Melissa Larkin-Skinner is the regional chief executive officer serving Florida. Overseeing all inpatient and outpatient services and programs, she is responsible for significant organizational growth since becoming CEO, expanding Centerstone’s presence from three to six counties.
As a licensed mental health counselor with 25 years of experience in all aspects of behavioral health, Larkin-Skinner has worked with children and adults of all ages in diverse treatment programs including inpatient, outpatient, crisis intervention, intensive community-based and child welfare. She has designed and operated innovative programs to meet community needs, including the first children’s Community Action Team (CAT) in 2004. CAT has been adopted as Florida’s statewide model serving youth who are struggling with severe mental health, behavioral and co-occurring disorders, along with their families.
A persistent voice bringing attention to the opioid epidemic, Larkin-Skinner is an authority on the disease of addiction and its devastating effects on communities. She regularly provides state and federal policy feedback and engages in legislative advocacy as a subject-matter expert in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. She has led Centerstone in the rapid expansion of treatment services for individuals fighting opioid addiction, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in hospital, clinic and jail-based sites. In August 2016, she received the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Administrator of the Year for her efforts toward combating the opioid epidemic. Larkin-Skinner currently serves as the only behavioral health provider on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.
She received an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Saint Leo University and an MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida. She serves on Centerstone’s Executive Cabinet, contributing to enterprise mission, vision and growth.