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Ty Smith is a Colorado native and long-time peer advocate, specializing in the mental health system, quality of life measures, and trauma-informed care. He created and implemented Youth Voice, a cross-disability coalition that focused on creating youth subject matter experts, providing training for effective policy and advocacy activities, and providing ongoing supports to encourage community engagement. At age 36, Ty has thirteen years as a state and federal public health policymaker and eight years as a peer provider in the Colorado behavioral health system and is a Bachelor of Science Candidate, Administering Nonprofits for Youth. He is currently sitting on the Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council (BHPAC), Vise-Chair of Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (CO SILC) and Chair of the CO SILC Policy Committee, Securing Employment and Economic Keys to Stability (SEEKS) Member and Chair of the Peer Subcommittee, a member of Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) and many more committees and sub-committees.