Clarencetine (Teena) Brooks, LMSW, ABD

Teena identifies as a trauma survivor and is the Assistant Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA)- NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. OCA provides the consumer/peer perspectives to inform the Divisions policy development and community engagement work.


Previously, she worked with the Urban Justice Center for thirteen years, an innovative nonprofit that serves New York City’s most vulnerable residents through direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education, and political organizing. In this position, she worked to support the development of impact litigation and public policy strategies to address the criminalization of people with mental health conditions. Teena has also worked closely with the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS).


Ms. Brooks served as a Regional Organizer from 2000 to 2006. Teena also served as Co-President of the Board of Directors for NYAPRS from 2006 to 2008, co-chaired the organization's cultural competence committee, and was an active member of the public policy and strategic planning committees before becoming a consultant from 2009 to 2014.


She is also a lecturer and adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Social Work. She has taught social welfare policy at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Touro School of Social Work. She has received awards for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), The New York Association Psychiatric of Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), and Transitional Services for NY, Inc. Teena is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in the Social Welfare program.