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Mary Beth Anderson, Esq., LMSW

Mary Beth Anderson, Esq., LMSW

Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project
Managing Director
New York, NY, USA


Mary Beth Anderson is a managing director of the Urban Justice Center (UJC), and project director of the UJC Mental Health Project (MHP).  From May 2011 until coming to MHP in January 2013, she served as the director of Social Work and Investigation at Brooklyn Defender Services, a public defender office in Brooklyn, New York.  Before that, she had a 21-year career at the Legal Aid Society criminal trial practice where she worked as a trial attorney, and was the founding director of a city-wide project that teamed social workers and attorneys to provide comprehensive legal and social work services for clients with mental illness and substance abuse issues.  She also worked as an attorney in the Society’s special litigation unit and as the mental health attorney in the Queens County trial office.  Mary Beth has devised and participated in many training programs on mental health/criminal justice issues for criminal defense organizations, law and social work schools, bar associations, the NYS Office of Court Administration, the Council of State Governments, providers of mental health services, and many others.   She graduated from St. John’s University School of Law (1989) and obtained her master’s in social work at Hunter College School of Social Work (2007), where she graduated with the highest honors.  Mary Beth was recently invited to join The Stability Network, a coalition of professionals living with, or who have lived with, mental illness, who are willing to share their stories of recovery to help other people with such conditions recover faster and stay well longer.
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