WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2023) — The National Council for Mental Wellbeing is pleased to announce that Debbian Fletcher-Blake, APRN, FNP, will join its Board of Directors effective immediately and serve in one of two seats for Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands).
“I’m honored to have Debbian Fletcher-Blake join the National Council Board of Directors,” National Council President and CEO Chuck Ingoglia said. “Her vast experience will provide the Board with an important new perspective as we move forward together and work to address the challenges faced by the National Council’s 3,100 members.”
Fletcher-Blake is the CEO of Vocational Instruction Project (VIP) Community Services, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization in The Bronx, New York, that offers comprehensive medical, behavioral health, housing, vocational and supportive services to the community.
Fletcher-Blake has served as a clinician and administrator in multiple New York City health care facilities that provide integrated health care to underserved populations, including targeted health care to people that are unhoused. She has also worked in academia, serving as clinical director of the mobile health program and instructor at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
Throughout her career, Fletcher-Blake has been active in building culturally competent workforces, tackling health care inequities, focusing on strategies to eliminate disparities and working to ensure community members are active participants in deciding systems of care. Due to her vast experience in quality assurance and physical and behavioral health care, Fletcher-Blake has served as a subject matter expert on numerous clinical and administrative projects, both locally and nationally.
The Board of Directors of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is composed of elected volunteers from the staff and community boards of National Council member organizations. They are elected by National Council member organizations representing 10 regions covering the entire U.S. The Board of Directors represents the membership and is committed to diversity, leadership and promoting excellence in mental health and substance use treatment.
About The National Council
Founded in 1969, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of over 3,300 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. We advocate for policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality services. We build the capacity of mental health and substance use treatment organizations. And we promote greater understanding of mental wellbeing as a core component of comprehensive health and health care. Through our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, we have trained more than 3 million people in the U.S. to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.