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Ms. Kathryn Manness

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • BA , Psychology
  • Masters Degree , Social Work
    UCLA School of Social Welfare
Web References
Indian Dispute Resolution Services - Team Members, 12 July 2009 [cached]
Kathryn Manness
Kathryn Manness
Kathryn Manness, LCSW (Huron) serves as a Senior Associate at Indian Dispute Resolution Services (IDRS) and as a practitioner in a full array of collaborative and dispute resolution processes (advocacy, community organizing, public participation, facilitation, and mediation).
Ms. Manness received her formal training in negotiation, mediation and facilitation from IDRS. Before coming to IDRS, she had over twenty-five years of broad management experience and substantive expertise in health planning, development, service delivery and education/training. Most of her work has been in Indian country for Indian organizations.
During her long career in the health and social services fields, Ms. Manness gained a reputation as an unusually innovative problem-solver. She has been especially effective in bridging the cultural divide, and organizing and facilitating community, statewide and national "collaboratives" among non-Indian and Indian agencies and organizations to pool resources and expertise to address problems of common concern.
Immediately before coming to IDRS, Ms. Manness served as the Program and Clinical Supervisor at the Seven Generations Child and Family Services Program in Los Angeles where she had responsibility for its Mental Health Program, its CalWorks Program, and its state-funded domestic violence/sexual assault program. She created a "systems of care approach" to service delivery by organizing and managing a partnership between the American Indian Unit of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the Southern California Indian Center, and Seven Generations.
Before that, Ms. Manness served for three years as the Community Development Specialist with the National Indian Child Welfare Association in Portland Oregon. In this capacity, she assisted Indian tribes and organizations throughout the country set up mental health systems of care for children and families, provided training on mental health topics through 2-5 day training institutes, and established and coordinated activities of a national American Indian family organization.
Prior to this, Ms. Manness served for six years as the Director of Behavioral Health Services at the Feather River Tribal Health Agency, a multi-million dollar health consortium that serves three tribes in northern rural California. In this capacity, she provided direct services as well as developed new services and training programs and new funding sources. She also organized and provided consultation to a large consortium of non-Indian and Indian agencies and service providers in Butte County to address child, spousal and elder abuse and Indian child welfare compliance issues.
Ms. Manness also served for twelve years as the Manager of the American Indian Counseling Center with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. In addition to delivering direct services, she was one of the primary designers and, later, administrators of an integrated and coordinated American Indian Mental Health Program in Los Angeles County. In 1991, the Counseling Center won the national NACO award for the most outstanding innovative, county mental health program.
Ms. Manness has served on the National Native American Advisory Group to the Center of Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), the National Indian Child Welfare Associations Board of Directors, the California State Violence Against Women Act Task Force, the State of California Native American Juvenile Justice Working Group, the California American Indian Advisory Task Force on Social Services, the California Coalition on Indian Child Welfare, the LA County Native American Indian Commission, and the Minority Task Force of San Gabriel Valley.
Ms. Manness graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received her BA in Psychology from UCLA. She earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from the UCLA School of Social Welfare. She is a licensed Psychiatric Social Worker and is a trained family mediator.
Contact CAL-ICWA, 5 Mar 2012 [cached]
Kathryn Manness, LCSW
Testimony to Congress, 21 May 1998 [cached]
My name is Kathryn Manness and I sit on the Board of Directors for the National Indian Child Welfare Association.I am also the Director for Behavioral Health at the Feather River Indian Health Clinic in Oroville , California.
We recognize and appreciate the past and present interest of this Committee in Indian mental health issues.Mental health services are the topic of our testimony.Our comments will focus on our view that Native American children in the United States who experience serious emotional disturbances do not currently have equitable access to treatment services.Our testimony will provide an overview of the barriers to the provision of adequate Indian children's mental health services.
CAL-ICWA News, 2 April 2007 [cached]
Former director, Kathryn Manness, remains dedicated to CAL-ICWA's mission and purpose and will remain on the Steering Committee.
Former director, Kathryn ..., 2 April 2007 [cached]
Former director, Kathryn Manness, remains dedicated to CAL-ICWA's mission and purpose and will remain on the Steering Committee.
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