Lawfuel – April 9, 2008 (NEW YORK, NY) — UJA-Federation of New York’s Mental-Health Professionals Division held its annual reception on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, honoring Charlotte Moses Fischman, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc., with the Mortimer J. Blumenthal Memorial Award at UJA-Federation, 130 East 59th Street in New York City, at 7:00 p.m. The event included guest speaker Wendy Brennan, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc., and Dr. Kenneth Davis, president and chief executive officer of Mount Sinai Medical Center, who presented the award to Fischman. Dr. Samuel Klagsbrun, executive medical director of Four Winds Hospital, is chair of UJA-Federation’s Mental-Health Professionals Division.
Fischman, general counsel of the law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, is a leading mental-health advocate serving as volunteer president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. NAMI-NYC Metro provides support, education, and advocacy for the families and friends of mental-health consumers, including support groups, a volunteer helpline, citywide educational programs and conferences, and outreach to the city’s underserved communities. Fischman’s efforts as president of NAMI-NYC Metro have enabled the organization to advocate for the passage of Timothy’s Law, which prohibits insurance companies from limiting coverage due to a mental illness.
In addition to her accomplishments in the mental-health community, Charlotte has served as special counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee. Fischman has also served as a board member for such organizations as the New York Community Trust, The New York City Bar Association, and the Legal Aid Society.
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