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The Future of Mental Healthcare: West Summit provides a much-needed meeting point for key decision makers from across the mental healthcare community. Learn from and network with industry leaders from payers, providers, research, patient advocacy organizations, and telehealth. Take a look below to see our star studded speaker faculty.
At the Future of Mental Healthcare: West Summit, discussions will focus on how to improve access, engagement and outcomes in mental healthcare, with specific discussions focused on mental healthcare policy, youth mental health, creating a continuum of care, leveraging the individual voice of the patient and more.
This summit will bring together key stakeholders in collaborative discussions focused on how we can overcome challenges to accelerate mental healthcare. Through open discussion with audience Q&A plus networking opportunities with behavioral healthcare thought leaders, this event will harness the power of collaboration both on and off stage.
In today’s fast-evolving movement to reform mental healthcare, I am passionate about ensuring that voices of lived experience play a leading role. I look forward to bringing my perspective on why and how to accomplish this to global healthcare leaders at the Summit.
Anthem supports MH/SUD policy reforms that will increase access, drive integration, support prevention, raise awareness, reduce stigma, address racial inequalities and advance evidence-based treatment and quality outcomes. I look forward to discussing key policy issues with my esteemed colleagues on our panel – getting different perspectives will ensure the best results
The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed our already overburdened mental health care delivery system to the breaking point, but this crisis also provides an opportunity to truly transform how we deliver mental healthcare. I am very excited to be part of this industry leading conference that brings together senior leaders in the field to understand how we creatively transform mental healthcare.
The future of mental health depends on a mutual partnership between payers and providers, united around the mission of helping our members/clients achieve their best health. I’m thrilled to be part of the Future of Mental Health- West conference faculty to discuss how payers and providers can collaborate to achieve their shared goals.
Expert Speaker Faculty
Dr. Caroline Carney is a board-certified internist and a board-
certified psychiatrist. She joined Magellan Health in 2016 and
serves as Magellan Health’s Chief Medical Officer, overseeing Magellan Healthcare and Magellan RX
Management. Her previous experience includes the role of SVP Chief Medical Officer of Magellan
Behavioral Health and Magellan Specialty Health. She served as the chief medical officer for regional
health plans where she gained experience in Medicaid, Medicare, Exchange, and commercial
Previously, Dr. Carney served as the medical director for the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and
Planning, helping to launch the Medicaid expansion product as well as the behavioral health
transformation for the state’s community mental health services. While in Indiana, she served on the
Governor’s Mental Health Commission. She is a frequent speaker about behavioral health services,
integrated and collaborative care, and the importance of self-care during and following the pandemic.
Dr. Carney is a published author and co-author for over 100 peer and non-peer reviewed publications
focusing on issues surrounding comorbid medical and behavioral health conditions. She was a tenured
associate professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Indiana University, and developed the
psychosocial oncology program for Indiana University’s NCI accredited cancer center.
She started her medical and academic career at the University of Iowa where she earned her medical
degree, as well as a master’s degree, and directed the Med-Psych residency program. She continues to
engage in regular clinical work through supporting the behavioral health team at a federally qualified
Dr. Deborah Fernandez-Turner is currently a Medical Director and Interim Chief Psychiatric Officer for Aetna, a CVS Health company. In this role, Dr. Fernandez-Turner is the top physician-leader of mental health within CVS Health, leading the consultation and implementation of evidence-based practices and holistic treatments for all levels of care. In addition, she provides expert support in mental health to Aetna’s care management program and provides input into national mental health policy in close conjunction with key stakeholders across CVS Health.
An expert in child and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Fernandez-Turner previously was responsible for training regional staff on children’s mental health issues as well as conducting formal CEU for Aetna Behavioral Health University. Prior to her role as Medical Director and Interim Chief Psychiatric Officer, Dr. Fernandez-Turner was Children’s Medical Administrator for Aetna. In this role, she was responsible for the oversight of psychiatric medical programs covering over 400,000 covered lives (children alone) as well as Quality Management, Utilization Management and Medical Management programs operated by the RBHA for children and adolescents in compliance with Federal and State laws and contractual requirements. With a focus on patient and family centered, evidence based care, she also helped create programs and policies for the Medicaid plan in Maricopa county.
