Edgar Wiggins, MHS, brings to OPEN MINDS an extensive background in mental health services, specializing in cultural sensitivity and efficacy, minority mental health, and crisis intervention. Mr. Wiggins is the Executive Director of Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. In this capacity, he functions as the Chief Executive Officer and oversees the operations of BCRI, a community-based mental health crisis intervention organization. Mr. Wiggins has been involved in several mental health organizations over the last thirty years. He has served as the Executive Director of the Black Mental Health Alliance, Director of Psychiatric Clinics at the Charles Drew Community Mental Health Center, and Day Hospital Director at COMHAR, Inc.
Prior to accepting management positions, Mr. Wiggins held numerous clinical positions as a psychotherapist providing individual, group and family therapy. Mr. Wiggins has also served as a consultant and trainer to a variety of public and private organizations including Yale Department of Psychiatry Mobile Crisis Team, Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Psychiatry and the DC Bureau of Mental Health. Mr. Wiggins has provided training to police, paramedics, and 911 operators regarding the management of mental health emergencies, and is a past Executive Board member of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry. He currently serves on the Boards of the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry and the National Family Resiliency Center.
Mr. Wiggins is a sought-after speaker who presents regularly at The Annual Maryland Youth Suicide Prevention Conference and other local and regional symposia. Mr. Wiggins has lectured at several prestigious universities and appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts. He developed and now hosts “MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS,” a program dedicated to providing practical and useful information regarding mental health issues and needs that are broadcasted in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.
Mr. Wiggins is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including awards from the Mental Health Association, the Anti Stigma Project, the National Association of Health Services Executives, and the Governor’s Citation for Suicide Prevention.