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Julia Acuna   
Sacramento, CA
Mental Health Advocate

Role:  Direct Service Provider, Consumer, Consumer Provider, Advocate, Policy Maker, Researcher
Area of Work:  Housing, Health, Mental Health, Substance Use, Outreach, Trauma, Employment, Children, Families, Women, Immigrants, LGBTQ, Youth, Seniors
Focus of Work:  Local, State, National

I am a mental health advocate with a passion for helping consumers one-on-one. I was once homeless and know the struggles faced by the homeless. In my last position I worked with Homeless Prevention, Rapid Rehousing for the Salvation Army. I was excited to be a part of this effort especially during a time when funding for homeless services were being cut! I hope to work in the area of policy reform in the future. I believe true change involves developing political will. We must continue to fight the stigma of poverty, homelessness, and mental illness.

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Organization/University: CSUS

Homelessness is a current research interest?:  - Unknown
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