Dr. Fernandez-Turner is Board Certified both in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She graduated from New York University, then Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed a psychiatric residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center–Hillside hospital and a child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Arizona. Prior to her work for Aetna, she has held administrative and clinical positions in both private and public sectors in Arizona and Minnesota. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Fernandez-Turner is Licensed in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada and Mississippi.
As president and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Chuck Ingoglia leads the national charge to ensure people living with mental illness and addictions have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. To accomplish this, he harnesses the voices and support of the more than 3,000 National Council members who serve over 10 million individuals nationwide.
Prior to being named president and CEO, Chuck led the National Council’s policy and practice improvement work, directing the organization’s federal and state policy efforts and overseeing trainings and programs offered to more than 500,000 behavioral health professionals across the U.S.
Chuck draws from personal experience and a deep knowledge of the field acquired from more than 26 years’ professional experience to provide services, including site-of-service technical assistance, to members. He effects change at both the national and state level by playing a major role in policy advocacy and analyses on issues relevant to behavioral health. His efforts center on key issues such as parity, health care reform and improving access to behavioral health treatment in communities.
Before joining the National Council, Chuck provided policy and program design guidance to the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Earlier in his career, he directed state government relations and service system improvement projects for the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America), performed policy analysis for the National Association of Social Workers and designed educational programs for mental health and addictions professionals for the Association of Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.
Chuck holds a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, both from The Catholic University of America.
Dr. Koshy has been Chair of Chiefs for the Mental Health service line at Kaiser Permanente Northern California since 2020. As Chair, she strives to translate KP’s mission to provide high quality, outcomes driven care for an entire population of members into the field of mental health. Under her leadership, the service line has created and expanded several population based programs in Mental Health, including collaborative care models for Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), and mild to moderate depression and anxiety.
Dr. Koshy has held various leadership roles within KP prior to her current role , including Assistant Chief and Chief of the local department of Psychiatry at South Sacramento. Prior to her career at KP, she trained at Emory University for her General Psychiatry residency, and obtained her M.D. from Rush University in Chicago. She also has an M.A. in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Merrill leads inclusive policy and advocacy for Anthem. She works collaboratively with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure the interests and preferences of our diverse communities and membership inform Anthem’s health benefits approaches and healthcare programs. Ms. Friedman advances the integration of the independent living philosophy and the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Healthcare Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities six foundational principles throughout policy, programs, individual interactions, and business practices. In addition, she leads strategic partnerships with national and local organizations to advance access, health equity, and inclusive public policy.
Previously, Ms. Friedman was interim director at a nonprofit foster care agency serving children and adolescents who experienced severe neglect and abuse. She also served as president and chief executive officer of a private organization that owned and operated residential treatment facilities, group homes and home and community-based services in several states for adolescents with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Ms. Friedman has served on numerous national boards and commissions. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the MI Statewide Independent Living Council where she served as Board Chair. Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), the Institute for Exceptional Care (IEC), and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), and is an Advisory Board member for Uplift and ADvancing States’ MLTSS Institute.
Andy Keller, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Meadows Mental Health Policy
Institute, where he also holds the Linda Perryman Evans Presidential Chair. The Meadows Institute is a
Texas-based nonprofit that provides nonpartisan policy and program research, development, and advice
to national, state, and community leaders towards a single goal: improving mental health care delivery
in Texas and the nation. Andy is a licensed clinical and community psychologist with more than 25 years
of experience in behavioral health policy, financing, and best practice implementation. His work has
centered on helping state and local health systems implement evidence-based and innovative care, as
well as helping local and state governments develop the regulatory and financial frameworks to support
them. Prior to moving full time into policy work, Andy was a managing partner for 15 years at a national
health and human services consulting firm where he focused on health financing and system
transformation. Before that, he worked in Colorado with a leading Medicaid HMO and the local
community mental health system, where he directed and led a range of community-based and care
Vandana is a Senior Director on Sutter Health’s Design and Innovation team. She supports the
development of innovation strategy and design for initiatives across ambulatory and acute
systems of care and leads incubation, launch and scale of new products and services through
collaborations across clinical service lines. Vandana is also the lead for Innovation for Sutter’s
Mental Health and Addiction Care portfolio helping anchor transformations in behavioral health
through the voice and context of human experiences and new digital capabilities. Previously,
she led strategic development for programs and grantmaking at The Health Trust, a Silicon
Valley operating foundation that advances solutions for health and equity. She has also led
organizational development and launched collaborative public-private initiatives at regional and
international nonprofit organizations in health and human services and the arts. Vandana has
previously served terms as a Board member with Art with Impact (mental health) and ORAM
International (LGBTQI refugee rights). She is currently serving as a member on the California
State Behavioral Health Planning Council.
