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Patient Advocacy Award

The Patient Advocacy Award, established in 1987, recognizes a public figure who champions the rights and needs of persons with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Program Benefits

Plaque, Award lecture

Criteria / Eligibility

  • A public figure known for representing the needs and interests of people with mental illness and substance use disorders
  • A successful record of influencing public policy and/or public opinion
  • Effective promotion of availability and improved quality of services for people coping with mental disorders and substance abuse
  • A record of fighting stigma by speaking out about experiences with mental illness and psychiatric treatment

Nomination / Application Details

  • Letter of recommendation
  • Nominee’s one-page biographical sketch


August 31


Seven to 10 days after approval by the American Psychiatric Foundation Board of Trustees (at its October or December meeting)

Award Presentation

Presented during APA’s Annual Meeting or Institute on Psychiatric Services.


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