Sylvia B. Perlman, Ph.D., is a senior associate at DMA Health Strategies, a consulting firm focused on behavioral health systems. Her recent and current projects include a study of Massachusetts's first jail diversion program; writing a state substance abuse strategic plan for Massachusetts; consultation and major writing responsibility for proposals by public agencies and private organizations to public and private funders; developing a series of employer briefs summarizing the literature on treatment for substance use disorders for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; and playing a major role in the Children's Mental Health Benchmarking Project, funded primarily by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She previously served as associate director and director of quality management for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corporations of Massachusetts. Dr. Perlman received her A.B. from Smith College, magna cum laude, and her Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She currently serves on the board of Consumer Quality Initiatives, a consumer-directed organization; and as a member of the quality improvement committee of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Boston. She has published articles on a variety of topics in numerous journals, and has presented at many local and national conferences.