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Michael J. Carrasco
Works at Virginia Board for Persons with Disabilities
Attended University of Texas at El Paso
Lives in Washington DC area
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DPS is in the midst of transferring a number of its centers for special education students to charter schools.
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"And I heard the buzzer and I started to have panic, like, 'Ahh!'"
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County Commissioners Court on Monday approved the creation of a pretrial services office effective Oct. 1.
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Special education is complicated. There are so many different factors to consider- the environment, the teachers, the therapies and other services. So even
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The Bettendorf School District plans to change the way they provide services for special needs children. Currently, there are students within the school district that require level three nursing se...
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County Commissioners Court is responsible for overseeing the budgets of a variety of entities that make up our local criminal justice system including the Sheriff's Office, the county jail, the district and county attorneys' offices, the public defender and more than 20 District and County Courts.
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Growing up in foster care, Reyna Mondragon fought to survive a broken and neglected system. Now, she advocates to help give other foster kids a better life.
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Public Policy, Government, Management
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  • Virginia Board for Persons with Disabilities
    Board Member, 2014 - present
    Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffee to Virginia’s development disabilities council responsible for promoting and guiding public policy changes that impact individuals with disabilities.
  • Virginia Special Education Advisory Committee
    Member, 2011 - 2014
    Appointed by the Virginia State Board of Education to advisory committee responsible for the formulation and development of long-range plans to provide services to students with disabilities. Led subcommittee focused on the concerns of recruitment and retention of special education teachers and related service providers.
  • Examiner.com
    DC Disney Traveler, 2011 - 2014
    Regional content provider focused on developing online content on current news, travel tips and topics for enthusiast who vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  • Examiner.com
    DC Disabilty Examiner, 2009 - 2010
    Regional content provider focused on developing online content on issues impacting the disability community in the areas of education, housing, civil rights and transportation.
  • Virginia Board for Persons with Disabilities
    Chair, Education Committee, 2007 - 2010
    Appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to Virginia’s development disabilities council responsible for promoting and guiding public policy changes that impact individuals with disabilities. Led subcommittee focused on developing policies, positions and initiatives intended to enhance the delivery of disability services in schools and other educational institutions. • Served on Medicaid Waiver Task Force at the request of the Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services to work with other disability advocates and agency representatives to develop a Medicaid Waiver for Autism Services for funding consideration by the Governor of Virginia.
  • United States Senate
    Various positions, 1994 - 2003
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El Paso, Texas - Ruiodso, New Mexico
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Introduction

For the past 20 years, I have called the Washington DC metro area home and in that time, I have not had a traditional career path.  The road I have traveled has taken me to a variety of challenging experiences in Federal and state government, nonprofits and the private sector.  I have served 3 U.S. Senators and 1 U.S. Federal Judge; briefly worked for General Colin Powell’s national nonprofit, America’s Promise; helped set up the DC office of one of the leading global digital forensics firm; co-founded a political action committee concerned about people with disabilities in Virginia; was on online content provider for Examiner.com, writing about issues impacting people with disabilities and traveling to Walt Disney World; was appointed by 2 different Virginia Governors to positions in state government and have served on 4 of the 7 state-wide panels that participate in helping to shape policies and advocate for needed reforms or services for people with disabilities.

I am always learning from the people around me and I keep my eyes and ears open to find that my leadership style improves as I work during difficult situtations with great people.  What's next?  Let's find out!

Education
  • University of Texas at El Paso
    Political Science, 1987 - 1992
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Meet Athletic Hall of Fame president, inductees
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There’s no shame in mental illness
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The Texas Observer
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Foster kids live at the juncture of two broken systems, and the state is slow to find a solution.

New home provides stability, support for people with developmental disab...
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Modern medicine means people with developmental disabilities live much longer. In many cases, they outlive their care takers.

Mental health an issue for Texas
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More than half of all Texans have been affected by mental health issues, either at home or at work, yet one in three would not know where to

Skills Development Center teaches social, life skills to autistic adults
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Cooking class at the Skills Development Center in western Henrico County offers more than just learning how to excel in the kitchen. It’s ho

CENTERS PIECE: Mental illness with intellectual, developmental disabilities
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For most mental health professionals, dual diagnosis is used to describe individuals who have mental illness and a substance use disorder. H

Waivers may give next president way out of health care feuds
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The law signed by President Barack Obama includes a waiver that, starting in 2017, would let states take federal dollars now invested in the

The Texas Observer
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Two bills by state Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) aim to illuminate how pregnant women are treated in jail.

Mother fails in bid to keep special needs program at Robert F. Hall
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For several months, Teresa Candido has been pressuring Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board not to cancel an independent living prog

Company's mission: Buy T-shirt, help someone with special needs
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Paper Clouds Apparel partners with Tucson nonprofit for campaign that starts Monday.

Tomorrowland sneak peek being offered for the first time at Epcot, Walt ...
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Tomorrow is the first day Epcot guests can experience the new Tomorrowland sneak peek at the previous location of the ...

SPPD unveils mental health officer team
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The Sun Prairie Police Department has joined the Madison Police Department in designating officers to respond to cases involving individuals

Legal opinion: Mental illness is an all-of-society issue requiring an al...
www.irishtimes.com

Report will ‘advance the rights of those patients with mental illness who are involuntarily detained’ but solutions lie not only in mental h

Report: Majority of Prison Inmates Have Mental Illness - COLORLINES
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An Urban Institute report highlights the gaps in knowledge about how this population fares.

New outpatient program to treat eating disorders in El Paso - KFOX - Bre...
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EL PASO, Texas – On Monday El Paso Behavioral Health System will start offering outpatient treatment to residents suffering with eating diso

In its third year, Forsyth County’s mental-health court is working but a...
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In Courtroom 3C one day late last month, Forsyth District Judge Camille Banks-Payne was blunt.

Mental illness and violence don’t go hand in hand
www.post-gazette.com

I recently cringed at yet another media story suggesting mental illness was a likely cause of violence toward others, this time in the case