Keynote Speakers

Picture of Dr. Joe Parks

Joe Parks, Ph.D

At The National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Dr. Parks is a practicing psychiatrist and state policymaker. He has a track record for translating clinical experience in mental and substance use disorders into patient-centered policy recommendations and state of the science behavioral health treatment programs. With the addition of Dr. Parks, the National Council expands its capacity to serve its members and the nearly 40 million Americans who experience mental illness or addiction each year.

Previous Experience
In his home state of Missouri, Dr. Parks served as Director of Missouri Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services and Missouri Medicaid Director. Dr. Parks led the development of the nation’s first approved Medicaid state plan amendment for health care homes for people with serious mental illness. He then expanded the concept to community mental health centers and federally qualified health centers.

He continues to serve as a professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and maintains his clinical psychiatry practice on an outpatient basis at Family Health Center. Family Health Center is a federally-funded community health center expanding services to uninsured and underinsured patients in central Missouri.

Reginald Richardson, Ph.D

Dr. Reginald C. Richardson, Sr. was appointed by Governor Kate Brown as Executive Director of the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, to help her lead Oregon’s efforts to combat addiction.  Prior to his appointment, Dr. Richardson served as the Deputy Director for the Oregon Department of Human Services. He joined DHS as the Director of Self- Sufficiency Programs in June 2015, after a nationwide search. Richardson came to Oregon from The Family Institute at Northwestern University in Illinois where he was Vice President for Evaluation and Clinical Services. He also served as a clinical lecturer in the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern University. He has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels; authored several publications, and provided social work consultation to a variety of organizations. 

Dr. Richardson is a frequent speaker and trainer in child, adolescent, and family issues. His research has focused on Understanding Behavioral Problems in Children of Color, Parenting Practices in Kinship Foster Care, and Evaluation of Social Service Programs.  He holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and social work, a graduate degree in psychiatric social work and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr.  Richardson is licensed as a clinical social worker in both Illinois and Oregon, with a clinical practice that specializes in individual, couple, and family therapy.