Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Submit a nomination for the Torrey Advocacy Commendation Award

The Treatment Advocacy Center is now accepting nominations for its 2007 Torrey Advocacy Commendation (TAC) Award.

The TAC Award rewards the courage and tenacity of those who selflessly advocate - despite criticism and opposition - for the right to treatment for those who are so severely disabled by mental illnesses that they do not recognize that they need treatment.

The title of the award fittingly honors the man who inspired the Treatment Advocacy Center - the most fearless and dedicated advocate for the most severely ill - Dr. E. Fuller Torrey.

Nominees should have a continued and long-term focus on advocacy. They are strong advocates whose work supports securing humane and timely treatment for individuals suffering from the most severe mental illnesses and assisted treatment for those who do not recognize that they are ill.

Those interested in submitting a nomination must do so by September 17, 2007. More information on the award and how to submit a nomination is available here.

Previous winners have included:

2006: Three community psychiatrists: Dr. Jeffrey Geller, Dr. Richard Lamb, and Dr. Darold Treffert.
2005: Sheriff Donald Eslinger, Linda Gregory, Alice Petree.
2004: Charles "Chuck" Sosebee;
2002: Dr. Morton Birnbaum