Kathryn Bedard joined the Council in September of 2012 as liaison from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  In addition to representing DMHAS on the Council, Kathryn is responsible for coordinating the Divisions efforts in becoming a Trauma Informed system of care that includes development of process for addressing vicarious traumatization of staff.

Throughout her tenure in the Division since 1972, she has had a breadth of experience:  direct care, case management, training, clinical in both addiction and mental health, supervisory, administrative, program development. During New Jersey’s response to the disaster of September 11, 2001,  Kathryn had a key role in operations at Liberty Family Assistance Center, as the logistics coordinator for family visitation into Ground Zero at World Trade. She is widely known for her use of consumer focus groups on an ongoing basis to obtain feedback, recommendations, and data that she has used for planning in the many Division workgroups that have produced Best Practices Guidelines, Clinical Pathways, program proposals, treatment principles, training and supervision guidelines.  For 12 years, Kathryn was the DHS voting designee to the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and chaired their Prevention Committee, Co-Occurring Committee; and was an active member of the Interdepartmental Planning and Treatment Committees. She has been a Field Reviewer on several TIPS for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, was instrumental in the development of the co-occurring credentialing process in New Jersey, and has been a faculty member at Rutgers schools of Social Work and Addictions Studies since 1998.