John Snook Is the director of government relations and strategic initiatives for the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare. Previously, John had served as executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center since 2015. TAC is widely recognized as one of the most influential mental health advocacy organizations in existence today. More than half of the states have reformed their mental health laws as a result of the Treatment Advocacy Center’s advocacy, and their original research on issues such as the criminalization of mental illness has reshaped the national narrative on the treatment of severe mental illness.
Mr. Snook brings the organization more than 15 years of policy and advocacy experience at both the federal and state levels. Prior to joining the Treatment Advocacy Center, John worked on policy issues at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and at Habitat for Humanity International.
At Habitat, John grew the nascent state and local advocacy network into a driving nationwide force for affordable housing policy. John also co-led Habitat’s response to the foreclosure crisis, ultimately resulting in thousands of new Habitat homes and more than $350 million in new funding to address foreclosed properties.
John’s true passion has always been mental health reform. His focus on the issue began in law school, as he saw a loved one struggle with untreated mental illness. John championed mental illness reform, working first with the West Virginia Supreme Court on mental health issues and then at the Treatment Advocacy Center as an advocate for state mental health reform. His return as executive director represents a homecoming to these important issues.
John received his J.D. from the George Mason School of Law and his B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College.