How did we get here?
In 1993 information emerged from the state of New York indicating that consumers of mental health services felt more stigmatized within the mental health system than outside of it. Armed with this disconcerting news, the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA) decided to take action. A task force was created, comprised of 25 stakeholders including consumers, advocates, providers, administrators, and family members to develop a method of examining and addressing the issue of stigma within Maryland’s public mental health system.
TEA Arthur, Consultant, Thomas E. Arthur and Associates
Jennifer Brown, Director of Training and Communications, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
Denise Camp, WRAP Outreach Coordinator, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
Elaine Carroll, Site Director, James Addams Resource Corporation, Baltimore
Carolyn Cullison, Executive Director, On Our Own of St. Mary’s County
Mike Finkle, Executive Director, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
Carole Frank, Retired, Office of Workforce Development and Training, Behavioral Health Administration
Laurie Galloway, Executive Director, On Our Own of Carroll County
Lauren Grimes, Director of Network and Peer Services, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
Tom Godwin, Co-occurring Disorders Training Specialist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland
Ann Hackman, Psychiatrist, University of Maryland Medical Systems
Thomas Hicks, Executive Director, Helping Other People Through Empowerment Wellness & Recovery Center
Brandee Izquierdo-Johnson, Director of Advocacy & Outreach, Faces and Voices of Recovery
Susan Kadis, Advocate, Retired Coordinator of Special Programs, Office of Consumer Affairs, Mental Hygiene Administration
Jason Keckler, Retired Lieutenant, Frederick Police Department
Lisa Kugler, CEO, Beacon Health Options, Maryland Division
Diane Lane, Executive Director, Chesapeake Voyagers
Michelle Livshin, Graduate Student
Michael Madsen, Training Coordinator, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
Yvonne Perret, Advocacy & Training Center
Cynthia Petion, Director, Office of Planning and Training, Behavioral Health Administration
Rowan Powell, Transitional Age Youth Outreach Project Coordinator, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
Erik Roskes, Psychiatrist
Tim Santoni, Administrator of Data Management, Systems Evaluation Center, University of Maryland
Casey Saylor, MSW, Advocate
Sandy Sundeen, Retired, Volunteer
Brendan Welsh, Director, Office of Consumer Affairs, Behavioral Health Administration, Maryland Department of Health
Ellen Weston, Retired Professor, Kaplan University
Ken Wireman, Executive Director, Main Street Housing, Inc.
Tamara Van Newkirk, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center