforce development for substance abuse disorder treatment professionals and the implementation of medication assistant treatment services. Mr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College and a master’s degree in psychology from The Catholic University of America.
Areas of Expertise: Substance Use; Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT); Clinical Best Practices; Data-informed Care; Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health; Workforce Development