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).
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.
long career in the health and social services fields, Ms. Manness
gained a reputation as an unusually innovative problem-solver.
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.
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.
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.
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.