Public Education Events

Panel Discussion:
Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Wednesday, January 11, from 6 to 8 pm.
Kramer Levin Law, 1177 6th Ave, New York

(between West 45th & 46th Streets)

Seats are limited!


Providers, policymakers, parents, and people living with mental illness—we have an exciting panel discussion you’ll want to be a part of. Our diverse panel features New York’s thought leaders in psychiatry, public healthcare, and criminal justice: Francis Greenburger, Cindy Rodriguez, and Detective Jeff Thompson.

We open with a presentation by the Chief Medical Officer for the NY State Office of Mental Health, Dr. Lloyd Sederer on his new book, Improving Mental Healthcare: Four Secrets in Plain SightImproving Mental Healthcare provides a unique springboard for a dynamic discussion, moderated by Dr. Lisa Dixon, on the intersection of the criminal justice system and mental health care.

lis2108_3_sedererDr. Lloyd Sederer, M.D.

Dr. Sederer is Chief Medical Officer for the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), “chief psychiatrist” of the nation’s largest state mental health system. Dr. Sederer also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health as well as Medical Editor for Mental Health for the Huffington Post.


Dr. Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H. 

Dr. Dixon is the director of the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research within the Department of Psychiatry.


fg-tei-websiteMr. Francis Greenburger 

Mr. Greenburger is the President and Founder of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice. He has a justice-involved family member with serious mental illness.


cindy-rodriguezMs. Cindy Rodriguez

Ms. Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio. Her stories include in-depth looks at homelessness, neighborhood violence, and more recently on crisis intervention policy with the NYPD.


jeff-profileDetective Jeff Thompson, Ph.D.

Detective Thompson leads the NYPD hostage negotiation division, Crisis Intervention Training, and is a communication trainer, and researcher.



Wednesday, January 11, from 6 to 8 pm.
Kramer Levin Law, 1177 6th Ave, New York

(between West 45th & 46th Streets)

Seats are limited!


Call our Helpline for more information:

(212) 684-3264

Co-sponsored by
The Mental Health Association of New York City
The Fortune Society




Previous Public Education Events

Community Mental Health Fair

To celebrate Minority Mental Health Month, we hosted the second annual NAMI C.A.R.E.S. (Community Advocacy, Resources, Education & Services) Community Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 16. Mental health care should be available to all, but we know there are substantial barriers to accessing quality care for many. The fair will highlight mental health issues that specifically impact communities of color. We want to increase awareness of local community-based services, and connect people immediately to resources.

You can look at photos from the event here–what a great day it was!

We partnered with several mental health-focused organizations serving the Washington Heights community.