EAST HANOVER, NJ — The Kiwanis Club of Livingston invites the public to the March 15 meeting, where Robert Davison, executive director of the Montclair-based Mental Health Association of Essex County, will host a discussion on mental health and mental illness.

Davison, a West Caldwell resident and former Caldwell councilman, is an accomplished professional who has been serving the mental health needs of communities throughout New Jersey for more than 30 years.

The Kiwanis Club is opening this meeting to the public because members feel it is a very important topic and that Davison is extremely knowledgeable in his field.

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For $20 per guest for dinner, anyone who would like to learn about this important topic is encouraged to attend on Wednesday, March 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hanover Manor.

About Robert Davison

In his role as MHAEC’s Executive Director, Davison manages the overall operations of a comprehensive community mental health facility that each day serves the needs of more than 1000 individuals and their families who are confronted with mental illnesses or emotional disturbances. A staunch advocate for humane, compassionate and ethical treatment of individuals who suffer from mental illness,  Davison has helped to establish the Mental Health Association of Essex County as one of the state’s premiere service providers.

In addition to his professional service, Davison maintains his interest in community issues in a variety of other ways. He is a founding board member of the Newark-based Partnership for Children of Essex County, a child-welfare agency, and is also is a founding member and past president of Advance Housing, a community-based organization whose mission is to provide independent, normalized living arrangements for individuals with mental illnesses. A former three-term councilman in Caldwell, he also served as a legislative aide to Assemblyman John McKeon. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of The Bridge, Inc., a non-profit family service agency based in Caldwell.

In November, 2004, Mr. Davison’s commitment to public service was recognized and advanced when he was called upon to serve as Chairman of New Jersey Governor Richard Codey’s Task Force on Mental Health. Over a period of fourteen months, the Task Force addressed key issues such as housing, community-based services, insurance parity, and state and county psychiatric hospitals. Their work and the Task Force’s Final Report provided a blueprint for overhauling and comprehensively reforming New Jersey’s mental health system

In 2006, Davison served on Governor Jon Corzine’s Transition Team for Human Services and on Governor Corzine’s Policy Advisory Council on Human Services Restructuring. In 2007, Davison was appointed to the Governor’s Campus Security Task Force. Davison served on the New Jersey Attorney General’s Less-lethal Advisory Committee. In November 2008 Mr. Davison was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Police Suicide. In 2009, Davison was elected to the Board of Directors of Active Minds, Inc. a national organization focusing on College and University mental health, located in Washington, DC. In 2014 he was appointed by the Chief Justice of the New Jersey State Supreme Court to the Judiciary’s Mental Health Implementation Committee. Davison was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council for Behavioral Health, beginning his term on July 1, 2015.

A 1984 graduate of Seton Hall University, Davison received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Montclair State University in 1990. In addition to his academic credentials, Davison is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Davison resides in West Caldwell with his wife, Barbara, and their three children: 19-year-old twins Erin and Ian, and 17-year-old sister Emma.