Sharon has been involved with CIT since 1979, and her efforts helped to pioneer the CIT program in California. Her vast experience within the healthcare industry has helped her develop the knowledge and focus to ensure that patients get the best care possible, regardless of where the care is taking place.
Presently, Sharon is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University where she has two clinical rotations at three different psychiatric facilities twice a year. She introduces her students to the world of a psychiatric patient from those needing an inpatient acute facility to those in recovery in outpatient sites. In addition, Sharon is the Administrative Nursing House Supervisor at Kaiser Redwood City. Here, she is responsible for patient care satisfaction, managing staffing levels to ensure they are adequate to care for all patients, the appropriate transfer when a higher level of care is needed, as well as the transfer back to Kaiser when they are stable enough to return.
Currently a Clinical Services Manager, Terry has been employed at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services since 1987. After the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, Terry was asked to head the San Mateo County Mental Health Earthquake Recovery Project to assist the county in recovering from the emotional impact of the disaster. He’s experienced in a number of roles including management of services, case management services, and development of new programs. Terry is well versed in addressing the challenges presented by clients from a variety of backgrounds. His current management responsibilities include the development, implementation, and running of San Mateo’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (AOT).
Over the course of his career, he has been involved in the creation, implementation and/or running of numerous programs and services in Behavioral Health and San Mateo County including: Adult Resource Management (ARM), Family Agent Program, San Mateo County Mental Health Assessment and Referral Team (SMART), Family Assertive Support Team (FAST), Pathways Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, Field Crisis Consultation Committee (FCCC), Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Academies, California Crisis Intervention Training Association (CACITA) and the Coastal Community Service Area (CSA).
In addition to his work at BHRS, Terry has been the liaison to other organizations including our local Regional Center System, Probation, NAMI, and law enforcement agencies. Each year, he is actively involved in helping to facilitate the Crisis Intervention Training Association Academies with the local Sheriff’s office and NAMI San Mateo, and promoting CIT across California. He is part of a team tasked with designing and building a new state-of-the-art Behavioral Health Campus to replace the Cordilleras Campus in Redwood City. He currently services as the Treasurer for CACITA and is working with other board members to plan the next CACITA State Conference planned for August 2018.
With over 28 years of law enforcement experience, Detective Dempsey is the Officer-in-Charge of the Administrative Training Detail, Mental Evaluation Unit (MEU), and Crisis Response Support Section (CRSS) for the Los Angeles Police Department. He has conducted a variety of assignments with both the LAPD and Department of Defense. After receiving his Associates in Science in Nursing, he earned his certification in German from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, studies in Urban Geography and Foreign Languages (Spanish), and completed the Clinical Training Program at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Menlo Park, CA.
Detective Dempsey has vast experience when it comes to Mental Health. He is currently responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the LAPD’s training curriculum, the review and writing of the Department’s policies and procedures for interacting with persons suffering from mental illness/mental health crisis, and the weeklong Mental Health Intervention Training (MHIT) course.
Detective Dempsey is a member of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSTA), the Innovations Committee in Sacramento, CA, and the Los Angeles County System Leadership Team (SLT). In addition to his professional memberships, he has been trusted to provide expert witness testimony in State/Federal civil lawsuits in regards to police policies, procedures, and training involving persons suffering from mental illness/mental health crisis.
Currently with the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office, Detective Coffman started his career as a College Cadet in 1972 with the Atherton Police Department. He then transferred to the Palo Alto Police Department, where, among other assignments, he worked with addicts, homeless, veterans, and individuals with mental illness/mental health crisis in the downtown area. In 1999, Detective Coffman attended his CIT Training with the San Jose Police Department.
Retiring from Palo Alto Police Department in 2004, Detective Coffman went on to work as a Deputy Sheriff in San Mateo County where he coordinated the countrywide CIT program. Now a Sheriff’s Detective, he has helped to share the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) Program.
For 33 years, Marla has worked within the law enforcement and mental health communities in San Diego. She has worked to develop several programs for Southern California law enforcement jurisdictions involving mental health issues, including Juvenile Diversion programs for El Cajon Police Department, La Mesa Police Department, and the San Diego Police Department.
