Ms. Brown is a psychiatric survivor and long time advocate for people with psychiatric disabilities. Celia is the President of MindFreedom International. She is co-founder of Surviving Race: The Intersection of Race, Disability and Human Rights Coalition. She currently works in the position of Regional Advocacy Specialist for the Bureau of Recipient Affairs at the NYC Field Office, New York State Office of Mental Health. Celia facilitates training on peer supervision, wellness and recovery approaches in community mental health agencies. She was one of the first Peer Specialists in New York, and was instrumental in developing and implementing the Peer Specialist Civil Service title for the NYS Office of Mental Health.
Celia is a field school graduate of the Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts. She is on the Advisory committee for the Center for Practice Innovations. Celia was a founder of the International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR). She has presented nationally and internationally on topics such as self-help, peer counseling, advocacy, trauma and cultural competency.