I began my career in India as a psychologist in 1983, working with the World Health Organization’s Collaborative Center for Mental Health and Research. At that time I also taught General Psychology to Masters and Bachelors level nursing students at the PGIMER College of Nursing in Chandigarh, India. In addition, I was the Assistant Editor of the Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology, the official publication of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, from 1984 to 1986.
I immigrated to the United States in 1990, teaching courses to graduate students at the Rosebridge School of Integrative Psychology. I have always been devoted to research in the neurobehavioral and neuropsychological fields. It was a few years later in 1993 that I co-founded The Hume Center, one of the largest mental health training centers in the Bay Area. I presided over it until 2004.
I got involved in community work very soon after my immigration to this country. I began participating in community health fairs hosted by various local organizations, to provide free mental health services to Veterans with PTSD, the Homeless, and Survivors of Domestic Violence. I have always believed that cost should never be a barrier to these necessary services.
I then began serving in leadership roles with numerous professional groups and organizations. I originally worked with the Federation of Indo-American Associations and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin to provide free services, and soon went on to serve as the chair for the local chapter of the Allied Health Professionals in 1994 and 1995, and again in 2010. I also chaired a committee on cross-cultural issues in neuropsychology for the Northern California Neuropsychological Forum from 1995 to 1997.
After a few years of involvement with professional groups, I began working in the community. I served on the executive board of the Contra Costa Interfaith Council for more than 12 years, and it was with their help that I was able to start the annual Spring Festival in Downtown Concord in 2004. I also served as the president of the Federation of Indo-American Associations, a Board Member with the Monument Community Partnership in Concord, a member of the Advisory Council for the India Community Center, the chair of Concord’s Human Relations Commission from 2006 to 2010, a member of Concord’s Measure Q committee, overseeing the use of revenue generated by a city sales tax increase, and a Trustee with the Ik Onkar Peace Association, a group affiliated with the United Religions Initiative. It was with this group that I was able to attend the World Parliament of Religions that took place in Barcelona in 2004.
I am humbled that my work in Mental Health and Community Service has been recognized by Former President Bill Clinton, as well as members of our Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and the Concord City Council.
Today I preside over two organizations. The first is my business, Therapeutic Residential Care Services. TRCS operates several state licensed assisted living facilities across California, serving the elderly and the developmentally disabled. The second is a nonprofit, the South Asian Behavioral Health and Training Center. The SABH Center works to provide mental health, residential care services, and cultural sensitivity training to all people.
It is this experience that I hope to use as your next California governor. Here, I would like to ask for your support on June 5, 2018.