Nationally recognized for over 46 years of innovative, pioneering work in addiction treatment and co-occurring disorders; Mona Sumner has published numerous articles, a text manual and travels extensively giving workshops promoting the adoption of advanced standards of care and innovative delivery systems. Her major work in designing and implementing the Advanced Integrated Model of Addiction Treatment is the basis of a comprehensive system of care.
She was the Charter Board President and founder of Montana’s oldest and largest Addiction’s Substance Treatment Center providing all levels of services; medical detoxification; inpatient; intensive day treatment; intensive outpatient; outpatient and a specialty outpatient clinic providing treatment services to drug courts and the incarcerated. Her development efforts included innovative women and children’s residential programs, adolescent residential sites and sober housing programs with case management.
She is involved in guiding organizations nationally in determining their growth strategies in light of healthcare reform and in establishing the most appropriate model of care to apply as they transition from a fee-for-service to a fee-for-value environment. In support of this, she assists Behavioral Health Organizations in the formation and refinement of integrated clinical services and management systems. She works with organizations to determine their need for and benefit from forming strategic partnerships and affiliation agreements. As a national expert in establishing growth strategies, she applies those concepts in the development and enhancement of Centers of Excellence.
She is currently a Principal in the Addictions Consulting Group (ACG), based in Billings, Montana and continues her teaching and training activities while assisting treatment providers in the implementation of innovative programs and services. She was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montana Board of Crime Control for making lasting change for the better for the criminal justice system; the Harold E. Hughes Award for Best Rural Program, and the Western Regional Criminal Justice Award for the development of an innovative treatment program for incarcerated populations. During her tenure in the Behavioral Health Field Mona has served on numerous government commissions. Mona has been privileged in serving over 200,000 patients through the many programs built with her expertise, extensive knowledge and perseverance throughout the United States.
Mona is a charter member of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators and holds a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. She is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Montana, a Certified Addiction Specialist through the American Academy of Healthcare Providers, A Master Addiction Counselor through NAADAC; a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities [CARF] and is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Montana in the Addiction Studies Program.