Mell Williams Jr., Program Manager, JASA
Mell Williams is the Program Manager for offender programs with Tri-County Human Services, Inc. He has been working with those with addiction and mental health problems since 1993. He is a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Programs, known as JASA, began at the Polk Central County Jail in Bartow, first for males in 1999 and expanded to provide services to women as well in 2003. Due to their success they have expanded to Frostproof and also into Highlands County, Sebring both in 2006 and Hardee County in 2016. They have been recognized for Best Practices in Treatment by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association in 2002 (Male JASA Bartow) 2005 (Female JASA Bartow) and 2009 (Highlands JASA). The programs have been identified nationally as exemplary by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
Mell has also been recognized by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association as Professional of the year in 2006. He was named Florida’s Certified Addiction Professional of the Year by the Florida Certification Board in 2009.
He is on the Board of Directors for the West Sebring Volunteer Fire Dept., serving on that board and as their treasurer for the past 14 years. He is also on the board for the Highlands County Public Safety Council; Treasurer of his local church; and FADAA Criminal Justice Committee.