On September 27, the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy hosted a forum, Strengthening America’s Mental Health Workforce, at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C.

The event brought together leaders from across sectors to discuss challenges facing the mental health workforce and elevate effective solutions.

Learn more about the speakers and topics discussed below and review a summary of the conversation on Twitter.

Speaker Bios 


9:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks (video

Cecilia Echeverria, MPP, MPH
Executive Director, Institute for Health Policy
Kaiser Permanente

Don Mordecai, MD
National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness
Kaiser Permanente

9:15 a.m. Morning Keynote Address (video)

Sunita Mutha, MD (presentation)
Director and Professor of Medicine, Healthforce Center
University of California, San Francisco

10:00 a.m. Panel: Building Capacity in the Mental Health Workforce (video

Kathryn Wetzler, PsyD
Regional Director, Mental Health Training Programs
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Neftali Serrano, PsyD
Executive Director
Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II (presentation)
Executive Director
Association for Addiction Professionals

Glenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP, FAPA
Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity
Morehouse School of Medicine

11:30 a.m. Panel: Leveraging Peer and Community Supports (video)

Winston Wong, MD, MS
Medical Director, Community Health
Kaiser Permanente

Keris Jän Myrick, MBA, MS (presentation)
Chief, Peer Services
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

America Bracho, MD, MPH
Executive Director
Latino Health Access

Talitha Arnold, MDiv (presentation)
Senior Minister
United Church of Santa Fe

12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. Panel: Solutions (video)

Linda Rosenberg, MSW
President and CEO
National Council for Behavioral Health

Bradley Karlin, PhD, ABPP
Vice President
Chief of Mental Health and Aging Education Development Center, Inc.

Ron Manderscheid, PhD
Executive Director
National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors

Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH
Deputy Cabinet Secretary
New Mexico Department of Health

2:45 p.m. Themes Emerging from Today’s Forum (video)

Don Mordecai, MD
National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness
Kaiser Permanente

Anthony Barrueta
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Kaiser Permanente

3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

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