KEY PLAYER IN WINNING FIGHT FOR KENDRA'S LAW
October 1, 2009
The Treatment Advocacy Center announced today that Brian Stettin has joined its staff as Policy Director. In this new position, Brian will help to lead state-level legislative reform and implementation campaigns, direct a judicial education program, and nurture alliances between TAC and like-minded groups.
As a policy aide to former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Brian drafted the original proposal of Kendra’s Law, landmark 1999 legislation establishing Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) in New York for severely mentally ill persons who struggle with treatment compliance.
Brian was also instrumental in marshaling critical support for the bill, negotiating revisions with the New York Legislature and Governor, and enhancing the law upon its initial expiration in 2005. A recent independent study of New York’s AOT program found it remarkably successful in improving treatment outcomes for its target population.
“Without question, Kendra’s Law would never have happened without the Treatment Advocacy Center,” attests Brian. “I am honored and thrilled to join its campaign to deliver a simple, positive message to every state in the nation: treatment works.”
Prior to joining the Attorney General, Brian worked as a Staff Attorney at the Center for the Community Interest, promoting a balanced, common-sense approach to public safety and urban quality-of-life issues. More recently, Brian has served as Special Counsel to the New York Commissioner of Criminal Justice Services, and Counsel to the Health Committee of the New York Assembly. He is a graduate of City College of New York and the University of Texas School of Law.
"Brian brings to us a distinguished record of advocating for social justice, with vital experience in state government and tangible accomplishment in drafting the most effective AOT legislation to date in the entire country," said James Pavle, Executive Director. “We couldn’t be happier to have him in the fold.”
The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit based in Arlington, VA dedicated to restoring reason and responsibility to a broken mental health system that too frequently blocks treatment of people overwhelmed by severe mental illnesses. The Treatment Advocacy Center orchestrates and promotes legislative, program, and policy reforms that remove barriers to the treatment of disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The Treatment Advocacy Center has facilitated significant legal reforms in 20 states, including Kendra’s Law in New York. In addition to its successful legislative track record, the center has a strong national media presence.