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32nd annual GMHCN conference

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9:30am Welcome

9:45am Wendy Tiegreen

The State of the CPS Workforce

10:45am Dawn Randolph 
The Empowering Force of Organizational Structure


11:15am Claudia Hamilton
A Vision for Service


12:30pm Melissa Kazakides
A Vision for Advocacy

1:30pm Roslind Hayes
A Vision for Training

2:45pm R2ISE Recovery
A Moment to Pause

3:00pm Joseph Sanders
Promotion and Advancement

3:30pm Keris Jän Myrick 
On Being Relentless

4:15pm-4:30pm Farewell

About Keris Jän Myrick 

Keris Jän Myrick is a leading mental health advocate and executive, known for her innovative and inclusive approach to mental health reform and the public disclosure of her personal story (as featured in the New York Times series: Lives Restored). Ms. Myrick has over 15 years of experience in mental health services innovations, transformation, and peer workforce development. She is known for her collaborative style and innovative “whole person” approach to mental health.  Ms. Myrick is the Vice President of Partnerships at Inseparable, the policy liaison for The National Association of Peer Supporters (N.A.P.S.) on the Mental Health of America board of directors.  She is the developer and host of the podcast “Unapologetically Black Unicorns” focusing on mental health, race equity and lived experience. Ms. Myrick was formerly the Chief of Peer and Allied Health Professions for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and has served as the Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the United States Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and was the Board President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Myrick is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Psychiatric Services “Lived Experience and Leadership” column and has authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Ms. Myrick has a MS in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University and an MBA from Case Western University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Podcast Host - Unapologetically Black Unicorns


This year has been a little different, and so will this year's conference. We will celebrate, and possibly mourn (a little), but we hope to spend most of the day considering: Who are we at GMHCN--staff, members, peers--and who do we want to be? What do we want from GMHCN, and what are we willing to give back? We will also be considering peer support itself--what is it, what was it meant to, what can it be, what should it be, and how do we get there?


In short, we plan to pause, and reflect on who we are, and who we want to be. A slate of presenters to inform and guide our community discussion is being assembled and will be released soon.  


We hope you will plan to join us. 

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