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Maria Bruni, PhD.

Maria Bruni, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary, Programs Illinois Department of Human Services

Maria Bruni, Ph.D., Department of Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Programs. Since February 2017, Dr. Bruni has served as the Assistant Secretary for Programs and has been deeply involved with the State’s efforts to transform the behavioral health system of care. She has worked closely with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) on Illinois’ Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver and Medicaid State Plan Amendments, which are both directed at expanding and enhancing the services available for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. 

She also collaborates closely with HFS and other state agencies to ensure the state’s compliance with mental health parity laws, so that Illinois citizens have greater access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment services they need. Dr. Bruni also represents DHS on the Governor’s Opioid Task Force and co-chairs the Illinois Advisory Council on Opioids.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Bruni served as the Acting Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA), where she had spent over 15 years overseeing the state’s strategic planning process for substance use disorder treatment as well as numerous federally-funded substance use disorder treatment grants. Dr. Bruni earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.