Secretary, CIT Utah, Inc.
Past CIT Academy Instructor
Sherri D. Wittwer is the Director of Housing and Community Partnerships for Optum Salt Lake County. In this capacity she is responsible for working with community providers and stakeholders in the development of housing opportunities for behavioral health clients and other community initiatives. She is also responsible for government relations.
Prior to this role, Sherri was the Network Director for Optum and was responsible for building and managing the mental health and substance use disorder provider network (175 providers) for Salt Lake County Medicaid. In this capacity, Sherri worked with the provider network and community partners and stakeholders to identify and address service gaps and to develop programs and manage efforts to improve service delivery. She was responsible for managing the Network Team to support providers with Medicaid compliance, billing and claims issues, credentialing, training, and provider contracting. She also helped to oversee the Recovery and Resiliency Team on the implementation of the Peer Navigator Program and the expansion of Peer Support Services for the provider network. Sherri was responsible for the implementation of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, the implementation of the Aging Outreach Team and other community initiatives.
Sherri currently serves on the NAMI Utah Board of Directors. Prior to being on the Board, Sherri served as the organization's Executive Director from 2005-2011 and as the Development Director from 2004-2005. At NAMI Utah, Sherri worked to fulfill NAMI’s mission to ensure the dignity and improve the lives of those who live with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy. Sherri worked with community partners and stakeholders in the development of several initiatives and projects.
Sherri worked with the CIT program and traveled the State to advocate for the expansion of CIT statewide. Sherri was successful in her advocacy for the Legislative appropriation ($150,000) to fund the CIT Utah program. She also advocated for the passage of the “Crisis Intervention Team Program Concurrent Resolution” in 2011. This Concurrent Resolution of the Legislature and the Governor “recognizes the positive approach and best practices of the Crisis Intervention Team Program and encourages the development of active crisis intervention team programs statewide."
Under Sherri’s leadership, NAMI Utah received the Common Good Award presented by Envision Utah and the Coalition for Utah’s Future in 2007, and the Outstanding State Organization Award, awarded by NAMI National in 2007. Sherri was also awarded the Vicki Cottrell Executive Director Peer Excellence Award, awarded by NAMI National in 2010 and the NAMI Utah Vicki Cottrell Community Hero Award in 2011. Sherri has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.
Sherri has the “lived experience” of having a family member who has a mental illness and is personally familiar with the difficulties many consumers and family members face.