We are very sorry to announce the death of Ms. Vada Stanley July 13 from cancer. Vada is the reason why the Treatment Advocacy Center exists.
In 1998, she called me after reading Out of the Shadows and asked: “Isn’t there something we can do to help people who need treatment for their serious mental illness?”
Vada was especially distressed by the number of such individuals who were ending up on the streets and in jails. After discussing the problem at length, we agreed that changing state laws to make it easier to get treatment for individuals with serious mental illness – especially those who were not aware of their illness – had the potential to improve things. Vada and her husband, Ted, then committed funds to get the Treatment Advocacy Center started.
Vada Stanley was the kindest and most caring person I have ever known. Whatever success the Treatment Advocacy Center has had in improving treatment for mentally ill persons is a testament to Vada, and she was proud of its accomplishments.
The most important thing we can do to honor Vada is to work even harder to carry on her wishes and improve the treatment system.
E. Fuller Torrey, MD
Founder and board member, Treatment Advocacy Center
More information about this remarkable woman and champion for mental illness treatment is available in her obituary.