Vanessa Price, NDCI Division Director

Vanessa Price, NDCI Division Director
Nominated by NAMI Oklahoma
Member, NAMI Greater OKC (OK)
Listen to Vanessa's Candidate Speech

Specific Strengths and Attributes:

  • Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, language, experience and national geography
  • 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:

  • NDCI Division Director

NAMI Programs:

  • NAMI Advocacy

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health condition; Non-Profit Advocate; Community Engagement/Employer; Other Professional

I have been working in some capacity as a part of criminal justice, substance abuse and mental health since 1990. My years of practical experience, the lived experiences of an immediate family member, and my position and the Division Director of Training and Research at NDCI affords me a unique opportunity to build relationship, meet emerging training needs, and improve outcomes for programs providing services to consumers.

As part of my work in the field, I have had the opportunity to participate and host focus groups to look at emerging issues across the field and challenges related to improving interactions with consumers, creating a system of equitable access to program entry and services, keeping consumers engaged and medication compliant, unique challenges of veteran populations, cultural engagement of Native American populations and appropriate law enforcement interactions/responses.

This resulted in the development of curriculum around cultural diversity for the field as well as law enforcement training to equip, engage, and empower law enforcement as part of local multidisciplinary teams.

For the last thirty years I have been fortunate to be a part of changing the public sector perception of mental illness and law enforcements understanding of their role as first responders when engaging an individual with mental health issue.

One of my current responsibilities is identifying consultants, training them and equipping them with resources to train teams across the county. These trainings give us insight into team challenges and emerging issues. I am responsible, in part for facilitating curriculum reviews and consultant feedback to improve curriculum. Additionally, I work directly with team members of local treatment courts, state coordinators, Administrative Office of Courts, and associations to identify needs and provide training that is designed to meet local jurisdiction needs. This includes working with judges, coordinators, treatment provides (both substance use and mental health services), law enforcement, probation, supervision, Department of Corrections, prosecutors/States Attorney, and the defense bar to develop jurisdiction specific training responses in identified areas.

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