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Oliver L. Roy is a native Washingtonian and 

a mental health advocate with over 15 years of extensive experience of outreach and mental health training.  As an outreach representative, parent educator and parent advocate he was responsible for improving parent support by managing, supervising parent training's, parent workshops and parent support groups as well as congressional and city council testimony to improving access to services for individuals with mental health and special needs who face health care and social barrierschallenges.  In addition to creating a research programmatic and policy agenda for a merging public health Issues,  Mr. Roy has served on numerous panels, boards and committees.

 

He is a founding member of the Male Caregivers Advocacy Support Group, (MCAS) and advocates tirelessly for male caregivers of special needs children through presentations at both local and national organization meetings,training's, workshops and conferences. He also served as chairperson of the Parent Advocacy Leaders Support Group, both are parent support groups are sponsored by (HSCSN).  Mr. Roy has worked as Epilepsy Advocate for HSCSN under a grant received from the Department of Health, and served on the Mayor’s Advisory Advocacy Committee on Early Childhood Strategic Planning Task force  just to name a few among many other committees.

Mr. Roy accepts invitations to speak to groups both nationally and across the Washington Metropolitan area.  He tells his story of how he was a product of foster care only to become a foster parent himself  by taking in two children with special health care needs. He receives multiple calls and invitations each week from parents seeking assistance on how to navigate through health, education, and social service systems.

​ Mr.  Roy was named D. C. Parent Leader of the Year by Parents Anonymous® and DC Children’s Trust Fund and the District of Columbia Department of Health  caregivers express parent advocate training: Living with epilepsy . Mr. Roy also received The 2008  Governor State of Maryland Academy Award of Adoptions and Today, he still stands strong as an example of a caring father and advocate for male caregivers of children with special needs.

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