Richard “Ricky” Froncillo began his career in the substance abuse/ addiction treatment field as an entry level counselor in 1976. Since entering the field, he has been actively involved in associations that advocate for persons in recovery in multiple states. In 1999, he became active in the Pennsylvania Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (PATOD) and in 2006 he was elected President of the organization, an office that he currently holds. PATOD represents the majority of medication assisted treatment programs in Pennsylvania and as the Chair of this group, Ricky was appointed to the Joint State Government Commission of the Distribution of Methadone and invited to participate on the buprenorphine access workgroup and the Value Behavioral Health workgroup that developed the Recovery Oriented Systems of Care for Opioid Treatment Programs. Pennsylvania legislators have proposed numerous bills directed towards Opioid Treatment Programs and patients treated in these facilities and Ricky has worked tirelessly to help educate these legislators. Since 1996, Ricky has worked with Discovery House, a national network of medication assisted treatment programs, in one of his most important roles, patient ombudsman.