DJ Jaffe
Executive Director, Mental Illness Policy Org

DJ Jaffe is the founder of Mental Illness Policy Org http://mentalillnesspolicy.org which provides the media and public officials with unbiased information about "serious" mental illness from a pro-treatment perspective. It covers issues of violence, deinstitutionalization, not guilty by reason of insanity, assisted outpatient treatment, involuntary commitment, involuntary treatment and other issues.

DJ has been advocating for better treatment for individuals with serious mental illness for over 30 years.

DJ has served multiple terms on the board of directors of the Metro-New York City Alliance on Mental Illness, New York State Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. He was a cofounder and former board member of the Treatment Advocacy Center in Arlington, VA.

DJ has been extensively quoted by major broadcasters and publishers. His op-eds on mental health policy have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Review and numerous other publications. He has also written magazine articles on mental health care policy. Unlike many other advocates, all DJ’s work is focused exclusively on the most severely mentally ill; those who are often homeless, incarcerated or institutionalized. Those who may refuse medications or not respond to them. Those who have been abandoned by many other mental advocates who focus on issues important to individuals with less severe mental illnesses and are usually relatively high functioning.

He is a giant fan of Dr. E. Fuller Torrey and suggests everyone read his writings.

To reach DJ, email office@mentalillnesspolicy.org or visit http://mentalillnesspolicy.org

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