Arturo Gonzales, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sangre de Cristo Community Health Partnership, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dr. Gonzales brings more than 25 years of administrative and program experience to the Sangre de Cristo Community Health Partnership Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment Program (SDCCHP-SBIRT). Dr. Gonzales is responsible for overall programmatic administration direction, budget, and implementation of a SAMHSA federally funded SBIRT program implemented in rural primary care medical clinics through New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Governor’s Office and Department of Health. His project experience includes the areas of health care planning, primary care practice management, rural health care delivery, managed care planning implementation, development of community collaborations, development of services to indigent and special populations, facilitation, and strategic program planning. Dr. Gonzales currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance, Vice-Chairperson and Commissioner of the Santa Fe County Health Planning Commission, and Founding Board Member of Healthy Communities Access Coalition.
Stephanie Le Melle, M.D., Associate Director, Washington Heights Community Services, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York
Dr. Le Melle’s areas of interest are public/community psychiatry and the treatment and care of people with severe mental illness, particularly people with schizophrenia. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and has recently taken on the role of Co-Director of the Public Psychiatry Education Program also at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia Department of Psychiatry. She is the course director for the Public Psychiatry Didactic Series that is taught throughout all 4 years of the residency training program. She is also a consultant and teacher for the Columbia University HIV and Mental Health Training Project, which trains clinicians in how to address HIV prevention and treatment of people with SPMI.
She is an active member of the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and has worked closely with NAMI and other advocacy organizations in the Upper Manhattan Community. Dr. Le Melle is Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Pathways to Housing. She has worked to promote the “Housing First Model” that was developed by Pathways to Housing as a major form of housing for people with severe mental illness and substance abuse. Dr Le Melle is also a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.
Dr. Le Melle was involved with the MacArthur Foundation’s Network on Mandated Community Treatment. She is particularly interested in how housing is used as leverage to engage people in psychiatric treatment.
Elizabeth Pattullo, M.Ed., Chairman and Founder of Beacon Health Strategies
Ms. Pattullo is responsible for all strategic and business development activities. Creating the business concept of delivering client-focused, cost effective behavioral health services, Ms. Pattullo has grown Beacon into a company that manages more than seven million members in 17 states. Having lectured at both the Heller School at Brandeis University and Harvard University Medical School, Ms. Pattullo has more than 30 years of public and private sector management experience in complex and highly-charged environments. As executive director for Mental Health Management of America (MHMA), she administered the first and largest carve-out of mental health and substance use disorder services for Medicaid enrolled clients in the country. Under her leadership, MHMA improved treatment outcomes while reducing overall costs by $50 million. Ms. Pattullo earned her M.Ed. from Harvard University.
Cassandra Price, M.B.A., Executive Director for the Division of Addictive Diseases within the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
She leads a comprehensive system committed to providing high-quality prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Previous to being appointed the SSA (Single State Authority), Ms. Price served as the Women's Treatment Coordinator and Child & Adolescent Program Administrator for the Georgia Department of Human Resources(DHR) in the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases (MHDDAD). She was responsible for the implementation and oversight of Substance Abuse Treatment Services for women and children in the state of Georgia. In addition, she served as the Vice-President of the Women's Services Network and completed the PATTC Leadership Institute in Iowa, City. Ms. Price is a Georgia Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. She currently serves on the NASADAD Board of Directors as the Region 4 Representative.
Lorrie Rickman Jones, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Mental Health (DMH), Illinois Department of Human Services
Dr. Rickman Jones was appointed the Director of DMH in 2005. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Rickman Jones served as the Deputy Director for Clinical Operations, responsible for the daily operations of nine state psychiatric hospitals, and the service planning and funding of over 150 community-based mental health providers. Under her leadership, the system significantly changed funding approaches, transitioning from a grant-in-aid to a fee-for-service system, and expanding the delivery of recovery oriented evidenced based practices. Recently, she developed the implementation strategy and has led the implementation of Illinois' Olmstead cases involving moving thousands of persons with mental illnesses from nursing homes to the community. Over her 25 year career, she has held various positions in leadership with the Harvard School of Public Health as a senior research associate, the Psychiatric Institute for the Circuit Court of Cook County as an expert examiner, and later as Chief Executive Officer of the Better Boys Foundation in Chicago and as a Deputy Director in the public mental health system in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rickman Jones holds a Bachelors degree from Tufts University and a Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Howard University and has received specialized training in clinical neuropsychology, forensic psychology and organizational management. She is licensed to practice as a clinical psychologist in the state, and has served as an executive leadership coach for large and small corporations in private industry. Professionally, she serves as Vice-President to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), President to the NASMHPD Research Institute (NRI) and is a board member to the Council of State Governments (CSG).
Donald E. Rosen, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
Dr. Rosen is a staff psychiatrist for the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Joseph B. Trainer Health and Counseling Service for Students and House Staff. He completed his residency training as a Seeley Fellow at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry, where he later held various positions and directed multiple training programs. He held different positions such as Director of Psychiatry at Menninger Clinic, Director of the Menninger Leadership Center, and Medical Director of the Menningercare Systems. His areas of professional and research interest include professional boundary violations, physician impairment, professional stress, psychiatric consultation, psychoanalysis, group psychotherapy, chemical dependence, and survivors of sexual abuse.
