New York, N.Y., March 2013— The Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to heal the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism and violence in post-conflict countries around the globe, has announced that Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy will receive PCAF’s Annual Humanitarian Award at the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.
A resident of Brigantine, New Jersey, Patrick J. Kennedy is the co-founder of One Mind for Research (One Mind), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to curing the diseases of the brain and eliminating the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and brain injuries. One Mind sponsors groundbreaking new research and creates portals to shared scientific data, leading to improved diagnostics, more effective treatment, and, ultimately, cures for all types of mental illness and brain injury.
Congressman Kennedy served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Rhode Island’s First Congressional District from 1995-2011 and is predominantly known as the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This dramatic piece of legislation provides access to mental health treatment to tens of millions of Americans who previously were denied care. Congressman Kennedy has authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act, the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act, the COMBAT PTSD Act, and the Alzheimer’s Treatment and Caregiver Support Act.
He is a winner of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Distinguished Service Award, the Society for Neuroscience Public Service Award, the Autism Society of America Congressional Leadership Award, the Depression and Bipolar Support Paul Wellstone Mental Health Award, and the Epilepsy Foundation Public Service Award. He is also founder of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus and the 21st Century Healthcare Caucus. He is the son of the late Edward M. “Teddy” Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.
“We are very excited and honored to have Patrick Kennedy receive this year’s PCAF Humanitarian Award. His outstanding commitment to bringing awareness to the need for mental health care, both as a Congressman and now as a private citizen, is unique and unparalleled,” said Elizabeth Alderman, co-founder of PCAF.
“Like PCAF, Patrick and One Mind recognize the need to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. Patrick Kennedy and One Mind are addressing the entire continuum of mental health care from diagnosis to cure. We are proud that PCAF and Patrick Kennedy and One Mind are our partners and friends in restoring emotional health,” said Stephen Alderman, MD., co- founder of PCAF.
Past recipients of the PCAF Humanitarian Award recipients include Olara Otunnu, former UN Under-Secretary General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, and playwright and humanitarian Eve Ensler.
About the Peter C. Alderman Foundation:
The mission of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (petercaldermanfoundation.org), which was formed in 2003 by Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman to honor their son Peter who was murdered by terrorists in the destruction of the World Trade Center September 11, 2001, is to heal the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism and mass violence by training indigenous health workers and establishing trauma treatment systems in post-conflict countries around the globe.
In 10 years, PCAF has established eight trauma clinics: two in Cambodia, four in Uganda, one in Liberia and one in a maternal child health clinic in one of Africa’s largest slums in Kibera, Kenya and treated more than 100,000 patients. It runs workshops and conferences in Africa that have trained thousands of mental health professionals. Working in public/private partnership with governments, PCAF creates capacity, sustainability and community acceptance at very low cost. \