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Leaders & Lunch: The Mental Health Crisis: A Community Conversation, Part II
As a result of the thought provoking and engaging questions and comments during our initial Community Conversation on January 12th around mental health, we have decided to host a follow-up as a part of our February Leaders & Lunch webinar series. Part II of the community conversation will follow a similar discussion panel and moderator format and will include subject matter experts: Denise H. Price, Behavioral Health Services Director for Forsyth County Government; Kristin Ryan, Director of the BEAR Team for the Winston-Salem Fire Department and Matthew Motsinger, MIH Community Paramedic Supervisor at Forsyth County Emergency Services. Join us online on February 15 as we continue this important conversation about mental health.

This Leaders & Lunch session will begin at noon and conclude at 1:00 PM. Note that this is a webinar format, so cameras and mics will be on only for the hosts and guest speakers. If you have any questions for our panelists, you will be able to enter them using the Q&A function. The chat function will be turned off for the webinar.

Feb 15, 2023 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Denise Price
Behavioral Health Services Director @Forsyth County Government
Denise Price has over 30 years of public sector experience including Medicaid waiver and provider network management, regulatory compliance, grant writing/award management, quality assurance, public health administration, and executive-level project management. Denise began her career with Guilford County, providing direct care services in group homes, day programs and after school programs, before transitioning to management roles with various Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations. In 2018 Denise joined Forsyth County as an Assistant Public Health Director with primary responsibility for the pharmacy, laboratory, WIC, and environmental health. In June 2022, Denise accepted the position of Forsyth County Behavioral Health Services Director. Denise earned undergraduate degrees in business/economics and psychology, a dual graduate degree in business and healthcare administration, and is a proud member of the Leadership Winston Salem class of 2023.
Kristin Ryan
Director of the BEAR Team @Winston-Salem Fire Department
I am excited to be the new BEAR Team Director for the Winston-Salem Fire Department. I have 20 years of experience working with individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in social work and Family Studies from Central Michigan University. After obtaining my degree I worked with adults who were on conditional release from the State Psychiatric facilities in Florida. In 2013 I earned my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Tampa FL. I was the Director of a 45-bed adult and 15 bed children’s crisis stabilization unit for the past eight years. Five years ago, I developed a community-based intervention team. The team has proven to reduce mental health related arrests and 911 calls. While in Florida I served as a volunteer with the Florida Crisis Response Team. This work included therapeutic interventions with victims of mass shootings, hurricanes and the Surfside Miami building collapse.
Matthew Motsinger
MIH Community Paramedic Supervisor @Forsyth County Emergency Services
I am currently working as a Battalion Chief with Forsyth County Emergency Services where I Supervise the MIH (Mobile Integrated Health) Program. This program is made up of senior paramedics that work with high utilizers of the 911 and Emergency department systems. We connect them with community based resources to help address any unmet medical, behavioral and social needs that they may have. Prior to working for Forsyth County Emergency Services I was a Navy Corpsmen who served with the United States Marine Corps for 16 years. I am a dad to two amazing boys, and am from Kernersville where most of my family still lives. I am a very progressive thinker and love to help others innovate and improve the community we live in.