The Torrey Advocacy Commendation recognizes the courage and tenacity of individuals who selflessly advocate - despite criticism and opposition - for the right to treatment for people too severely disabled by mental illness to recognize their own need for care.
"Individuals are the heart of reforming and improving our mental illness treatment system," says Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, for whom the award is named. "The system will not change without the work of individuals, and these individuals should be recognized for their outstanding efforts to bring about change." Anyone can nominate a hero in the fight for better laws, practices and policies.
Mark Munetz, M.D.
2011: New Jersey Sen. Richard J. Codey, New Jersey General Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver, Cathy and Mark Katsnelson
2010: Randall Hagar, Barbara Biasotti and Chief of Police Michael Biasotti
2009: The Webdale Family, Nick and Amanda Wilcox, Joe Bruce, National Sheriffs Association
2007: Jeanette Costello, Janice DeLoof, Karen Gherardini
2006: Jeffrey Geller, M.D.; Richard Lamb, M.D.; Darold Treffert, M.D.
2005: Sheriff Donald Eslinger, Linda Gregory, Alice Petree
2004: Charles "Chuck" Sosebee
2002: Morton Birnbaum, M.D.
WINNERS EXHIBIT THE FOLLOWING QUALITIES:
- A continued and long-term focus on advocacy - paid or unpaid - in the field of mental illness
- Dedication to securing humane and timely treatment for individuals suffering from the most severe mental illnesses and assisted outpatient treatment for those who do not recognize that they are ill
- Achievement of a substantial difference in advocacy, awareness, research or legislation at a local, regional or national level