Virtual Community Forum


BIPOC Mental Health Month 2023: Culture, Community, & Connection

BIPOC Mental Health Month 2023: Culture, Community, & Connection

In recognition of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Mental Health Awareness Month, this virtual community forum will follow this year’s national theme, “Culture, Community, & Connection.” Our panel of experts will discuss cultural stigma associated with mental health, tips for finding culturally competent providers, how health care experiences can be improved for BIPOC people, and what resources are available.


On Wednesday, July 26th at noon, Integral Care invites you to join us for a virtual Community Forum, “BIPOC Mental Health Month 2023: Culture, Community, & Connection.” Integral Care’s Chief Equity Officer and clinicians from across the agency will discuss the following topics:

  • What mental health looks like in different communities
  • How health care experiences can be improved for BIPOC folks
  • How to find culturally competent providers
  • Resources available for BIPOC communities

Our speakers include:

  • Dr. Wendy Amozurrutia-Salazar, MA, LPC-S – Adult Behavioral Health/Child & Family Services Practice Manager at Integral Care
  • Dr. Amanda Banks, Chief Equity Officer at Integral Care
  • Catherina Conte, LCSW-S, Practice Administrator – Specialty Substance Use Treatment Services at Integral Care
  • Sanjhi Gandhi, MA, NCC, LPC – Program Manager, RA1SE: Early Episode Psychosis Program at Integral Care

Audience members can submit questions in advance of the forum as well as ask questions directly to our panelists at the end of the discussion. Learn more about our panelists and moderator below.

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Wednesday, July 26
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST


Dr. Wendy Amozurrutia-Salazar, MA, LPC-S – Adult Behavioral Health/Child & Family Services Practice Manager, Integral Care

Dr. Wendy Amozurrutia-Salazar is a Licensed Professional Counselor and state board Supervisor specializing in telehealth therapy for individuals, couples, children, and adolescents serving the greater Texas area. Wendy serves as a Practice Manager for Integral Care serving both Children and Family Services and Adult Behavioral Health. She has been with Integral Care since 2009. Wendy was born in California and raised in Texas. Wendy specializes in depression, anxiety, life transitions, parent management training, transition-aged youth needs, women’s health issues, and trauma.

Wendy received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Sociology in 1998, her master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2005, and her Doctorate degree in Integrated Behavioral Health in 2022.

Dr. Amanda Banks, Chief Equity Officer, Integral Care

Dr. Banks has over 12 years of experience guiding DEI initiatives across multiple industries. Previously, she has worked with Texas Tech University, Texas HHSC, and Lubbock ISD, among others. Her leadership and depth of knowledge will support Integral Care on our path toward equity, growth, learning, and our work to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for staff and clients.

Catherina Conte, LCSW-S, Practice Administrator – Specialty Substance Use Treatment Services, Integral Care

Catherina (Cat) Conte, (She/Her/Hers) has spent over 15 years dedicated to clinical social work practice focused on the substance use and interpersonal violence field. Currently a Practice Administrator at Integral Care, she oversees the Specialty Substance Use Services programs which includes a diverse array of services including Medication Assisted Treatment, Outpatient Treatment Services and Community Based substance use support services. Prior to joining Integral Care, Cat served as the Director of Residential Programs for Austin Recovery, where she oversaw the delivery of residential substance use treatment and detox services for adults and women with young children. Before Austin Recovery, Cat worked with Travis County, where she managed a team of clinicians providing brief intervention and referral services to persons involved with the justice system who had substance use and other co-occurring diagnoses. Additionally, while at the County, she co-chaired a county-wide language access stakeholder committee to address the needs of LEP constituents. Prior to Travis County, Cat managed the delivery of crisis, transitional housing, clinical, and legal services committed to meeting the unique needs of Asian and immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence as Client Services Director with Asian Family Support Services of Austin. She previously was a Commissioner with the City of Austin-Asian American Quality of Life Advisory Commission. Cat received her BSW and MSSW from the University of Texas-Austin and is a Licensed Clinical Social Work-Supervisor.

Sanjhi Gandhi, MA, NCC, LPC – Program Manager, RA1SE: Early Episode Psychosis Program, Integral Care

Sanjhi Gandhi currently works with Integral Care with the RA1SE FEP program. She is a licensed professional counselor trained in CBT and CBTp. With her life experiences of growing up around stigma related to mental health and coming from a South Asian background, she is passionate and committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for individuals seeking mental health support, as well as promoting mental wellbeing.

Integral Care supports adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Travis County. Integral Care’s services include a 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs immediate support, ongoing counseling to improve mental health, drug and alcohol treatment to help with recovery, and housing to regain health and independence. Integral Care helps provide a solid foundation for well-being. Founded in 1967, Integral Care is Travis County’s Local Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority.