Jacqueline Martinez, C.P.S.

Jacqueline Martinez is a director on the NAMI Board of Directors. She currently is employed as a Mental Health Coordinator I/Certified Peer Specialist with Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Jacqueline was previously the Casa Primavera Clubhouse, Program Director at Bay Cove Human Services Inc.

Jacqueline found NAMI through as the parent of a child with mental illness while also struggling with her own lived experience. Through her affiliation with NAMI, she hopes to provide the tools and support to Latino community and communities in which English is not their first language, eliminating barriers for learning which focuses on students’ social-emotional wellness and provides practical techniques and methods teachers can use to promote a mentally healthy learning environment that takes into account individual styles of learning and the classroom climate.

Jacqueline works in survey research and evaluation of health service quality by eliciting and valuing the perspective of people using the service. Current projects include the Disability Policy Consortium’s PCORI study of One Care healthcare quality, and evaluation of wrap-around services designed to support families who have children with mental health or trauma recovery needs. Jacqueline also works as a Peer Specialist with guests and staff at a Commonwealth shelter to ensure that guests are supported to establish and sustain mental wellness. Ms. Martinez facilitates peer support including the evidence-based Wellness Recovery Action Plan classes, Whole Health Action Management classes and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connections support groups.  As Director of Advocacy for NAMI Latino in Massachusetts, she also trains facilitators nationally in both English and Spanish. Ms. Martinez serves as President of the Transformation Center Board of Directors and is the Chair the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council. In addition, she has worked supporting and facilitating positive parenting for prospective foster and adoptive parents. 

She is a member of NAMI Latino Metro Boston in Massachusetts.

For the 2016-2017 NAMI Board term, Jackie will serve as a member of the Convention, Education and Support Programs and Policy Committees.