Ali Ireland provides survey design and implementation, data collection and analysis, report preparations, and project coordination for work with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS), Office of Problem Gambling, the City of Boston’s Office of Recovery Services (ORS), and the National Evaluation of SAMHSA’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative Expansion. Ms. Ireland conducted focus groups and interviews, analyzed data and drafted presentation materials and deliverables for a strategic planning project for ORS, and was part of a team that conducted an environmental scan of providers’ use of recovery coaches for BSAS. She also supported a comprehensive service system review and quality improvement initiative for a large Massachusetts substance use disorder service non-profit, conducted for BSAS.
Prior to her work at DMA, she served as both a research associate and project coordinator for BasicNeeds US (BNUS) through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In partnership with Innovations in Healthcare of Duke University, she worked with the BNUS team to test the feasibility of implementing the Model for Mental Health and Development in the United States. Following that effort, she supported the work of BNUS to adapt the international Model to the U.S. context of mental health care service provision. This included a variety of project management and program development activities as she coordinated the organization’s first U.S. pilot program. She continues to support the executive team as the organization works to build a national network of BN programs.
Prior to working for BNUS, Ms. Ireland worked closely with former Ambassador and philanthropist, Swanee Hunt, as a Stakeholder Engagement Manager for her family foundation, Hunt Alternatives. As an undergraduate, she worked in various low-income communities in Maine and Massachusetts in the areas of early intervention, food insecurity, mental health, and homelessness. She has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts.