Jun 17, 2013

Bay Area Spotlight: Judge Stephen Manley Honored for Mental Health Work

Santa Clara County Judge Stephen Manley Receives National Honor for His Work in Mental Health

NADCP Board Member and Drug Court pioneer Judge Stephen Manley has been awarded the prestigious Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service by the American Psychiatric Association for his work as a mental health advocate within the justice system. Named for former Senator Jacob K. Javits of New York, the award is given annually to officials that have demonstrated distinguished leadership in supporting psychiatric medicine and mental health advocacy.

Judge Manley founded the Santa Clara County, CA Drug Court in 1994. Under his leadership, Santa Clara’s Drug Court became a national model, and helped spur the implementation of similar programs throughout California. In 1999, Judge Manley launched Santa Clara’s Mental Health Court, which is now the largest in the United States. When he noticed an increase in the number of veterans appearing on his dockets addicted and seriously mentally ill, he once again took action. In late 2008, he launched one of the first Veterans Treatment Courts in the United States. Today, Judge Manley personally presides over a number of Collaborative Justice programs and calendars that include more than 2,300 offenders who participate in treatment and rehabilitation services while on probation or parole.

Judge Manley’s efforts to promote treatment and recovery for the addicted and mentally ill do not end in his courtroom. He has been a tireless advocate for policies that expand these opportunities to every citizen in need. In California, Judge Manley has participated in the drafting of legislation that expanded and funded treatment courts, created and funded pilot reentry courts for parolees, and greater opportunities for veterans to receive treatment as a part of probation. In Washington, DC, he is no stranger to Members of Congress as he is a vigorous and effective advocate for the drug-addicted and mentally-ill in the criminal justice system.

An innovator, visionary, and advocate, Judge Stephen Manley has saved countless lives and impacted criminal justice policy throughout the nation. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals applauds his service to this nation and congratulates him on this much deserved honor.

Source: National Association of Drug Court Professionals

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