Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health (CACMH)

In 2000, psychiatrist Peter Jensen, formerly Associate Director for child and adolescent research at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), founded and directs this center located at Columbia University.[1] He serves on the governing board of the drug company funded Children and Adults with Attention–Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).[2] He has received grant support from McNeil, Pfizer and Eli Lilly, has been on the speakers’ bureau for UCB Pharma and a consultant for Janssen, Novartis and UCB Pharma.[3]

  • David Shaffer (invented TeenScreen) is also on the Executive Board of this Center that has partnered with NAMI and has received funding from AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celltech Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly and Co, Forest Labs, Janssen, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer.[4]
  • CACMH is listed as a partner with Mental Health America’s, “Children’s Mental Health Matters” campaign sponsored by ALZA Corporation (a pharmaceutical and medical systems company acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 2001[5]), The E.H.A. Foundation, Inc. and NIMH.[6]
  • Jenson is also the president and founder of another group the REACH Institute (2006) which is another feeder line for getting children, adolescents, and families “treated” for “behavioral and emotional disorders.”[7] He formed the group following service at CACMH.[8] E. Clarke Ross, a Board Member of the Reach Institute and is also CEO of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.) Ross also worked as Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy, NAMI.[9]
  • The REACH Institute is funded by all the major pharmaceutical companies. Jensen is a Consultant to Eli Lilly, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Johnson & Johnson, McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Shire-Richwood, Novartis and, UCB Pharma and has received grants from Janssen and McNeil. He’s on the speaker’s bureau of CellTech, CMED, Janssen, McNeil, and UBC Pharma and has received several unrestricted educational grants from Eli Lilly, McNeil, and Janssen-Ortho.[10]
  • The REACH Institute offers “The Mental Health Practice in Child Welfare Guidelines Toolkit” as “a must-have resource for child welfare professionals,” which includes tips and resources for “mental health screening and assessment.”[11]