Mary Pat Angelini is a leading advocate for children, families, and behavioral healthcare issues in New Jersey. A former legislator, she is currently the CEO of Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG), a non-profit behavioral healthcare organization located in central New Jersey. Prior to her position at PBHG, she served as Executive Director of Prevention First, where she oversaw programs to counter the negative effects of substance use, violence, and bullying. Both non-profits have been the recipient of many awards under her leadership.
Previously, Ms. Angelini served as a program development specialist with Monmouth County’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, where she coordinated Monmouth County’s local coalitions to prevent substance abuse.
While serving in the New Jersey Legislature from 2008 to 2016 as Deputy Conference Leader, Ms. Angelini sponsored numerous legislative initiatives. As Ranking Member of the Health and Senior Services Committee, she crafted legislation to improve the conditions at state psychiatric hospitals and to address underage drinking and drug use. She was the prime sponsor of the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,” and the “Lifeline” legislation, which establishes a “safe haven” from prosecution for minors who summon medical assistance for intoxicated underage persons. In addition, she fought for strict ethics reform and stronger regulations for childcare centers.
She holds a Master of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickenson University, a Bachelor of Social Welfare from East Tennessee State University and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. Angelini has several professional affiliations throughout New Jersey and has received numerous awards and recognitions.