William Emmet, Director
As Director of the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, William Emmet is responsible for coordinating the efforts of 17 national organizations to make effective mental health services a national priority. Formed to seize opportunities resulting from the 2003 report of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the Campaign is the mental health advocacy community’s united voice on federal policy issues.
From 2000 through 2006, Mr. Emmetserved as Project Director for policy analysis and technical assistance at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). Under Mr. Emmet’s direction, NASMHPD joined with partners from the mental health advocacy community to provide technical assistance in policy formulation and implementation to multiple mental health stakeholders at the state level. He 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.
Before joining NASMHPD, Mr. Emmet worked at the state and national levels of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). For eight years, he was executive director of NAMI's state organization in Rhode Island. He served as a member of NAMI's national Board of Directors and, from 1998 to 2000, was Chief Operating Officer/ Deputy Executive Director of NAMI’s national office, where he oversaw NAMI’s organizational and programmatic linkages with its state organizations and grassroots.
Mr. Emmet became active in mental illness advocacy when his brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the early 1980s.