Washington, DC – On April 18, 2016, APA and the APA Foundation honored the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” (OITNB) at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than 450 people attended the orange-tie event.
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The first-ever APEX Awards celebrated those who have demonstrated the highest levels of mental health advocacy and who are working to reduce the number of Americans with mental illness in our prisons and jails.
During the event, stars from the show participated in a conversation about how the show has opened a window into the experiences and treatment of people with mental illness in America’s prisons and jails.
Natasha Lyonne, Matt McGorry and Dascha Polanco of “Orange Is the New Black” walked the orange carpet and talked about how acting on the show has changed their perceptions of incarceration and mental illness – and sparked conversations about these topics.
Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News and National Public Radio, emceed the event. To learn more about the APA and the APA Foundation, please go HERE.