Bill Panepinto, LMSW

Bill Panepinto has worked in the addictions field since 1967, including positions at Kings County Hospital and several other hospitals in New York prior to his twenty-year tenure with the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). He primarily held Program Development responsibility for a wide range of treatment services, including the addition of addiction treatment to the service package for community health centers in the 1980s, and the co-location of outpatient services in Homeless Shelters for Single Adults and Families in the 1990s. Retired in 2000, Mr. Panepinto began to focus on supportive housing grant writing and program development for individuals and families with addiction issues. In a return to state government in 2007, Mr. Panepinto become the first OASAS Director of Housing Services and was its lead representative in the development of New York/New York III programs for Single Adults and Families, Upstate PSH programs, and the Permanent Supportive Housing component of NYS Medicaid Re-design. Known for developing innovative collaborations among local government, providers, and advocates, Mr. Panepinto’s efforts include the active involvement of individuals in recovery, an emphasis on rural communities of New York, and the development of multi-county service networks, especially in the context of residential treatment facilities and permanent supportive housing projects.