Paul Williams

November 3, 2021


Substance Use Coordinator

Greater Boston, South Shore

Paul E. Williams
65 Utica Street, Quincy MA 02169 | 857-526-3238 |
SUMMARY Seasoned policy and programmatic professional with superior interpersonal and communication abilities and proven legislative advocacy skills. Over two decades of direct social service and policy work provide a unique perspective and problem solving skillset.
SPECIALTIES formerly registered lobbyist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, policy, program development, strategic planning and analysis with expertise in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, health care payment and delivery reform, and military/veterans affairs, relationship-building.
SKILLS QPR Training for Suicide Prevention (Train the Trainer model); Psychological First Aid;
Microsoft Office, Mac OSX, Windows Linux Operating Systems, Adobe Acrobat, Instatrac, all forms of electronic mail systems and search engines.
Weymouth Health Department, Weymouth, MA January 2016-present
Substance Use Coordinator
Manage and coordinate all aspects of policy and programming as it pertains to substance abuse and overall behavioral health for the Town of Weymouth housed at the Weymouth Health Department. Currently cross training for food inspections.
 Responsible for all federal reporting and budgets
 Represent and participate as a representative from Weymouth on both the area MOAPC and SAPC clusters
 Recruit and retain community members from key sectors for the Weymouth Youth Coalition & Weymouth Substance Abuse Prevention Team
 Assist Public Health Nurses in contact tracing for COVID 19.
 Assist with COVID 19 restrictions enforcement with public and various businesses.
 Planned and implemented first ever and annual Weymouth Walk for Hope & Recovery with a turnout of over 100 people and 2000 dollars raised. 4000 dollars raised by the 2nd event.
 Planned and implemented first ever and annual Weymouth Overdose Vigil with a turnout of 500 people
 Advocated and drafted policy that resulted in a town wide ban on retail marijuana
 Coordinate and attends meetings of the Weymouth Youth Coalition
 Record and maintains minutes and all other documentation of WYC. meetings and activities
 Ensure compliance and regulate all tobacco licenses and products
 Coordinate participant activities in the development of public service announcements and
awareness campaigns.
 Work with the local police department and school system on the development and implementation of substance abuse program.
 Coordinate various training activities and surveys in the community and/or school district;
 Coordinate the distribution and receipt of surveys with school district personnel
 Conduct QPR Suicide Prevention Trainings
 Draft all substance abuse and mental correspondence for the Mayor to constituents.
 Draft press releases and conduct interviews with local press outlets as it pertains to substance abuse and or mental health
Paul E. Williams – Resume 2
 Partner with Town Solicitor in regards to ongoing opioid lawsuits
Lown Institute, Brookline, MA May 2014- January 2016
Manager of Strategic Outreach
Charged with building a Right Care Alliance presence in various communities by increasing our visibility,
supporting our Right Care Alliance network members, expanding the volunteer base, building community with
partnerships, delivering Right Care Alliance programs and activities and promoting our mission media and
 Partner with the Director of Strategic Outreach to define key performance indicators and then track/report on progress throughout the year; grow the Right Care Alliance network (measured by annual conference attendance and numbers of Right Care Alliance Declaration signatures)
 The development and implementation of programs to deepen the Right Care Alliance presence among clinicians, medical students, and civic groups. Develop and implements activities related to strategic priorities in communities, including education/learning activity opportunities, regional conferences and Town Halls, and other opportunities to convene.
 Organize and maintain visible and effective coalitions and partnerships dealing with strategic issues.
 Recruit, orient, train, evaluate, and manage volunteers. Support volunteers, providing coaching, technical assistance in the areas of meeting planning, communications, skill development, etc.
 Promote the Right Care Alliance’s strategic issues and priorities, programs, and activities. Facilitate interaction and communication with issue experts to provide technical assistance and ensure the proper resources are available for Alliance members and volunteers, including issue material, talking points, updates and briefing material.
 Develop and implement integrated community and communications strategies in partnership with the Director of Communications. Make presentations at workshops and conferences as appropriate.
Health Care For All, Boston, MA March 2011 – April 2014
