NYAPRS Note: New York’s mental health community lost a devoted, generousand kind voice today upon the passing of Doug Drew. Over the past two
decades, he touched thousands on Long Island and across New York, always
leading with his heart, great intelligence and steadfast dedication to
people with psychiatric diagnoses. We will miss him so very much. He
defined the best in service leadership. Following is a message being
circulated from OMH’s Long Island field office.
To: Nassau and Suffolk County Mental Health Agencies
It is with great regret that I must inform you of the passing of Douglas
Drew on March 28, 2012. Doug has been a member of the staff of the Long
Island Field Office for almost ten years as the Regional Advocacy
Specialist. During his career Doug has been a staunch advocate for the
recipients of mental health services on Long Island. He has fought to
reduce the stigma that is faced by many people with psychiatric
diagnoses and to enable those individuals to live a life of dignity, and
with the ability to reach their full potential.
Doug worked closely with people in many agencies on Long island to
provide a model of hope and recovery to their consumers. In one of his
most recent projects, he conceived and spearheaded a committee in
Suffolk County with the goal of defining the desired outcome of the
services provided in the mental health system. He firmly held the
belief that individuals are able to achieve an independent life in the
mainstream of society, without the need for mental health services or
supports. Doug’s dedication, warmth and sense of humor enabled him to
work well with recipients and professionals alike.
Prior to joining the Long Island Field Office, Doug worked with the
Consumer Link program at the Nassau County Mental Health Association for
6 years. He started as a Peer Specialist, rising to the position of
Assistant Program Coordinator. He received many awards and commendations
for his advocacy work.
Further information regarding funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
Martha Carlin, Acting Director
Long Island Field Office