John Paul Torres previously served on the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority Board from 2009 through 2011 (now Oakland Community Health Network), Waterford Youth Assistance Board, and the Waterford Library Board. He also served as the Vice President of the Waterford School Board.
Torres is a former Juvenile and Probate Court Administrator with several years of experience working in both the criminal and youth justice system. He has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Political Science from Oakland University, and has done Post Graduate work through Eastern Michigan University's Graduate School of Business Management.
Torres is board certified by the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards and is a graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program through Michigan State University's Department of Public Policy. Torres previously served as a Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee and teaches courses in American Government at Oakland Community College.
While serving on OCHN's board, Torres hopes to address issues related to stigma, proper diagnoses, access to services, as well as advocate for collaborations with Mental Health and Drug Courts.
Torres first became involved with community mental health while working in the court system seeing the revolving door connected with the justice system and those affected by mental health and substance use disorders.