The Nexus Story

The nexus

The Nexus Story


NEXUS (Neuroscience Experts and Cross-Sector Unconventional Stakeholders) has identified a set of unmet mental health needs for women, youth, and individuals coming in contact with the justice system. To address these unmet needs, NEXUS is partnering with a broad, diverse range of mental health stakeholders to energize the traditional mental health conversation.

We’re working with traditional and nontraditional mental health stakeholders, namely, those who are not typically associated with mental health, but who have mental health experience and insights. This includes law enforcement officers, prison administrators, parents, community center volunteers, women’s health professionals, and student-facing professionals, 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.

The Current Mental Health Landscape

We Need a Better Future for Mental Health


  • Too few mental health professionals
  • Fragmented ecosystem with lack of continuity of care
  • Key stakeholders unengaged and/or ill-equipped
  • Need for greater awareness
  • Diagnoses are untimely or nonexistent


A broader, empowered, and highly connected stakeholder ecosystem that embraces innovation in care and treatment.


Beth Battaglino
Beth Battaglino RN-C

President and Chief
Executive Officer

Jessica Edwards
Jessica Edwards

Director, External Relations National Alliance on Mental Illness

Le Ondra
Le Ondra Clark Harvey, Ph.D.

CEO of California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies
ED of California Access Coalition

Gabe Howard
Gabe Howard

Speaker & Author
Host of Healthline Media's Inside Mental Health podcast

Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH

Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Texas Tech University School of Medicine

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC
Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Psychotherapist and Adjunct Clinical Affiliate,
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing

Jackie Pinkowitz
Jackie Pinkowitz

Board Chair Emeritus, Dementia Action Alliance

Debbie Plotnick
Debbie Plotnick, MSS, MLSP

Senior Vice President,
State and Federal Advocacy, Mental Health America

Joe Pyle
Joe Pyle

Scattergood Foundation

Susan Lockwood Roberts, EdD
Susan Lockwood Roberts, EdD

Past President
Correctional Education Association (CEA)

Christopher Seeley, MSW
Christopher Seeley, MSW

Program Director, School and Justice Initiatives
American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation

Hannah Zeller, MSW
Hannah Zeller, MSW

Programs Manager
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance