Monday, May 01, 2006

APA president commends TAC’s “extraordinary advocacy”

TAC will be honored later this month with the American Psychiatric Association’s Presidential Commendation. APA President Steve Sharfstein, M.D. said about TAC:

“One of the great tragedies of modern psychiatry is the large number of individuals with mental illnesses who are incarcerated or homeless. This is the inevitable consequence of our reluctance to use caring, coercive approaches, such as assisted outpatient treatment. The Treatment Advocacy Center has been the catalyst for many positive changes in our laws and a shift in our perception of the importance of intervention. Their unique advocacy is restoring the important balance between individual freedom and caring coercion.”