Interview with John Snook of the Treatment Advocacy Center



The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

John Snook is the executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center. He has more than 15 years of policy and advocacy experience at both the federal and state levels.

John Snook | Executive Director Treatment Advocacy Center

Prior to joining the Treatment Advocacy Center, John Snook worked on policy issues at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and at Habitat for Humanity International.

Mr. Snook is a staunch advocate of mental illness reform, working first with the West Virginia Supreme Court on mental health issues and then at the Treatment Advocacy Center. He received his J.D. from the George Mason School of Law and his B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College.

This conversation focuses on:

  • Police encounters with persons with mental illness
  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment
  • Access to mental health care
  • Diversion

The conversation was recorded on April 26, 2019 & May 15, 2019.


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