Vandana has a graduate degree in Mass Communications from the Mass Communications
Research Center, New Delhi and an undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Delhi
As President of One Mind, Brandon Staglin channels his deep experience in communications, advocacy, and personal schizophrenia recovery to drive brain health research, services, and media to heal lives. His best-known advocacy work has been for the growth of science-driven, large-scale. continuously improving prevention and early intervention services for youth facing serious psychiatric illness. He has published numerous articles in well-known journals and earned numerous advocacy awards. Brandon serves on councils for the World Economic Forum, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the California Department of Health Care Services, Mindstrong Health, and Stanford University’s Prodrome and Early Psychosis Program Network, and is a member of The Stability Network. He earned a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from UCSF in September 2018, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Engineering Sciences and Anthropology from Dartmouth College in 1993.
Brandon’s lived experience with schizophrenia makes him grateful to be enjoying life in health and happy every day he can contribute to the health of others.
In her role as President and CEO, Rebecca oversees the organization’s efforts to advance evidence-based practices, policies, and programming for the equal treatment of mental health and addiction.
She brings over 20 years of experience collaborating with stakeholders through strategic partnerships that achieve shared goals and outcomes. Utilizing a vast professional network of experts and resources to forge partnerships, Rebecca is deeply focused on inspiring cultures of progress and innovation. Prior to joining The Forum, she was CEO of Cannex Scientific, responsible for commercializing a new anti-anxiety medication from Brigham/Harvard Medical School. Earlier in her career, as Vice Chancellor of Economic Partnerships at the University of Pittsburgh, she successfully expanded a network of global partnerships with financial groups, corporations, and government entities to support $850M+ in research. Rebecca was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of NorTech, where she led a national effort to create the Innovation Advocacy Council (IAC), which successfully secured a $50 million line item in the federal budget and contributed to the creation of a $1 billion Build Back Better regional challenge.
She has worked for several investment banks, most notably JPMorgan Chase in New York City, and has been engaged in global efforts and organizations including Clinton Global Initiative and the federally appointed National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Rebecca currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her family.
Kelly Davis is the Associate Vice President of Peer and Youth Advocacy at Mental Health America, where she works on the expansion of peer support and young adult leadership. She is passionate about lived experience-driven programs, policies, organizations, and research. Kelly has been awarded the Disruptive Innovator Award by the National Association of Peer Supporters and the National Peer Leader of the Year Award by Peerpocalypse. She is a certified yoga teacher and holds a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology from The Flourishing Center. Kelly and her work have appeared in the New York Times, Teen Vogue, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and the White House. She recently earned her master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania where she served as a research assistant in the Perelman School of Medicine studying lived experience perspectives of inpatient psychiatric units. She is currently pursuing a certificate of specialization in mental health leadership from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Chris Barton currently serves as the Director, Integrated Systems of Care & Network at Horizon Blue
Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBS).
Chris has spent the past three years developing, implementing and evaluating an innovative program for
Horizon BCBS. The Integrated System of Care (ISC) integrates physical health, behavioral health and
social determinants of health care through a network of non-profit community based treatment
providers collaborating with health systems and primary care partners. This program has achieved
national attention for achieving significant reductions in substance use and mental health symptoms and
improvement in quality of life for members served, as well as reduction in emergency department visits
and overall cost of care.
Innovative payment models, value based relationships and pay for performance contracting are integral
to Chris’s work both within the ISC and for behavioral health as a whole. Chris is responsible for the first
ever behavioral health provider performance measures at Horizon BCBS and the implementation of
value based contracting.
