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At a time when he could be retiring on a lifetime of achievement, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey is instead concentrating on driving the legal, policy and legislative reforms of our country’s fractured mental health system.
eft -- color head and shoulders thumbnail 3.20.11No other single individual has planted more seeds to restore America’s mental health landscape than Dr. Torrey with his scientific research and tireless advocacy.

He has formed two organizations that are game changers for millions of individuals and their families who are living on the edge of darkness. The Stanley Medical Research Institute is a leading scientific organization supporting research on the causes of, and treatments for, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The Treatment Advocacy Center is a leading advocate for severe mental illness policy reform and a go-to resource for media, law makers, professionals and families.

In the 16 years since Dr. Torrey founded the Treatment Advocacy Center, significant progress has been made nationwide and 26 states have improved their civil commitment laws to make treatment possible for more people with the most severe psychiatric diseases.  Reforms he has long called for are now being advanced by Rep. Tim Murphy's “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” (HR 3717), pending in Congress.

Last month, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine staged a day-long symposium to honor the contributions of Dr. E. Fuller Torrey to understanding and advancing the science of mental illness, its treatment and the public policies surrounding them. One after another, speakers described the ways he has essentially changed the world of mental health.

Individuals who wish to honor Dr. E. Fuller Torrey and help the Treatment Advocacy Center can support the 2014 Torrey Action Fund with a tax -deductible contribution on the donation page.  

The Treatment Advocacy Center does not accept any donations from pharmaceutical companies and is supported entirely from contributions by individuals and private foundations.
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