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Ohioan Dr. Mark Munetz Wins National Advocacy Award


Treatment Advocacy Center awards Munetz accolade for efforts in encouraging use of assisted outpatient treatment as alternative to incarceration for people with severe mental illness.

Akron, OH (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

Psychiatrist Mark Munetz, M.D., has been awarded the Treatment Advocacy Center's 2012 Torrey Advocacy Commendation for his unwavering commitment to helping those with severe mental illness get effective and timely treatment.

Munetz is currently the Margaret Clark Morgan Endowed Chair of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University and chief clinical officer for the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. He previously served as chief clinical officer at the services board for more than 20 years.

“Dr. Munetz has been inspiring mental illness treatment stakeholders and advocates in Ohio for many years,” said Doris A. Fuller, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center. “He has implemented assisted outpatient treatment with widespread support and great success, significantly decreasing hospital admissions in Summit County. His dedication to helping those who are most ill and vulnerable is exemplary.”

The Torrey Advocacy Commendation is given in recognition of the courage and tenacity of individuals who selflessly advocate for the right to treatment for people too severely disabled by mental illness to recognize their own need for care.

Fuller said Munetz has been a key player ensuring people with severe mental illness avoid unnecessary arrest and incarceration. One example was initiating the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence to promote jail diversion alternatives for those with mental illness. More recently, Dr. Munetz has been involved in efforts to improve the state's assisted treatment law, Senate Bill 350, which clarifies Ohio's court ordered outpatient treatment law.

"In this and a host of other ways, he exemplifies the qualities and achievements the Torrey Advocacy Commendation was established to recognize,” she said.

Said Munetz, “There are people living with mental illness in our community who need treatment, and they should not be sent to jail for a lack of timely care. My hope is that everyone with a mental illness has the opportunity to receive timely and comprehensive help as early in the course of their illness as possible.”

The Treatment Advocacy Center is the only national nonprofit dedicated to eliminating legal and other barriers to treatment for people with severe mental illness. The organization does not accept funding from companies or entities involved in the sale, marketing or distribution of pharmaceutical products.

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