Dee Roth, Former Chief, Office of Program Evaluation and Research, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Columbus, Ohio
Ms. Roth was Chief of Program Evaluation and Research at the Ohio Department of Mental Health for over 36 years.Â Her office was a national leader in the areas of state mental health research and evaluation, including an extensive research grants program with Ohio universities; and the 12-year conceptualization, development, testing and promulgation of a comprehensive outcomes measurement system for clients of community mental health services. Ms. Roth was the designated State Evaluator for Ohio’s SAMHSA-funded Transformation State Incentive Grant. She worked with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and its Research Institute for nearly thirty years as a member of the NASMHPD President’s Task Force on Performance Measures and Outcomes; the Planning Committee for the National Conference on State Mental Health Services Research, Program Evaluation and Policy; and the Advisory Committee for the NIMH Public-Academic Fellows Program in Mental Health Services Research. In the 1980s, Ms. Roth was principal investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health research grant for an epidemiological study of homeless persons in the state of Ohio, which established the prevalence rate of mental illness in the homeless population. She presented findings from that study in 12 national venues and testified before the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. She subsequently was principal investigator on an eight-year longitudinal study of adults with severe mental illness living in the community, their service patterns and outcomes. In her most recent research, Ms. Roth was co-principal investigator of a study of the factors predicting the adoption and successful implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health provider organizations. Ms. Roth is the author of a number of book chapters and articles in the areas of homelessness; public mental health system clients, services and outcomes; and public-academic collaboration in services research. In 1999, she received the Carl Taube Award for significant and continuing contributions to the field of mental health services research from the American Public Health Association.
Benjamin F. Springgate, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director, Community Health Innovation and Research, Office of Community Affairs and Health Policy, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
Dr. Springgate is a physician and health researcher. In addition to serving as Executive Director of Community Health Innovation and Research in the Office of Community Affairs and Health Policy at Tulane School of Medicine, he is the Executive Director of Community Health in Tulane's Section of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and holds adjunct positions in the Tulane Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. He is the Director of Health for the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute, located in New Orleans, Louisiana and serves as President of REACH NOLA, a collaboration of community and academic non-profit organizations with the mission to improving health equity, community health, and access to quality health care in Greater New Orleans through partnered programs, services, and research. Dr. Springgate's interests include the development of community participatory partnerships for health and mental health; the roles of communities of patients in quality improvement; disaster preparedness; post-disaster mental health services; cost-effective workforce alternatives in health care; social media to improve public health care delivery and public health effectiveness; and the development, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions to reduce health disparities. Dr. Springgate directed the successful implementation of a regional mental health care access and quality improvement initiative (The REACH NOLA Mental Health Infrastructure and Training Program, or MHIT) in Southeast Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. MHIT engaged more than 400 providers from over 70 organizations in advancing the quality of care for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in community, primary care, and specialty mental health settings. MHIT oversaw delivery of more than 110,000 behavioral health services to underserved persons affected by the disasters. Dr. Springgate was recently nominated by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to serve on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Human Services District, a public agency that provides mental health and substance abuse services to adults and children across a 4 parish region in Southeast Louisiana, including Metropolitan New Orleans.
Marleen Wong, Assistant Dean, Clinical Professor, Director of Field Evaluation, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Dr. Wong is Assistant Dean, Clinical Professor and Director of Field Education at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, and administrator for a new Virtual Academic Center and all internship programs in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and West Los Angeles consisting of 1100 graduate students.Â Dr. Wong has worked as the Director of School Crisis and Intervention at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA and is the former director of mental health services, crisis intervention and suicide prevention in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the country with a K-12 enrollment of 650,000 students representing 90% of ethnic and racial minorities. While at LAUSD, Dr. Wong and her research partners at RAND and UCLA Health Services Research Center were the original developers of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, an evidence-based practice recognized by NREPP, The White House (Helping America’s Youth) and the Department of Education (ED). In response to the tragic school shootings across the United States and acts of terrorism in Oklahoma City and New York, and most recently for schools/children and families affected by the BP Oil Spill. As recent as 2009, Dr. Wong has helped develop mental health recovery programs, crisis and disaster training for school districts, school counselors, law enforcement and Department of Defense (DoD) personnel in the United States, Canada, Israel, Europe and Asia (Earthquakes in Taiwan, Japan and Chinas and Emergency Management and the ED). Over the past 15 years, she has been a frequent participant and speaker at the White House and National Town Hall Meetings. She also served on the Surgeon General’s work group to eliminate the stigma of mental health care. Dr. Wong’s awards include the first Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission’s “Personal Legacy Award” for national and international work on behalf of children’s mental health; and the Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute Caregiver’s Program Award for excellence in innovative leadership and quality of care. Dr. Wong has served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health. She is the author of the Department of Justice “COPS in Schools” curriculum on Mental Health Intervention and Crisis Recovery and co-author of Psychological First Aid: Listen Protect Connect, now a part of the ED Readiness and three school safety books for the Jane’s Information Group, headquartered in London, England. She has been identified as a Subject Matter Expert in the area of at-risk populations by the Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee of the National Biodefense Science Board. Dr. Wong has served as Principal Investigator for 4 Category II and III level grants in the SAMHSA/National Child Traumatic Stress Network.