Keynote Speaker

Captain Jon T. Perez

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Captain Jon T. Perez, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of federal service ranging from direct care to policy and program management in the United States and abroad. His previous federal positions include directing small to large direct service programs, as well as providing national program and policy leadership as the Director of Behavioral Health for the Indian Health Service. He now serves as the Region IX Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Perez is also well known for developing programs for international health diplomacy efforts and creating disaster response networks. Past assignments include behavioral health commander during initial U.S. tsunami relief efforts aboard USNS Mercy in Banda Aceh, serving as the Senior Liaison Officer between coalition forces and the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health, and leading multiple response teams for various events from the Presidential Inauguration to the Loma Prieta earthquake.