Samantha (Sam) Goodson is a Senior Consultant who works with clients on systems change and program development using a behavioral health lens. She says, “I believe in the power of collaboration across agencies and systems to improve outcomes for the people they serve.”
Sam’s career began working with youth and families involved with behavioral health and juvenile justice systems. She worked as a Trainer/Consultant at Portland State University, providing training, coaching, and technical assistance to establish Systems of Care and develop Wraparound capacity across the state of Oregon. Most recently, Sam served as the Pretrial and Evidence Based Decision Making Coordinator with the Indiana Office of Court Services, coordinating the state EBDM Policy Team and providing technical assistance to counties across Indiana as they implemented legal and evidence-based pretrial practices. Sam is a licensed social worker and has completed the Forensic Social Work Certificate program through the National Organization of Forensic Social Work. She has extensive training in the fields of trauma, LGBTQ+ populations, issues of race equity, and pretrial reform. Sam holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo.