EPI Plus Advisory Committee Members

  1. Khatera Tamplen, Chair
  2. Lauren Becker, JD
  3. Stuart Buttlaire, PhD
  4. Gilmore Chung, MD
  5. Adriana Furuzawa, LMFT, CPRP
  6. Kate Hardy, PsyD
  7. Thomas Insel, MD
  8. Yana Jacobs, LMFT
  9. Karen Larsen, LMFT
  10. Maggie Merritt
  11. Toni Tullys, MPA
  12. Paula Wadell, MD


The Advisory Committee consists of 13 members as follows:


  1. The Chair of the Commission or his or her designee.

  2. The president of the County Behavioral Health Director’s Association, or his or her designee.

  3. The director of a county behavioral health department that administers an early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention-type program in his or her county.

  4. A representative from a non-profit community mental health organization.

  5. A psychiatrist or psychologist

  6. A representative from the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at the University of California (UC), Davis, or a representative from a similar entity with expertise from within the UC system.

  7. A representative from a health plan participating in the Medi-Cal managed care program.

  8. A representative from the medical technologies industry.

  9. A representative knowledgeable in evidence-based practices as they pertain to the operation of an EPI Plus-type program.

  10. A representative who is a parent or guardian caring for a young child with mental illness.

  11. An at-large representative identified by the chair.

  12. A representative who is a person with lived experience of a mental illness.

  13. A primary care provider from a licensed primary care clinic that provides integrated primary and behavioral health care.


Advisory Committee Member Biographies


Khatera Tamplen

Khatera Tamplen has been the consumer empowerment manager at Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services since 2012. She was executive director at Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services from 2007-2012 and served in multiple positions at the Telecare Corporation Villa Fairmont Mental Health Rehabilitation Center from 2002-2007, including director of rehabilitation. Tamplen is a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council and a founding member of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations. Chair Tamplen represents clients and consumers.


L.E. Becker, JD

Lauren E. Becker is a young attorney. She has worked in corporate defense, intellectual property, and family law. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC San Diego in 2010 where she was a Cognitive Development Research Intern. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Western State University in 2015. During law school, she volunteered for a non-profit organization helping clients receive disability benefits. Ms. Becker has Bipolar Disorder type 1 and fills the seat of A Person with Lived Experience of Mental Illness.


Stuart Buttlaire, PhD, MBA

Dr. Buttlaire has over 30 years of clinical and management experience providing leadership and direction in health care delivery in both the public and private sectors. Currently, at Kaiser Permanente he designs and oversees a broad continuum of services and programs for both inpatient, ambulatory, and emergency settings for mental health and addiction medicine. He is the lead Mental Health Representative within Kaiser Permanente’s State Program Initiatives including Medicaid and Medicare and is the designated Regional Director of Resource Management for Behavioral Health. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Buttlaire was Program Manager of Acute Services, for Marin County Mental Health in Marin County, California. Dr. Buttlaire currently serves as a board member of the California Hospital Association Behavioral Health Board and serves on the American Hospital Associations Regional Policy Board for the Western Section. Dr. Buttlaire is a regional leader in the development of Best Practices at Kaiser Permanente. He has developed and led major program redesigns including Integrated Urgent Services for adults and youths with mental health and substance use disorders, Kaiser Permanente Post-Acute Center (SNF) Behavioral Health Program, mental health/emergency room consultation and suicide prevention, multi-family groups for adults and teens in the treatment of severe psychiatric conditions, and intensive outpatient treatment programs for adults and youths. He recently led the development of a new Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital and Crisis Stabilization Unit at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Dr. Buttlaire fills the seat of Representative from a Health Plan in the Medi-Cal Managed Care Program.


Gilmore Chung, MD

Dr. Chung received his MD from the University of Kentucky, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine - Pediatrics at Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center. He stayed at LAC-USC as an attending, and then spent a year at the Dimock Center in Roxbury, MA, doing outpatient medicine, started working in addiction medicine, as well as working in their inpatient detox facility. He has been at Venice Family Clinic since 2015, where he is the primary Medication Assisted Treatment physician, serves as the site director for the Rose Avenue clinic, which has a large population of patients that deal with homelessness, psychiatric illness, and substance use disorders. He works with Clare/Matrix as an expert facilitator in the Hub/Spoke system. He plans to sit the boards for the American Society of Addiction Medicine this fall. He also volunteers at Homeboy Industries, the UCLA chapter of Flying Samaritans, Physicians for Human Rights, and works for the LAPD jail dispensary clinics.


Adriana Furuzawa, MA, LMFT, CPRP

Ms. Furuzawa is the Early Psychosis Division Director at Felton Institute in San Francisco, CA, and provides executive oversight of operations and development of Felton Early Psychosis (formerly PREP – Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis), BEAM, and BEAM UP programs in six counties in northern and central California. She joined the Felton Institute in 2013, bringing 20 years of experience providing services to individuals struggling with persistent mental health distress in community mental health settings in California and in her native Brazil. Adriana has over 10 years of leadership experience in not-for-profit community-based organizations, providing clinical services, implementing evidence-based practices with fidelity to respective models, and promoting integration of recovery-oriented practices, and has been directly engaged in early psychosis program implementation and service delivery since 2013. Some key accomplishments include the sustainable implementation of coordinated specialty care services in urban and predominantly rural counties, and she has presented in numerous national, state, and local conferences on evidence-based practices for early psychosis care. She is a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist by the California Board of the Behavioral Sciences and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner by the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Ms. Furuzawa fills the seat of a Representative from a Non-Profit Community Mental Health Organization.


