John Hudgens, MME

Senior Program Manager
John Hudgens, M.M.E., is a senior program manager for Advocates for Human Potential’s (AHP’s) Center for Technical Assistance and Training. He designs and conducts national webinars and provides coaching to state behavioral health staff, practitioners, individuals with lived experience, and other advocates to plan and implement systemic and practice improvements. Before joining AHP, Mr. Hudgens worked for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for 19 years, where he held various leadership roles such as managing community-based services, creating the state’s Innovation Center for behavioral health transformations, and directing state licensing and regulation of behavioral health provider organizations. Prior to his work as the state behavioral health authority, Mr. Hudgens provided direct services to children and adults with serious mental health disorders, developed community support programs, and managed community behavioral health organizations at the local level in Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma. He is skilled in organizing and conducting virtual and onsite technical assistance (TA), leading training sessions, and producing resources to inform and support the work state and federal behavioral health initiatives, including activities funded through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) and Mental Health Block Grants (MHBG). He draws on experience in local- and state-level settings to plan, implement, and monitor service delivery changes, including strategic planning, program innovation and implementation, policy analysis, consensus building, and performance monitoring. He has specific expertise in federal grant writing and reviewing, block grant planning, and advisory groups. Mr. Hudgens received his M.M.E. from the University of Kansas.
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