APA member Deanna Yates, PhD, a practitioner in Texas, was appointed to the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, a group that will advise President Bush on how to improve mental health service delivery for people with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances.
In the span of a year, Yates and the other 14 members of the commission will:
Review the quality and effectiveness of public and private mental health providers and identify unmet needs and barriers to service.
Identify innovative mental health treatments, services and technologies that can be widely replicated.
Formulate policy recommendations that can be implemented by public and private providers, and federal, state and local governments to integrate the use of effective treatments and services, improve coordination among service providers and improve community integration for adults and children with mental health diagnoses.
APA recommended Yates, who is recognized for her expertise in the treatment of traumatic stress and other psychological issues in children. She has been in private practice in San Antonio since 1992. Before earning her doctorate in counseling psychology from Texas A&M University, Yates worked as an elementary school teacher and principal. Much of her clinical work has been focused on mood, anxiety and developmental disorders in children and adolescents.
She believes that the commission's work "will be essential in examining issues related to early diagnosis, intervention and treatment of children in the public and private systems."
The commission, headed by Michael Hogan, PhD, former director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, will issue an interim report in October.