Sharon Hunt is a principal project specialist at AIR. She is a licensed social service professional with over 25 years of experience working in the social service field in a variety of capacities, including: administrator, researcher, policy analyst, clinician, mentor, and volunteer. She has managed programs for homeless individuals and residential programs for adolescents and adults with serious mental health issues and has worked as a foster care social worker. In 1997, as a part of a larger Center for Substance Abuse Treatment study, Dr. Hunt co-conducted a multi-site qualitative study of the impact of the termination of SSI benefits to individuals who had drug addiction and alcoholism as a disabling condition. As a part of the project, she also provided technical assistance (TA) to other health services researchers on understanding substance abuse, disability benefits and local safety nets.
Dr. Hunt currently works as the deputy project director and substance abuse resource specialist on the Center for Mental Health Service’s Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) contract. The TA Partnership operates under contract with the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) to provide technical assistance to system of care (SOC) communities funded by the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (SOC communities). They assist communities to develop and implement a broad array of community-based, culturally competent, family-driven, youth-guided and strength-based services to improve outcomes for children with serious emotional disturbance. Dr. Hunt also served as the co-project director for the System Improvement Activities to Enhance Children’s Mental Health Services task order, which provided research, evaluation and dissemination support to the CMHS Child, Adolescent and Family Branch and the SOC communities.
More recently, Dr. Hunt became the project director of the Logistics and Tribal TA contract. As the project director, she is responsible for substantive, administrative and financial activities and has final responsibility for all tasks and deliverables for the CMHS project. With the National Indian Child Welfare Association Co-Project Director, she ensures that SOC tribal grantees receive TA to support their development and implementation of SOCs. She also serves as the Deputy Director of Operations for the State Training and Technical Assistance Center, which is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Dr. Hunt is a licensed foster parent and an adoptive parent of two older girls, one with special needs.