Within our health care systems, definitions continue to evolve as the research and understanding of clients’ needs evolve. While definitions may be everchanging, they help providers, policymakers and the public understand how care is or is not being delivered in communities across the country. Similarly, within our LGBTQ+ communities, definitions…
Brett Beckerson, MSW
Director, Policy and Advocacy, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Brett Beckerson has more than 12 years of experience working at the intersection of public health and public safety policies at local, state and federal levels. At the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Beckerson leads the state-based efforts on Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to ensure high-quality, integrated services for people with behavioral health needs.Prior to joining the National Council, Beckerson worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts where he provided strategic guidance on Pew’s work on medications for opioid use disorder, suicide prevention and correctional health care. He provided policy recommendations to governors and legislative leaders and lobbied at the federal level for policy changes on topics such as provider workforce, health care financing and population health.
Before joining Pew, he led Medicaid policy reforms in states with a primary focus on justice-involved populations at the Council for a Strong America. There, he helped launch the organization’s Police Training Institute to work directly with law enforcement agencies on issues of behavioral health, implicit bias and adolescent development.
Brett began his career providing state- and local-level technical assistance on school bullying policies. This position grew into an advisory role with the Michigan Department of Community Health and Surgeon General of Michigan on access to school-based mental health services for children, youth and families and integrated care with community-based settings. An alumnus of The University of Michigan, Beckerson earned a graduate degree in social work with a focus on child welfare policy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science.