Edgar K. Wiggins, M.H.S. is the founding Executive Director of Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. In this capacity, for over 26 years he functions as the Chief Executive Officer and oversees the operations of BCRI, a community-based behavioral health crisis intervention organization. Mr. Wiggins has been involved in several mental health organizations for over the last forty 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.
As a means to Rebuild The Village , Mr. Wiggins has served as a consultant, trainer, speaker, and advocate in the area of mental health emergencies:
- He has been retained by 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.
- He was selected to travel to Cuba as part of a delegation of health professionals and city governmental officials.
- Mr. Wiggins has provided training to police, paramedics, and 911 operators regarding the management of mental health emergencies. In 2012, he received a Certificate of Special Recognition from the Baltimore City Police Department for police training.
- He is a past Executive Board member of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry. Currently, he serves on the Board of the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry and is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Steering Committee.
- In 2018 he received the Making the Mission Award from the National Association of Crisis Organization Directors.
- He is a sought-after speaker who presents regularly at The Annual Maryland Suicide Prevention Conference and other local and regional symposia.
- Mr. Wiggins has lectured at George Washington University, Temple University, and Hahnemann University.
- He also was the Grand Rounds speaker for Wake Forest University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
- He has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts, including In Your Interest, Two Way Talk, Fresh Focus, Profile on Baltimore and The Mark Steiner Show.
- Mr. Wiggins has also developed and hosts Mental Health Matters which is broadcasted in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. This program is dedicated to providing practical and useful information regarding mental health issues and needs. The program won the Cameo Award for excellence in public access television programming in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002.