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Audience in Lecture








Just Advocates


Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emeritus of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive mental health, education, juvenile justice, foster care, and permanency services. Since its founding in 1985, Seneca has developed innovative programs ranging from Wraparound and Intensive Treatment Foster Care, to integrated mental health services in schools, and a crisis continuum of care for youth and their families. Mr. Berrick is currently in the start-up phase of his new nonprofit, Just Advocates, an organization that will work to provide individualized support to children and families, as well as help inform systemic solutions at local, state, and national levels. Mr. Berrick has served as a Governor’s Appointee on both California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, and the California Child Welfare Council. He is actively involved with California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), an initiative with the express purpose of improving access to and delivery of Medi-Cal healthcare services. Mr. Berrick is a two-time former President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and serves on numerous policy planning groups in California at both the county and state-level. He is an elected member and Past-President of the Alameda County Board of Education, and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education. In 2014, Mr. Berrick was recognized by California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth as Advocate of the Year. In 2017, he was a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, in 2021, a recipient of the Jefferson Bronze Award, and in 2022, a recipient of the Jefferson Silver Award. He is co-author of the books, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Unconditional Education: Supporting Schools to Serve All Students (Oxford University Press, 2019).

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