Doctors of Behavioral Health Making History

CGI Student Appointed to the New York State Board of Parole

Charles Davis, DBH student at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI), has been confirmed by the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Finance as a Member of the New York State Board of Parole, beginning the end of July 2017.

This marks the first time in history that a future DBH has served on a State Board of Parole in New York or any other US State. Reflecting upon the recent appointment, Charles shared the following message with Cummings Graduate Institute CEO and DBH Director, Dr. Cara English:

CGI has changed my life, all for the better. Because I have the DBH program listed on my resume, the Senators wanted to know all about the program in each hearing. I was questioned by New York Senate Board members to explain the DBH program, and the ‘DBH’ title, which you can hear in the video (linked below).

Everyone appears to be excited to have someone on the Board with behavioral experience. My goal is to use the education and skills acquired at CGI to improve behavioral health services throughout the New York correctional system.

Presently, within the NYS correctional system, primary care and behavioral health care are siloed, with no interaction across boundaries. The integration of care will support inmates while in prison, and will ensure appropriate treatment upon release, thus reducing recidivism rates among the formerly incarcerated.”

Footage of Charles’s Senate Confirmation Hearing is available on the New York State Senate’s website and can be viewed here. (Advance to timestamp 8:17 to watch Charles in action.)

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies congratulates Charles Davis for his recent achievement and looks forward to seeing his impact in the state of New York.


DBH Makes History as the Director of Health for the Navajo Nation

Dr. Glorinda Segay, DBH, was recently confirmed as the Director of Health for the Navajo Nation with a vote of 16-0. Dr. Segay is the first and only female to ever be confirmed for this role, in addition to being the first DBH to hold the Director of Health role within any tribal nation.

Navajo Nation President, Russell Begaye, commended the appointment stating “I believe that in order to properly assess a division’s efficiency and productivity, we need to have strong and reliable directors put in place. I see these leadership qualities in Dr. Glorinda Segay.”

Dr. Segay is already making improvements in her new role, having testified before federal agencies with President Begaye this week.

Dr. Segay received her Master’s Degree from Western New Mexico University and earned her Doctorate in Behavioral Health (DBH) at Arizona State University, where she studied the Biodyne Model under Dr. Nicholas Cummings in the first cohort of DBH students. She completed her residency in Chinle’s Indian Health Services (IHS) under Dr. Flynn and Krista Haven.

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies is thrilled to see a DBH making historic impact in the Navajo Nation and United States. We congratulate Dr. Segay and wish her the best as she serves in this critical role for the Navajo Nation.

To read more about Dr. Segay’s appointment, click here.