Chris brings a unique perspective and approach to her work for Horizon. She was hired at Horizon BCBS
specifically because of her background and experience in both state government and as a New Jersey
treatment provider. Her extensive experience driving large scale system change, as well as her front line
experience as a non-profit executive in substance use disorder treatment and community social services
agencies gives her valuable insight on the provider experience of health care policy and practices. Chris’
experience and expertise make her a credible ally in bridging partnerships in support of measurement
based and value based care and has catapulted the success of the ISC and all network innovation at
Chris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned a Master of Social Work from Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey and a Bachelor of Social Work from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Dhillon is a practicing Outpatient Adult Psychiatrist with The Permanente Medical Group. He has been with the Medical Group for the last 11 years. Along with practicing medicine, he has also served in various administrative roles , supporting Kaiser Permanente’s Mental Health Service line, both regionally and locally at his medical Center. Since 2019, he has served as the Associate Chair for Access and Operations, The Interim Chair for Mental Health, and most recently, as the Medical Director for Virtual Care Programs. Prior to that, at his home medical center in Central Valley, Dr. Dhillon has served as an Assistant Chief and then Chief of Psychiatry, following by his tenure as the Assistant Physician in Chief for Access and Operations.
Brandon Jones is the CEO of Triad, the leading provider of education, community, and career resources for behavioral and mental health students, professionals, and organizations. In addition to the parent brand, Triad operates five sub-brands – AATBS, Academic Review, Gerry Grossman Seminars, Taylor Study Method, and The Wellness Institute – and serves professionals in psychology, social work, marriage & family therapy, counseling, behavior analysis, and hypnotherapy.
Before coming to Triad, Brandon spent nearly two decades at Kaplan Test Prep. He started his career as an SAT instructor, and then advanced through a series of roles in academics, operations, sales management, and executive management, with the last several spent as the President of the largest business unit at Kaplan.
Brandon is passionate about the transformative power of education; and as an advocate of grit and growth mindset, he believes that just about anyone can do just about anything. Brandon has an A.B. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Mason Turner is the Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health for Intermountain Healthcare based in Salt Lake City, UT.
His leadership in mental health care focuses on the development and evolution of strategic innovations in behavioral health care delivery that enhance quality of care and clinical excellence and are guided by principles of equity and inclusion of the patient/consumer voice into all aspects of the behavioral healthcare ecosystem.
Including integration initiatives which link mental health care and addiction medicine services with both primary and specialty medical care, as well as supporting innovative technological means of reaching patients for treatment of behavioral health conditions, he is also committed to enhancing access for behavioral health care services to all those who need it. Additionally, he has extensive experience in promoting employee health and well-being in a variety of corporate and healthcare sectors.
As a clinician, he specializes in addiction medicine, consult-liaison psychiatry and treatment of personality disorders. He has received extensive training in resiliency-and systems-based approaches for improving the mental health and well-being of refugees, asylum seekers and torture survivors.
Dr. Turner also served as a former Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, where he taught medical students at all levels the practice of interviewing patients and clinical reasoning skills. He also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Dr. Turner earned his AB degree in psychology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and completed his MD degree at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center/ Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School through Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, in Boston, MA, with additional training in psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Massachusetts General Hospital and addiction psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He is board certified in Psychiatry and certified in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
Tammer Attallah serves as the Executive Clinical Director for Intermountain Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Clinical Program. Tammer Attallah has over 25 years’ experience in mental health and substance use disorder services across the lifespan. He holds a master’s in social work and business administration from the University of Utah.
For 14 of those years, he led multiple programs and initiatives in a tri-county community mental health center serving Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties in Utah. Notably, he launched a system wide school mental health programming across multiple school districts. He led multiple implementations of systemwide evidence-based treatment models across the services’ continuum. Furthermore, he also led the organization’s cultural competency program that focused on removing internal and external barriers to care from disenfranchised community members.
Over the 10 nine years at Intermountain Healthcare, he also served as the Administrative Director of Behavioral Health Services at Primary Children’s Hospital and then the Director of Community Services for Children’s Health Pediatric Behavioral Health Service Line where he led a continuum of behavioral health services and more recently he focused in community based service to enhance coordination and continuity.
