As president and chief executive officer, John Driscoll is responsible for the overall leadership of Caron and serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson and advocate in the field of substance use disorder treatment and mental health services. A firm believer in the transformational power of Recovery, John personifies Caron’s "Recovery for Life" mission and its core values.
John joins Caron with more than 30 years in the addiction treatment field, including more than 20 at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation where he served in roles ranging from counselor to Senior Vice President of Recovery Services. As Senior Vice President of Recovery Services, his purview encompassed the first contact for help, through all intake and clinical assessment, all levels of clinical care including residential and outpatient services at all locations, and alumni and volunteer services serving more than 25,000 patients per year. Prior to his time at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, John started and directed a long-term alcohol and drug treatment program for women and their children in the inner city of Chicago. Most recently, John served as a consultant working with Addiction Treatment Center Executives to improve the lives of the patients they serve, organize and engage the employees that work for them and create an efficient and effective operating model.
Well-regarded in the treatment sector, John is the former chair of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and is the current chair of the NAATP Foundation of Recovery Science and Education (FoRSE) that monitors quality outcomes within the industry. John also served on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Coalition for National Clinical Criteria Steering Committee, the Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care and Human Services Accreditation Advisory Council, and Aetna’s Behavioral Health and Addiction Advisor committee. In addition, he currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for St. Croix Regional Medical Center (now St. Croix Health) in Wisconsin.
John was a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Minnesota, holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Northern Michigan University, and attended the clinical psychology graduate program at Marquette University in Milwaukee where he completed all but his thesis for his master's degree in clinical psychology. In 2008, he earned an MBA from Hamline University.