FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mental Health Association of Nassau County names Jeffrey McQueen as its Executive Director – Elects Russell G. Matthews as its Board President


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2020

CONTACT: Diane Riedel February 24, 2020 516.489.2322 ext.1338


Mental Health Association of Nassau County names Jeffrey McQueen as its Executive Director –
Elects Russell G. Matthews as its Board President

McQueen, a ten-year veteran of the MHANC, brings expertise, leadership and a strong voice to people with mental illness

Organization affirms its role as a leading advocate for the mental health community, improving mental health through education, program development and the delivery of direct services


Hempstead, NY: The Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Inc. (MHANC) today announced that the organization’s new Executive Director will be Jeffrey McQueen, MBA, LCDC. McQueen previously served as Interim Executive Director since April 2019. Prior to that, he served as the agency’s Chief Program Officer and Director of Peer Services & Special Projects. MHANC today also announced that its Board of Directors elected Russell G. Matthews as its new President. Matthews serves as Principal at the Albanese Organization.

“Jeff’s strong leadership, experience and expertise will help broaden the agency’s efforts as the issues impacting mental illness become more complex and challenging. Jeff’s advocacy for people with mental illness makes today not just a great day for MHANC, but a great day for the entire community,” said Russell G. Matthews, Board President, MHANC.

McQueen’s experience as a combat veteran provides him with a unique skillset to handle the complexities of the position. He has leveraged this experience to provide members of the mental health community a distinctive education. As well, he projects purpose and empowerment to everyone who surrounds him. Under McQueen’s supervision, MHANC opened the Turquoise House II, the second of two entirely peer-run respite programs unique on Long Island.

“For over 67 years, MHANC has served people in Nassau County and beyond. This is not about starting something new, it’s about building on an already enormous foundation so that all people with mental illness have a voice and the most comprehensive services available,” said Mr. McQueen


The full press release can be downloaded at the following link: MHANC-2_24_2020



Nearly 1 in 5 adults, more than 18%, in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year.

5-6% of American adults have a serious mental illness; about 2% have disorders that are long-term and disabling, contributing to very high rates of unemployment and poor living conditions.

More than 450 million people around the world live with mental illnesses.

20-25% of Americans have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder in any given year: 6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.

There were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 with an addiction in 2011, excluding tobacco.

Over 3 million people in 2011 received treatment for their addiction.

The Long Island Coalition estimated that there are approximately 3,000 homeless people in Nassau County and 64 of them are living on the streets.

30-40% of homeless adults and 15-20% of people in jails and prisons in the United States have a serious mental illness. This is often accompanied by substance abuse problems in both these populations.

As many as 10% of children have a serious emotional disturbance, contributing to school failure and other serious problems.

Just over 20 percent of children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children in the US have autism.

As the number of older adults doubles over the next two decades so will the number of older adults with mental disordersThis includes 5.5 million older adults who currently have Alzheimer’s disorder or other dementia. Without advances in prevention, this will rise to 11 million older adults with dementia by 2050.

11 to 20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) have been diagnosed with PTSD.

30% of soldiers develop mental problems within 3 to 4 months of being home.

Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD, an anxiety disorder that follows experiencing a traumatic event) are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops.