The former Youngstown man's selection was a milestone for Ohio, a state official said.
COLUMBUS -- Martin K. Gaudiose, a Youngstown native and former chief executive officer of Meridian Services Inc., has been elected president of the National Treatment Network.
The group promotes programs and practices in the treatment of and recovery from substance use disorders.
Gaudiose, chief of Treatment and Recovery Services for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, was named to the post last week during the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors' annual meeting. Gaudiose, who has only one year of service with ODADAS, received a unanimous vote from the national association's member states and territories.
Gaudiose has more than 28 years of experience in the behavioral health and health care fields.
"Marty's election as NTN president is a milestone for Ohio," said ODADAS Director Gary Q. Tester.
"This is the first time that a representative from the state's alcohol and other drug addiction treatment system has held this prestigious leadership position."
NASADAD is a private, not-for-profit, educational, scientific and informational organization that fosters and supports the development of effective alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment programs throughout the nation
NTN, the treatment arm of NASADAD, promotes effective, socially responsive programs and evidence-based practices to expand and improve publicly funded substance abuse treatment systems nationwide.
As NTN president, Gaudiose will ensure the development and implementation of NTN's work plan and assess progress made during quarterly conference calls with other executive committee members. He will also serve as the vice president for treatment on the NASADAD board, facilitating communication and serving as a liaison between the executive committee and NASADAD board. Gaudiose will also preside over all meetings of NTN's executive committee and representatives.
Gaudiose, who oversees an annual budget of about $128 million as chief of Treatment and Recovery Services at ODADAS, holds a bachelor of science degree in corrections and a master of science degree in guidance and counseling, both from Youngstown State University.
He is a founding member of the Ohio Credentialing Board for Chemical Dependency Professionals and initiated and chaired the development of the prevention credential in Ohio. Gaudiose coordinated the launch of Ohio's first publicly funded outpatient program for substance-abusing mentally ill clients.
Gaudiose and his wife Patricia, now Columbus residents, have two daughters, Lindsay and Kristy, both attending college.