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). 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 is the founding director of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, a three-thousand member advocacy and education organization, and she recently launched National TBI and Emotional Wellness Alliance, which aims to drive awareness, science-based information, and policy reform on traumatic brain injuries and their emotional effects. She provides oversight to the Veterans’ Mental Health Coalition of New York City, and to an integrated care technical assistance project to help community health centers integrate behavioral health services.
Ms. Williams serves on advisory and planning committees including The Executive Council of The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, the American Society on Aging’s Mental Health and Aging Network editorial board, the NYC Adult Protective Services Advisory Council. She serves on the board of One Stop Senior Services, and has served as an adjunct lecturer at the Schools of Social Work at New York University and Hunter College. She has lectured and presented on geriatric mental health, veterans’ mental health, integrated care, and coalition development. She has co-authored reports, policy briefs, and articles, including a series of articles in Aging Well Magazine. She is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.
In 2007, Ms. Williams was one of the recipients of the inaugural Emerging Leader Award from NASW – NYC Chapter. She earned her MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.