Kimberly A. Williams, LMSW, is the Director of The Center for Policy, Advocacy, and Education at The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC). In this role she directs MHA-NYC’s efforts to promote and advocate for better behavioral health policies and to provide educational opportunities for providers and members of the public. She directs the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, a 3,000 member advocacy and education organization that she co-founded in 2004 and a recently launched National TBI and Emotional Wellness Alliance, which is aimed to drive awareness, science-based information, and policy reform on the convergence of traumatic brain injury and its emotional impact. Additionally, she provides oversight to the Veterans’ Mental Health Coalition of New York City, co-founded by MHA-NYC in 2009, and to an integrated care technical assistance project to help community health centers integrate behavioral health services.
Ms. Williams serves on a number of advisory and planning committees such as The Executive Council of The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Mental Health and Aging Network editorial board, the NYC Adult Protective Services Advisory Council and One Stop Senior Services, where she is a member of the board. She also has served as an adjunct lecturer at New York University’s and Hunter’s Schools of Social Work.
Ms. Williams has delivered numerous lectures and presentations particularly on geriatric mental health, but also on veterans’ mental health, integrated care, and coalition development. She has co-authored numerous reports, policy briefs, and articles including a series of articles in Aging Well Magazine. Ms. Williams is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.
In 2007, Ms. Williams was one of the recipients of the inaugural Emerging Leader Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – NYC Chapter. Ms. Williams received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.