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Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana

CISC > Committees & Task Forces > Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force

The goal of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force is to support creative and effective methods of improving assessment, access to treatment, and wrap-around resources for vulnerable youth and households in need of mental health and substance abuse services.



Sen. Randall Head, Co-Chair
State Senator
District 18

Sirrilla Blackmon, Co-Chair
Deputy Director of Children's Services
Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Parri Black
President and CEO
Youth First, Inc.

Cathy J. Boggs
Executive Director Government and Affiliate Relations, Behavioral Health
Community Health Network

Suzanne F. Clifford
Executive Vice President, Behavioral Health
CEO, Gallahue Community Mental Health Center
Community Health Network

Sam Criss
Deputy Director of Services and Outcomes
Indiana Department of Child Services

C.J. Davis
Executive Director
Four County Counseling Center

Cathleen Graham
Executive Director
Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA)

Carey Haley Wong
Chief Counsel
Child Advocates

Lt. Kevin Hobson
Indiana State Police
Commander, Drug Enforcement Section

Katie Hokanson
Director of Trauma and Injury Prevention
Indiana State Department of Health

Mindi Kensinger Goodpaster
Director, Public Policy & Advocacy
Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY)

Marc D. Kniola
DYS Program Director
Indiana Department of Correction, Division of Youth Services

Suzanne O'Malley
Deputy Director
Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council

Task Force Contact

Mariah Clark, Legislative Assistant
Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-9488

Meeting Materials


Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
May 13, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 25,2014 Agenda Minutes
November 12, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 12, 2015 Agenda Minutes
July 17, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 2, 2015 Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes
August 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
October 13, 2016 Agenda  


2015 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report