NEWEST media from the Treatment Advocacy Center
In memory of Kendra Webdale - Historic video from the August 27, 1999, ceremonial signing of the assisted outpatient treatment law named for her. (1:50)
Making a Difference - In their own words, how the Treatment Advocacy Center helps families, consumers, law enforcement, legislators and others (4:55)
Anosognosia – A neurological condition, anosognosia - the inability to recognize one’s own illness – is the leading reason that people with severe mental illness do not adhere to treatment, including medication. Watch the video to learn what the condition is, how it looks in someone actively suffering symptoms and what people experiencing it need. (For more information visit our Anosognosia page) (4:08)
"Confronting Anosognosia - How to Get Help to Those Who Don't Know They're Sick" - Xavier Amador Ph.D., Jonathan Stanley, JD, and Delaney Ruston, M.D., discuss lack of insight in severe mental illness at NAMI's 2010 annual conference (1:08:57)
(See also "Laura's Law")
A Hospital Story - A former patient who received court-ordered inpatient treatment for mental illness talks about her experience in a state psychiatric hospital. (1:05)
Dr. Fred Frese at NAMI 2012 – Dr. Fred Frese is a consumer, university professor and member of the Treatment Advocacy Center board of directors. As a panelist at the NAMI 2012 convention in Seattle, he talked about "forced treatment."(2:24)
"Stopping the Revolving Door - A Civil Approach to Treating Severe Mental Illness" - A heartbreaking yet hopeful documentary about how court-ordered treatment saves lives and families (31:11)
Watch the Trailer - "Stopping the Revolving Door - A Civil Approach to Treating Severe Mental Illness" (2:19)
Why Consumers Need Assisted Outpatient Treatment - Two consumers describe how court-ordered treatment saved their lives (2:34)
Why Families Need Assisted Outpatient Treatment - Family members and a consumer answer the question (2:59)
"One Family's Journey" - Barbara and Chief of Police Michael Biasotti describe their personal and professional experience with assisted outpatient treatment (AOT).(6:12)
Dr. E. Fuller Torrey talks about the Preventable Tragedies Database – Dr. E. Fuller Torrey talks about how the Preventable Tragedies Database came to be. (1:35)
The Treatment Advocacy Center Story" - Dr. E. Fuller Torrey talks about why he founded the Treatment Advocacy Center and how he feels about its record (2:05)
"The Consequences of Inaction" - E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., Treatment Advocacy Center founder discusses Laura's Law at San Francisco General Hospital(1:34:40)
"Minds on the Edge" - Fred Frese, Ph.D., Treatment Advocacy Center board member, talks about having schizophrenia (56:49)
Dr. E. Fuller Torrey on "The Insanity Offense" - Dr. Torrey talks briefly about why he wrote The Insanity Offense (1:13). For a longer discussion, listen to The Insanity Offense: A Talk With E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., a radio interview with Tom Walker of WOUB (28:57).
Assisted Outpatient Treatment: The Nevada County Experience - A video presentation by Nevada County Behavioral Health showing how the county has implemented California's assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) law, known as "Laura's Law."
"Nevada County: First in the state - assisted outpatient treatment program" - The Caifornia State Asssociation of Counties showcases Nevada County's award-winning assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program (4:55).
Families Speak Out Ten Years After Mental Health Tragedy - A News10 interview with the parents of preventable tragedy victim Laura Wilcox and the family of Scott Thorpe, who killed Laura in a 2000 rampage shooting (10:07)
Mike Allen Talks About Laura's Law - A News10 interview with the sponsor of a bill to extend Laura's Law in California (3:52)
What Could Laura's Law Have Done? - An NBC Bay Area story on Laura's Law. "Some of the most hard-to-reach mentally ill only get treatment after doing damage to themselves or others. What if there were a way to force them into treatment before then? There is, except hardly anyone is using it." (3:53)
"Dr. Fuller Torrey on why SAMHSA should be abolished" - Treatment Advocacy Center founder Dr. E. Fuller Torrey explains why he is asking Congress to abolish the $3.6-billion Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) (1:54)
SAMHSA Receives Worst Government Agency Award - Dr. E. Fuller Torrey presents the “Worst Government Agency Award” to SAMHSA “for spending millions of taxpayer dollars while making problems worse instead of better” (3:42). To learn more about why SAMHSA "won" this award, visit SAMHSA Fast Facts.