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BIO:

Dr. Garcia is the Deputy Director for the county of San Diego, Adult and Older Adult Behavioral Health Services (AOABHS).  Dr. Garcia oversees the mental health and substance use disorders system of care for adult and older adults across the County. For the past three decades she has implemented biopsychosocial rehabilitation and recovery programs for individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.

In her current capacity Dr. Garcia oversees the implementation of the Behavioral Health Services integration and the development and implementation of System of Care initiatives for, Adult and Older Adult services to include: BHS and Primary Health Integration, Faith Based Initiative, Supportive Housing and Employment Initiative, Transition Youth and Older Adult initiatives, for persons  with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, justice system and BHS integration, and the integration of cultural competence standards in the mental health system.  

Recognitions

2014 – National Association of Social Workers Recognition for Outstanding Public Social Work Services

2013 –  Departamento Infantil Familiar (DIF) Community Recognition for Development of Emergency Telephone Line, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

2013 –  Health Care Communicators Finest Awards Silver; Publications, Collateral and Design; Logo  Creation/Brand Identity; Behavioral Health Systems; County of San Diego; Housing Matters

2013 –  California State Association of Counties 2013 Challenge Merit Award, San Diego County; Comprehensive Services for Homeless Mentally Ill

2012 –  Public Relations Society of America Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation –Bilingual Fotonovela

2009 –  Chaldean-Middle Eastern Social Services, Community Support Award

2008 –  San Diego Psychological Association Distinguished Contribution to PsychologyAward

2008 –  John Craven Memorial Award – Leadership and commitment to meeting San Diego’s affordable housing needs.

2005 –  Mental Health Person of the Year, County of San Diego

1997 –  Social Worker of the Year