Mr. Almazar has many years of experience as direct care provider, administrator, organizational and clinical consultant, trainer, and speaker. Prior to working as full-time consultant in 2009, he served as Deputy Director for the State of Illinois Division of Mental Health where he was charged to facilitate an organizational culture shift in all 10 State -operated facilities towards person-centered, trauma-informed, recovery-promoting, non-coercive treatment settings.
He serves as faculty to the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Senior Consultant to SAMHSA’s Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraints through Trauma Informed Practices. He provides consultation, training and technical assistance to organizations in the areas of leadership, workforce development, consumer empowerment, organizational planning and changing organizational cultures to effect systems transformation towards development of non-coercive, trauma-informed treatments. He has expertise in working with youth and adult serving, institutional and community based, publicly and privately –funded programs across service systems.