Brett elected President of MAMH board

BOSTON –On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) elected James T. Brett, President & CEO of the New England Council, as the President of the MAMH Board of Directors.  In addition to his role at the New England Council, Mr. Brett is a longtime advocate for people with disabilities and currently serves as the Chairman of the President’s Committee for People with intellectual disabilities.

“I have always respected the remarkable work that the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health does to provide services for individuals in our community who struggle with mental illness, and I am truly honored to be elected President of the Board of Directors,” Mr. Brett said.  “I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the wonderful team at MAMH to continue to advance the organization’s goals.”

Mr. Brett, a Dorchester resident, has served as the President & CEO of the New England Council, a non-partisan business organization representing businesses throughout the six New England states, since 1996.  Prior to joining the Council, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for over 15 years.  Throughout his career, Mr. Brett has been an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities.  In May 2011, President Barack Obama appointed him the Chairman of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  Mr. Brett also currently serves as the Chairman of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disability, and served as Co-Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Inpatient Study Commission. Mr. Brett is a member of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and serves on the Advisory Council of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and The New England Center for Children.

The Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) is a private, non-profit organization based in Boston, MA and a leading voice for the creation of services for people with mental illnesses. Since 1913, MAMH has been recognized as an independent information resource within the mental health community.  MAMH has worked with legislators, committees, and caucuses to develop legislative forums on mental illness, and with schools to help address the myriad of issues facing teachers and administrators.  MAMH works with individuals with mental illness and their family members or friends to help them access services, whether housing, treatment, education, employment, or health insurance. For more information, please visit:

The New England Council, the country’s oldest regional business organization, is an alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the region.  The Council is dedicated to identifying and supporting federal public policies and articulating the voice of its membership regionally and nationally on important issues facing New England.  The NEC is also committed to working with public and private sector leaders across the region and in Washington through educational programs and forums for information exchange.  For more information, please visit:



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