Phyllis Foxworth is the Advocacy Vice President at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the leading peer-directed organization for people living with mood disorders. After being diagnosed with a mental health condition in early adulthood, Ms. Foxworth continues to live in wellness and facilitates a weekly DBSA Family & Friends Support Group.
Ms. Foxworth directs the organization’s national advocacy strategy with a focus on strengthening mental health parity laws and compliance, broadening adoption of peer support services and development of the peer specialist workforce, and ensuring that patient-desired treatment outcomes are adopted and integrated throughout the entire heatlh care eco-system.
In addition, she guides DBSA’s state-wide grassroots organizations that mobilize individuals with the lived-experience to have a voice in policies that increase access to care and change the conversation around mental health from one of hopelessness to one of hope and inspiration.
Ms. Foxworth is a contributor to the first medical text book on The Diagnosis and Management of Agitation providing a chapter titled: Patient Rights, Patient, and Family Perspectives on Agitation and is a co-principle investigator on two PCORI projects.
Ms. Foxworth has served as a patient representative panelist at several FDA public meetings and directed DBSA in hosting the first externally-led patient focused drug development meeting that has focused on mental health.