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National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery Appoints Valerie L. Marsh, MSW as Executive Director

Valerie L. MarshWASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2016) —The Board of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) announced the appointment of Valerie L. Marsh, MSW as Executive Director.

“I look forward to joining other mental health consumers and survivors dedicated to empowerment, self-determination and access to effective, humane, voluntary services that are peer-run,” said Marsh.

Marsh received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond (VCU), Virginia, where her graduate studies focused on mental health policy, administration and planning. She served as an adjunct faculty member at VCU, teaching policy, advocacy and human behavior to graduate and undergraduate students in social work.

“Val brings a wealth of experience working in the mental health and homeless fields, along with her own lived experience and a passion for transforming the system,” said Daniel Fisher, MD, PhD, Chair of the NCMHR Board.

As the Executive Director of NAMI-Virginia from 1994-2004, Marsh shown a spotlight on abuse, neglect, and unnatural deaths in Virginia’s public psychiatric hospitals. Her accomplishments include a successful campaign to transform the state’s protection and advocacy organization  into an independent entity; limiting time served by misdemeanants found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity; increasing Medicaid financial eligibility criteria benefiting consumers previously ineligible; and creating a mandate for mental health boards and advisory committees to include representation of mental health consumers and family members.

Prior to her role at NAMI-Virginia, Marsh worked for 16 years at The Daily Planet, a non-profit organization serving and empowering homeless individuals in Richmond, Virginia.