Marla has supported the implementation of Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) for San Diego County law enforcement agencies. In 1998, PERT became a county-wide program involving San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, and ten additional lawn enforcement agencies. Additional assignments include Public Relations Officer at La Mesa Police Department. In addition to her work with law enforcement, Marla is on the Board of Directors for Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL).
With 35 years of public safety experience with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Captain Lamm is currently assigned as the Commander of the Capitol Protection Section. His responsibilities include the management of the CHP Capitol Police, Special Weapons and Tactical Mounted Patrol, Bicycle Patrol, Hazardous Device Detail, and Criminal Investigations.
Well versed in public safety, Captain Lamm is a California Peace Officer Standards and Training Master Instructor who has designed and implemented training courses for over 10,000 Highway Patrol employees statewide. He was tasked with the development and implementation of the CHP Mental Illness Response Program, including new training curriculum for all CHP employees depending on their level of public exposure and job functions.
A member of the PERT Coordinating Council, Captain Sweeney is currently the Commander for the Uniformed Patrol Division of the La Mesa Police Department. After 26 years in the California Army National Guard, serving two overseas combat tours, he retired as a Sergeant Major (E-9) in 2012. Captain Sweeney joined the La Mesa Police Department in 2001, holding several assignments including Patrol Officer, Master Officer, Range Master, Defensive Tactics and Less Lethal Instructor, Detective, and Narcotic Task Force Officer. Prior to his promotion to Captain, he was the Commander for the Department’s Special Response Team (SWAT) and served as the PERT Coordinator for LMPD.
A board-certified Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr. Quanbeck has 20-years of work experience in psychiatric hospitals and jails in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. Currently he is the Medical Director of Cordilleras Mental Health Rehabilitation Center, providing treatment for individuals living with serious mental illness in the San Mateo County Health System.
Dr. Quanbeck has conducted research examining how California’s mental health laws contribute to the “criminalization of the mentally ill” and create a repetitive pattern of psychiatric hospitalization and jailing for those with serious mental illness. At Napa State Hospital, his involvement in research on inpatient violence was used to create training programs designed to reduce violence and prevent the use of seclusion and restraints in California’s state psychiatric hospital systems. Dr. Quanbeck has published articles, book chapters, and review papers presented both domestic and internationally on these topics, offering strategic solutions on how to best address these pressing issues within the public health system.
He is a member of the California Psychiatric Association’s LPS Reform Task Force I and II, seeking reforms in the state’s civil commitment laws. This group helped pass legislation that has resulted in the rapid expansion of Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs across California, proving to be effective in preventing re-hospitalizations and the criminalization of the seriously mentally ill. Dr. Quanbeck lectures in the San Francisco and San Mateo County’s Crisis Intervention Training Academy, is a core faculty member in the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Psychiatry Residency, provides clinical supervision and training for UCSF Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Treatment Advocacy Center.
With 21 years of experience working the field of social work, Yoshioka specializes in the delivery of behavioral health services to diverse populations including criminal justice, behavioral health, and child welfare systems. She has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions through her career. Her vast experience as a pre-and-post licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) consists of providing individual and group psychotherapy and case managements to adults diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder and/or chronic medical condition, children, and couples in outpatient and residential behavioral health treatment settings.
In her position as a Adult Forensic Services Program Manager II with San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Ms. Yoshioka managed specialized outpatient treatment programs through a partnership with key members of the criminal justice system (sheriff and city police, probation, mental health courts, state prisons, hospitals, parole, public defender, and district attorney) to address the needs of the adult forensic population. Since 2008, she has worked in collaboration with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department as part of the Crisis Intervention (CIT) Committee. Ms. Yoshioka has assisted in providing a robust training program accessible to all law enforcement personnel throughout the county. The guidance of the CIT Committee offers law enforcement personnel techniques to effectively address the multilayered needs of individuals who may be experiencing a mental health crisis by directing them to available community resources that offer systems of support rather than directing these individuals to local hospitals or jails.
As the Interim Deputy Director of 24-Hour Emergency Care Services, Ms. Yoshioka currently oversees an array of centralized specialty behavioral health programs. These programs include Adult and Older Adult Systems of Care, Community Crisis System of Care, Hospital Based Services, and the CIT program. All of these programs emphasize the importance of individual and public safety by providing individuals, families, and communities access to services that promote prevention, intervention, recover, and resiliency.
