Mario Hernandez: Exemplary Leadership in Systems of Care

As a young college student, Mario was given a lead on a job at a research and training center for children’s mental health. It wasn’t remotely what he was interested in, but his wife said, “take the job; we need the money!” And the rest, as they say, is history.

Mario Hernandez, former Chair of the Child and Family Studies Department, University of South Florida, and Systems of Care legend, is my guest on this episode of The Optimistic Advocate podcast.

We talk about the early days of systems of care, how he built one of the most successful University behavioral health departments in the United States, leadership, and collaboration – all while never losing sight of system of care core values and principles. It’s a deliciously lengthy interview, so grab a coffee, cancel any work appointments for the next hour, and join us on the couch!

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  • La Gaceta article features a delightful recounting of the personal side of Mario Hernandez
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Scott Bryant-Comstock

About the author, Scott

Hello, I’m Scott Bryant-Comstock, CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum to exchange ideas on how to improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.

Two podcasts for you to listen to!
I encourage you to listen to the Optimistic Advocate podcast to learn about amazing advocates who are committed to improving the human condition.

In addition, I encourage you to listen to the Kundalini Chronicles podcast to learn more about my awakening and the practical tips for self improvement that I share on each episode of the podcast. Always a bit of poetry, and inspiring homework for you, as we move together on this beautiful journey of creating harmony with the universe.

Remember to stay optimistic and listen to the universe. It’s speaking through you, I promise.

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