Adjunct Fellow | Executive Director, Mental Illness Policy Org

DJ Jaffe

DJ Jaffe, who died in 2020, was an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org, which produces non-partisan policy analysis for legislators, the media, and mental-health advocates. He was the author of Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill (2017). Jaffe helped lead the campaign to pass New York State’s Kendra’s Law, and he was influential in shaping the 21st Century Cures Act, passed by Congress in 2016. He appeared frequently on television and his articles appeared in, among others, the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and National Review.