June 2006: "On January 1, 2001 Laurie joined the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, working to improve services for children and adolescents with serious mental disorders. Prior to joining Columbia, Laurie served as the executive director of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) for 16 years. NAMI is the nation's leading grassroots advocacy organization dedicated solely to improving the quality of life for people with severe mental illnesses and their families.
In addition to her work at Columbia, Laurie is a member of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, an appointment made by President Clinton. Laurie serves on the board of trustees of the Foundation for Accountability (FACCT) and served as its chair for the past two years. She also serves as an advisory committee member for Johns Hopkins University's Health Services Center and the Interdisciplinary Advisory Board of the American Psychiatric Association's Journal on Psychiatric Services. Laurie is founder and co-chair of the Outcomes Roundtable.
Laurie was awarded the Presidential Commendation Award at the 1994 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association and, in 1995, received an APA's Patient Advocacy Award. She is a recipient of the Mental Health Section Award of the American Public Health Association, the McLean Hospital Award, and the Distinguished Service Award presented jointly by the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems and the American Hospital Association. In 1996, she received the Public Service Award from the American Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, and in 1998 she received the 1998 Decade of the Brain Award presented by the National Foundation for Brain Research. She is a recipient of a 1999 Albert B. Sabin Hero of Science Award from the Americans for Medical Progress Education Foundation. In 2000, she received the CNS Award for Outstanding Service to Humanity from Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc. Laurie has served as co-chair of the Maryland Commission on Women's Health, and former Health & Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan named her to the National Task Force on Homelessness and Mental Illness. In addition, Laurie for many years was a board member of the Child Welfare Institute. Other boards and professional organizations she belongs to include: the national advisory board of the Center for Research on the Organization and Financing of Care for the Severely Mentally Ill, Rutgers University, and Honorary Fellowship in Academia, Medicine & Psychiatric Foundation.
Laurie is a co-author of "Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill: A Rating of State Programs" and "Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill: The Abuse of Jails as Mental Hospitals". She is a co-editor of "Using Client Outcomes Information to Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment". She has written numerous articles and contributed to many books on mental illness and the family. She has a daughter with a serious mental illness."http://www.teenscreen.org/cms/content/view/51/80/
June 2006: "Laurie Flynn, national executive director for TeenScreen, the largest of several such programs nationwide, said annual physical exams are less likely than mental health checkups to reveal problems. Moreover, she said, suicide screening can reveal problems that parents may never detect."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/15/AR2006061501984.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Columbia University Organization Jun 27, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Organization Jun 27, 2006 Member of (past or present) National Bioethics Advisory Commission Organization Jun 27, 2006 Appointed/Selected by President William ("Bill") Jefferson Clinton Person Jun 27, 2006
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 16, 2006 Suicide-Risk Tests for Teens Debated
QUOTE: A growing number of U.S. schools are screening teenagers for suicidal tendencies or signs of mental illness, triggering a debate between those who seek to reduce the toll of youthful suicides and others who say the tests are unreliable and intrude on family privacy.
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