Debra Cady, LCSW, is the Project Director for the Bridges to the Future System of Care (SOC) grant at Montgomery County Collaboration Council and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. She has over 35 years of experience in the areas of children and adolescent mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders within local communities, child welfare, juvenile justice, and other child-serving agencies. This experience also extends to the related areas of trauma-informed approaches, family/caregiver involvement, youth engagement, youth advocacy, policy, theories of change and cross system collaboration.
With special expertise in the area of youth and young adults transitioning into adulthood, she provided leadership and management to the Federal SAMHSA Healthy Transitions Initiative program and SOC grants across the nation. She provides training and technical assistance to organizations and agencies wanting to improve youth and young adult engagement. Debra is a co-author of the Trauma-informed Method of Engagement (TIME) for Youth Advocacy Model, and presents on the model at the international, national, State, and local areas with an article published on the topic (http://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/focalpointS15). Debra holds an M.S.W. and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Debra whole-heartedly believes in the philosophy of “nothing about us without us.”