Additionally, he served on community and state boards to include Utah’s Salt Lake County Council on Diversity Affairs, the Division of Occupation and Professional Social Work Licensing Board. Currently, he serves on National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Utah Chapter Board, Impact Clinic Board, a nonprofit free mental health clinic treating low-income and the uninsured in Utah, University of Utah’s College of Social Work Community Advisory Board and chairs Salt Lake County’s System of Care Advisory Council.
Over the course of his leadership career, he emphasizes the value of delivering evidence based behavioral health care. From this cornerstone, a clear vision and collaboration create innovations that ultimately overcome the barriers to those we serve to meet our mission.
Tammer enjoys spending time with his partner and two daughters. He also appreciates his time in the outdoors cycling and skiing.
Brad Lerner is a Director of Public Policy & Manager of Behavioral Health and Enterprise Issues for Anthem and formerly served as vice president government affairs/associate general counsel for Beacon Health Options. He is government relations professional with more than 25 years of public and private sector experience analyzing and addressing regulatory issues, including complex legal and policy issues in health care. He is a leading expert on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) analysis and compliance and works with federal and state policymakers on ways to improve mental health and substance used disorder system of care. He is currently serving on the Board of Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness and is a subcommittee chair on the American Health Lawyers Association Behavioral Health Task Force. Previously, he worked as a regulatory attorney at the Federal Communications Commission and as in-house counsel at Cavalier Telephone, LLC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School.
Barb Solish is the Director of NAMI’s Youth and Young Adult Initiatives. She is passionate about mental health awareness, education, and advocacy, especially after the loss of a friend to suicide. Barb’s lived experience as a young person with a mental health condition motivated her to focus on improving outcomes for young people with mental health concerns. While 75% of all mental health conditions start before age 24, there is hope, because identifying symptoms and seeking treatment early can make a world of difference.
Dr Mahmood serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Parkview Behavioral Health Institute. The institute is integrated within the larger Parkview Health system and serves a continuum of behavioral healthcare for Northeast Indiana, Southern Michigan, and Northwest Ohio counties. Behavioral health institute comprises of Psychiatric inpatient programs for all ages, consultation programs for regional medical hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, community mental health programs and substance use disorder recovery and residential programs. Multiple training programs for behavioral health professionals are offered. Dr. Mahmood’s clinical interests include neurocognitive disorders, psychiatric aspects of endocrine conditions, healthcare policy and optimization of healthcare costs and outcomes. Dr. Mahmood is board certified in Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology and Addiction Medicine, along with an MBA focused on the Business of Medicine.
Lori Butterworth, MEd, MA, is the Chief Executive Officer at AIM Youth Mental Health, a foundation that has invested more than $4M in cutting-edge youth mental health research and programs that directly impact the quality of life for children, teens and young adults struggling with their mental health. Lori is an award-winning nonprofit executive and one of the leading child advocates in the State of California. In response to a crisis in public health services and lack of emotional support resource for seriously ill children, she founded Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Services, an organization that provides comprehensive care to families of children with cancer in the rural agricultural belt of California, and the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition of California. There, she built a state-wide coalition spearheading several healthcare policy initiatives including the enactment of the Nick Snow Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care ACT and Provision 2302 of the Affordable Care Act, which transformed access to care for children.
Lori’s awards include Oprah Winfrey’s “Use Your Life Award,” the California Association of Nonprofits’ “Achievement in Innovation Award,” the “ELNEC” Award from the City of Hope for outstanding leadership, commitment, and advocacy for children and families, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Award of Excellence” for advocating for health system changes to bring about better care for children. Lori was honored as Woman of the Year for the Santa Cruz Chamber, Aptos, and Pajaro Valley Chambers of Commerce. She earned the “Community Hero” award for the Community Assessment Project and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Red Cross.
A life-long learner, Lori recently earned a Master of Liberal Arts in Psychology from Harvard University, holds a Master of Education from University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Linguistics and Communications from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Lori lives in Soquel, California with her husband, Joe, and their dog, Theo. Her greatest accomplishment in life is raising two amazing children, Matthew and Johanna, into thriving, compassionate adults and becoming the proud grandmother of William and Michael.
Alex Briscoe has over 25 years of experience in directly delivering and/or administering services to low income children and families. He has worked in special education classrooms, level 1 pediatric centers, juvenile detention and child welfare, and has run 911 systems. Across all of these settings Alex has managed public financing and Medicaid reimbursements.
