Fred A. Trapassi, Jr., began his career more than 30-years ago as a VISTA volunteer (Volunteers in Service to America) providing indigenous street outreach to adolescents and adults living on the streets of Providence. In May of 2000, Fred joined Phoenix House, the largest non-profit treatment provider in the country at that time. In 2007 he was promoted to Vice President and Senior Program Director for S. New England Operations with direct oversight of 11 programs throughout the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In 2016 Fred joined American Addition Centers as the CEO of Sunrise House, and in May 2019 he transferred to RI as CEO of AdCare Rhode Island, the most comprehensive SUD treatment continuum in that state.

Fred recently received the 2015 Rhode Island Labor Assistance Professionals Award for providing help and compassionate care to members of RI’s associated unions and their families. Fred has also received the prestigious Jefferson Award for greatest public service to a local community, the Nyswander Dole (Marie) Award for treatment advocacy, and the Brown University Howard K. Swearer Award for his work as a VISTA volunteer and street outreach worker, addressing the needs of runaway youth and the homeless from 1986 to 2000.

Fred is a Rhode Island State Trained Mediator, Trainer for SAMHSA’s Serious and Violent Offender Re Entry Initiatives and has served on and been appointed to numerous Boards and committees over the years including: the Governor’s Commission on Behavioral Healthcare, the Governors Overdose Task Force, the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI, the RI Justice Commission, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, United States Department of Health and Human Services (federal peer reviewer) and the Providence Juvenile Hearing Board (past chairman and member).

Career Highlights

  • Appointment to The Governor’s Commission on Behavioral Healthcare and The RI Justice Commission
  • CEO American Addiction Centers and negotiation of organizations first Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Regional Vice President Phoenix House NE
  • Developed and implemented states first street outreach initiative and mobile medical van serving disenfranchised individuals throughout the state
  • Co-developed and implemented states first Juvenile Hearing Board

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Past Board Member of the National Association of Behavioral Health (NABH) Current Chair of its Addiction Treatment Committee
  • Past Chair and current Member of the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems (MABHS), serving on the Finance Committee, Standing Committee on Public Affairs, and Substance Use Disorder Task Force
  • Active in the Massachusetts Hospital Association and serves on the Finance Committee Member of the Beacon Provider Advisory Committee
  • Retired Board Member and past Treasurer of the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts
  • Retired Board Member and past Treasurer of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts
  • Retired Board Member and Past President of the Worcester Economic Club