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Kaniyaa Francis

Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health

Kaniyaa Francis provides technical assistance and education to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees and projects related to crisis response alternatives and community responder programs. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Kaniyaa was an associate research manager at Public Health Advocates, where she led policy research, development, and advocacy in California at the state and local levels. Over the years, Kaniyaa has facilitated the adoption and implementation of policies spanning a wide range of topic areas, including public safety reform and alternatives to emergency response systems, housing and homelessness, and childhood trauma and prevention of adverse childhood experiences. Kaniyaa holds a BS from the University of California, Davis, and an MPH from Columbia University.

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