Aida Ortiz, Parent Advocate
Aida Ortiz, a Parent Advocate with over 15 years of experience working in the field of parent advocacy, is dedicated to improving the health and mental health of families and children in New York State. Ms. Ortiz began her career as a facilitator and assistant coordinator for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded HIV prevention program, The Collaborative HIV Prevention and Adolescent Mental Health Project (CHAMP); CHAMP is a collaborative effort between university and community members to provide HIV prevention and mental health promotion services in urban, low-income communities in the U.S. and abroad (Principal Investigator, Mary McKay, PhD). Ms. Ortiz has also served as a Parent Advocate on the IDEAS Center E3 Study (Engagement, Empowerment and Evidence-based Treatment), whereby clinicians trained in evidence-based treatments (EBT) for childhood trauma and depression were paired with Parent Advocates trained in the Parent Empowerment Program (PEP), designed to test the effects of a family support service model. Ms. Ortiz has also worked as a ‘standardized parent’ on the IDEAS Family-to-Family study to elicit information about FPA-provided services in NYC mental health clinics. Recently, she collaborated with The Clinic Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) to develop a video promoting Multi-Family Group Therapy, an evidence-based practice training (The 4R's and 2S's) offered to clinicians in NYS mental health clinics. Today, she works with CTAC staff, providing administrative and technical support to the CTAC team in their new efforts to roll-out EBP’s to NYS’ child and adult-serving mental health clinics.