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Kimberly A. Williams, L.M.S.W., is the Director of the Center for Policy, Advocacy, and Education of the Mental Health Association of New York City. In that capacity, she is also Director of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, which she co-founded. She serves on numerous advisory and planning groups such as The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, the New York State Department of Health's Long-Term Care Advisory Council, the New York City Adult Protective Services Advisory Council, and One Stop Senior Services, where she is a member of the board. She also teaches at New York University's School of Social Work. She received her MSW in Social Work from Columbia University.

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An Invitation for Civilians to Join in Community With Veterans This Veteran's Day and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 2:04 PM

Co-authored with Scott Thompson, LMHC, Director of the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of New York City

As we gather this Veterans Day to honor those who have served our country on our behalf, let us challenge ourselves to do more for veterans than simply reflect on their sacrifice one day...

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Two Years After Superstorm Sandy: It's Not Too Late to Get Help for Emotional Distress

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Co-authored with Kathryn M. Salisbury Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Strategy & New Business Development at the Mental Health Association of New York City

Superstorm Sandy was one of the worst natural disasters in the history of New York. Sandy made a devastating assault on New Yorkers -- killing 53 [1];...

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Finding Hope and Help in Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:44 PM

In the aftermath of the recent Fort Hood shooting, we are once again as a nation grieving and raising questions about how and why we are facing another unexplainable tragic mass shooting. In trying to look for answers, some are shamefully using the fact that the shooter was a veteran...

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Building and Strengthening Connectedness to Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Of all the challenges facing veterans, the alarming suicide rate is the most distressing. The reasons for the increased suicide rates among our nation's heroes are complex, and often involve a combination of potential risk factors such as mental illness, addictions, relationship problems, and financial struggles. Additionally, as...

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The Real Mental Health Issue in Gun Violence

(9) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 4:35 PM

The recent debates about gun control and the false links being made between mental illness and violence have missed a critical issue -- that the leading cause of death by guns is suicide. In this country, firearms are the most common method of suicide and result...

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A Small But Important Step Forward to Increase Veterans' Access to Mental Health Treatment

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 6:17 PM

On Aug. 31, 2012, President Obama signed the "Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members and Military Families" executive order. The order mandates an expansion of Veterans' Crisis Line capacity, an increase in staffing at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and improved research into...

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Supreme Court Decision Benefits People With Mental Illness

(6) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 5:54 PM

It is good news for people with mental illness and their families that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The benefits would have been greater if the court had not made expansion of Medicaid eligibility optional for the states. But even if some states...

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As the Economy Lags, Mental Health Must Be a Priority

(3) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 9:44 AM

New York state faces yet another tough budget year. With lagging tax returns and an unpredictable financial market, projections are that New York will have a budget deficit of $3.5 billion.

The recent agreement between Governor Cuomo, the New York State Assembly Speaker, and the New York...

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An Apple A Day: Bullying And Steve Jobs

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 3:33 PM

This piece is co-authored by Lisa Furst, LMSW, director of public education at the Mental Health Association of New York City.

In the weeks since his death on October 5, Steve Jobs' life and career have received an extraordinary amount of attention in the media and at water...

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Recovery Month 2011: Getting Rid of Addiction Stigma

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 1:04 AM

Throughout the month of September, initiatives surrounding its designation as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month have promoted recovery and supported the growth of healthy, resilient individuals and families in the United States.

When President Barack Obama acknowledged this annual event, his proclamation underscored the reality that alcohol...

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A Message for 9-11 Families: You Are Not Alone

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 5:41 PM

President Obama's address to the nation on Sunday night concerning Osama bin Laden was an extraordinary, historic event. As he noted, the successful military operation came nearly 10 years since the worst attack on the American people in our history. The most wanted man in the world, bin Laden was...

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Veterans Deserve Better Mental Health Care

(14) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 7:33 AM

In a USA Today interview last week, Lt. Gen. David Fridovich talked openly about his secret battle with drug addiction. A popular and widely respected military leader, Fridovich is particularly courageous because admitting personal struggles, such as drug addiction or living with post-traumatic stress disorder, runs counter to...

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The Arizona Shooting: A Call to Action for Mental Illness

(3) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 11:39 AM

One of the most powerful moments during President Obama's speech at the memorial service for the Tucson victims came toward the end, when he spoke about nine-year-old victim Christina Taylor Green.

Christina, the president explained, was at Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's "Congress in Action" event on January 8 because she was...

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New York's Long-Term Health Care Challenge

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 10:26 AM

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo will take office in January as a perfect storm of health care costs is brewing. Even as he braces for, and contends with, the immediate storm, it's crucial to focus on the long-term challenges, which are equally troubling. The good news in the long run is that...

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Include Mental Health in an Age-Friendly New York

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 5:02 PM

The World Health Organization has included New York City in its global network of age-friendly cities. It's an important initiative that highlights attributes that cities should provide, as the world cares for an increasingly aging population. It's also an important achievement for New York City and all those both in...

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