Joseph A. Rogers, Executive Director
Joseph A. Rogers joined Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP) in 1984 and was appointed executive director in July, 1997. Rogers' work has included setting up more than two dozen consumer-run programs at MHASP, organizing the first national consumer conference, and advocating for the closure of state hospitals and the creation of community support services.
Rogers has testified before Congress on patients' rights issues. He served on the Congressional Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of Americans with Disabilities, which was instrumental in getting the landmark American with Disabilities Act passed, and on the Executive Committee of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. He is a past president of the board of directors and a former chairman of the advisory board of Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy Inc.
Rogers has frequently served as a consultant on consumer issues both here and abroad. He was an invited speaker in 1987 at the World Congress for Mental Health in Cairo, Egypt, and at the 1989 World Congress in New Zealand. In 1993, 1994 and 1995, he provided technical assistance to Poland's growing consumer movement, and met there with consumers, service providers and government officials.
Rogers has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, ranging from the Oprah Winfrey Show to Science Friday on National Public Radio, to talk about consumer issues and the rights of people with mental illness.