Sadé Heart of the Hawk Ali

Sadé Heart of the Hawk Ali is the retired Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services where she assisted the Commissioner in managing a billion dollars worth of behavioral health services for the City of Philadelphia.  She is now the Tribal Lead and Senior Project Associate with the Zero Suicide Institute. She served on the SAMHSA/CSAT National Advisory Council for 4 years.  Ms. Ali holds faculty positions at Brown University, Temple University’s College of Health Professions and Drexel University’s School of Public Health. She has traveled the US and Canada extensively providing training on Two Spirit history and culture, and culturally appropriate recovery management and resilience-promoting training in both the mental health and addictions fields.  She has published her thesis, other scholarly articles, and a textbook on culturally appropriate recovery/resilience services, the ending of health disparities through enhanced access to care, and the impact of intergenerational and historical trauma on the Indigenous peoples of North America. She is one of the co-authors of the Philadelphia Behavioral Health Transformation Practice Guidelines for Recovery and Resilience Oriented Treatment, a framework for the fields of mental health and substance use treatment services that is used worldwide.  Several years ago, she published Social Healing Words-Using Language to Promote Recovery and Resilience for Individuals, Families and Communities.  Ms. Ali has been in recovery and the field of behavioral health services for over 48 years. Ms. Ali holds a Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology.  She is Mi’kmaq First Nation from the Sturgeon Clan and the Founding Elder and Medicine Keeper of the Mid-Atlantic Two Spirit Alliance.  Ms. Ali is a lifetime member of SAIGE (Society of American Indian Government Employees) for which she serves on the Board of Directors.