Donald J Decker

Adjunct Professor
School for Public Affairs and Administration
Phone: 7183408307
Donald Decker is a licensed clinical social worker and credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor with 30 years of experience as a clinician, administrator and educator. He is a National Trainer for the National Council of Behavioral Health certified to conduct the Instructor course for Mental Health First Aid, Teen and Youth Mental Health First Aid. Previously, he was the Director of the Training Institute at CBC in New York City. Prior to that, Don was the Clinical Team Lead at Beacon Health Options - NYC Well program. NYC Well provides follow-up services to a subset of the almost 300,000 calls received. He also oversaw the Office of Mental Health Disaster Preparedness and Response and served as the Senior Director for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Community Resilience. In that role, he was responsible for developing systems and protocols for responding to the psychological sequelae of disasters and public health emergencies and coordinated the mental health response to 9/11, Ebola, H1N1 and Superstorm Sandy in New York City. He also designed and implemented a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) initiative to train 250,000 New Yorkers. He also holds a position as an Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan College of New York teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses in Psychology and Ethics.