AACAP 2015 Catcher in the Rye Humanitarian Award Recipients

AACAP's Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award, established in 1990, and is awarded by the Executive Committee of AACAP, recognizes an individual or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the elimination of childhood mental illnesses through activities such as advocacy, education, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, research, and/or acts of bravery/kindness.

James and Maureen HackettAACAP is honored to present the 2015 Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award to James and Maureen Hackett.

Jim and Maureen Hackett personify the intrinsic meaning of the word "Humanitarian", with their unrelenting dedication to one of the most humanitarian causes of our generation: children's mental illness.

Maureen Hackett has worked in the philanthropy sector in various positions for over 30 years. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Menninger Clinic Foundation and is a board member of The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute as well as the American Psychiatric Foundation. Maureen is the first recipient of the North American Philanthropist of the Year award, 2014 from the American Fundraising Professionals Organization.

James Hackett is the retired executive Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Anadarko Petroleum; the former Chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and former President and CEO of Devon Energy Corporation. He just served as Chairman of the Baylor College of Medicine Board and Board member of the Texas Medical Center, the most recent of many civic and charitable organizations to which he has been committed.

Maureen and Jim have four children and three grandchildren. Their priority, as donors and community activists, is to act as agents of change in the realm of behavioral and mental health with a focus on awareness and education, research and treatment, and the eradication of the stigma associated with mental health care. As Maureen would tell us, "philanthropy isn't just about giving dollars, it's about being passionate about a mission, raising awareness and bringing people together for a cause. That's why we're all here, to serve others."

A recent project that Jim and Maureen launched is the Mental Health Channel, which is online at www.mentalhealthchannel.tv. This is a new online network that is accelerating the change of the conversation around mental health by sharing inspiring true stories in a documentary format. These stories are real and personal.

The Mental Health Channel is an extraordinary educational tool intended to take mental health and mental health treatment mainstream, building awareness, knowledge and acceptance of mental health and the positive and protective factors that promote resilience. I encourage you to visit this website.

In addition to mental health awareness and advocacy, the Hackett family is dedicated to serving the interests that make up the heart of every strong community: family, faith, health, and education. Today their children have joined them at the Hackett Family Foundation, which they established in 1996, to pursue their commitment to education, religious organizations, and healthcare, including the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Together they have touched the lives of countless children and families afflicted with psychiatric disorders and developmental disabilities.

Jim and Maureen's unparalleled leadership and generosity for over 30 years have touched the lives of countless children and families afflicted with mental health disorders and developmental disabilities. Their commitment to act as agents of change in mental health education, research, treatment and prevention and to the eradication of the stigma associated with mental illness has turned them into genuine humanitarian heroes.

AACAP's 62nd Annual Meeting Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award Presentation