MHNE 2023 Leadership Awards Reception
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Purpose: To celebrate and bring awareness to exceptional leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of individuals and their families in the autism and behavioral health communities.

Expected Attendance: 125 – 150 guests

Typical Guests: CEOs, Executive Directors, and Program Directors of hospitals, health plans, treatment providers, community support programs; political figures; family members; and individuals/consumers

Event Format: Networking wine bar reception with live jazz music and buffet followed by Awards Presentation Program. All seating is assigned and tables of 10 are reserved

Virtual Event Journal: Color ads are purchased in celebration of the honorees by Board Members, family members, colleagues, and event sponsors

Proceeds from this event will go towards expanding and developing the nonprofit educational mission of Autism Spectrum News and Behavioral Health News. With these publications, Mental Health News Education aims to reduce stigma, promote awareness and disseminate evidence-based education and information that serves to improve the lives of individuals living with mental illness, substance use disorders, and autism spectrum disorders and support their families and the provider communities that serves them.

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For questions and details, contact David Minot, Executive Director, at (978) 733-4481 or

2023 Event Sponsors


Health Management Associates


The New York Community Trust Unique People Services


Baltic Street AEH, Inc. Quent Capital ShufroRose
  Vibrant Emotional Health  


Birch Family Services ICL Outreach
Phoenix Houses New York - Long Island Samaritan Daytop Village Services for the UnderServed


Comunilife Concern Housing Eighteen Eleven Consulting
Moritt Hock & Hamroff Odyssey House Savills


Advantage Mosaic Group Search for Change


For questions and details, contact David Minot, Executive Director, at (978) 733-4481 or

Meet Our 2023 Honorees!

Emily Grossman, MA, CPRP, NYCPS-P Director of Training Coordinated Behavioral Care Self-Advocacy Award
Emily Grossman, MA, CPRP, NYCPS-P
Director of Training
Coordinated Behavioral Care
Self-Advocacy Award

Emily Grossman, MA, CPRP, NYCPS-P, has worked in mental health for over a decade, beginning on the “front lines” as a peer specialist in community mental health in NJ. After several years, she transitioned to doing mental health provider training and systems change work at large organizations such as The Jewish Board, Columbia’s Center for Practice Innovations, and the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS). In 2018, she was the winner of the National Council for Behavioral Health’s prestigious “Peer Specialist of the Year” Award. Currently, Emily is the Director of the Training Institute at Coordinated Behavioral Care and has a small private peer specialist practice. Emily frequently speaks nationally about mental health recovery. She holds a Master’s in Education from Columbia University.

Ann M. Hardiman Chief Innovation Officer New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation Autism Advocacy Award
Ann M. Hardiman
Chief Innovation Officer
NY Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation
Autism Advocacy Award

Ann M. Hardiman is the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) for the NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation. In this role she works closely with collaborators leading the way to new ideas to promote innovation, influence system design, strengthen the person first culture, and grow successful workforce initiatives. From 1995 to 2018, Ann led the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) as its Executive Director and was integral in the association’s merger that formed the NY Alliance. Ann’s professional career has centered on impacting critical issues in the field of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2011, she was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities where she served for three years. Ann is an Advisor to the Self Advocacy Association of NYS (SANYS) Board of Directors. In 2020, She received the honor of being recognized as an Essential Change Agent by the National Historic Recognition Project: 2000-2020. Ann holds a Master’s degree in Community Psychology.

Irfan Hasan Deputy Vice President for Grants On Behalf of NY Community Trust Excellence in Philanthropy Award
The New York Community Trust
Irfan Hasan (Accepting)
Deputy Vice President for Grants
Excellence in Philanthropy Award

A public charity, The New York Community Trust is a grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. We bring together individuals, families, foundations, and businesses to build a better community and support nonprofits that make a difference. We apply knowledge, creativity, and resources to the most challenging issues in an effort to ensure meaningful opportunities and a better quality of life for all New Yorkers, today and tomorrow.

Irfan Hasan directs The New York Community Trust’s Healthy Lives grant program with oversight for health, behavioral health, and biomedical research grants. He also is responsible for $10 million in donor-designated grants for nonprofits nationwide. He co-chaired the human services grantmaking committee of The Trust’s $110 million multi-funder NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund to respond to the pandemic. He also developed emergency grants in response to Hurricane Sandy, the economic downturn of 2008/2009, and the September 11th Fund’s $75 million health and mental health program. Before The Trust, he led vocational programming at Greater Boston Rehabilitation Services (now part of Viability) to help people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

Irfan serves on the boards of Grantmakers in Health and Philanthropy New York; co-chair of the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Funder Network; a member of Philanthropy New York’s Health Working Group; a member of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership-North American Region; and an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Previously, Irfan has served as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Community Service Board; a member (and board chair) of the Disability Funders Network, a board member of BoardStrong, and co-chair of the United States Student Selection Committee for the United World Colleges.

Irfan earned a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Northeastern University.

Robert W. Myers, PhD, LMSW Senior Deputy Commissioner NYS Office of Mental Health Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert W. Myers, PhD, LMSW
Senior Deputy Commissioner
New York State Office of Mental Health
Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Robert W. Myers has worked in behavioral health for 50 years, 39 years with the New York State Office of Mental Health and prior to that with the Division of Mental Health in New Jersey. He is currently Senior Deputy Commissioner and Director, Division of Community Program Management and Managed Care. This entails Program Planning, Implementation and oversight of the Adult and Children’s Community Mental Health System, Managed Care and Licensing.

Other positions held within NYS OMH include Housing Director, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Director of Field Office Operations. While working at Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center he served as Director for Community Services and Quality. In New Jersey he served as a Regional Director for Mental Health and as Adult Services Director and initially as a Case Manager. He has a co-authored several peer reviewed articles on Mental Health Program Development. Dr. Myers holds a PhD., MSW and BA in Psychology from Rutgers University.

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Rachel A. Fernbach, Esq, Deputy Director and Assistant
General Counsel, New York State Psychiatric Association


Yvette Brissett-André, MPA, Executive Director and CEO
Unique People Services


Peter D. Beitchman, DSW, LMSW, Principal
Behavioral Health Consultation


Keri Primack, CFP, Managing Director, SVP, Senior Client Advisor
Quent Capital, LLC

Members of The Board

Anita Appel, LCSW, Senior Health Care Consultant
Sachs Policy Group

Mary Brite, LCSW, CASAC, Chief Compliance Officer

Constance Y. Brown-Bellamy, MPA, President and Co-Founder
Advantage Mosaic Group

Jonathan P. Edwards, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, Program Consultant
NY City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Ann-Marie K. Foster, MPA, FACHE, President and CEO
Phoenix Houses of New York/Long Island

Debbie Pantin, MSW, MS-HCM, President and CEO

Barry B. Perlman, MD, Past President
New York State Psychiatric Association

Jorge R. Petit, MD, President & CEO
Services for the UnderServed

Joshua Rubin, MPP, Principal
Health Management Associates

Jarod Stern, Senior Managing Director

Kimberly Williams, MSSW, President and CEO
Vibrant Emotional Health

Founding Chairman

Alan B. Siskind, PhD, LCSW

Executive Staff

Ira H. Minot, LMSW, Founder and Publisher, Behavioral Health News

David Minot, Executive Director and Publisher, Autism Spectrum News