Currently serving the BART Police Department as CIT Coordinator and Community Outreach Liaison, Armando Sandoval has over 30 years of experience work as a Law Enforcement professional, Forensic Mental Health specialist, adjunct professor, and community outreach liaison. Affiliated with NAMI for over 25 years, he has over 10 years of experience as CIT academy instructor.
Armando has been with the BART Police for five years. His first task outside of acclimating to a four county transit system was to develop a multi-disciplinary Forensic Team in Alameda County. In addition, he has worked for the San Mateo County Mobile Mental Health “Mobile Support Team” within the Spanish speaking communities struggling with severe mental illness for almost 30 years.
Christina is the Executive Director of NAMI Fresno. Living in California’s central valley for over 20 years, she comes to the mental health community with lived experience as a family member and a personal journey.
As the lead for NAMI Fresno’s efforts supporting the law enforcement community, CHP and other local agencies with mental health training support, she also supports American Ambulance’s efforts in delivering CIT training to their Behavioral Health Support Team. This is a specialized team of paramedics that was developed to respond to mental health crisis calls in the Fresno community. Christina has recently received recognition from CHP as a recipient of the Fresno and Madera Police Chiefs Association Citizens Award for her support in providing mental health training to law enforcement professionals in the central valley. In addition to her work, she is a member of the local steering committee to developing a CIT team for the Fresno area.
Dr. Steve Seetal received his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology at A.I.U. He has worked in private, outpatient, residential, and field-based programs for the past 20 years. In these settings, Dr. Seetal has routinely provided crisis intervention, assessment, and treatment for populations of individuals coping with a range of emotional, behavioral, and intimate relationship issues. Currently, Dr. Seetal maintains a private practice in Pasadena, CA.
Dr. Seetal is also a fulltime police psychologist with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he provides a range of services including counseling for department members and their families, response to critical incidents, crisis intervention, and organizational consultation. Dr. Seetal has served as a Subject Matter Expert with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) several times, and has co-developed and instructed six separate mental health training programs for Sheriff’s Department Custody and Field Operations personnel over the last several years.
Prior to his work with the Sheriff’s Department, Dr. Seetal held clinical and administrative positions with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Dr. Marvin was named Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) San Diego County in 2015. In partnership with San Diego County HHSA, San Diego County Law Enforcement, City of San Diego EMS, NAMI San Diego, and Community Research Foundation (CRF), PERT contributes to the well-being of persons living with mental illness by actively and compassionately assisting those in crisis who come to the attention of law enforcement and emergency medical services.
Since 1988, Dr. Marvin has provided psychological services to public safety agencies including law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical, and dispatch. He has thirty years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and Chief Psychologist with CRF, providing care to persons experiencing severe mental illness. Dr. Marvin has provided training development and presentation, ENT consultation and training, post-trauma intervention, management consultation, peer support development, death notification, and counseling to a wide variety of local and federal public service providers.
After retiring as a Commander from the Ventura Police department with over 28 years of service, Mr. Stadler became the Ventura County Law Enforcement CIT Program Administrator in 2015. He was a founding member of this CIT program in 2001.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a Master’s degree in Organizational management from the University of La Verne. He is a graduate of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Supervisory Leadership Institute and Command College. Mr. Stradler is an instructor at the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center and an Adjunct Professor for the University of La Verne.
Christine is a licensed MFT and the Assistant Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, better known as PERT. In 1993, she began her career in emergency response work in Los Angeles work for the Department of Children and Family Services within the Emergency Response Unit. Christine moved to San Diego in 1997, working as a Case Manager for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services agency, providing case management services to those on LPS Conservatorship.
Christine’s role as a PERT clinician placed her in a patrol car alongside a uniformed officer for 10-hour shifts. She took an interest in understanding and clarifying the misconceptions between community organizations, members, and law enforcement around mental health related incidents that could create barriers to providing services. Christine was instrumental in collaborating with agencies whom called upon law enforcement for assistance with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. In addition to building strong relationship with these communities, Christine took the time to inform and education her law enforcement partners on relevant mental health related issues.
