Ms. Mahoney is a licensed clinical social worker. She has specialized in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders since 1983. Ms. Mahoney holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University.
After working as a counselor at an addiction prevention and treatment organization in Joliet, Illinois, Ms. Mahoney joined the staff at PEER Services in Evanston, Illinois in 1985. Accredited by the Joint Commission, PEER Services is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to reducing the problems that substance abuse causes individuals, families and communities. Ms. Mahoney was appointed Executive Director by the PEER Services Board of Directors in 1988.
Ms. Mahoney is actively involved in advocacy and public policy work throughout the state of Illinois. She is committed to reducing the stigma related to substance use disorders, promoting best practices and securing adequate resources to address the substance abuse prevention and treatment needs of Illinois citizens. Ms. Mahoney is a past president of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association and the current president of the Illinois Association for Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment.
Ms. Mahoney’s expertise in the field has been recognized through awards and invitations to share her knowledge at conferences. She has received two awards from the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association and has been nominated twice for United Way’s Executive Director of the Year Award. Ms. Mahoney has chaired several statewide conferences on substance abuse prevention and treatment. She has also presented on cutting edge clinical issues at national conferences in cities across the country including Atlanta, Philadelphia, St. Louis and New Orleans.