Throughout her 25-year career in health care, social services, and community mental health; Darilynn has served in various leadership capacities. Prior to joining Meadows Institute, she served as the Division Director of Adult Behavioral Health Systems for Integral Care, the Local Mental Health Authority serving Austin Travis County. Her service has centered on the indigent, persons experiencing homelessness, and underserved populations. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Darilynn has applied her focus to supporting individuals living with serious and persistent mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorders, and chronic medical conditions through evidence-based interventions and collaborative care. She has developed and implemented many integrated systems of care, substance use specialty treatment services, homeless service programs and permanent supportive housing developments. Darilynn lead the development of Terrace at Oak Springs, the first single site Housing First apartment community in Texas with an integrated care clinic. Darilynn has specialized in community based treatment models such as Assertive Community Treatment, Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment, mobile Medication Assisted Therapy, Supported Employment and mobile Integrated Care Teams as novel programs to serve individuals with trimorbid conditions such as chronic health conditions, serious mental illness, and active substance use.
Darilynn served as an expert consultant in the development of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Permanent Supportive Housing Tool Kit. She serves as Board Chair of the Downtown Austin Community Court Board and Commissions, is the past Board Chair of the Texas State Emergency Food and Shelter Board, and is an Advisor to the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless. She is currently working to expand access to behavioral health treatment through collaborative innovation and integrate systems of care.
Darilynn has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master in Science and Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Darilynn lives in Austin with her husband and two teen daughters.