University Sponsors Forum on Mental Illness and Law

Posted: December 8, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Experts on mental health research and policy from across the country will convene at George Mason University on Dec. 10 for the first Annual Forum on Mental Illness and the Law: Focus on Virginia. The forum, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Arlington I, is sponsored by the Law and Psychiatry Center, in collaboration with the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics and the Treatment Advocacy Center.

The first panel discussion, Advances in the Science of Serious Mental Illness, is led by renowned research psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, executive director of the Stanley Foundation Research Program, president of the Treatment Advocacy Center, and author of 16 books on mental illness. Torrey is joined by Fred Frese, former director of psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital in Ohio and a person with schizophrenia, and Xavier Amador, associate professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Paul Stavis, director of the Law and Psychiatry Center, leads the second panel discussion, Caring for the Mentally Ill in Virginia Today, with a panel featuring Jane Hickey, senior assistant attorney general for Virginia; David Anderson, chair of Gov. James Gilmore’s Hammond Commission; and Cathleen Newbanks, chief deputy commissioner of the Virginia Office of Mental Health.

The third panel, Innovative Solutions to the Crisis of Untreated Mental Illness, is led by Mary Zdanowicz, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center, and features a panel of experts including a presiding judge for the nation’s first mental health court and a director of an outpatient treatment program for patients with mental illness.

For more information, call x31959. To view highlights of the forum, visit the forum website.

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