The National Council’s vision is to make mental wellbeing, including recovery from substance use challenges, a reality for everyone. Despite overwhelming need, nearly 30 million people across the U.S. do not have access to comprehensive, high-quality, affordable mental health and substance use care when they need it.
Founded in 1969, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of nearly 3,200 mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. We advocate for policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality services and supports. We build the capacity of mental health and substance use treatment organizations. And we promote greater understanding of mental wellbeing as a core component of comprehensive health and health care. Through our Mental Health First Aid program we have trained more than 2.8 million people in the U.S. to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
The National Council is growing rapidly to meet this moment; both our budget ($77M) and number of passionate staff (270+) have grown more than 50% since 2020.
The Chief Strategy and Growth Officer (CSGO), in this newly configured role, will play a critical role in the National Council’s achievement of its mission, vision and goals.
In collaboration with the strategic leadership team — Chief Executive Officer, Chief of Staff, Chief Program Officer, Chief of Operations and Transformation, Chief Diversity Officer and Chief People Officer — the CSGO will seek out opportunities that allow the National Council to shape and influence the future of Mental Health and Substance Use (MH/SU) and integrated care – and the field providing that care — in the United States. They will partner with leading practitioners in MH/SU, policymakers, researchers, advocates, public and private donors and others to increase awareness and funding for innovative and effective programs.