Kate Hardy, ClinPsychD

Dr. Hardy is a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University and California Licensed Psychologist who has specialized in working with individuals with psychosis for over 15 years in research, service development and clinical settings. Dr. Hardy received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF. She is the Co-Director of the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences INSPIRE Early Psychosis clinic and co-leads the national Psychosis-Risk and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET). She provides psychosocial interventions for individuals with psychosis, and their families, and is a nationally renowned trainer in CBT for psychosis and early psychosis models of care. Dr. Hardy fills the seat of a Psychiatrist or Psychologist.


Thomas R. lnsel, MD

Dr. Insel is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, is a co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders. Prior to serving as NIMH Director, Dr. Insel was Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University where he was founding director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience in Atlanta. Most recently (2015 – 2017), he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) in South San Francisco, CA. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Insel fills the seat of a Representative from The Medical Technologies Industry.


Yana Jacobs, LMFT

Ms. Jacobs is the Program Officer at the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care since 2014, www.mentalhealthexcellence.org a Non-Profit community foundation with a mission to bring transformative recovery based research and programs into the mainstream public and private sectors. She began her work at Soteria House as a staff member in the mid-70s, mentored by Loren Mosher, MD. Soteria House became her experience that informed her work as she moved into other areas of employment within the mental health world. Yana spent over 30 years working both in private practice as a family therapist and in the public sector at Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health. She has worked with their crisis team and later became the Chief of Adult Outpatient/Recovery services. As an ally to people with lived experience she implemented the first Peer-Run Respite House in California, funded by a federally funded SAMHSA Transformation grant. Yana believes we must work both as an activist on the outside and with our allies on the inside if we are going to bring about real change. She teaches about “Being with” people who are in extreme states, based on her work and life experience at Soteria House. Ms. Jacobs fills the seat of a Representative Knowledgeable of Evidence Based Practices as they pertain to the operation of an EPI Plus-type Program.


Karen Larsen, LMFT

Ms. Larsen is the Director of Yolo County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and has been serving the underserved of Yolo County and surrounding areas for more than two decades. As a woman in recovery herself, she strives to provide a voice for those we serve in all she does. She spent over 15 years working for community clinics as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and began her career providing care for those struggling with substance use disorders. Her passion for integrating care was one of the driving forces that brought Karen to Yolo County. She joined the County as the Mental Health Director and Alcohol & Drug Administrator in March 2014, just as the Agency was beginning to integrate the Departments of Public Health, Employment and Social Services, and Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health. As an integrated agency, Yolo County HHSA has the privilege of providing whole-person and whole-community care through branches that aim to ensure health, safety, and economic stability. With the objective of improving outcomes for the most vulnerable populations, Karen is active in local and statewide groups engaging in cross-system collaboration to address all determinants of health. She serves on the Board of Directors for the California Welfare Directors Association and California Behavioral Health Directors Association, co-chairing Children’s and Criminal Justice Committees. Ms. Larsen fills the seat of CBHDA President of Designee.


Maggie Merritt

Executive Director Maggie Merritt has worked in the public policy arena since 1989. She brings a rich blend of nonprofit, public policy and political campaign experience to her role as leader of the Steinberg Institute. Before helping launch the Steinberg Institute in January 2015, Maggie worked for years as a leader and advocate for nonprofit organizations focused on women’s and children’s health, violence prevention, and social justice issues. From 2005-2010, she served as executive director of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX (CA), working to advance public policies to benefit the health and well-being of women and their children. In 2004, Maggie worked alongside then-Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg on the successful Yes on Proposition 63 campaign that enacted the Mental Health Services Act, a 1 percent tax on personal income over $1 million to bolster funding for mental health services across California. Maggie serves as a powerful voice for brain health issues in her advisory capacity to a number of key statewide commissions. She sits on two committees helping inform the California Future Health Workforce Commission, is a member of the statewide and Sacramento’s “No Place Like Home” committees overseeing the rollout of $2 billion for permanent supportive housing for homeless people living with a serious mental illness. From 1989 to 2001, Maggie served as a legislative staffer in the California Senate and Assembly, focusing primarily on education and health policy. She holds a degree in sociology, law & society from the University of California, Davis, and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach. She has two married sons and four adorable grandsons and can be found on her yoga mat or frolicking in nature whenever she gets a chance. Ms. Merritt fills the seat as an At-Large Representative Identified By The Chair.


Toni Tullys, MPA

Toni Tullys is the Behavioral Health Services Director in the County of Santa Clara Health System. In her role since December 2014, Ms. Tullys leads a newly integrated department, providing mental health, substance use and prevention services and serving more than 36,000 individuals annually. Ms. Tullys oversees a broad continuum of care provided by County staff and contract providers. Under her leadership, the Department is implementing the first headspace/allcove model in California as an MHSA Innovations project and testing the development of contracts with commercial plans for these services. Ms. Tullys and her staff are launching the SAMHSA grant for Youth and Young Adult Clinical High Risk for Psychosis, expanding services for 0-5, TAY and LGBTQ clients, consumers and families, and working with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in adult mental health services. She also serves as the co-lead of the County’s Pay for Success Project: Partners in Wellness, designed to reduce consumer utilization of emergency psychiatric and inpatient services and to pilot a performance-based contract and is an enthusiastic partner with First 5 and NAMI. She earned her BS at California State University East Bay and her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Southern California, where she received the Women in Leadership Award. Ms. Tullys fills the seat as a County Behavioral Health Director of a County that Administers an EPI Plus Program.


Paula Wadell, MD

Paula Wadell, MD is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UC Davis where she serves as the medical director for the UC Davis early psychosis programs and is an executive committee member for the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. She is board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. Her interests include medical education, early intervention treatment and improving systems of care through quality improvement and advocacy. Dr. Wadell fills the seat of a Representative from the Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence, Davis, or Similar Entity.