Meet Dr. H. Jean Wright II: NYC’s New Mental Hygiene Deputy Commissioner

April 23, 2024

By HWM

In a strategic move to bolster mental health initiatives, Dr. H. Jean Wright II has been appointed as the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Mental Hygiene within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Dr. Wright brings a wealth of experience from his previous role as Deputy Commissioner at the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS).

“Mental health is health, and to foster a healthier city, we need leaders who can engage across communities and sectors,” stated Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. “Dr. Wright’s track record of collaboration and programmatic development will strengthen our prevention efforts and expand access to care for all New Yorkers.”


Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom emphasized the importance of mental health care post-pandemic, welcoming Dr. Wright and highlighting the city’s commitment to mental wellness.

Dr. Wright echoed these sentiments, stating, “Mental health is fundamental to overall health. I look forward to improving access and outcomes for all New Yorkers.”

Dr. Wright’s arrival coincides with New York City‘s ongoing mental health agenda, focusing on child and family mental health, the overdose crisis, and support for those with serious mental illness.

With a background in clinical and forensic psychology, Dr. Wright is poised to lead transformative efforts in mental health for NYC residents. His tenure began on April 22, 2024, marking a new chapter in the city’s approach to mental hygiene and wellness.

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