The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn has caused widespread despair and feelings of vulnerability. During this session, we will explore the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and Washington’s response to people suffering from mental health challenges due to isolation and financial stress.

Each panelist will offer one slide highlighting a key question or topic they think is worth discussing. Our panelists, along with comments and questions from our audience members, will wrestle with each topic as we discuss how COVID-19 is impacting mental health across Washington. Join us in one of the most pressing problems facing our community!

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT


    • Megan Gary, MD: Assistant Medical Director, Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente
    • Tom Sebastian, MS: CEO, Compass Health
    • Jeff Hite, PsyD: Manager, Provider Partnerships, Beacon Health Options


Dr. Megan Gary is a practicing adult psychiatrist and serves as Assistant Medical Director for Kaiser Permanente.  She completed her medical school training at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and her residency and addiction fellowship training at the University of Washington. Most recently, she completed a Master of Health Administration at the University of Washington.



Tom Sebastian is the CEO of Compass Health, Northwest Washington’s behavioral healthcare leader. Throughout his 32-year career, Tom has held many clinical and leadership roles at the organization, growing its impact through community partnerships, outreach and advocacy. He oversees 800-plus dedicated and highly skilled team members who serve more than 17,000 individuals annually. With Tom at the helm, Compass Health continues its innovative, evidence-based approach to care, integrating services for mental health, substance use and medical care to support whole person health.



Jeff Hite, PsyD is a Provider Program Director for Beacon Health Options. He is a licensed Psychologist with 20 years’ experience in community mental health having worked with adult and youth populations across outpatient, residential and inpatient levels of care. For the last 12 years he has worked in crisis service delivery with focus on crisis resolution and development of less restrictive alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization.