Alyse Ferguson is the Chief Attorney of the Collin County Mental Health Managed Counsel Program (MHMC.) She is responsible for managing the specially trained attorneys, who represent indigent defendants diagnosed with mental illness. In December 2020, she appointed to serve on the Judicial Commission on Mental Health and serves as the Chair of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association. She is a graduate of Angelo State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan School of Law.
Ms. Ferguson presents on the topic of mental health and the Managed Counsel program in Collin County and she has been a guest presenter at National conferences as well various conferences around Texas. Ms. Ferguson has been honored for her work as the recipient of several awards including the 2019 International CIT Advocate of the Year, 2016 Texas CIT Award of Excellence, 2019 NAMI North Texas Advocate of the Year, and the 2016 Mental Health America Pam Blumenthal Memorial Award. Ms. Ferguson brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as Chief Attorney, having previously worked in Community Supervision and with MHMR. While at MHMR, she served as a residential supervisor, case manager, and Director of Home and Community Services. She also handled crisis calls for intervention routinely responding to suicide calls and to requests from local hospitals and police departments for assistance with mental commitments and crisis intervention. The MHMC program strives to assist persons with mental illness, who are now in the criminal justice system. Ms. Ferguson is an advocate for mental health services and works to further services for both the treatment and care of persons with mental illness.