Keris Jän Myrick MS, MBA is the Chief, Peer and Allied Health Professions for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. In her role she also served as the SME for the Tech Suite Project, integrated digital therapeutics into community mental health and lead the development of Peer designed and delivered Digital Health Literacy training and certification. Ms Myrick was formerly the Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the United States Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Ms. Myrick was previously President and CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network, a Los Angeles-based, peer-run nonprofit and the Board President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ms. Myrick is a leading mental health advocate and executive, known for her innovative and inclusive approach to mental health reform and the public disclosure of her personal story. She has over 15 years of experience in mental health services innovations, transformation, and peer workforce development. An early adopter, self-identified “geek” and interest in leveraging technology to aid in mental health recovery and wellbeing, Ms. Myrick has a certification in Geek Therapy Culture Competency and serves on the American Psychiatric Association’s App Advisor Panel.
Ms. Myrick is a leading mental health advocate and executive, known for her innovative and inclusive approach to mental health reform and the public disclosure of her personal story. Ms. Myrick’s personal story was featured in the New York Times series: Lives Restored, Los Angles Times and CALMHSA/PBS documentary. Ms. Myrick is an in-demand national trainer and keynote speaker, and authored several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is known for her collaborative style and innovative “whole person” approach to mental health care.
Ms. Myrick has a Master of Science degree in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University. Her Master of Business Administration degree is from Case Western University’s Weatherhead School of Management.