Thelma Dye, a licensed psychologist and Executive Director and CEO of Northside Center for Child Development, one of New York?s oldest and most respected mental health agencies, was one of several appointees chosen to join the Community Services Board. The Board is a panel responsible for advising the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in areas related to the City?s community mental health and substance use treatment services.
The announcement was made by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Appointees include leaders from the non-profit, public and private sectors with a track record of serving people with mental illness and substance use issues. ?
?Today we?re taking another step forward in our efforts to destigmatizing mental illness and ensuring that best practices are put in place to help our fellow New Yorkers,? said Mayor de Blasio. ?The board, which now consists of professionals whose collective experience span the private, non-profit and public sectors, is well-equipped to support ThriveNYC and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in delivering services that will benefit our New Yorkers who are most in need. I look forward to working with the Board.?
?The dynamic intellect and proven ability of today’s appointees to the Community Services Board will bring an additional dimension of support and vigor to changing the culture and expanding services for untreated mental illness and substance misuse. I am excited to work with them,? said First Lady Chirlane McCray, who spearheads ThriveNYC.