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Mental Health Awareness Webinar Series

Through a series of three webinars in July 2021, we supported efforts to improve access to equitable mental health treatment, services, and support for racial, ethnic, and sexual minority populations, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning), and immigrant communities in Tennessee.

July 14, 2021

Improving Outcomes in Minority Mental Health

Wednesday, July 14
6:00-7:00 PM CT / 7:00-8:00 PM ET

Webinar Description:
Racial,  ethnic, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes. This can be attributed to multiple factors. These include cultural stigma, limited access to quality mental health services, discrimination, and a lack of education surrounding mental health issues. There is an urgent clinical and societal need for improving outcomes for these individuals. The goals of this presentation are to discuss the role that education, early intervention, technology, access to care, the use of best practices, and a focus on patient-centered outcomes can play in addressing this need.

Howard L. Burley, Jr., MD
Chief Clinical Director
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services


Dr. Howard L. Burley, Jr., MD is the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services’ (TDMHSAS) Chief Clinical Director. He previously served as the Director of Psychiatric services for Cumberland Heights Treatment Center. Before coming to the Department, Dr. Burley was Vice-President of Magellan Behavioral Health of Tennessee. Dr. Burley is certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry. He holds a B.S. from Howard University and Medical Degree from Meharry Medical College. He is currently a board member for the Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority. Other previous positions held include Director of Mental Health Services for Corrections Corporation of America (CCA); Medical Director of Residential Dual Treatment Services and Out-patient Services, Cumberland Heights Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services; the Metro Nashville Health Department Downtown Clinic; and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Service at Meharry Medical College. His expertise is in managed care, clinical psychiatry, and co-occurring disorders.

July 21, 2021

ME at 4.0; Honoring Who We Are to Become Who We Want to Be

Wednesday, July 21
6:00-7:00 PM CT / 7:00-8:00 PM ET

Webinar Description:
When Marta was diagnosed with a mental health condition, one of the crucial things she felt she lost was her integrity. Embracing who she was in the darkness was the key to becoming who she wanted to be in the future. She honored her lows and highs in order to step out of the colorblind life that was setting her back. A combination of faith and therapy played a pivotal role in her recovery. In this presentation, Marta will share her recovery story and how she reconciled faith and therapy in order to become stronger, not only as a person diagnosed with a mental health condition, but as a peer advocate.

Marta Hernandez-Fontenot
Alliance Healthcare Services/Turning Point Peer Support Center


Marta Hernandez-Fontenot moved from Puerto Rico to the State of New Jersey at the age of 12 years old. She received a certificate in Technical Office Skills at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey. After being diagnosed with a mental health condition in 2002, her life changed completely, and she had to learn to adapt to a new way of doing life. Her first role as a Peer Recovery Specialist was at the Mental Health Association in New Jersey where she managed and facilitated group activities at Esperanza Self Help Center for the Hispanic community. She also got involved in the Consumer Public Policy Committee which represents thousands of consumers in the State of New Jersey in order to be a voice to those less fortunate. In 2013, Marta made the decision of relocating to Memphis, TN. She encountered the opportunity to work at Alliance Healthcare Services and is now Supervisor and Coordinator at Turning Point Peer Support Center. She is also a WRAP Facilitator, NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter, NAMI Basics Instructor, Family to Family Instructor, & Therapeutic Art Life Coach. She also volunteers on the TAPS Committee (Tennessee Association of Peer Specialists), Licensure Panel Committee, TDMHSAS Region VII Committee, and as Secretary on the NAMI Memphis Board. She has also been offered a position as an Art Instructor for the Healing Arts Project, Inc. Her interest for the mental well-being of her fellow peers has encouraged her to continue the fight against stigma. As a result of that passion, Marta served two years as CAB Chair (Consumer Advisory Board), TDMHSAS Statewide Planning Policy Council member, and Executive Planning and Policy Council Committee.

July 28, 2021

Psychiatry in the Hispanic Population

Wednesday, July 28
6:00-7:00 PM CT / 7:00-8:00 PM ET

Webinar Description:
This webinar will be presented entirely in Spanish with the support of NAMI Chattanooga and Clinica Medicos, Chattanooga, TN.

Dr. Perez will discuss efforts to improve access to mental health treatment, services, and support in the Hispanic population.

Carlos H. Perez, MD
St. Joseph Clinic, P.C.



Carlos H. Perez, MD, received his medical degree from National University of Trujillo, School of Medical Sciences, Peru. He completed his residency training in General Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Services at Elmhurst Hospital Center, affiliated to Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York. Dr. Perez also completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry, Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital and Manhattan Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Moreover, he completed a fellowship in Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York. Dr. Perez initiated his practice in Dalton GA at St Joseph Clinic, P.C. and affiliation with Hamilton Medical Center in 2005. In his practice, he encourages patients and their families to be well informed about their diagnoses and treatment options, and to be active participants in treatment decisions to offer them the best overall mental and general well-being.

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