Victor Capoccia, PhD

Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies

Victor Capoccia is an independent consultant with experience and expertise in program development, system design and financing, quality improvement, strategic assessments and research in fields that focus on health care, behavioral health and workforce development, in philanthropic, governmental, and non profit settings. 

He is also a Senior Scientist at University of Wisconsin Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies and the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) where he recently conducted access studies of health reform in Massachusetts, developed a provider readiness index for health reform, and designed and led workshops to improve the quality of services. 

As Program Director of the National Initiative to Close the Addiction Treatment Gap at the Open Society Institute, he developed a project to increase awareness of and resources for the 20 of 23 million Americans who need but cannot obtain addiction treatment.  

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, he led the Addiction Prevention and Treatment team, and designed workforce development programs for front line health workers. Projects included: the creation of NIATx; system redesign to implement evidence based practices; strategies to expand and effectively use Medicaid and related financing to expand access and quality; development of treatment standards by the National Quality Forum; and a policy research initiative. Jobs to Careers was a workforce development program that credentialed frontline non-degreed health care workers.

He was the President of CAB Health and Recovery Services, Inc. a community based provider for addiction and related health services; served as Administrative Director of the City of Boston Community Health Services Division, the city’s health department; served on the faculty of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work as an Associate Professor, publishing and teaching in the areas of community planning; and wrote Your Health, a Boston Herald weekly column. 

He is an appointed member of the SAMHSA-CSAT National Advisory Council, and was an invited member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Community Based Drug Treatment; and Chairman of CSAT’s National Treatment Plan workgroup on Improving Treatment Systems. He is currently a board member of three community based service organizations. He holds a Ph.D in Health Policy from Brandeis University’s Heller Graduate School.