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Building Collaborative Community Capacity to Serve Women and Children in Recovery is a Course

Building Collaborative Community Capacity to Serve Women and Children in Recovery

Started May 4, 2022
1.5 credits


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Building Collaborative Community Capacity to Serve Women and Children in Recovery

June 14, 2022    11:30-1:00 PM CST Live on Zoom


Lisa M Cleveland, PhD, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC, FAAN

Kevin J. Downey, PhD

Beverly Watts Davis, MA

Representative Ina Minjarez

Verna Eskridge

Robert Nolan, MD

John B. Hertz, M ARCH

Tiffany Harper


Lisa M Cleveland, PhD, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC, FAAN, Professor, Mary Jane Ihle Clark Professor in Caregiving, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a tenured Associate Professor at UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing. Her innovative research with mother-infant dyads impacted by opioid use has contributed to changes in clinical practice and improved outcomes. Her recovery residence, Casa Mia, is a collaborative partnership between the School of Nursing and the nonprofit, Crosspoint, Inc. Casa Mia provides safe and supportive housing for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorder where they can recover with their children.   In addition, the findings of Dr. Cleveland’s Maternal Opioid Morbidity Study are providing insight into the contextual factors surrounding maternal opioid use relapse and overdose deaths; the leading cause of maternal mortality in TX and a growing cause nationwide. Dr. Cleveland is now developing and psychometrically analyzing a brief screening instrument to help identify women at-risk for overdose death so they may be referred to life-saving resources. Further, Dr. Cleveland is leading the Texas Targeted Opioid Response to ensure access to Narcan, and opioid overdose identification and reversal education: She is also leading a statewide community paramedicine program (TTOR Bexar County) to prevent overdose, increase the use of peer recovery services, and improve access to treatment. 


Kevin J. Downey, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer at Crosspoint, Inc. and Consultant, Dr. Downey has a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from St. Louis University, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University, and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. He has over 45 years of experience in agencies serving the mentally, physically and socially disenfranchised.  As President and CEO of Crosspoint, Inc. from 2006 to 2022, Dr. Downey oversaw all aspects of the organization's operations.  His responsibilities included strategic planning, staff management, external agency representation, system linkage and innovative program development.  He now serves as Crosspoint’s Chief Strategy Officer and founded a consulting firm specializing in innovative program design and strategic collaboration.  Dr. Downey is a former commissioner for the American Corrections Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and is a past president of the International Community Corrections Association.  In 2018, Dr. Downey chaired the International Community Corrections Association’s annual research conference in San Antonio.  In 2016, Dr. Downey was a key speaker at the Community Corrections Conference in Zhanzhou, China.  He was then a featured guest on the CCTV show Dialogue in Beijing to discuss the state and future of community corrections in the US vs. China.  Dr. Downey was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers’ Alamo Branch as their 2019 Public Citizen of the Year.


Beverly Watts Davis, MA, Chief Officer of Resource Development and Program Support and Senior Vice President for Texas, WestCare Foundation.  Beverly Watts Davis has spent her career working in disadvantaged communities to ensure access to health and human services, safe neighborhoods, and opportunities for economic stability. Her work has been recognized with three Secretariat Awards for Outstanding work by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and she was selected by the Attorney General of the United States as the first Texan to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award for the prevention of juvenile delinquency. She was also awarded with the National Faith-Based and Community Leadership Award for the engagement of faith-based organizations in behavioral health and the PRIDE National Youth Leadership Award and the National Prevention Network Achievement Award for ensuring the youth prevention was supported and funded. She has been inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame and was honored by the San Antonio Bar Foundation with the prestigious PEACEMAKER Award. She has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director's Award for Community Leadership, the Department of Defense (DOD) Commander's Award for Outstanding Leadership, and the National Crime Prevention Council's "Outstanding Citizen Advocate Award" for advocacy for community crime prevention. Beverly Watts Davis brings a unique set of experiences to the behavioral health field as an Elected Official, Director of a Federal Agency, Non-profit Director, Adjunct Professor, Community Organizer, and successful Policy Advocate that has allowed her to navigate various operational levels for San Antonio’s success.