Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force

The goal of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force is to support creative and effective methods of improving assessment, access to treatment, and wrap-around resources for vulnerable youth and households in need of mental health and substance abuse services.

The Task Force will meet on: October 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., in State House Room 130

Task force meetings are open to the public. Guests are asked to notify the Commission Executive Director in advance of their intention to attend, if possible.


Senator Randall Head, Co-Chair
State Senator
District 18

Sirrilla Blackmon, Co-Chair
Deputy Director of Children's Services
Division of Mental Health and Addiction
Family and Social Services Administration

Cathy J. Boggs
Director Government and Affiliate Relations, Behavioral Health
Community Health Network

Dr. Carrie Cadwell
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Strategy & Operations Officer
Four County Counseling Center

Chris Daley
Executive Director
Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA)

Cindy Dean
Director of Custody Program
Child Advocates

Vivian Frazer
Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning

Mindi Kensinger Goodpaster 
Director, Public Policy & Advocacy
Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY)

Julie Gries 
Assistant Deputy Director
Bureau of Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion, FSSA

Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn
Indiana University Psychiatry

Kristina Johnson
Director of Community Initiatives
Lutheran Foundation

Marc D. Kniola
DYS Program Director
Indiana Department of Correction, Division of Youth Services

Barbara Moser
Executive Director
NAMI Indiana

Cathy Robinson
Bureau of Developmental Disabilities
Family and Social Services Administration

Carol Satre
Field Coordinator/Teacher Practitioner
Indiana University School of Social Work

Sarah Sparks
Department of Child Services

Nancy Wever
Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Jeff Wittman
Student Support Specialist & Foster Youth Coordinator
Indiana Department of Education


Meeting Materials


Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
May 13, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 25,2014 Agenda Minutes
November 12, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 12, 2015 Agenda Minutes
July 17, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 2, 2015 Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes
August 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
October 13, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 10, 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes
August 2, 2017 Agenda Minutes
October 18, 2017 Agenda Minutes
December 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes
February 8, 2018 Agenda Minutes
March 27, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 19, 2018 Agenda Minutes


2015 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report