Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

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Learn about the substance abuse content specialist’s role in assisting system of care communities. Get more information about the substance abuse content specialist’s  background and experience, contact information, frequently asked questions and requested information, and other technical assistance available from the TA Partnership.

About the Substance Abuse Content Specialist

Sharon Hunt

Sharon Hunt, former Deputy Director and substance abuse content specialist for the TA Partnership, is a social service professional with over 30 years of experience working in the social service field in a variety of capacities, including: administrator, researcher, policy analyst, clinician, and volunteer. She has managed programs for homeless individuals and residential programs for adolescents and adults with serious mental health issues (many with co-occurring disorders), and has worked as a foster care social worker. From 1994–1997, she was a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism predoctoral trainee in health services research on alcohol-related problems.

In 1997, as a part of a larger Center for Substance Abuse Treatment study, Dr. Hunt co-led a multi-site qualitative study of the impact of the termination of SSI benefits to individuals who had drug addiction and alcoholism as a disabling condition. As a part of the project, she also provided TA to other health services researchers on understanding substance abuse, disability benefits, and local safety nets. Prior to her work on the TA Partnership, Dr. Hunt worked at Northrop Grumman as the Deputy Project Director on the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Technical Assistance for Youth Treatment contract. She conducted site visits, helped to oversee the evaluation activities of a multi-site study, and provided TA on clinical and research issues to adolescent treatment grantees, including Strengthening Communities—Youth (SCY) grantees. Dr. Hunt is a licensed foster parent, a high school mentor, and an adoptive parent of two older girls, one with special needs.

Common Questions for the Substance Abuse Content Specialist

  • Partnering with substance abuse: understanding goals and priorities
  • Funding resources for substance abuse
  • Assessing mental health needs/co-occurring disorders
  • Impact of particular substances and their treatment
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information