In 2014, Christine became a Training Instructor for the Police Academy on responding to call involving individuals with Special needs. Recently, she became the Assistant Program Director for PERT and continues to serve the community through the spirit of collaboration.
Captain O’Brine began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1990 as a Search and Rescue volunteer. He graduated from California State University San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal justice, after which he was hired as a full-time law enforcement deputy sheriff. As with most recently hired deputy sheriffs, he was assigned to duty in the custody atmosphere caring for those incarcerated. Later promoted to the Hesperia Patrol Station as a Field Patrol Deputy, and then to the Training Division, he trained in-service personnel and new academy recruits.
After several promotions, resulting in a 2016 promotion to the rank of Captain, he began managing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Frank Blank Regional Training Center. As a part of his duties there, Captain O’Brine is the Department’s Chairman of the Crisis Intervention Training Committee. A collaboration between the San Bernardino County Behavioral Health and Sheriff’s Departments, this committee is responsible for developing and providing Crisis Intervention Training to peace officers throughout the region.
Acting Director Ramona Prieto brings over 37 years of law enforcement experience to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), along with advanced education and a proven record of collaborative leadership in many areas.
In 2015, Director Prieto retired as Deputy Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the largest state law enforcement organization in the nation. In her position, she managed a $2 billion budget and oversaw the day-to-day operations of approximately 7200 uniformed field personnel and 3400 non-uniform civilian professionals, as well as several adjunct duties in multiple special offices.
Director Prieto has achieved numerous historical milestones in her career: She was the first female motorcycle officer, the first female Assistant Commissioner, and the first female Deputy Commissioner in CHP’s nearly 90-year history. She has over three decades of hands-on experience in seven field commands and three staff operations, working in commands throughout the state.
Director Prieto has been recognized for her innovative, result-oriented collaborative efforts every assignment and has championed such issues as: enhanced officer safety, workplace violence prevention, community involvement, and tactical and operational training. She has worked diligently to improve public safety throughout her career and has been selected to be a spokesperson for CHP at the local, regional, headquarters, and national levels.
Director Prieto has earned numerous prestigious honors and awards during her long career and has been recognized locally, state-wide, and nationally for her innovation and her dedication.
Director Prieto holds an AA degree in Administration of Justice, a BA degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, and a MA degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College, as well as a workers compensation certificate from UC Davis. Despite these accomplishments, if you were to ask, Director Prieto would tell you her most honored achievement is being the mother of five daughters, grandmother of eight grandchildren and wife of elected Sheriff of Yolo County, Ed Prieto.
Acting Chief Deputy Director Helena Williams brings 22 years of law enforcement experience to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). She began her law enforcement career as an Officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) during which time she has been promoted to the ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant. She has served in four different CHP field commands including Hollister-Gilroy, Capitol Services, North Sacramento, and Valley Division Investigative Services. She has served three times in the North Sacramento office from officer to the rank of sergeant.
Chief Deputy Williams has been called to serve in three different administrative assignments within the CHP including its Academy, instructing criminal law, Risk Management, and Internal Affairs managing the Investigations Unit. She is a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified instructor for the First Line Supervisors Academy, Middle Management Training Course, and the Command Management Course. She has instructed law enforcement professionals on Ethics, Internal Affairs Investigations, Controlled Substances, Impaired Driving, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults, Community Oriented Policing, Sergeant’s Forum, and the Police Officers Bill of Rights (POBR). She was the statewide Drug Recognition Expert Coordinator (DRE) responsible for the direct oversight, training and continued development of at least 2,500 DRE’s representing at least 250 statewide, national and international law enforcement agencies. She has provided countless hours of training to physicians, nurses, school administrators, teachers, middle and high school students, defense attorneys, deputy district attorneys, toxicologists, criminologists, and executive management of allied agencies. She currently is a DRE and DRE instructor.
Chief Deputy Williams believes organizations are successful when employees are valued not only for their achievements and accomplishments but for their contributions. She truly is inspired by the success of others and enjoys being part of their path in professional development. She is most inspired by her family, including her husband, daughter, son and lovely grandchildren.