The Department of Behavioral Health Staff
Director, Office of Criminal Justice Policy, Planning & Programs
Mike Lozito was born in Yokohama, Japan. He graduated from Andress High School in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Lozito's father was a retired Army Officer and settled in the El Paso area, his dad later became the Chief Probation Officer in El Paso County. This led to Mr. Lozito's passion for Criminal Justice; he graduated from St. Edward's University in Austin with BA in Criminal Justice.
His previous employment includes over 30 years Criminal Justice experience; as a Pretrial Technician, Youth Services Officer, Parole Officer, Parole Supervisor, Section Director and Regional Director. A large portion of his career was with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Mr. Lozito has also worked in the private sector as an Account Executive and Business Development Manager. He is known for his expertise in Day Reporting Centers, Sex Offender Programming and Electronic Monitoring Technologies. He was acknowledged by the Texas Corrections Association as the "Outstanding Adult Corrections Administrator" for 2008. He was married in 1989 to his wife Nelda and they have a daughter Gabriella. Mr. Lozito also has children from a previous marriage, Michael, Carie, and Tony. Mr. Lozito enjoys volunteering with his daughter's school and is past President of the PTC. In 2011, he received an award from the San Antonio Catholic Archdiocese for his work as a volunteer. His hobby is playing music and he has played with several bands in the San Antonio area.
Mr. Lozito began his career with Bexar County in June 2010, as the Judicial Support Services Manager responsible for the Pretrial Services Office and Indigent Defense Attorney Appointments. In August of 2011, he was named as the interim Director of Judicial Support Services and was appointed as the Director of Judicial Services in November 2011. He is responsible for administering the activities of the Pretrial Services Office, Jail Population Impact Control Unit, Medical Examiner's Office, Crime Investigation Laboratory, Court Collections, Problem Solving Courts Programs, Reentry Services, and the Dispute Resolution Center.
Gilbert R. Gonzales
Director, The Department of Behavioral Health
Gilbert Gonzales has more than 30 years of experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health, crisis prevention and in treatment provision as a clinician, university faculty, project/program director and policy advisor. Throughout his career, he has led strategic planning, treatment and policy development, and training. He has also led systems to change initiatives that help mental health and substance abuse service providers promote collaboration and build service capacity in support of diverse populations.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas Mr. Gonzales received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and his second Master's degree from Trinity University in Clinical Psychology. His first Master's Degree, a Master’s in Public Service, was obtained from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He has been licensed in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and as a supervisor of Counselors by the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors. Mr. Gonzales was also licensed as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) by the Texas Certification Board of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. He is certified as a Trauma Resolution Therapist and a Supervisor of Trauma Resolution Therapists and is also certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.
Mr. Gonzales began as a Psychologist for Harris County MHMRA evaluating and providing treatment to jail inmates in a maximum-security setting. He then began program development and administrative leadership in various mental health and forensic settings throughout his career. He has been responsible for the development of program, policy, and implementation for community-wide jail diversion services for persons with mental illness who come in contact with law enforcement and for offenders with mental impairments within Bexar County and the City of San Antonio, Texas. As Director of Diversion Initiatives, the jail diversion programs developed have received the American Psychiatric Associations "Gold Award" for Program Innovation and the National "Program Service Excellence Award" from the National Council of Behavioral Healthcare. Additionally, Mr. Gonzales has contributed to many articles and has published "Out of Jail and Into Treatment", Behavioral Healthcare; August 2006, Vol 26, No. 8, pages 24-27. He is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reviewer for Jail Diversion and Specialty Courts programs at the national level and has provided evaluation and consultation in multiple administrative and clinical settings.
Mr. Gonzales has served as a member of the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Leadership Forum for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Services, the National Stepping Up Initiative, the White House Data Justice Initiative and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Counties (NACo) as well as having served as the Vice President of the National Association of Community Behavioral Health Disabilities Directors.
Prior to his professional career, Mr. Gonzales served as an Infantry Officer in the US Army (Bravo Company, 4/54th Infantry Division, Air Assault) and was honorably discharged with a commendation for having successfully streamlined policy and procedures for detained soldiers waiting for disposition in returning or leaving the army due to committed offenses.
Jessica Smarro, LCSW
Behavioral Health Manager, The Department of Behavioral Health
Jessica Smarro is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who brings over a decade of clinical experience in mental health, substance use disorders, crisis intervention, and jail diversion. She earned her undergraduate degree in criminology at University of Northern Iowa and received her master’s in social work from California State University, Sacramento. Ms. Smarro has provided clinical services in a variety of settings including the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente, in private practice, for children and families involved in child protective services, and to justice-involved adults. Additionally, she has provided crisis response services alongside law enforcement and assisted in developing and training first responders in de-escalation interventions for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
Ms. Smarro was the administrator for the Johnson County Jail Alternatives Program in Iowa City, IA for nearly 12 years. She has participated on various committees and boards with the focus of improving the service delivery system for individuals with behavioral health needs and complex psychosocial needs. Her experience in this area includes serving on the board of directors for the Iowa 6th Judicial District Department of Correction Services, the board of directors for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Johnson County), and appointment to the advisory committee for the East Central Region mental health authority in eastern Iowa. She has also been involved in behavioral health strategic planning, consultation, and program development at the national level with the National Association of Counties, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Policy Research Associates.
Since coming to San Antonio, Ms. Smarro has served as the Director of Outpatient Services at San Antonio Behavioral Health Hospital and as a Clinic Administrator with The Center for Health Care Services.
Melissa D. Lucio, BA, LCDC
Substance Use Disorder Program Coordinator, The Department of Behavioral Health
Melissa D. Lucio joined the newly created Bexar County Mental Health Department as its Senior Program Analyst after more than 21 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She recently transitioned to the department's first Substance Use Disorder Program Coordinator. Ms. Lucio has held various positions within the Adult and Juvenile Criminal Justice system and provides expertise in the areas of substance abuse treatment/services, contract compliance monitoring, quality assurance, and program development.
As a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor since 1991, Ms. Lucio has extensive clinical experience in direct client services providing treatment and referrals for youth & adults to include group counseling. Ms. Lucio has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and received a Certification as a Staff Trainer from the Sam Houston State University at Huntsville. Her background in behavioral health services is an asset to the Department’s ability to examine program effectiveness in an effort to best address the needs of Bexar County citizens.
Senior Program Analyst, The Department of Behavioral Health
Stacey graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with a BA in Political Science, focusing on American Politics, Policy, and Business. She moved to San Antonio and began working for Bexar county in 2016. Originally working for the Public Defender's Office, she managed data collection and reporting for the magistration program at the Justice Intake and Assessment Annex. She joined the Behavioral Health Department in 2020. As Senior Program Analyst, Stacey handles overall data-based analytical functions necessary within the department.
County Court 12 - Mental Health Court Manager
Michelle Starr-Salazar received her degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in 1994.
Michelle has been serving in the field of mental health since 1994. She was a Case Manager for the Center For Health Care Services from 1994 to 2008. She joined the Bexar County Mental Health Court team in 2008 as a MH Court Case Manager. Michelle has been the Mental Health Court Manager since 2010.
As manager, she has expanded criteria to serve a broader population which includes co-occurring disorders and assault bodily injury cases. She implemented the use of the 10-key components and best practices. She and her team have developed partnerships with mental health and substance abuse providers. She is in collaboration with various County departments to develop a Felony Mental Health Pretrial Diversion Program.