Policy Coordinator
 Policy coordinator for Massachusetts’ leading consumer health advocacy organization
 Manage HCFA’s policy advocacy and organizing in payment and delivery reform, military and veteran’s health, substance abuse and mental health
 Manage voluntary members of consumer-based advocacy coalitions, support staff, and oversee relevant grant
 Direct the work of the Campaign for Better Care (CBC), a leading consumer-based coalition for health care payment and delivery reform
 Coordinate the nationwide efforts of the 23-member Consumer Representatives Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
 Consult, collaborate with, and strategically advise Health Care For Departments including policy, advocacy, communications and fundraising
 Developed and managed the implementation of a policy strategy and advocacy campaign for the successful drafting and passage of Massachusetts Chapter 224 and Chapter 244 general laws to improve the quality, transparency and affordability of health care delivery and payment in the Commonwealth.
 Developed and launched the Massachusetts Alliance to Support Heroes, a unique policy and advocacy initiative to coordinate veterans’ and military health services statewide
Paul E. Williams – Resume 3
South Boston Hope & Recovery Coalition, Boston MA April 2009 – March 2011
 Designed and implemented overdose prevention strategies, led trainings and coordinated grant submissions
 Managed Opioid Overdose Prevention Program and Suicide Surveillance Workgroup
 Attended congressional meetings and provided testimony to the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Massachusetts State Senate regarding overdose and opioid addiction advocacy
 Identified and recruited new locations in need of overdose training
 Provided financial and administrative oversight for a 5-year, $625,000 federal grant for a “Drug-Free Communities” initiative
 Secured $20,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to design and launch unique web-based interventions for drug abuse
 Designed and proposed a “Prescription Disposal Day Event” to community leaders, the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Police Department, that led to securing $5,200 in funding for implementation
 Developed and maintained relationships with local government, community and corporate leaders that yielded innovative new programs and partnerships
 Designed a tracking database for recipients of Coalition services and accompanying recipient tracking training curriculum for use by other abuse and recovery service groups
 Successfully increased constituents’ online engagement with the Coalition via social networking, online event promotion, advocacy campaigns and community forums
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA October 2007- April 2009 Health Promotion Advocate
 Provided screenings, counseling and referrals for substance abuse for a diverse base of clients
 Used motivational interviewing techniques to assist patients in recognizing substance abuse issue and seeking treatment
 Created and implemented a satellite version of the Massachusetts Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (MASBIRT) program at community health center
 Adapted and implemented the MASBIRT program for the Renal Transplant Clinic
 Reduced wait list times for renal transplant patients by designing and implementing treatment action plans for patients that screened positive for substance abuse
BayCove Human Services, Boston, MA November 2005 – October 2007
Assistant Director (December 2006 – October 2007)
Case Manager (November 2005 – December 2006)
 Managed the Souris/Oakman House program
 Advocated and lobbied for rights of clients
 Oversaw administrative functions, including staffing patterns and scheduling, payroll, new staff training, medication inventory and resource management, sustained case management for 4 clients.
Green Chimneys Children Services, Brewster, NY July 2001- October 2005
Direct Care Staff- Residential Treatment Facility
EDUCATION B.A., 2000, Siena College, Social Work and Religious Studies
Paul E. Williams – Resume 4
Vice Chair, Blue Hills Health Alliance (CHNA 20)
Volunteer, Franciscan Volunteer Ministry (1995-1996, 2000-2001)
QPR Trainer
Field Advocate, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2010- present)
Volunteer, Deval Patrick for Governor Campaign (2006)
Consultant, Inflexxion Inc. Coalition Action Planner Research Project (2010)
Consultant, Boston Public Health Commission. Prescription Drug Prevention (2013)
Consultant, NIATX/SAMHSA. Behavioral Health and the ACA (2013)
Consultant, Impact Quincy Prescription Drug Prevention (2013)
PUBLICATIONS The Next Health Reform Move: Overhauling Payment Practices. Kaiser Health News, 12 April 2012. Web. < >.

  • Updated 9 months ago

To contact this candidate email

Contact using webmail: Gmail / AOL / Yahoo / Outlook

Stay Up To Date
And Never Miss An Event

Update your e-Mail subscription preferences now!