I have been an advocate for people with mental health issues for twenty plus years. As a person with lived experience, I have focused on the decriminalization of mental health treatment. I currently serve on several Boards and Advisory councils, including Governor’s appointments to the Idaho State Independent Living Council, and the Idaho State Planning Council on Behavioral Health.
I joined the Federation in hopes of impacting Children’s mental health care In Idaho. Being a parent, I am still concerned with the use of the criminal justice system as a prominent ( and at times only) avenue to access treatment.
Dr. Kateri Picard Ray, Ph.D., LCSW, RYT is a social worker and a yoga practitioner/teacher. She is a certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator. She is also trained in Yoga Behind Bars to bring yoga practice to incarcerated populations. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and serves as the Chair for the Inland Empire (Coeur d’Alene) Branch of NASW, Idaho. She provides clinical supervision for Clinical Social Work license candidates. She is a school counselor and part-time faculty member of Capella University’s Master of Social Work program. Her work experience includes service in a variety of capacities as a social worker. She worked extensively at the micro, mezzo and macro levels including private practice, day treatment, residential treatment, in-patient psychiatric and academia. She served for eight years as Assistant Professor and Field Coordinator at the BSW level, and has 13 years of clinical experience including Chief of Social Work, Children’s Mental Health, Clinical Director at a residential treatment center, and private practice as an individual and family therapist. In 2005, Dr. Ray was the recipient of the Director’s Award of Excellence and served on the Governor’s Round Table for Children’s Mental Health in 2004 and 2005. She developed multiple trainings for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Providers and is the former Chair of Region 1 Children’s Mental Health Council. In 2015 she was chosen by social work students at Lewis-Clark State College to receive the Spirit Award. She worked with a colleague to write a book chapter titled, Mental Health Services in the Schools: Collaboration in a Multi-tiered System, and recently co-authored an article titled, A Meta-Analysis of Approaches to Engage Social Work Student Online. Her passions include working from a strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective and integration of physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects of treatment to promote a holistic approach to intervention.
My name is Kim Hokanson. I live in Ammon, ID. which is in Region 7. I have 4 children, 2 of which live with SED. I have navigated Idaho’s System of Care to the best of my abilities throughout my children’s lives. I knew that our System of Care could be better and I wanted to be able to do my part. I do that now by volunteering as a Board member for the Idaho Federation of Families and in many other areas.
Vanessa Morgan is the mother of four children ages 13, 6, 3, and a baby. Two of these kids have mental health needs. She has been involved in the Youth Empowerment Services project since its beginning, and was the first chairperson of the Interagency Governance Team for that project. Through lived experience, she has become an expert on early childhood trauma and attachment. She is determined to use her experience and voice to help other families going through similar experiences.
I live in Pocatello, Idaho with my husband of 22 yrs and our 3 boys, ages 16, 15, and 12. Our 20 yr old daughter and her husband live in Idaho Falls. All of my kids live with some degree of mental illness ranging from depression & ADHD to severe anxiety to Autism, epilepsy, and a laundry list of other diagnoses. I am passionate about advocating for children and their families and helping improve the way we perceive and treat mental illness in Idaho.