Meet the Team
CARE Act Training & Technical Assistance Team
Implementation of the Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act will ensure a person-centered and responsive set of services and supports for participants. This implementation is a collaboration between California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS), Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the Judicial Council of California (JC), and the counties, cities, and communities who will implement the CARE Act.
Partnerships are essential for the success of the CARE Act, and engagement will include representatives from a wide variety of networks. DHCS has contracted with Health Management Associates (HMA) to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) and data collection and reporting support.
Health Management Associates (HMA)
HMA is a leading independent national research and consulting firm in the healthcare industry. Contributors from the HMA CARE Act team include:
Laura Collins, MSW, LICSW, Project Director / Laura is an Associate Principal with more than 25 years of experience in clinical, supervisory, management, and administrative roles in psychiatry and behavioral health, with expertise in civil commitment law and related regulatory requirements; knowledge and teaching of best practices for civil commitment models; and local and current experience with California LPS and AOT oversight. Additional bio here.
Amanda Ternan, PMP, Project Manager / Amanda is a Principal with more than 20 years of experience consulting and project management, with expertise in project initiation and monitoring, stakeholder engagement, technical assistance, and training. Additional bio here.
Rachel Johnson-Yates, Behavioral Health Co-Lead / Rachel is a licensed mental health and addiction counselor and has extensive experience designing, launching, and replicating complex programs to meet the many disparate needs of the clients served. Additional bio here.
Marc Avery, MD, Behavioral Health Co-Lead / Marc is a Principal with more than 33 years of experience in healthcare and the healthcare industry with extensive experience in behavioral health workforce training and system transformation, health homes, safety net, telehealth, delivery system operations, integrated care, and population health. Additional bio here.
Jonathan Rubin, MSW, Housing & Community Supports Co-Lead / Jon is a Principal and an experienced human services leader with expertise in behavioral health program integration and outcomes, including housing programs and related supports. Additional bio here.
Anthony Federico, MPA, Housing & Community Supports Co-Lead / Anthony is a Senior Consultant with 12 years of experience as a housing and homelessness specialist and expertise in designing and delivering innovative programs and managing health system partnerships. Additional bio here.
Dari Pogach, JD, Mental Health Legal Subject Matter Expert / Dari is a Senior Consultant with more than 15 years of experience with aging and disability law and policy, as well as robust expertise in state and federal regulatory requirements for behavioral health and long-term supports. Additional bio here.
Leela Kapur, JD, Mental Health Legal Subject Matter Expert / Leela is a subcontractor with more than 30 years of public service as an attorney representing Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles and experience as counsel for the County’s Departments of Health and Mental Health.
Patricia Doxey, MA, Training Coordinator / Patricia is an Associate Principal with experience leading corporate training programs, implementing a skills-based, context-driven methodology focused on developing key competencies. Additional bio here.
Serene Olin, PhD, Data Lead / Serene is a Principal with more than 20 years of translational research and leadership experience, and a subject matter expert in behavioral health and health equity, implementation science, and the use of quality metrics to drive equitable healthcare access and outcomes. Additional bio here.
Merritt+Grace, Communications Support / Merritt+Grace is a full-service communications agency serving clients in the behavioral health, governmental, and arts and culture spaces. Merritt+Grace was founded in 2014 by Allison Hastey and Frances Tourtelot, and is certified as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA). Additional information here.
Our PartnersHMA has subcontracted with several partners to support the development and review of training and technical assistance (TTA) efforts by providing real-life experiences and practical applications.
Painted Brain / Painted Brain is a mental health organization based in Los Angeles that provides peer-based services and practice training in technology and clinical mental health. Its peer staff are subject matter experts who specialize in providing population-centered training, programming, and events. Additional bio here.
Rayshell Chambers, Peer Role Subject Matter Expert / Rayshell is the co-executive director and COO, and has dedicated over 20 years of her personal and professional pursuits to designing and advocating for comprehensive health and human service programs that enhance the human condition of the most vulnerable populations.
Dave Leon, LCSW, Peer Role Subject Matter Expert / Dave is the co-executive director with more than 20 years of front-line experience as a social worker in Los Angeles, as well as extensive experience within the public mental health system.
Linda L. Mimms, MA, Serious Mental Illness Advocate and Family Support Subject Matter Expert / Linda is an experienced communications professional and serious mental illness advocate, with expertise working with federal, state, and local government officials and agencies, nonprofits, diverse community groups, and educational institutions. Linda has lived experience supporting family members with serious mental illness.
Shanta Franco-Clausen, Serious Mental Illness Advocate and Family Support Subject Matter Expert / Shay is a skilled consultant with expertise in public relations and management for political campaigns and issue-based initiatives, as well as representing and advocating for consumers of the behavioral health/substance use disorder court-involved system. Shay has lived experience supporting family members with serious mental illness.
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