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PLANCTX is pleased to continue receiving grants from EHF!

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PLANCTX is now receiving its 2nd year of an Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) grant. EHF allows PLANCTX to serve many clients and families who otherwise would not be able to pay for badly needed behavioral health services. EHF is a lifesaver!  THANK YOU EHF!

http://www.episcopalhealth.org/

Anita Garner

Board Member

Anita has served on the PLANCTX Board in various positions over the years including Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President . She was asked to serve on the Board by Bob Ploger, founder of PLAN of North Texas when he first started mentoring the founders of PLAN of Central Texas in 1993. Anita has ties to PLAN of North Texas as her sister is a long standing member and her mother served on the Board there for many years. Anita is a retired Medical Case Manager and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. She has worked in many rehabilitation settings assisting those with disabilities including people who have mental illness. She advocates for those who need services in order to assist them improve their lives and maintain wellness.

Natalia Leon, MPH

Board Secretary

Ms. Leon has a Master of Public Health from Texas A&M University System Health Science Center and a Bachelor of Speech Communication from St. Mary’s University. She has several years of experience working as a Data Analyst, and currently is a Research Specialist for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Brenda Mercier, F.P.

Family Partner

Jim Jackson, DD, M.S., LCDC

Care Manager

Dr. Jim Jackson grew up in Los Angeles and San Francisco and like many people in Austin migrated to Austin to attend UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Jackson is both a pastoral and chemical dependency counselor who is now in his 27th year in community mental health. He is both a teacher and a counselor in this field and feels that the issues we face will require well prepared professionals for the future and has worked very hard to put persons of color into the work.

Dr. Jackson has been involved in NAMI for years, was one of the people who brought Family Connections to Austin, served as Board Vice President of both the Central Texas Council on Alcoholismand Lifesteps the Williamson Co Council. He is a past TAAP President and a member of African American Behavioral Health in Austin.

In addition to a doctorate in Pastoral Care, he holds a Master’s degree n program management and a Bachelor’s in social Work and Sociology. His introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy was with Dr. Aaron Beck, his studies in DBT were under Dr. Perry Hoffman and Dr. Alan Kugler of NEABPD and Dr. Marsha Linehan of the University of Washington at Seattle.

His supportive family is made up of his wife Nora of nearly 36 years and his son John.

Stephanie Dowbusz, M.S.

Care Manager

Ms. Dowbusz is a PLANCTX Care Manager who has provided case management services to PLANCTX consumers for the last 7 years. She is also the Lead Care Manager facilitating the peer socials that PLANCTX provides. She has concurrently worked at DARS as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for 7 years. Ms. Dowbusz has 14 years of experience providing care management services to people with disabilities at various agencies. She also has several years of prior experience providing direct care services for persons with disabilities.

Calleen Deibert, M.S., LCDC

Care Manager