Our AUTonomy virtual panel discussion, “Autism and Addiction”, is next week on Wednesday, November 8th at noon. We are excited to have Diane Arms, the Director of Community Behavioral Health at The Council on Recovery, joining us as a panelist for this discussion to provide her expertise.
Diane oversees the Center for Co-Occurring Disorders and has dedicated her career to serving the Latino population in the Health Field, including Mental Health and Substance Use. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Diane has served in roles such as Director of Health Integration and Director of Prevention and Counseling. She has worked facilitating leadership meetings amongst local Federally Qualified Health Centers to proactively identify, address, and resolve systemic issues. She has successfully implemented programs such as Multisystemic Therapy in a Mental Health Setting and Transition Age Youth, assisting transitioning clients from children’ services to adult services in the mental health system. She spearheaded the transition of in person clinical and behavioral health services of a healthcare agency to telehealth services to accommodate social distancing and stay at home orders due to COVID 19. Previously funded projects consist of identifying relationships between stress, depression and anxiety to substance use and parenting styles in young adult Latinos, investigating the effects of chronic illnesses on children’s health-related quality of life in the Colonias, an underserved and impoverished neighborhood along the Texas-Mexico border, and exploring effective decision making aids on colorectal cancer for the aging Latino population. She is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Class 44, a graduate of the Mujers de HACE program, 2019, and an advisory committee member and trainer for the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.