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NAMI Names Andrew Sperling Deputy Executive Director For Public Policy

Statement by Laurie Flynn, executive director,
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

For Immediate Release, October 18, 2000
Contacts: Farrell Fitch, Sciens Worldwide Communications, (202) 452-6500

Arlington, VA-Laurie Flynn, executive director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), today announced the appointment of Andrew Sperling as deputy executive director for public policy.

Since 1996, Sperling has served as NAMI's key legislative advocate on Capitol Hill, working on issues such as federal parity legislation, housing policy, and the Work Incentives Act, which eliminated barriers to recovery under the Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. He now will head NAMI's public policy department, succeeding E. Clarke Ross, who will be leaving to become chief executive officer of Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Inc., effective November 13, 2000.

"NAMI is profoundly grateful to Clarke Ross for his leadership over the last two years," Flynn said. "We also are delighted to appoint Andrew Sperling to succeed him. He is highly regarded inside NAMI, throughout the country, and in Washington for his energy, dedication, and effectiveness. His promotion is a natural, easy decision."

From 1990 to 1994, Sperling served as legislative assistant to former U.S. Representative Dick Swett (D-NH). Before joining NAMI, he was deputy director for government relations for the National Community Mental Healthcare Council.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Sperling graduated from Tulane University in 1983. He later earned a masters degree from George Washington University and a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. He is a member of the Virginia bar.