APA Member Psychiatrist Carl Bell Honored with Highest Award from National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Washington, D.C. – The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) today awarded psychiatrist Carl Bell, M.D., with the 2018 Bernard P. Harrison Award of Merit. This award is NCCHC’s highest honor and is given annually to an individual or group that has demonstrated excellence and service that has advanced the correctional health care field, either through an individual project or a history of service. A longtime member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Bell was commended for his distinguished service to the field of mental health and its intersection with correctional health care.

Bell is a founding member of the NCCHC. He has authored more than 575 articles, chapters and books, and was the founder of the Community Mental Health Council on Chicago’s South Side, one of the largest community mental health clinics in the country. He is known for his work on black mental health and for advocating for ways to prevent mental illness. Bell is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA and has been honored many times by the organization, including the Solomon Carter Fuller Award, Agnes Purcell McGavin Award and the APA Special Presidential Commendation.

“Congratulations to Dr. Bell for this well-deserved recognition,” said APA President Altha Stewart, M.D. “Dr. Bell is one of this nation’s leading psychiatrists, researchers and mental health advocates. He has worked tirelessly for decades within the African-American community on the impact of trauma and violence on child development, prevention of neurocognitive disorders, and criminal and juvenile justice reforms, in addition to his efforts working with NCCHC to improve conditions in correctional health. Thanks to his pioneering ‘bent nail’ research and decades of advocacy in the U.S. and abroad, we know far more about how to prevent mental illness and provide appropriate care to underserved communities.”

APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., added: “Dr. Bell is a giant in our profession, a leader whose ground-breaking work is widely recognized by members in the medical community. “Carl has been a mentor to many over his career, who today now serve in many leadership and clinical positions all across this county and internationally. He is highly deserving of this honor from the NCCHC.”

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