Teresa Peña, MEd, CHI
Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County

Ms. Teresa Peña is the cultural sensitivity administrator for Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County. Ms. Peña has worked in the field of behavioral health services for almost 25 years and cultural competence in particular for the past nine years. She is very community oriented and has extensive experience working with families, youth, and children, as well as community mobilization, program development, and evaluation.

Ms. Peña is a certified healthcare interpreter and a certified cultural competence trainer for the ADH/DBHS Cultural Competence 101: Embracing Diversity; she is also bilingual and bicultural. For the past eight years, Ms. Peña has focused on cultural diversity implementation in the public behavioral health system, helping to create culturally responsive environments and compliance with the federally mandated Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service Standards (CLAS).