Children, Youth and Families Division

The Children, Youth & Families Division is established to carry out certain purposes and concerns of the parent organization as they specifically relate to children, youth and families in accord with and subject to the amended by-laws of NASMHPD. The purposes of the division are:

  1. To provide an identifiable focus upon children's mental health services as a substantial portion of the mental health concerns and programs of the states.
  2. To develop forums for effective collaborative planning, programming, and program review in mental health services regarding programs for children and youth.
  3. To analyze pertinent materials and policies as these relate to children's mental health. This includes legislation, regulations, guidelines, standards and criteria thereof.
  4. To propose a variety of new and innovative methods and models for the delivery of more effective mental health services for children and youth.
  5. To participate with those bodies and individuals involved in the development of standards, regulations, evaluative procedures and other processes which may affect the quality of mental health services for children and youth.
  6. To perform such other functions regarding mental health services for children and youth as may be directed by the parent organization (NASMHPD).

Executive Committee (as of January 1, 2019)

Chairperson1/1/23 – 12/31/24Keri VirgoTN
Vice Chairperson1/1/23 – 12/31/24Laurel OmlandVT
Secretary1/1/23 – 12/31/24Louise JohnsonSC
Member-at-Large1/1/23 – 12/31/24Nikki TennisWV
Past-Chairperson1/1/23 – 12/31/24Diana CockrellWV
Regional Coordinators
West1/1/23 – 12/31/24Leah ColburnUT
Midwest1/1/23 – 12/31/24Lisa BetzIL
Northeast1/1/23 – 12/31/24Maria Rodowski-StancoMD
South1/1/23 – 12/31/24Gayla CaddellAL



Diana Cockrell (WA)


NASMHPD Commissioner Division Advisor:

Joan Mikula (MA)


NASMPHD Division Administrator:

David Miller, M.P.Aff.

Senior Operations & Project Director, NASMHPD

(703) 739-9333, x153

Fax: 703-548-9517