Keris Myrick: Associate Director of Consumer Affairs for SAMHSA

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Keris Myrick, MIA blogger and, as of today, the former chair of the board of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, will be the new Associate Director of Consumer Affairs for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) starting on June 30th. Keris was the president and CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network, a peer run organization in Los Angeles County.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]