Through in-depth research, interviews, and expert insights, NEXUS (Neuroscience Experts and Cross-Sector Unconventional Stakeholders) has identified a set of unmet mental health needs for women, youth, and individuals coming into contact with or those just released from the justice system. To address the unmet needs of these groups, NEXUS is partnering with a broad range of mental health stakeholders to energize the traditional mental health conversation.
We’re working with traditional mental health stakeholders as well as those not typically associated with mental health support but who possess invaluable insights, such as those with lived experience, case managers, law enforcement officers, prison administrators, parents, community center volunteers, and school tutors, to name a few.
Our stakeholders are all in it together to fulfill the NEXUS vision to bring innovative solutions to the front lines of mental health.
What sets us apart from other respected and effective mental health initiatives is our groundbreaking collaborations with traditional and nontraditional stakeholders in mental health. We’re also examining mental health best practices in individual communities and evaluating how best to use them for the greatest impact on the unmet needs of our 3 key groups.
NEXUS is focused on addressing challenges at critical junctures on the journey to mental health: moving from hopeless to hopeful
The unmet mental health needs of women, youth, and individuals coming into contact with or those just released from the justice system, while different, share many similarities, such as: the need for greater awareness, early intervention, a timely diagnosis, continuity of care, and support throughout life transitions. One of the goals of NEXUS is to work collaboratively to explore how to resolve the mental health challenges facing these groups at critical junctures, such as women becoming primary caregivers, youth moving schools, and individuals transitioning out of pre-incarceration community mental health services (CMHS) into the justice system.
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1. World Health Organization. Gender and women’s mental health. 2019. https://www.who.int/
President and Chief
Director, External Relations National Alliance on Mental Illness
Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Psychotherapist and Adjunct Clinical Affiliate,
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice
Correctional Education Association (CEA)
Vice President of Policy and Programs
Mental Health America
Program Director, School and Justice Initiatives
American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA),
Development Vice President
The Council of State Governments Justice Center, Program Director, Behavioral Health
Caregiver Action Network (CAN), Senior Program Director
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), Executive Director
CAN, Program Associate
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), Vice President of Consulting Services
Mental Health America (MHA), Vice President of Policy and Programs
Dementia Action Alliance, Board Chair
MHA, Policy and Programs Associate
MHA, Vice President of Development
MHA, Program Associate
National Alliance for Caregiving, President and Chief Executive Officer