stance Abuse Advisory Council and the state’s Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council in Georgia. She also is the consumer representative on the Georgia Medicaid agency’s Drug Utilization Review Board and has served on the Center for Mental Health Services’ National Mental Health Advisory Council. She has 16 years of experience as a leader in mental health education and has directed a pilot site for the National Institute of Mental Health’s Depression: Awareness, Recognition and Treatment program, as well as provided training for model education program nationwide. Her passion for mental health advocacy is fueled by the experiences of her mother, daughter, and granddaughter, who have all lived successfully with mental illnesses.


Constance Weisner, MSW, DrPH, is professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California-San Francisco, and investigator, Division of Research, Northern California Kaiser Permanente. She has an MSW from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in public health from the University of California-Berkeley. She directs a research program addressing access to, outcomes of, and cost-effectiveness of alcohol and drug treatment and co-occurring disorders in public and private settings. She is a member of the International Expert Advisory Group on Alcohol and Drug Dependence of the World Health Organization, the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law. She has also been a member of the National Advisory Council of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. She has participated on several Institute of Medicine committees, including Broadening the Base of Alcohol Treatment and Managing Managed Care. She is a member of the Washington Circle, developing performance indicators for alcohol and drug identification and treatment in health plans. She has received merit awards from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and works closely with chemical dependency programs on policy issues and in developing best practices. Her ongoing work focuses on the changing systems for receiving health, chemical dependency, and mental health services.



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