Chief Quality Officer Gerry Morrissey was named recipient of the National Historic Recognition Project 2000 – 2020, which recognizes individuals who have transformed the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the United States. Gerry has dedicated his career to the advancement of quality, life-enhancing services so that individuals of all abilities have the supports they need to thrive in the communities they call home.
Prior to joining The MENTOR Network, Gerry served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as the assistant secretary for Disabilities and Community Services and as the commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services. One of his first acts as commissioner was to establish an Investigation Advisory Panel to conduct a full review of the department’s response to abuse and mistreatment of individuals with IDD, signaling change and innovation within state government. He then created a statewide strategic alliance with district attorneys and local law enforcement to provide mandatory training for investigators and first responders to give them a better understanding of the needs and behaviors of individuals with IDD, promoting safer interactions.
In addition to his work as chief quality officer of The MENTOR Network, Gerry is past president and board member of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), and he serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, Community Resources for Justice, Special Olympics Massachusetts, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. He is also a longtime supporter of Best Buddies, working with them to promote inclusive living for individuals of all abilities.