Biography

Mary Beth Hennen-Anderson is the director of the Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project.  From 2011-13, she was the Director of Social Work and Investigation at Brooklyn Defender Services.  Before that, she had a 21-year career at the Legal Aid Society criminal practice where she held many positions, including founding a city-wide project that teamed social workers and attorneys to provide comprehensive services for clients with mental health and substance abuse issues.  Mary Beth has devised and participated in many training programs on mental health and criminal justice issues, and serves on the NYPD’s mental health/criminal justice advisory board. She graduated from St. John’s University School of Law and obtained her master’s in social work at Hunter College School of Social Work.  Mary Beth is a member of The Stability Network, a coalition of professionals living with mental health concerns, who are willing to share their stories of recovery to help others recover faster and stay well longer.

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