Unique People Services Executive Director Yvette Brissett-Andre is among four distinguished behavioral health leaders elected to the Board of Mental Health News Education, Inc. (MHNE).
The nonprofit organization, founded in 1999, publishes Behavioral Health News and Autism Spectrum News, vital health education resources read by 260,000 subscribers across the United States.
In her new role, Brissett-Andre brings more than two decades of experience in strategic planning, program development and contract management. Since taking the helm at Unique People Services (UPS) in 2008, she has been instrumental in executing major fundraising campaigns, resulting in continued growth for the agency and the enhancement of vital services for individuals living with developmental disabilities, HIV/AIDS and mental health challenges. Brissett-Andre works closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, the New York State Office of Mental Health, and the New York City Department of Homeless Services to ensure every need is met.
As a nonprofit 501(c)3, UPS has been impacting the lives of hundreds of New Yorkers since 1991, through supportive housing, counseling programs and a wealth of other support services for individuals in need. Under Brissett-Andre’s leadership, the agency will embark on its next milestone in 2017: the opening of its first affordable housing complex, Lynn’s Place, providing a warm, safe home for dozens of low-income residents and mentally challenged individuals in Bronx. In addition to leading Unique People Services, Brissett-Andre also serves on the Board of the Interagency Council of New York and is a member of the executive team of the Fortune Society.
“Yvette’s deep dedication and strong knowledge of behavioral health issues makes her an outstanding asset to this organization,” says Constance Y. Brown-Bellamy, MPA, Incoming Board Chair, MHNE. “We’re thrilled to have her on board, as we work together to transform our publications and bring MHNE to new heights.”
About Unique People Services
Founded in 1991, Unique People Services, Inc. (UPS) is a New York-based nonprofit 501(c)3 that provides supportive housing and medical case management services to individuals and families living with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities and HIV/AIDS.Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the agency operates 27 supportive housing programs in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester County.
More than 500 New Yorkers call UPS’ home, living in well-appointed residences where they receive meals and support services to help them achieve the highest possible levels of independent living and community inclusion. The transitional, long-term and permanent housing UPS provides has also become a safe haven for many formerly homeless individuals.
With the opening of Lynn’s Place in 2017, the agency’sfirst affordable housing initiative, UPS will help transform more lives, deepening its mission of Understanding People, Providing Homes, and Serving Communities. For more information about Unique People Services, visit here.