Livia serves as C4 Innovations project lead for SAMHSA’s State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium, supporting states to address opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery. She is also a subject matter expert and former Project Director for SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS). She works with a broad team of subcontractors and consultants to develop learning products, provide training and technical assistance, and facilitate policy academies, symposia, and expert panels. In her six years as Project Director for BRSS TACS, Livia was responsible for implementing a strategic approach to bringing recovery-oriented systems, best practices, and programs to scale nationally. BRSS TACS reached 115,000 people from 2011 to 2017 and developed resources ranging from a medication-assisted treatment toolkit to core competencies for the peer workforce. From 2007-2011, Livia also served as Project Director for SAMHSA’s Services in Supportive Housing Technical Assistance Center, overseeing all aspects of technical assistance to grantees, including needs assessments, site visits, and development of behavioral health and recovery training resources. She has also provided technical assistance on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Livia has first-hand experience working in a large recovery community in Denmark (started by her great-grandfather in 1912), which influenced her passion for recovery housing and communities. She is the co-founder of the Duffy Health Center (Health Care for the Homeless) in Massachusetts. She has presented at numerous conferences on meaningful conversations and managing conflict, interdisciplinary collaboration, and constructive conflict as a foundation for innovation. She has been featured in various national media (CNN, Washington Post, Boston Globe). She is a Certified Life Coach. Livia has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic.