Linda Rosenberg, MSW is Director of External Relations for the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. She serves as a strategic advisor to Columbia as well as to community nonprofit organizations, foundations, and private sector companies.
Prior to her Columbia faculty appointment, Linda was President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health from 2004 until June 1, 2019. Under her leadership the National Council has become the nation’s largest mental health and addiction education and advocacy association with 3000 plus government and not-for-profit member organizations serving over 10 million Americans. The National Council helped secure passage of the federal parity law and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA); advanced the integration of behavioral health and primary care, leading to the creation of a Medicaid Health Home option; ensured passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act; and introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S.A.
Linda also served as New York State’s Senior Deputy Commission for Mental Health where she opened New York’s first Mental Health Court; implemented NY’s assisted outpatient program, Kendra’s Law; designed services and housing for the homeless; and led the expansion of community treatment and support services including a Home and Community Waiver Program for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.