Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Mental Health Challenges across 3 Generations


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Center on Aging and Policy at Mt. St. Mary College

Public Forum at the Mount: Center on Aging and Policy

Friday, April 29, 2011 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Hudson Hall Auditorium
On Friday, April 29, 2011, the Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College and Aging United will co-host a public forum titled “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Mental Health Challenges across 3 Generations.”
This forum is free and open to the public, (please see attached poster), and will be held from 10 am – 12:30 pm in Hudson Hall Auditorium. This is an excellent opportunity for professional networking, and for students to get an overview of career paths and prospects.
Michael Friedman, Social Advocate and former director of the Center for Policy, Advocacy, and Education of the Mental Health Association of New York City (retired), is the the keynote speaker, scheduled to take the podium at 10:30 am. Friedman has an extensive background in founding and leading mental health support organizations; please see his bio, below.
Registration and a light breakfast begin at 10 am in Hudson Hall Auditorium. There will be an opportunity before and after his presentation for participants to network.
Attendees: please send an e-mail to or call 845 569-3405 , indicating that you will attend, and if any other people are planning to attend with you. We do not have a formal registration, but we would like to properly estimate breakfast fare.
Co-sponsors of this event include the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Jewish Family Services of Ulster County and Jewish Family Services of Orange County.
Michael Friedman’s Bio
In a career that has spanned over 40 years, Michael Friedman has been a direct service provider, an administrator, and a social advocate, working in community and public service positions.
In July 2010 he retired from his position as Director of The Center for Policy, Advocacy, and Education of The Mental Health Association of New York City, which he founded in 2003. At the time he also retired as Chair of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, which he founded in 2004, and as the Facilitator of the Veterans’ Mental Health Coalition in NYC, which he co-founded in 2009. He continues teaching courses on health policy, mental health policy, and social advocacy at Columbia University’s schools of Social Work and of Public Health. He also provides consultation regarding mental health, health, and human services policy and organizational planning.
Previously, Mr. Friedman had served as regional director (deputy commissioner) of the New York State Office of Mental Health, director of network development for the Department of Psychiatry of New York Presbyterian Hospital, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Westchester, director of operations of The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services; and Program Director, The Bridge, Inc.
In the late 60s and early 70s, he taught philosophy at a number of colleges in the New York City metropolitan area.
Mr. Friedman has been extremely active in the community over the years, working with numerous advisory and advocacy groups at the local, state, and federal levels. He is a past president of the Coalition of Voluntary Mental Health Agencies, was chairman of the Hudson River Planning Advisory Committee of the Office of Mental Health, was vice chairman of the New York City Public Child Fatality Review Committee, served on the National Institute of Mental Health Services Research Planning Panel, and served on the Health Care Policy Advisory Committee for the NYS Governor’s Transition Team in 2006, to mention just a few of his community service activities.
Currently, he serves on the NYS Geriatric Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Planning Council, the Advisory Committee to the NYC Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, and other advocacy and advisory groups.
Mr. Friedman has spoken at many professional conferences and published numerous articles and opinion essays. His topics have included geriatric mental health, integration of health and mental health services, mental health policy and finance, health care reform, child mental health, social advocacy, family support, managed care, psychiatric rehabilitation, child welfare, family violence, stigma, and political philosophy. He became a blogger on the Huffington Post at the end of 2010. His writings can be found at
Mr. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, a master’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University, and a master’s in social work from the Hunter College School of Social Work.
He is also a semi-professional photographer, who has had numerous exhibits in the NYC area. Some of his work can be seen at

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