Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Names Dr. Victor G. Carrion to Mental Health Commission

Friday, April 22, 2011
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SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the appointment of Dr. Victor G. Carrion to the state Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

Dr. Carrion completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in child psychiatry and research at Stanford University. He is now an associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Stanford Early Life Stress Research Program. He is also a faculty member at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and associate editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Dr. Carrion has received awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders.

The commission advises the governor and the state Legislature on mental health policy and oversees implementation of the Mental Health Services Act, which includes prevention & early intervention programs, the Children’s Mental Health Services Act, and the Adults and Older Adults Systems of Care Act.

Dr. Carrion replaces Don Pressley, a deputy attorney general, who resigned from the commission in February.

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