Chacku is CPI’s Project Director for the SAMHSA Healthy Transitions grant, Promoting Hope and Opportunities for Youth with Early Psychosis (ProHope), focused on supporting youth and young adults experiencing First Episode Psychosis to achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships. The project supports young people through the OnTrackNY model of Coordinated Specialty Care with teams located at the Child Center of NY in Queens and the Westchester Jewish Community Services in Peekskill and Hartsdale.

The Bazelon Center’s mission is to “protect and advance the civil rights of adults and children with mental illness or developmental disabilities. We envision a society where Americans with mental disabilities live with autonomy, dignity, and opportunity in welcoming communities, supported by law, policy, and practices that help them reach their full potential.”

In selecting Chacku, the Bazelon Center notes that “Your tireless advocacy on behalf of people with psychiatric disabilities, and particularly those who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color, has made a significant difference in the mental health world. We want to recognize your contributions to advancing peer support services that reflect the core values of the peer movement and to ensuring that mental health services are inclusive and meet the needs of communities of color.”

Chacku will be honored on November 17 at 7PM at Bazelon’s Virtual Awards celebration.

Please join us in congratulating Chacku for receiving this honor. We are so proud to be working with him. His work has touched so many.