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Last Updated: 8/28/2013

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


Forging a Path Toward Social Inclusion:
Collaboration Among Individuals‚ Community Partners‚ and Public Systems

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3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
Thursday, June 23, 2011


  • Jacki McKinney, M.S.W., Co-founder and Director of National People of Color Consumer/Survivor Network
  • Lindsey Dawson, M.A., Health Policy Advisor at the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion–US
  • John (Jody) Kretzmann, Ph.D., Co-founder and Co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University

Teleconference Overview

The SAMHSA ADS Center invites you to a free training teleconference to learn how consumers/survivors of mental health and substance use conditions are working together with private and public officials to make socially inclusive systems across many dimensions of community life—housing‚ employment‚ education‚ arts and culture‚ transportation‚ civic and entrepreneurial leadership‚ health and recreation.

Speakers will provide strategies for building diverse collaborations to map community assets and discover individual capacities that benefit communities and the delivery of social services. As a participant in this teleconference‚ you will see that social inclusion is achievable and learn how YOU can be part of the change.

Target Audiences

  • Consumers/survivors/peers of trauma‚ mental health problems‚
    and addictions
  • Families
  • Community development organizations
  • Policymakers or public officials
  • Leaders of community- and faith-based organizations
  • Educators
  • Employers
  • Health providers
  • Social service providers (e.g.‚ health‚ housing‚ transportation‚ welfare)
  • Criminal justice officials
  • Cultural or arts organizations
  • Behavioral health providers

Learning Objectives

As a result of this teleconference‚ participants will learn about these topics:

  1. The dynamics and impact of marginalizing people with mental health and substance use problems‚ as well as the courage it takes for them to re-integrate into society
  2. The six assets of an individual and a community that promote
    social inclusion
  3. Successful strategies for assessing your community's strengths and capabilities‚ and ways to mobilize community involvement to shift systems and achieve social inclusion


Jacki McKinney‚ M.S.W.
Jacki McKinney is co-founder of the current trauma movement‚ the first African American woman to receive Mental Health America's Clifford Beers Award‚ and a national expert on trauma-informed program practice and policy. A survivor of trauma‚ addiction‚ homelessness‚ and the psychiatric and criminal justice systems‚ Ms. McKinney is well known for her presentations on issues such as seclusion/restraint‚ intergenerational family support‚ and minority issues in public mental health.

As director and co-founder of the National People of Color Consumer/Survivor Network‚ Ms. McKinney has worked as a consultant to numerous national and local social policy research groups and Federal agencies‚ including SAMHSA‚ and played a key role in integrating people with lived experience of trauma into the Study on Women‚ Co-occurring Disorders and Violence. She is director of the Trauma Knowledge Utilization Project (TKUP) and also co-directs the Philadelphia City-wide Trauma Initiative of Philadelphia's Office of Behavioral Health.

Ms. McKinney serves on the boards of directors for Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and Mental Health America.

Lindsey Dawson‚ M.A.
Lindsey Dawson is the Health Policy Advisor at the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion–US. She is interested in the multidimensional relationship between social inclusion‚ health‚ and access to health care. She is currently contracting with the Kaiser Family Foundation's Medicare Policy Project in Washington‚ D.C. Previously‚ at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in the UK‚ she researched and developed patient and physician audit tools to examine the adequacy of National Health Service (NHS) provisions for people with muscle diseases. Her policy experience in the UK is also informed through her role as the Qualitative Research and Research Ethics Committee Administrator at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen).

Prior to her time in London‚ Lindsey worked as a paralegal for a progressive plaintiff's law firm in San Francisco‚ largely on employment discrimination and medical product liability cases. There she prepared a large race discrimination case for trial‚ analyzing complex data and working closely with clients‚ helping them to articulate their stories and framing claims in a legal context. It was this role that inspired her to develop a policy career centered on vulnerable communities and social inclusion.

Lindsey has an expertise in evidence-based policy‚ qualitative methodologies‚ and research ethics. She has presented on community based reparations and on methods by which LGBT people cope with anti-gay political atmospheres in ways conducive to mental health. She has a master's degree in Public Policy from King's College London‚ where she focused on health policy‚ and a bachelor's degree from Smith College in Sociology and Gender Studies.

John (Jody) Kretzmann‚ Ph.D.
Dr. John (Jody) Kretzmann is co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. The ABCD Institute works with community building leaders around the world to conduct research‚ produce materials‚ and support community-based efforts to rediscover local capacities and to mobilize citizens’ resources to solve problems. The Institute continues to build on the stories and strategies for successful community building reported in Mr. Kretzmann's popular book “Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets‚” written with long-time colleague John McKnight.

A much-traveled speaker and trainer‚ Kretzmann brings more than 4 decades of community-based work and study to his current position. Before founding the ABCD Institute‚ he worked as a community organizer and community development leader in Chicago neighborhoods and as a consultant to a wide range of neighborhood groups. He has worked to develop community-friendly policies in the city‚ and at the regional‚ state‚ national and international levels. In addition to his work at Northwestern‚ he has taught about community development and public policy with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Studies Program (which he co-founded)‚ Valparaiso University‚ the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago‚ and McCormack Seminary. He serves on a wide range of civic‚ community and foundation boards.

Mr. Kretzmann has a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University‚ a master's degree from the University of Virginia‚ and his doctorate degree in Sociology and Urban Affairs from Northwestern University.

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