Meet the Team: Jennifer Baran-Prall, Senior Project Coordinator
My name is Jennifer Baran-Prall and I am the Senior Program Coordinator for Adult Mental Health projects at the South Southwest MHTTC. I joined the MHTTC team in 2019 after moving to Austin from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I worked as both a clinician and hospital administrator at the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to relocating to Texas.
Over this past year I have had the opportunity to work on several MHTTC projects that supported peer providers in the workforce. A peer provider uses his or her lived experience of recovery from mental health and/or substance use challenges, plus skills learned in formal training, to provide services in a variety of care settings to promote recovery and resiliency. This work included training and technical assistance, supporting the first Region 6 Peer Recovery Conference, and the development of the Peer Retention in the Workforce Organizational Assessment. In the year ahead, I am excited about continuing the Peer Retention project as we roll out the organizational assessment in several agencies within Texas.
I will also continue working on projects focused on young people with clinical high risk for psychosis or who are experiencing a first episode psychosis. We are planning a Region 6 First Episode Psychosis Conference this summer and are facilitating monthly mentoring calls for Coordinated Specialty Care Teams.
As a former Suicide Prevention Coordinator, I’m also excited to support efforts around safety planning and the implementation of Suicide Care Initiatives. There is so much good work being done by the center to provide education and skill development promoting good mental health. It is privilege to be a part of such a caring, dynamic team.