Carlos A. Larrauri, APRN
Nominated by NAMI Miami-Dade County (FL)
Member, NAMI Miami-Dade County (FL)
Listen to Carlos' Candidate Speech
Specific Strengths and Attributes:
- Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, language, experience and national geography
- Knowledge of the philanthropic community and track record with donor cultivation
- Experience with a variety of revenue models and financial oversight and management
- Health care/medicine especially in team-based practice that provides integrated physical and mental health care
- Criminal Justice experience, professional and/or lived, to provide insight into one of the central platforms of the NAMI 2020-2025 Strategic Plan
Job Title or Position:
- Lecturer, The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
- Member, Board of Directors, NAMI, 3 years (Secretary, 1 year)
- Member, Board of Directors, NAMI Miami-Dade County, 7 years (Secretary, 2 years)
- NAMI Connection; NAMI Smarts for Advocacy; NAMIWalks
Other Board Service:
- Member, National Youth Leadership Board, Strong 365
- Member, Advocacy Board, Students with Psychosis
Relationship to Mental Health:
- Individual with first-person experience of mental health condition; Provider/ mental health practitioner/employee in the field; Non-Profit Advocate.
As a member of the Board of Directors for the NAMI national organization, I will move the mission of the organization forward by focusing on the three key goals of our strategic plan. I believe that achieving these goals will help provide others with the same opportunity for recovery that I was afforded.
First and foremost, I will utilize my lived experience, as well as my training as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, to help others get help earlier. I have published a chapter entitled First Person Accounts of Psychosis and Advocacy Work in the clinical text
Intervening Early in Psychosis – A Team Approach. I have also shared my story in articles and blog posts with STRONG 365, CURESZ, The Miami Herald and NAMI. I will continue share my story to change public perceptions in hopes that it helps other get help earlier.
Moreover, I will support NAMI achieve its goal of helping people get the best possible care. I am currently working with NAMI on the Accelerating Medicines Partnership that aims to develop new treatments for schizophrenia. I hope for the opportunity to continue to inform this high-level scientific endeavor with the values and insights that people and families with lived experience have to offer.
Lastly, I will help NAMI divert people from criminal justice system involvement. I will draw from my real-world experiencing working in a jail diversion program and caring for patients at a forensic psychiatric hospital to inform my advocacy for criminal justice reform.
I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by helping restart the NAMI Miami-Dade County affiliate and lead the organization as a peer leader, trainer, board member, fundraiser and public speaker. I have engaged in over 50 community outreach events to students at universities, law enforcement for crisis intervention training, and providers at community mental health organizations. I have taught five connections support group facilitator trainings and have trained approximately 25 facilitators. I have written several opinion editorials in the Miami Herald and engaged in multiple media appearances with South Florida PBS regarding mental health-related topics.
I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by my ability to listen deeply and maintain intellectual humility. My work as psychiatric nurse practitioner has taught me the value of listening in helping others heal and move forward with their goals. It has also taught me the value in knowing when to lead and when to follow. Furthermore, my experience with schizophrenia has taught me to take nothing for granted. It has made me realize the importance of support systems and community in well-being and has grounded me with a strong sense of purpose.