ABOUT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Manuel Guantez, Psy. D., LCADC
Dr. Manuel Guantez has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Turning Point since June 2001.
Dr. Guantez received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University followed by a Post Doctoral Fellowship at New York University.
In his very early career, Dr. Guantez worked in residential and outpatient addiction treatment conducting individual, group and family therapies, and coordinating programs for some of the more challenging treatment populations, including adolescents and persons with co-occurring disorders.
During his graduate and post-doctoral work, Dr. Guantez treated patients in acute psychiatric services, adult, geriatric and adolescent populations. Following his studies, Dr. Guantez served as the Coordinator of Addiction Studies at Montclair State University and as Assistant Professor taught all core graduate and undergraduate courses in addiction and mental health. As a consultant, he has worked with a variety of behavioral health and managed care entities to improve service delivery and treatment outcomes for various populations.
Dr. Guantez is an international speaker and consultant working with the United Nations to help other countries achieve the gains in combating addiction that we have seen here in the United States. He has been singled out as an important contributor in shaping statewide policy and practices in mental health and substance abuse, and has served on the New Jersey Division of Addiction Services' Residential Licensure Standards Revision Committee, the Residential Treatment Services Committee, the Quality Standards Substance Abuse Treatment Committee, Chair of the State Professional Advisory Committee on addictions, and the co-chair of the state mental health and addictions association co-occurring disorders committee. He currently serves as a member of the State Professional Advisory Committee on addictions and as Board Treasurer and co-chair of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addictions Agencies.
A former U.S. Marine and Presidential Honor Guard, Dr. Guantez brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience to our field. He lives with his wife and two children in Essex County.
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