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President and CEO, Mental Health America
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Paul Gionfriddo is the President and CEO of MHA and has worked in a variety of health and mental health related positions during a career spanning nearly forty years. In 2013, he was appointed to a four-year term on the 12-member National Advisory Council to the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services. His policy memoir, Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014. Mr. Gionfriddo served as President of the Quantum Foundation from 2007 until 2010. As Executive Director of two community-based, integrated care collaborations from 2001 until 2007 – the Austin, TX Integrated Care Collaboration and the Palm Beach County Community Health Alliance, Mr. Gionfriddo worked to improved access to safety net health and behavioral health care through implementing a variety of federal, state, and local public/private sector initiatives. Mr. Gionfriddo was a full-time elected official from 1978 until 1991.  As Mayor of Middletown, CT from 1989-1991, he served as Chief Executive and Administrative Officer of a municipality with 500+ employees and 45,000 citizens. From 1978 until 1990, he was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives.