The 3rd Annual Sozosei Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness

Please save the date for the 3rd Annual Sozosei Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness.

This year we will convene from December 5 -7, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA. The Summit will also be live streamed. Further details will be released in the months to come.

In the meantime, we gladly welcome your ideas for Summit topics, speakers, or any other input you may wish to share. Please submit your suggestions by emailing [email protected].

Recordings from the 2020 Inaugural Sozosei Summit are available here.
Recordings from the 2021 Sozosei Summit are available here.

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Past Events

The 2nd Annual Sozosei Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness was held from December 13-15, 2021 in Philadelphia, PA. A global event, the Summit brings together experts, thought-leaders, people with lived experience, doctors, lawyers, judges, advocates, artists, and funders to collaborate, create, and explore pathways to decriminalize mental illness.

June 4, 2021

On June 4, 2021, the Sozosei Foundation hosted a virtual book club featuring authors and renowned psychologist, Dr. Joel Dvoskin and renowned psychiatrist, Dr. James Knoll in conversation with Sozosei Board Member Mary Chi Michael, about their chapter, “A Brief History of the Criminalization of Mental Illness” from the recently released book, “Decriminalizing Mental Illness,” published by Cambridge University Press.

May 7, 2021

Mental illness is an area that has been relatively underfunded by philanthropy when compared to the immense potential for impact. The Sozosei Foundation is helping reignite energy and push the philanthropic community in this area, with a specific focus on decriminalizing mental illness in America. The Foundation recently kicked off a series of Global Solution Labs to surface more knowledge and perspectives about how to create a future where mental illness is not treated as a crime.