Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health – State of Reform – Health News Today

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn has caused widespread despair and feelings of vulnerability. During this session, we will explore the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and Washington’s response to people suffering from mental health challenges due to isolation and financial stress.

Each panelist will offer one slide highlighting a key question or topic they think is worth discussing. Our panelists, along with comments and questions from our audience members, will wrestle with each topic as we discuss how COVID-19 is impacting mental health across Washington. Join us in one of the most pressing problems facing our community!

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT


    • Megan Gary, MD: Assistant Medical Director, Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente
    • Tom Sebastian, MS: CEO, Compass Behavioral Health
    • Jeff Hite, PsyD: Manager, Provider Partnerships, Beacon Health Options


Dr. Megan Gary is a practicing adult psychiatrist and serves as Assistant Medical Director for Kaiser Permanente.  She completed her medical school training at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and her residency and addiction fellowship training at the University of Washington. Most recently, she completed a Master of Health Administration at the University of Washington.



Tom Sebastian has been with Compass Health since 1987.  Tom developed the role of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all clinical services, in 2005. Tom then moved into the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in 2007. As CEO, Tom directs and provides overall oversight for programs, services, and activities established by the Board of Directors. Tom and the Board work together to advance the services Compass Health provides to the community while creating a supportive work environment for all staff.



Jeff Hite, PsyD is a Provider Program Director for Beacon Health Options. He is a licensed Psychologist with 20 years’ experience in community mental health having worked with adult and youth populations across outpatient, residential and inpatient levels of care. For the last 12 years he has worked in crisis service delivery with focus on crisis resolution and development of less restrictive alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization.

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