Dr. Mary Beth Morrissey of White Plains will be awarded at MHA Westchester's annual benefit.
“MHA has benefitted enormously from Mary Beth Morrissey’s skill and knowledge and our annual benefit is the perfect place to present Mary Beth with her well-deserved award”, says Dr. Amy Kohn, MHA’s CEO.
Mary Beth Morrissey has served as an MHA board member since 2005. She is the former chair of the Nominating and Human Resources committees, former member of the Audit, Executive and Orientation/Development Committees, a member of the Programs Committee and was Board Vice President from 2009 through 2011. According to Board President, Norman Michaels, “Mary Beth has been a truly dedicated member of the board who has contributed many hours of her time to growing and improving the agency.”
Dr. Morrissey has a statewide and national presence as a health care attorney and social science researcher affiliated with Fordham University, concentrating in the areas of health law and policy, social work and ethics. Dr. Morrissey serves as a founder and the president of the Collaborative for Palliative Care, Inc., recognized locally and nationally for its corporate leadership in collaborative practice models. She holds her BA, JD and PhD from Fordham University, where she was a May 2011 recipient of the Langenfeld Research Award. Her MPH is from the New York Medical College School of Public Health. Dr. Morrissey lectures and writes on health and mental health policy, public health law, health care decision making, pain and suffering, palliative and end-of-life care and phenomenology and bioethics. Her research focuses on vulnerable persons, including individuals suffering with serious illness or serious mental illness, older adults, nursing home residents and aging prisoners. She is the lead editor and contributing author to Partners in Palliative Care: Enhancing Ethics at the End of Life and lead editor of the Spring Special Issue of the New York State Bar Association Health Law Journal on public health law and ethics.
MHA is the premier mental health agency in Westchester, serving more than 20,000 adults and children each year through advocacy, community education and direct services, with priority given to those with limited access to other resources. For more information on critical mental health issues and MHA, or to order tickets for the event, visit www.mhawestchester.org.