Podcast Matt Kleiman

1 hour and 1 minute

Episode #7 Featuring CAPT Matt Kleiman

CAPT Kleiman earned his commission as an officer of the United States Public Health Service and is assigned to the National Guard Bureau as the director of psychological health supporting more than 450,000 members. NGB is bridging the gap between mental and physical health.

About CAPT Matt Kleiman

In July 2019, CAPT Matt Kleiman was hand-picked by the Chief of the National Guard to lead the National Guard Bureau’s new Warrior Resilience and Fitness (WRF) Division. WRF was created to synchronize well-being, resilience, and prevention efforts across the National Guard, to enhance efficiencies, and improve behavioral health outcomes for the total force. CAPT Kleiman also serves as the Director of Psychological Health for the National Guard Bureau, a position he has held for four years. In this role, he designs, develops, and directs an enterprise-wide system for psychological health fitness and resilience for over 450,000 National Guard members and their families. He is specifically responsible for providing oversight, implementation, execution, and quality control for psychological health, resilience, and suicide prevention operations across the joint services. 

CAPT Kleiman is a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service and was  previously detailed to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from 2010-2016 as the Chief of USCG’s Behavioral Health Services. In this capacity, he directed, oversaw, and was responsible for the management and oversight of all Coast Guard’s Behavioral Health Programs. Prior to his assignment to USCG Headquarters, CAPT Kleiman served as a principal advisor in the Office of Health Affairs to senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security on resilience and behavioral health policies across the organization. He was previously assigned as the National  Mental Health Coordinator for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, responsible for  coordinating the mental health care for all detained undocumented migrants in the United States.  

CAPT Kleiman began his active duty career over 20 years ago as an Air Force clinical social worker, where for six years he provided a broad array of direct behavioral health services to Air Force members and their families at multiple duty locations. He received his Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia, and is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified diplomat.


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