Jessica Baker's presentation will focus on youth mental health and substance use.

The Northeast Missouri C.H.A.R.T. Partnership meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, will feature guest speaker Jessica Baker. Her presentation will focus on youth mental health and substance use.

Baker was originally born in Brooklyn, New York. Her family relocated to Canton, Mo., when she was five years old so her dad could pursue a career coaching football at Culver Stockton College. She is a 2006 graduate of Canton R-V High School. Following high school, she began her college career at Western Illinois University, but transferred to Culver Stockton College and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She originally planned to follow a legal career or become a law enforcement officer. She decided to take a position as a caseworker at Mark Twain Behavioral Health where she discovered a new passion in the mental health field. She knew she wanted to do more so she began the Masters of Science in Education degree program at Quincy University in the summer of 2012.

During her graduate program she became a school counselor at Stowell Elementary. She was hired at Preferred Family Healthcare as a case worker in August 2014. She quickly advanced to a Supervisor. She completed her Masters of Science in Education degree in Community Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling in the summer of 2015. Throughout her time at Preferred, she has provided supervision to case workers and therapy for adolescent and adult clients. She has worked closely with the adult population coordinating care with shared clients.

This past August, she was promoted to be the Team Leader for the new transitional age youth or “ACTTAY” program serving young adults from ages 16-25 who are experiencing a first episode psychosis and possibly substance use disorders. She is also the Clinical Supervisor for the Adolescent Drug and Alcohol program. She specializes in Motivational Interviewing and trauma therapy and is trained in EMDR. She enjoys working with the adolescent population and finds supervision a rewarding way to help others in their career growth.

The C.H.A.R.T. Partnership meets the third Wednesday of each month at Fiddlestiks in Hannibal with lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a program and the meeting at noon. Healthcare and social service organizations and leaders throughout Northeast Missouri are encouraged to participate. For more information about the C.H.A.R.T. Partnership, contact Kallie St. Clair, Independent Living Director at NorthEast Independent Living Services (NEILS) and 2018 Chairperson for the Partnership, at kstclair@neils.org.