Laquisha Grant provides clients assistance with strategic planning, training, technical assistance, implementation support, guidance and project management to support organizations and agencies navigate the healthcare system. Ms. Grant is an expert at bridging the gap between communities and the healthcare systems. At HMA, she has served as Project Manager and technical assistance provider for projects with cross-sector agencies, such as health departments, police departments, homeless services, etc. and service provider organizations to align around common goals and to address systemic issues as they relate to behavioral health crises and other health disparities. She has worked with diverse groups of stakeholders seeking to build consensus and collectively develop policies and programs. She has helped community-based organizations establish governance structures and create strategic plans to concretize their path forward in an ever-changing healthcare climate. Similarly, she provided technical assistance and program development support to community-based organizations and health care providers looking to improve population health outcomes.
Prior to HMA, she worked for the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice as the Program Administrator for the Mayor’s Task Force on Behavioral Health in the Criminal Justice System managing the implementation and assessment of over 40 initiatives designed to keep individuals with behavioral health needs from cycling in and out of the criminal justice system. Prior to that she spent several years at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she oversaw the bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board and was involved in the development and implementation of NYS’ Medicaid redesign efforts around behavioral health services in NYC. Ms. Grant also developed and managed the budgets for grant-funded programs, including a $17 million CMMI grant, a $30 million SAMHSA crisis counseling grant, and $4.2 million health integration grant. She was responsible for ensuring that grant funds were spent in accordance with federal and state guidelines. She co-chaired a workgroup aimed at using DOHMH resources to increase employment for individuals in NYC with serious mental illness. Prior to working at DOHMH Laquisha served as a Grants Analyst at Harlem Hospital Centers.
Ms. Grant earned Community Resilience Initiative Trauma-Informed certification and is a trauma-informed trainer. She earned her master’s in public administration from Long Island University and her bachelor’s in political science from Trinity College.