Matt Kudish, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC), is a Crain’s 2022 Notable Health Care Leader.
“I’m proud of the ways NAMI-NYC has transformed how we think and talk about mental illness. This pandemic has had a deep impact on our collective mental health which is likely to be long-lasting, and through our programs, especially workplace mental health and our advocacy work, organizations and institutions are grappling with and addressing this public health crisis,” Kudish said.
“I’m also proud we are able to foster an open, collaborative work culture among our staff, which helps us come together and better serve our community during difficult times,” Kudish shared. NAMI-NYC has been helping families and individuals affected by mental illness for 40 years.
Under Matt’s leadership, NAMI-NYC has doubled its budget, staff, and impact, touching the lives of tens of thousands of New Yorkers annually. During the pandemic, NAMI-NYC’s free programs and services pivoted to virtual as demand exploded. The organization also innovated to create culturally responsive and inclusive programs, as well as meet community needs, including its Asisan Americans & Pacific Islanders, Black Minds Matter, LBGTQ+, and Spanish “Familiares y Amistades” support groups.
Crain’s Notable Healthcare Leaders come from administration, clinical, research, nursing and more. Nominated leaders are spotlighted for their contributions to the community during the pandemic and throughout their careers. Prior to his role at NAMI-NYC, Kudish was Senior Vice President of Caregiver Services at Caring Kind, The Heart Of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, Director of Knickerbocker Village at Hamilton-Madison House, and Director of Caregiver Services at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center.
To learn more about NAMI-NYC’s free programs and services, visit our website: https://naminycmetro.org/find-support/.
For 40 years, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC has offered life-changing support, education, and advocacy to families and individuals affected by mental illness. NAMI-NYC’s services are free of charge and accessible to anyone who needs them. Learn more at www.naminyc.org.
New York, NY, August 22, 2022