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Michael J. Carrasco
Works at Alexandria City Public School
Attended University of Texas at El Paso
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On Sept. 30, 2015, deputies assigned to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office Mental Health Unit went to a home on Sage Hill Drive to talk to a suicidal man.
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In the crowded Ferguson Center, she sits staring at notes saved to her phone she can only vaguely recall writing.
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A new report suggests that there is an increasing number of young children suffering from mental problems.
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A swirl of modern tastes, consumer expectations and the Internet is producing an ever-increasing number of “boutique therapies.”
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Two influential Houston legislators criticized Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman for reducing internal jail inspectors and disbanding a proactive internal affairs squad, saying more scrutiny of the troubled lockup is needed. Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, asked the Texas Commission on Jail Standards to "step in and increase their oversight" of the county jail after a report that Hickman had nearly cut in half - from 15 to eight - the number of i...
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We can’t know the future. Condemning a person to be in prison until death ignores that fact.
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This fall an extra set of eyes could be on students in special education classrooms throughout the state.
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Patrick Kennedy wants to get people talking about the things we don’t talk about.
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The parents of a schizophrenic man who was shot and killed by a Texarkana, Texas, police officer in December 2014 are suing the officer, the police department and the city of Texarkana, Texas, in federal court.
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1. It’s hard to change people’s minds.
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The university is launching “Thrive at UT,” a mobile application geared toward enhancing the well-being and success of its students.
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Child prodigies rarely become adult geniuses who change the world. Originality is difficult to encourage but easy to thwart.
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Parent * Advocate * Disney Enthusiast *
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Public Policy, Government, Management
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  • Alexandria City Public School
    Redistricting Review Committee Member, 2015 - present
    Member of committee that will help ensure community involvement in the redistricting process — a process aimed to help solve capacity issues and strengthen the sense of neighborhood schools. For more information please visit the website: http://www.acps.k12.va.us/redistricting/
  • City of Alexandria
    Budget & Fiscal Affairs Committee Member, 2015 - present
    Member of an advisory committee to the local School Board whose scope of work is on budget process issues, the content of the operating and capital improvement budgets, alternative financing of school projects, revenue sharing, and provide a draft of recommended revisions to policies governing the budget process.
  • 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
  • Alexandria City Public Schools
    Strategic Plan Stakeholder Committee Member, 2014 - 2015
    Participated as a member of the committee responsible for drafting a new strategic plan for the Alexandria City Public School system.
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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 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; have been appointed by 3 different Virginia Governors to positions in state government.  Over the years, Federal laws impacting the lives of those with disabilities have helped shaped an extensive network of services impacting just about every aspect - telecommunications, housing, transportation, voting, civil rights, education and even architectural standards for the construction of buildings – and I have been fortunate to serve on 4 of those 7 state-wide panels that participate in helping to shape policies and advocate for needed reforms or services for people with disabilities:

  1. Developmental Disability Councils
  2. Mental Health Planning and Advocacy Councils
  3. Special Education Advisory Panels
  4. Parent Training and Information Centers

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 situations 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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Paul Ryan: We need to fix our ‘outdated’ mental illness laws
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Inside the Tortured Mind of Eddie Ray Routh, the Man Who Killed American...
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At his trial, prosecutors said Routh was a cold-blooded killer. His private medical records tell a different story.

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Treating PTSD: It's a maze of pills, possibilities for troops, vets
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The extreme trauma of a terrorist attack like the one in Paris can take a widespread psychological toll on victims, relatives and even dista

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