In 2009, Alex was appointed director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency where he led one of the state’s largest public health systems, overseeing health and hospital systems, public health, behavioral health, and environmental health departments with an annual budget of $700 million and 6,200 FTE contracted and civil service staff. Before joining the county, Alex was the director of the Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School in West Oakland, a satellite outpatient center of Children’s Hospital and Research Center, and his work helped design the nexus of public health and public education. Alex has served on the Alameda County First Five Commission, The Alameda Alliance, and The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and The Uninsured, as well as a number of other public and private boards and commissions. He has advised or collaborated with a number of local and national foundations including The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The California Endowment, and most recently with Tipping Point Community. He has specialized in Medicaid policy and administration, emergency medical services, youth voice and crisis counseling, and safety net design and administration.
Amrita Rai, MSW, LCSW, is the Clinical Director of Community Behavioral Health at Inland
Empire Health Plan (IEHP). Ms. Rai earned her BSW from La Sierra University and was one of
the first students to complete the Advanced Standing, one-year MSW program at Loma Linda
University in 2000.
Rai spent her early career as a therapist on the children’s unit at Loma Linda University Health’s
Behavioral Medicine Center (BMC) and later as a lead therapist for adults experiencing acute
mental illnesses. After working at the BMC for 10 years, she secured a position as Chief
Executive Officer/Administrator of the Riverside Hospital for Behavioral Medicine—a private,
for-profit inpatient psychiatric hospital.
In 2014, Ms. Rai joined Inland Empire Health Plan, the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid
plan in the country and in 2018 was named Clinical Director of Behavioral Health and Care
Management. In her role, she partnered with staff and providers in coordinating, monitoring and
overseeing a comprehensive behavioral health program for 1.5 million members in Riverside and
San Bernardino Counties. Ms. Rai provided leadership and oversight for behavioral health clinical
and non-clinical functions; developed, implemented, and monitored clinical practice guidelines;
and trained, supervised, and evaluated behavioral health leadership performance. In addition, she
provided guidance for IEHP Behavioral Health Provider network activities, led Joint Operations
Meetings with county partners, and represented IEHP in related behavioral health regulatory
audits with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), California Department of
Health Care Services (DHCS), California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), and the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Ms. Rai’s current role at IEHP focuses on building a comprehensive, preventive community
behavioral health program. She is especially committed to the children and youth of the Inland
Empire and is responsible for leading statewide initiatives in improving access to mental health
services in her community, including the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program.
Her commitment and career highlights were recently recognized in June 2022, when Ms. Rai was
honored as the Alumnus of the Year from LLU’s School of Behavioral Health.
Ms. Rai continues to share her expertise and passion in the behavioral health field through
numerous public presentations and media interviews. Through these efforts, she hopes to inspire
awareness and continued improvement of the development and delivery of behavioral and mental
Mira Parwiz is a seasoned executive in the field of Behavioral Health Services and Managed care with 30
years of experience. She is the Director, Addiction Medicine and Therapy services for the Santa Clara
County Health and Hospital System in San Jose California.
Ms. Parwiz is also the Director for the Santa Clara County Opioid overdose prevention Coalition. As
Director for the coalition, she leads the county’s efforts in the community to prevent overdose and curb
opioid misuse and addiction.
She is the leader in opening treatment access for opioid addiction in Santa Clara County by partnering
with emergency rooms, hospitals inpatient, primary care, and specialty care centers. MS. Parwiz has
been instrumental in opening treatment centers for youth who are struggling with addiction. She is
involved in number of State Sponsored Programs and serves as a Board member to California Opioid
Maintenance provider (COMP). Ms. Parwiz holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s in Public
Administration with emphasis on Health Care Administration.
Dr. Nina Vasan is a psychiatrist and professor at Stanford, where she is the Founder and Executive Director of Brainstorm: The Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation. Outside of her work at Stanford, she is the Chief Medical Officer of Real, a mental health care company building a new therapy model. She has served as a healthcare advisor to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the Obama and Biden presidential campaigns. Dr. Vasan earned an AB in Government from Harvard College, MD from Harvard Medical School, MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and completed Psychiatry Residency at Stanford School of Medicine, where she was Chief Resident.
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