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Alyse Ferguson, McKinney

Alyse Ferguson is the President of Operations for AKA Home, providing residential rehabilitative services for persons with mental illness and is Of Counsel with Rosenthal, Kalabus & Therrian Law Firm. She previously served as Chief Attorney of the Collin County Mental Health Managed Counsel Program (MHMC), where she was responsible for managing the specially trained attorneys, who represented indigent defendants diagnosed with mental illness.
She serves as Chairperson of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association MH Committee. Alyse is a graduate of Angelo State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan School of Law.

Ms. Ferguson presents on the topic of mental health providing training to police officers, lawyers, and the community, as well as, a presenting at National conferences and various conferences around Texas. Ms. Ferguson has been honored for her work as the recipient of several awards including the 2019 International CIT Advocate of the Year, 2020 Texas CIT Award of Excellence, 2019 NAMI North Texas Advocate of the Year, and the 2016 Mental Health America Pam Blumenthal Memorial Award.

Ms. Ferguson brings a wealth of knowledge, having previously worked in Community Supervision and with MHMR. While at MHMR, she served as a residential supervisor, case manager, and Director of Home and Community Services. She also handled crisis calls for intervention routinely responding to suicide calls and to requests from local hospitals and police departments for assistance with mental commitments and crisis intervention.

Ms. Ferguson is an advocate for mental health services and works to further services for both the treatment and care of persons with mental illness.