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July 14, 2015: District Attorney Jackie Lacey Recognized by National Alliance on Mental Illness

Photograph of District Attorney Jackie Lacey receiving award.

Ken Duckworth, medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, presents District Attorney Jackie Lacey with the Sam Cochran Criminal Justice Award.


For her leadership, District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been presented with the Sam Cochran Criminal Justice Award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The award recognizes work in the field of criminal justice that has advanced the fair and humane treatment of people with mental illness.

District Attorney Lacey has “demonstrated the kind of vision and hard work needed in every state, county, city and town if we are to build a mental health care system that truly embraces the future,” NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti said.  The award was presented on July 9 at the NAMI National Convention in San Francisco.

District Attorney Lacey is founder and chair of the Criminal Justice Mental Health Project, designed to evaluate the needs of those with mental illness at risk of entering the criminal justice system. The task force also has worked to identify and evaluate available resources and develop coordinated interagency responses.

“I am thankful for this award but we have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure that the mentally ill can receive the care they need,” District Attorney Lacey said.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization (