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Elisha Coffey is the Vice President of States’ Advocacy at Mental Health America. Her work includes nurturing relationships with Mental Health America affiliates, generating leading-edge learning opportunities for the attendees of Regional Policy Council meetings, and creating policy advocacy opportunities for affiliates.

Elisha holds an MSW from Temple University and is a certified peer specialist. Her systems advocate work for Valley Youth House resulted in the first youth-focused point-in-time count of youth experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia and city funding for more shelter beds dedicated to young adults.

Her time as a policy advocate with MHA affiliate Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (currently Mental Health Partnerships) solidified her determination to center the voices of individuals with lived experience.

While working for CASA Youth Advocates as their advocacy coalition director, Elisha led a coalition of service providers focused on increasing child well-being through systems change.

Elisha is excited to utilize the skills and attitudes she has learned through her past advocacy work to support mental health advocates nationally.