Linda Rosenberg

Former CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Linda Rosenberg is a certified social worker, family therapist, and psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in the development, design and delivery of mental health policy and services. Under Rosenberg’s leadership, the National Council for Behavioral Health has more than doubled its membership; helped to secure the passage of the federal mental health and addiction parity law; played a critical role in ensuring the Affordable Care Act addresses the needs of individuals with behavioral health disorders and expanded financing for integrated behavioral health and primary care services; and built an expansive array of organizational, clinical and workforce development initiatives. Rosenberg introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and to date has led the National Council in training nearly 100,000 citizens in this groundbreaking public education program. Prior to joining the National Council, Rosenberg served as Senior Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health and ran New York’s adult and child psychiatric hospitals; tripled New York’s assertive community treatment capacity; expanded children’s community based services; developed an extensive array of housing options for people with mental illnesses and addictions; implemented a network of jail diversion programs including New York’s first mental health court; and promoted the adoption of evidence-based practices and consumer and family programs.