Steve Coe has dedicated his career to improving mental health care and advancing the human rights of people with mental health concerns. As CEO of Community Access, he leads by example, affirmatively hiring mental health consumers at all levels of the organization, and developing mental health models that are being replicated throughout the world. Steve recognizes the invaluable contributions and expertise of people with firsthand experience of the mental health care system.
Steve was one of the first board members of Coalition for the Homeless and the Supportive Housing Network of New York, and is former president of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He chaired two NY/NY Campaigns and the statewide Campaign for Mental Health Housing, which helped secure financing for thousands of new housing units, and was invited to testify before Congress on the “Examining H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.”
Steve has led numerous task forces and coalitions advocating for systemic change and improved mental health services that focus on safety, security, and improved access to health care for people with mental illness. He also formed a coalition calling for increased police training and collaborations with mental health care professionals for officers dealing with ‘emotionally disturbed’ 911 calls. In 2014, the Mayor’s Office subsequently invested $130 million in training and support. Steve received the 2016 National Council for Behavioral Health Advocate of the Year Award for his advocacy efforts.