About the Author: Paula DeSanto MS, LSW, CPRP, CCDP-D Master of Science, Licensed Social Worker, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional - Diplomate Paula was trained at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University under the leadership of William Anthony, a pioneer of person-centered care for people with psychiatric disorders. She then received training from Dr. Kenneth Minkoff and Dr. David Mee-Lee in person-centered/stage specific treatment for people with co-occurring disorders. She has a master's degree from Boston University in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling. Paula has developed programs that serve adults with mental illness and/or addiction issues for over 25 years. She has worked in a variety of settings that include case management, community support, intensive residential and outpatient treatment, and for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center. She is currently the owner and director of Minnesota Alternatives LLC, a program providing consultation, training, and outpatient addiction treatment. Paula has provided numerous trainings and workshops on co-occurring treatment, client centered care, emotion-based interventions and harm/risk reduction. Paula serves as community faculty for the University of Minnesota in their newly developed Integrated Behavioral Health graduate program teaching about person centered interventions and the Minnesota Alternative Model of care. She is also on the advisory board for the University of Minnesota's Center for Excellence leading the state in the development of Integrated Dual Diagnosis Care and plans to work for the Center as a content expert on stage specific interventions. Paula is a member of the Community Advisory Board for Medica Behavioral Health, and serves on the Anoka County Directors Network. She is serving a second four year term on the state mental health advisory council after her second appointment to the council by the Governor of Minnesota.