Janet King, MSW, (Lumbee) is a Training and Technical Assistance Expert with PIRE’s Native American Technical Assistance Program. She has been a long-time advocate of mental health transformation. She has testified at many speaking engagements and in many publications that the best mental health practices for Native Americans are those rooted in culture and those that promote the collective healing of Native Americans by acknowledging and giving context to the collective traumatization of Native Americans. In her words, the untold story needs to be told to promote healing from trauma. This approach not only promotes healing but reduces stigma from having mental health challenges.
Ms. King is a founding member of Racial Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition of California. She has been vocal at many Mental Health Services Act Community Forums to explain why the current mental health system leaves many cultural groups unserved, underserved or inappropriately served. She is on the 8-member team of the Native American Strategic Planning Workgroup that conducted research with Native American Communities in California to determine Native mental health needs and the solutions to meeting those needs as part of the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP). The findings of this two-year-long research and 22 Native American best practices are listed in Native Vision (the Native American population report of the CRDP Phase 1). Ms. King also advocates that evaluation of best practices needs to come from the perspectives of the community implementing the best practice and people being served by the best practice.