The State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS), a national organization that advocates on behalf of state associations of addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery providers, has announced that Enzo Pastore has been named as the organization's new director of health policy.
Pastore brings over 15 years of extensive health, aging and disability policy experience. Before joining SAAS, he worked as an independent public policy and grassroots advocacy consultant for clients in both Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Pastore's government relations and political work has included lobbying at the state and federal levels, researching, analyzing and developing policy proposals and legislation, as well as training and organizing grassroots activists.
His career has led him to work on a wide range of health policy and program issues such as Medicare, Medicaid, health care reform, prescription drugs, long-term care, children's health as well as behavioral health and other disability issues.
Pastore holds two Master's degrees, in Social Work and in Law and Social Policy, both from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research.
He also currently serves an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Social Work teaching graduate courses in Health Policy/Health Systems and in Advocacy Practices.
Pastore will direct a SAAS project to ensure more people have access to treatment by: increasing meaningful input as state and local policies and regulations are developed, educating individuals, families, and communities on their new rights and benefits, and ensuring that payers for treatment services are in compliance with federal and state reform laws.
This project is in collaboration with the Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap project funded by the Open Society Foundation.