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 CCJBH'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
 
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Vernon Price

 

Humboldt County

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Zyaire Smith

Del Norte County

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Elizabeth Moore

Butte County

 
Bay Area Region Ambassadors
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Michael Lim

 

San Mateo County

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Richard Gallo

Santa Cruz County

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Lorraine Zeller

Santa Clara County

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Carol West

Sonoma County

Central Region Ambassadors
 
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John Aguirre

 

Stanislaus County

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Clarene White

Fresno County

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Jessie Wright

Sacramento County

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Bill Floyd

Stanislaus County

Los Angeles Region Ambassadors
 
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Pam Inaba

 

Service Area 6: South

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Amparo Ostojic

Service Area 4: Metro

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Alicia Crews

Service Area 6: South

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Johana Lozano

Service Area 7: East

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Tiffany Duvernay

 

Service Area 6: South

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Hector Ramirez

Service Area 2: San Fernanado

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Bianca Gallegos

Service Area 6: South

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Thomas Smith

Service Area 6: South

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Sheela Burbridge

Service Area:

 
Southern Region Ambassadors
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Pete LaFollette

 

Ventura County

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Jacob McDuffee

Santa Barbara County

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Jerry Hall

San Diego County

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Amber Minniefield

San Bernardino County

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Mary McQueen

Tri Cities