ACCESS Ambassadors
Masters of mental health advocacy

ACCESS Ambassadors are mental health clients from across the state of California who provide their unique perspectives to inform the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health's work and perform wider advocacy-related activities both locally and statewide.


ACCESS Ambassadors receive extensive advocacy training and ongoing support from the ACCESS team to ensure key policy makers receive appropriate guidance, input, and subject matter expertise from stakeholders from diverse communities throughout California. Ambassadors recruit and train additional stakeholders within their own local communities to establish and strengthen local advocacy networks, increase stakeholder participation in the community planning process, and ensure county mental health systems incorporate client/consumer voice and choice in local-level policy planning, programming decisions, and services delivery.

ACCESS maintains a network of Ambassadors, representing all five of California's MHSA regions. All of these individuals have personal lived experience of recovery from a mental health challenge and have experience conducting community outreach, stakeholder engagement, and local- and state-level mental health advocacy.

Superior Region Ambassadors

Zyaire Smith

Del Norte County


Vernon Price

Humboldt County

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Adeliada Baca-Moore

Modoc County

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Ashley Harris

Tehama and Amador County

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Cody Feiler

Nevada County

Bay Area Region Ambassadors

Michael Lim


San Mateo County


Richard Gallo

Santa Cruz County

Central Region Ambassadors
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No current representation

No active recruitment at this time 

Los Angeles Region Ambassadors

Pam Inaba


Service Area 6: South


Alicia Crews

Service Area 6: South


Tiffany Duvernay


Service Area 6: South


Hector Ramirez

Service Area 2: San Fernanado


Bianca Gallegos

Service Area 6: South


Thomas Smith

Service Area 6: South

Southern Region Ambassadors

Pete LaFollette


Ventura County


Jerry Hall

San Diego County

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Orlando Vera

Orange County

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Anthony Beaver

Orange County


Robert Forte

San Diego County

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Jennifer Gomez

San Diego County

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Amanda King

San Diego County