Amy has worked in social services and behavioral health policy and program operations for 15 years, with a focus on programs providing mental health support for children and families. She began her career providing direct services in school and hospital settings, primarily providing short term and crisis intervention services. It was during this time that she witnessed firsthand the importance of individuals having access to the appropriate mental health services when and where they need them.
Amy comes to the Meadows Institute from the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) system where she led several key behavioral health programs and initiatives including the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver, development and implementation of the of the behavioral health assessment tool for children and youth entering conservatorship, and implementation of evidence based, high fidelity Wraparound. She served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Mental Health Coordination leading projects to enhance collaboration across child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and other child and family serving systems. In her most recent role, she provided broad operational and implementation support for Medicaid and CHIP program operations. In her daily work at the Meadows Institute, Amy contributes to a variety of projects at the intersection between clinical practice, system design, and policy.
Amy has a bachelor’s degree in government and a Master of Science in Social Work, both from The University of Texas at Austin.