Keris Myrick, Peers Here, There and Everywhere

Keris Jän Myrick will present her keynote: Peers Here, There and Everywhere: Recovery in Integrated Health Care, on the second day of the Summer Institute. 

Ms. Myrick is the Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 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. Previously, Ms. Myrick was President and CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network, a peer-run nonprofit which manages over 150 self-help groups in Los Angeles County, and other peer-led operations. She was the President of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and served as a consultant to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Office of Minority and National Affairs (OMNA). She has been an advisor providing assistance with the psychiatry component of the Recovery to Practice project. Ms. Myrick’s is also featured in the CalMHSA documentary, A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness and her personal story was featured in the New York Times series: Lives Restored.

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, with an emphasis on marketing, is from Case Western Reserve University.