Gary plays an important role in engaging local Texas communities in improving mental health and substance use disorder systems across Texas. Gary works across the state and with a broad range of Institute projects including system change for adults, children, and veterans. Gary has played a lead role in engaging pediatric primary care providers to participate in the Child Psychiatric Access Network.
Gary has more than thirty-seven years of experience in the mental health field. Beginning in direct care, he has held an array of positions such as director of special programs at Rusk State Hospital; mental health director at a mental health authority; deputy executive director of a community mental health/developmental disability center; and, for the 12 years prior to beginning at the Institute, he was the executive director of East Texas Behavioral Healthcare Network (ETBHN), where he expanded its membership to eleven community centers covering over seventy counties in Texas, with services that stretched to over two hundred counties in total. Gary has an undergraduate degree in social work from Southern University in New Orleans and a Master of Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Since beginning work at MMHPI in 2018, Gary has worked on multiple such as the Lubbock Community Assessment, Texoma Community Assessment, The Depelchin Project (Harris County Foster System), and the Trauma Informed San Antonio project. Outside of assessments, Gary has led multiple organizations and groups of organizations in strategic planning and fostered cooperation across multi-organization consortiums and committees. In addition, Gary has worked to ensure community engagement by creating and maintain relationships with Local Mental Health Authorities, Non-Profit Organizations, Health and Human Services, and Texas Department of State Health Services.