Mayor de Blasio Names Dean of NYU Wagner, Sherry Glied, As Special Advisor to Mental Health Policy Panel

Dean Sherry Glied

Sherry Glied, Dean of NYU Wagner, has been selected by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve as Special Advisor to the  Community Services Board (CSB), an advisory panel. The 15-person CSB, which consists of leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and local neighborhoods, assists the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on issues of mental health and substance use treatment services. The CSB will also look for ways to help advance a stronger public health approach to mental illness and substance use under the city’s comprehensive plan ThriveNYC.

Dean Glied, who is also a Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, was previously a Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. From July 2010 through August 2012, she served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also was Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1992-1993 under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force.

“Today we’re taking another step forward in our efforts to de-stigmatizing mental illness and ensuring that best practices are put in place to help our fellow New Yorkers,” said Mayor de Blasio, in a press release. “The board, which now consists of professionals whose collective experience span the private, non-profit and public sectors, is well-equipped to support ThriveNYC and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in delivering services that will benefit our New Yorkers who are most in need. I look forward to working with the Board.”

First Lady Chirlane McCray, who spearheads ThriveNYC, said,  “The dynamic intellect and proven ability of today's appointees to the Community Services Board will bring an additional dimension of support and vigor to changing the culture and expanding services for untreated mental illness and substance misuse. I am excited to work with them.”

“Today’s appointees bring a wealth of experience and perspective to the Community Services Board,” said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “Their knowledge will not only help us identify gaps in mental health and substance misuse treatment, but they will also guide us in the development of programs that address the mental health needs of all New Yorkers.”

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