Speaking and Teaching


Leah receives an advocacy award from Marian Bland, Director of the Office of Special Needs Populations, Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration, April 4, 2014.

A national leader, speaker, and storyteller

Audiences Leah has spoken to include persons with lived experience, mental health/substance use providers, families, advocates, faith-based communities, policymakers, suicide prevention specialists, peer-to-peer support agencies, administrators, youth, and college students.

  • Leah has served on numerous committees and boards of organizations protecting rights and dignity, including the Mental Health Association of Virginia (MHAV), the National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) and Disability Rights International (DRI). She also served as Chair of the District of Columbia Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council from 2003-2005.
  • Leah’s views are highly regarded by the states of Maryland, Utah and others, where she has been the featured keynote speaker at statewide behavioral health conferences.
  • She received a recent Achievement Award from the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration for her “strong advocacy and unwavering commitment to promote human rights, dignity, healing, and self-determination. Through your inspiring leadership and your words and actions, you both help shape policy and inspire others to continue to strive to ensure our services are truly value-based and promote recovery.” (April 4, 2014)
  • Leah’s views on recovery were featured in SAMHSA’s 2013 National Recovery Month website section entitled “Ask the Expert.”
  • She is a frequent contributor to national SAMHSA-convened dialogues. In March 2014 she was invited to provide her expertise on a discussion of how to best integrate trauma screening and brief intervention into primary health settings.

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