Jules Martinez, LCSW, CPSS (they/them) is the Clinical Director at Latino Behavioral Health Services (LBHS) where they work as a therapist with Latinx youth and young adults and as a supervisor to a team of therapists and peer mentors. Jules is a person in long term recovery, who, after a decade of learning through music, art, farming, travel and other experiences, returned to school to pursue a career in the mental health field. They received an Honors Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a minor in Integrative Human Biology from the University of Utah and a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University. They have been deeply involved in the peer movement as well as diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the behavioral health care system in Utah for a decade. In 2013 Jules helped to co-found Latino Behavioral Health Services (LBHS). In 2019, they helped to start Communities United for Racial and Ethnic Inclusion and Equity (CUREIE), a subcommittee working with the Office of Substance Use and Mental Health (OSUMH) to create a more culturally and linguistically responsive behavioral health care system in Utah. They also serve on the West Side Community Review Board and on the PAIMI for the Disability Law Center. It is both the overcoming of their personal barriers as well as their hopes for the future that drive Jules’ work. They are full of a fire to spread the sense of empowerment that they have received through the peer movement out into the community in a way that is accessible for all.

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