Laquisha Grant, MPA
New York, NY
A strategic thinker, Laquisha Grant advances correctional health policy and programs for individuals affected by mental illness and substance use – aiming to lower recidivism rates and implement groundbreaking solutions. With strong interpersonal, communication and project management skills, Laquisha provides guidance for project teams and task forces, and attains organizational and systemic change for her clients.
With significant training and experience in grant management, budget development, and incident command response, Laquisha has worked closely with key players and stakeholders to develop and implement diversion and re-entry programs. As program administrator at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Laquisha administered a $140 million multi-agency mayoral initiative designed to keep individuals with behavioral health issues from cycling in and out of the criminal justice system. This effort included Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for police officers, behavioral health screenings before arraignment, transitioning individuals to health homes, and expanding discharge planning services on Rikers Island.
Laquisha generated public facing reports and presentations to demonstrate the purpose and progress of all mayoral initiatives. She helped develop a mechanism for efficiently collecting and reporting data from various city agencies to meet funding requirements, and implemented a data-driven approach to target and provide permanent housing to high-utilizers of homeless and correctional services. Additionally, Laquisha led efforts to increase the availability of forensic peer support services in all parts of the criminal justice system, and served on a committee for the first pre-arraignment diversion program for low-level drug offenders in NYC.
At the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Laquisha researched best practices in the field of mental healthcare to develop and implement special projects requested by the assistant commissioner. She managed communications, including speeches, correspondence, publications and presentations, and coordinated the Division of Mental Hygiene’s role in healthcare and Medicaid reform implementation in the NYC behavioral health sector. She managed quarterly program reviews and assisted with developing metrics and improving outcomes orientation.
As a grant manager, Laquisha managed a $12 million personnel budget, oversaw $1 million in emergency response programs, and provided high-level analytic support to the assistant commissioner. Working alongside the chief program officer and external funders, Laquisha developed and managed the budgets for grant-funded programs, including a $17 million CMMI grant, a $30 million crisis counseling grant, and $4.2 million health integration grant.
While at NYC Health + Hospitals, Laquisha provided financial management of Harlem Hospital’s grant-funded programs and affiliate contracts, and acted as a liaison between funding agencies, central office and program administrators.
Laquisha earned her master’s degree in public administration from Long Island University and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College.
An avid traveler, Laquisha shares a birthday with Martin Scorsese, and would eat tacos every day if she could!