Speakers

Anna Almerico
Anna Almerico
Idaho Out-of-School Network
Director
Anna Almerico is the Director of the Idaho Out-of-School Network. With over 17 years of experience leading non-profits, she has developed a deep passion for working to address the issues facing families furthest from opportunity and under resourced through looking deeper into the policies, practices and mindsets requiring change. Anna holds a degree in Sociology: Criminal Justice and Peace and Justice Studies from St. Thomas University and in 2020 completed a Fellowship in Policy at Furman University. Invested in engaging community and building family supports, Anna believes that closing the opportunity gap for children and providing access to mentors and professionals with enhanced skills in social and emotional learning and mental health, will alleviate poverty and build a strong diverse workforce and ultimately -leaders of the future.
She, Her, Hers
Out-of-School Time Matters


Jacqueline Bazzle
Jacqueline Bazzle
Something Different Counseling LLC
Owner and Counselor
I currently run a personal private practice and have worked as a clinical director of a substance treatment facility, helped develop and start trauma-focused substance treatment tracks, and worked for years developing specialized knowledge and competency working with individuals who are hurting. Often, the clients that I work with have not experienced safety or a healthy relationship in a long time. I love to paint, write, and do a lot of mixed media crafting/creating. I collect pink elephants. I play tons of video games until way too late at night. I love horror movies, great food, and being a mom.
She, Her, Hers
Self-Care & Trauma Work: What No One Wants to Say


Amanda Braga
Amanda Braga
The Walker Center
Social Worker
Amanda is a Licensed Masters Social Worker. She is currently working on completing a Doctorate in Behavioral Health. Amanda has a passion for helping people find hope and healing. She has worked in homeless shelters, outpatient behavioral health, hospital systems, and outpatient substance abuse treatment. Amanda is an advocate and has served on the Crisis Center of South Central’s Advisory Board, Region V Behavioral Health Board, works as a grant-writer for non-profits and teaches Mental Health First Aid.
She, Her, Hers
Chronic Disease Model for Treating Addiction


Megan Brandel
Megan Brandel
Idaho Out of School Network & Open Arms Dance Project
Founder
Megan Brandel comes from a family of kind, creative, motorcycle riding welders and artists. These facts remain the best explanations for her artistry and relational instincts. Megan believes everyone’s creative voice matters and she values meaningful human connections. She first developed her love of dance with Kathy Lee and has deep gratitude for every teacher, colleague, and collaborator who has helped her along this path. Megan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also trained extensively in tap, jazz, ballet, and Integrated Dance, studied Elementary and Special Education and is a certified yoga instructor. As an artist, Megan is the recipient of an Alexa Rose Foundation grant supporting her study with Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion Institute (2020/21) and was an Artist in Residence at Surel’s Place (October 2020).
Through teaching creative movement, modern dance, and choreography at schools and community centers around Boise, Megan is strongly committed to reaching populations not typically involved in dance and helping them move in ways that are joyful, empowering, collaborative, and community building. In 2008 she founded Open Arms Dance Project, which is an expression of all she believes in as a person and artist – everyone deserves to create, connect with others, and be seen.
Out-of-School Time Matters


Krissy Broncho
Krissy Broncho
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Manager/Clinical Coordinator
Krissy Broncho, MSW, LCSW is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes from Fort Hall, Idaho. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Social Work from ISU and her Master’s Degree in Clinical/Administrative Social Work from the University of Utah. Krissy manages the Mental Health Program for her Tribe. She has practiced social work for over twenty years. She also runs a cattle ranch on the reservation and enjoys spending time horseback and ranching with her family.
She, Her, Hers
Behavioral Health Challenges in Tribal Communities


Jason Coombs
Jason Coombs
Brick House Recovery
CEO/Founder
Jason Coombs is a person in long-term recovery and the Founder and CEO of nationally accredited Brick House Recovery. He earned a Master of Professional Communications (MPC) degree and recently his new book, Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover, achieved the Amazon Best Seller award. He is a professional TEDx speaker, consultant, and leadership expert. He is also an Ironman 70.3 finisher and loves the outdoors. Jason and his wife enjoy living in a small town outside of Boise, Idaho with their twin toddlers.
Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Person Recover!


Jennifer Cork
Jennifer Cork
Big Lake Psychological Services
Individual and Family Mental Health Therapist Clinical Supervisor for Medicaid
Jennifer Cork is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individuals with mental health diagnoses and neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and intellectual disabilities.  She received her master’s in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in 2014, is a Certified Autism Specialist, and has a Certificate in Disability Studies from EWU. She is also a registered clinical supervisor in the State of Idaho.
Disability and Mental Health


Jeff Crouch
Jeff Crouch
N/A
Healthcare Consultant
Jeff is a healthcare consultant specializing in payment reform, contract negotiations and strategic planning. Jeff has more than 30 years of executive-level leadership experience with health plans, state-government and hospitals. As a health-plan executive, Jeff’s primary focus was provider network development and transitioning payment systems toward value-based care.

More recently Jeff developed a payment-reform options for the Idaho Medicaid program, including design of the accountable-care organization program now being implemented. Additional work experience includes administration of Microsoft’s health benefits program in Seattle and finance director for California’s largest managed-care dental company. Jeff has a master’s degree from the UCLA School of Public Health.

Jeff’s home is in Eagle Idaho where he plays bass in a local band.
Value-Based Payments 101


David Dickinson
David Dickinson
US DHHS/Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Regional Administrator
David A. Dickinson, MA, has over 40 years’ experience in the field of behavioral health, working in clinical service delivery as a counselor, program manager, and agency director, as well as serving in leadership positions in state government in Kansas and Washington. He has served as the SAMHSA Regional Administrator in DHHS Region 10 since the creation of the office in 2011. His clinical career also included service delivery in California, Colorado, and Oregon. Prior to his position as Regional Administrator for Region X, David served as the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) in the Department of Social and Health Services, State of Washington, where he had been posted since April 2009. In this position he managed responsibility for the State's substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services and community mental health system. During his tenure in Washington, he was responsible for integrating the former Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and the Mental Health Division, creating the DBHR while melding two historically distinct Divisions with a shared vision of delivering quality, data-driven behavioral health services in a recovery-oriented system of care. He also had an active executive leadership role in promoting the concept of bilateral integration of behavioral health and primary healthcare in Washington State through person-centered health home clinical models.

David has held positions as the First Vice President of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), as well as being an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). He currently serves on the Boards of two non-profit organizations in Washington. David received a BA in Political Science from Baker University in Kansas, and earned his MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California. He resides in Olympia, Washington with his family.
Future of Idaho's Behavioral Health Care System


Christopher Edwards, Ph.D., ABPP
Christopher Edwards, Ph.D., ABPP
St. Luke's Health System
Lead Psychologist
Dr. Edwards is the Lead Psychologist at St. Luke’s Healthcare System. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. in Clinical/School Psychology from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, and completed a Clinical Psychology Residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. He and his wife Melissa have been married almost 30 years with 5 wonderful children (3 dogs and 2 cats).
Behavioral Health Care in Idaho: Lessons Learned from COVID-19