William Emmet, Director
As Director of the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, William Emmet is responsible for coordinating the efforts of eighteen national organizations to make effective mental health services a national priority and to ensure the integration of mental health into national health reform. The Campaign is the mental health advocacy community’s united voice on federal policy issues.
Mr. Emmet served for seven years as Project Director for policy analysis and technical assistance at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), working with partners in the mental health community to provide technical assistance in policy formulation and implementation to multiple mental health stakeholders at the state level. He also coordinated the mental health community’s contributions to the Council of State Governments’ Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project and contributed to the report of CSG’s Re-Entry Policy Council.
Previously, Mr. Emmet worked at the state and national levels of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), first as Executive Director of NAMI's state organization in Rhode Island, then a member of NAMI's national Board of Directors, and, from 1998 to 2000, as Chief Operating Officer/ Deputy Executive Director of NAMI’s national office. There, he oversaw NAMI’s organizational and programmatic linkages with its state organizations and grassroots.
A former journalist and teacher, Mr. Emmet became active in mental illness advocacy when his brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the early 1980s. A widower with two grown children, he maintains homes in Rhode Island and Washington, DC.