Linda Rosenberg is on the faculty of Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry where she serves as Executive Director for External Relations focusing on public and private partnerships that elevate, expand and refine mental health and addictions care.
Prior to joining Columbia, Linda was President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health from 2004 until 2019. Under her leadership the National Council became the nation’s largest mental health and addiction education and advocacy association with 3300 plus 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 behavioral health and primary care integration leading to the creation of the national Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grant program and the Medicaid Health Home option; ensured passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act that established Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs); and introduced and implemented Mental Health First Aid in the U.S.A.
Linda was New York State’s Senior Deputy Commission for Mental Health until 2004. During her tenure she opened New York’s first Mental Health Court; designed services and housing for the homeless; and led the growth of community treatment and supports for adults and children including the expansion of school-based services.
In addition to serving on Columbia’s faculty, Linda consults with nonprofits, foundations, and private sector companies on the design and delivery of mental health and addiction services. She serves on numerous boards including Cohen Veterans Network, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Netsmart Technologies, Triad Behavioral Health and Effective School Solutions.