Matthew Shapiro is the Associate Director, Public Affairs for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York State (NAMI-NYS), the state chapter of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and family members impacted by mental illness. A passionate advocate with a dual perspective of someone with lived experience as well as a family member, Matthew directs NAMI-NYS’s public policy platform and communication efforts along with organizing NAMI-NYS’s annual education conference and managing other special projects.
Matthew is the host of the NAMI-NYS produced video series Perspectives, television program Mental Health Now, and is a frequent guest on Capital Region television and radio programs (such as Capital Tonight, Capital Pressroom, and the AMC Roundtable) to discuss mental health issues. He has also presented at numerous national conferences and conventions including the CIT International Convention, the annual NIMH Outreach Partner Program meeting, the CNS Summit, the We Work for Health Summit, and the NAMI National Convention. He also provides the family/consumer perspective at the Crisis Intervention Trainings held by the Albany Police Department and Albany County as well as presenting to each class of cadets in the Albany Police Academy.
Matthew serves on several prominent steering committees including the National Institute of Mental Health’s Outreach Partner Program, What’s Great in Our State-A Celebration of Children’s Mental Health, which is led by the New York State Office of Mental Health and Council for Children and Families, and the Stakeholders for Treatment, Advocacy, Research, and Recovery (STARR) coalition.
Matthew is the recipient of the 2019 NAMI Richard T. Greer Advocacy Award, 2020 STARR Coalition STARR of Excellence Award for Advocacy and the 2017 NYS Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services Family Partner Award.
Matthew lives in the Capital District with his wife Jessica and their cat Harriet.