Mental Health Advocate Bill Compton named to Chair Pacific Clinics Board of Directors

Arcadia, CA-November 14, 2003—President-CEO Susan Mandel, Ph.D. of Pacific Clinics, a private non-profit behavioral healthcare agency, announced that Bill Compton has been named to Chair the Clinics' Board of Directors. Compton is the director of Project Return: The Next Step, Los Angeles County's only consumer-run self help program for adults with mental illness.

"Bill's strength is in building strong relationships with providers to emphasize the need for self-help programs," explained Mandel. "He is a tremendous asset to our Board," she added.

Mr. Compton is a leading voice of consumer advocacy. He educates both the public and legislators of the consumer viewpoint on public policy, mental health funding and health insurance parity. On November 14th, he will receive one of Eli Lilly's "Helping Move Lives Forward Reintegration Awards" in the Mentorship category. He presents routinely to graduate students at the University of Southern California School of Social Work and psychology students at the University of California Los Angeles. His presentations on self-help are a standard part of the Mental Health Association's training curriculum for mental health professionals, families and consumers. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Compton's personal history with mental illness has strengthened his resolve to help others become more self-reliant. Prior to his illness, he earned a B.A. degree in 1969 in Theater Arts from the University of Akron and returned to earn a Master's degree in 1986. During this time he worked in the New York and California theater industries as an actor, producer and director.

As Chair of Pacific Clinics Board of Directors Compton will lend his experience to the agency's self-help recovery programs and heighten public awareness of the need for more cost-effective mental health services.