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Author, Pulitzer Finalist Discusses Mental Health Policy

From: Media Relations

Pete Earley

March 25, 2008

HARRISONBURG Author Pete Earley will discuss "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness" at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28, in the Transitions Room of Warren Hall at James Madison University.

Earley's talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled after his 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist non-fiction work. The book tells two stories. It describes Earley's attempts to help his college-age son after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was arrested and it describes a year that Earley spent at the Miami Dade County Jail following persons with mental disorders who had been in jail and then released.

The book, "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness," was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and has won awards from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, the Washington Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

Earley was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court to a task force charged with rewriting the state's involuntary commitment laws.

The talk is hosted by the JMU student Social Work Organization in observance of National Social Work Month.

Parking will be available in Lot C4, which is accessible from Cantrell Avenue.