Sara Hartman, MSW – Massachusetts

Sara Hartman served 16 years as the Vice President of Mental Health for the Association for Behavioral Healthcare in Massachusetts. During her 16-year tenure, Sara worked on federal and state regulatory and monitoring, accreditation, healthcare reform, managed care policies, rate setting, access to care, and quality improvement initiatives. She helped establish the Opioid Treatment Providers Committee in 1999. Sara provided guidance to the providers, wrote state and federal testimony and regulatory feedback, represented and provided interface on behalf of the Opioid Treatment Providers with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts Office of Medicaid, and managed care organizations. She was a major policy advocate during the 2002 and 2003 Massachusetts budget cycle in the successful fight to preserve Medicaid coverage for 10,000 individuals receiving services in OTPs. Sara has demonstrated unwavering dedication, compassionate leadership, commitment, and advocacy for methadone treatment. She has been a compassionate leader and has provided sincere advocacy for methadone treatment and is described by her colleagues as self-directed, organized, resourceful, trustworthy, and a conscientious professional.

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