Consumer Affairs and Policy Innovation in Behavioral Health: SAMHSA

12 minutes · 2018

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Brian Altman and Keris Jan Myrick joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by 

Brian Altman, J.D. is the Director, Division of Policy Innovation, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation with SAMHSA. As part of the Administrator’s Executive Leadership Team, lead a division that collaborates with a range of internal and external partners. Help develop and implement the agency’s strategic plan and budget, facilitates policy processes, supports SAMHSA leadership, and manages special projects to further SAMHSA’s mission. Help drive policy innovation in the field of behavioral health. Develop appropriate responses to policy inquiries from HHS, other federal agencies, the White House and external stakeholders. 

Keris Jän Myrick is the Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs at the Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA. The Office of Consumer Affairs supports the inclusion of Peer/Consumer perspectives and issues throughout the agency and supports such programs as the Voice Awards, SAMHSA Wellness Initiatives and Wellness Week, Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center and the Recovery to Practice Project. Ms. Myrick has a Master of Science degree in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University.


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