Director, Youth Empowerment, Magellan Healthcare
Greg Dicharry is the national youth empowerment director at Magellan Healthcare. Dicharry developed the MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment) program, which is one of the nation's leading programs for youth who experience mental health, substance use and/or foster care- related challenges.
Dicharry oversees 15 MY LIFE groups nationally, including more than 500 youth, and works with MY LIFE to plan and produce MY Fest youth festivals and other community events designed to reduce stigma and raise awareness about mental health and other issues.
Dicharry is a Louisiana native who was introduced to the world of mental health while living in Hollywood living his dream of working in the entertainment industry. It was there he experienced his first manic episode while directing a music video, and was hospitalized and diagnosed with co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders. He spent the next 10 years in and out of denial about his diagnosis, which resulted in over 10 forced hospitalizations, a one-month stay in Orleans Parish Prison’s psychiatric unit, two stays in drug rehabilitation and many hopeless depressive states.
Prior to Magellan, Dicharry was employed by Triple R Behavioral Health, overseeing all aspects of a Certified Peer Support Training Program, from which he also graduated. He also started 12-step recovery groups at the Arizona State Mental Hospital Forensic Unit and at two juvenile detention centers in Arizona.
In recognition of his work, Dicharry was awarded a 2014 SAMHSA Voice Award for consumer/ peer leadership, the 2013 Howie the Harp Award for Advocacy in the Arts and a 2013 National Council Reintegration Award for mentorship.
Dicharry earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Arizona State University and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP).
He currently lives in Baton Rouge, La. with his wife Lacy, who is also a national expert in youth involvement in mental health and foster care systems, and their daughter, Gracy.