WRCAC Telemental Health Resource Center

About Us


In September 2018, the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (WRCAC), a program of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (RCHSD), convened 35 professionals for a 1.5-day forum to address the challenges rural and frontier communities confront in supporting the mental health needs of highly traumatized children and their families.  WRCAC is one of four regional centers funded by the US Department of Justice-Office of Juvenile Justice, Delinquency, and Prevention (OJJDP) to foster an effective multidisciplinary response to child abuse and promote the growth and development of multidisciplinary centers typically referred to as children’s advocacy centers (CACs). CACs are guided by accreditation standards put forth by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). 

Attendees at the forum included representatives of CACs in rural and frontier communities; state, regional and national partner agencies in the CAC field; experts on mental health treatment; experts in related fields such as policy, technology and licensing; and researchers actively testing innovative models that go beyond traditional in-person therapy with licensed mental health providers. In addition to identifying a number of common challenges the group explored innovative strategies to increase access to effective mental health services and generated a number of action items that have the potential to change the landscape of trauma mental health in rural and frontier communities for the better.

The WRCAC Rural and Frontier Mental Health Forum and the associated search of the professional literature identified four major potential pathways to enhance trauma mental health service delivery in CACs in rural and frontier communities:

  • Recruitment and Retention of Mental Health Providers
  • Telemental Health
  • Task Sharing
  • Task Shifting

This website serves to educate and inform the CAC community about Telemental Health as an option, as it is not widely employed among CACs or within the child maltreatment field.

The following individuals were in attendance at the initial forum in September 2018. 









Jordan Benning, MEd Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center Program Manager jordan.benning@childrensmn.org
Lucy Berliner, MSW University of Washington Director of Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Clinical Associate Professor lucyb@uw.edu
Kim Day, MSW National Children’s Alliance Deputy Director KDay@nca-online.org
Michael de Arellano, PhD Medical University of South Carolina Senior Associate Dean for Diversity dearelma@musc.edu
Anne Denny Fort Peck Tribes CAC, Red Bird Woman Center Coordinator adenny@fortpecktribes.net
Shannon Dorsey, PhD University of Washington Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology dorsey2@uw.edu
Stephanie Furnival Iron County Children’s Justice Center Director sfurnival@ironcounty.net
Brenda George Children’s Alliance of Montana Executive Director director@childrensalliancemt.org
Jessica Gorrono, LCSW University of Colorado Boulder Director of Outreach/ Professional Research Assistant Jessica.Gorrono@Colorado.edu
Vicky Gwiasda Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center Program Manager VGwiasda@rchsd.org
Karen Hangartner Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center Project Director khangartner@nationalcac.org
Whitney Harris, LCPC Bright Tomorrows Children’s Advocacy Center Financial and Clinical Director whitney@brightcac.org
Andrea Hazen, PhD Rady Children’s Hospital Research Scientist ahazen@rchsd.org
Dave Jensen, JD California Association of MFTs Staff Attorney djensen@camft.org
Pam Karalunas Alaska Children’s Alliance Chapter Coordinator pkaralunas@gci.net
Salli Kerr Nevada Outreach Training Organization Executive Director sallikerr@nevadaoutreach.org
Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW Chadwick Center for Children & Families at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego Lead Trainer akillen-harvey@rchsd.org
Josh Kohrumel Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego Chief Data Officer jkohrumel@rchsd.org
David J. Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Professor KolkoDJ@upmc.edu
Cynthia Kuelbs, MD Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego Pediatrician ckuelbs@rchsd.org
David LaBahn Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President david.labahn@apainc.org
Dana Longenette, MSW Childhaven, Inc. Director danal@childhavennm.org
Jennifer Malone Southwest Montana Community Health Center Chief Executive Officer jmalone@swmtchc.org
Anthony Mannarino, PhD Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital Director Anthony.mannarino@ahn.org
Elizabeth Ann Miller, PhD University of Pittsburgh Clinical & Translational Science Fellowship Program Postdoctoral Fellow Millerea3@upmc.edu
Michelle Miller, PhD, LCSW National Children’s Alliance Coordinator of Mental Health Projects mmiller@nca-online.org
Chris Moll, LCSW Hirschfield Center for Children Director cmoll@tyfs.org
Molly Molloy, LCSW Butte Child Evaluation Center and Anaconda Children’s Advocacy Center Director mmolloy@swmtchc.org
Laura Murray, PhD Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Associate Scientist, Clinical Psychologist lmurra15@jhu.edu
Chris Newlin, MS LPC Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Cnewlin@nationalcac.org
Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo, PhD Medical University of South Carolina Assistant Professor orengoaa@musc.edu
Tamara Principato Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center Grant Administrator TPrincipato@rchsd.org
Edward Redd Utah Legislature (Retired)   TBD
Maegan Rides at the Door The National Native Children’s Trauma Center Director Maegan.Ridesatthedoor@mso.umt.edu
Jennifer Rolls-Reutz, MPH Chadwick Center for Children & Families at Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego Co-Director of the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) jrolls@rchsd.org
Benjamin Saunders, PhD National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center Associate Director saunders@musc.edu
Shelly Smith, MS Kids Center Executive Director ssmith@kidscenter.org
Teresa Smith, LSW, PhD Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center Project Director teresa@nrcac.org
Suzanne Starling, MD Chadwick Center for Children & Families at Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego Medical Director and Associate Program Director SStarling@rchsd.org
Regan Stewart, PhD Medical University of South Carolina Assistant Professor stewartr@musc.edu
Patty Terzian Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center State Liaison PTerzian@rchsd.org
Anthony Urquiza, PhD University of California Davis Director of the CAARE Center anthony.urquiza@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu  or ajurquiza@ucdavis.edu
Meg Wallace LISW-CP Medical University of South Carolina Clinic Coordinator/Therapist wallam@musc.edu
Christopher Walsh, LMFT Chadwick Center for Children & Families at Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego Director of Clinical Operations cnwalsh@rchsd.org
Charles Wilson, MSSW Chadwick Center for Children & Families at Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego Senior Director cwilson@rchsd.org