Ms. Aligata is the Project Director for SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center at Policy Research Associates. In this capacity, she provides technical assistance to 46 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia. She has served as the moderator of 20 SAMHSA Policy Academies since 1992. She brings technical experience in substance abuse and mental health recovery and prevention priority areas. Ms. Aligata is nationally known for strategic planning and implementing recovery-oriented, policy-to-practice systems change. Ms. Aligata has worked on a wide variety of cross-agency federal, state, and community behavioral health initiatives, including serving as Project Director for 4 years of the SAMHSA, Centers for Disease Control, and Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV Cross-Training Project, and serving as Deputy Director of SAMHSA’s Prison Technical Assistance Project. Ms. Aligata co-founded and served as the Executive Director of Connecticut Turning to Youth and Families, a nonprofit youth and family peer support organization. Ms. Aligata is a certified as a mental health nurse practitioner. She is a person in recovery. Ms. Aligata is married to a Vietnam veteran and comes from a military family.