Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Mourns the Loss of Mental Health Advocate Senator Pete Domenici

Posted: September 15, 2017
Senator Peter Domenici

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD) mourns the passing of our dear friend Senator Pete Domenici.

Senator Domenici was unique in his broad ranging support for mental health care and scientific progress. He aided in the development of our institution becoming the largest philanthropic funder of mental health research grants. He served as an honorary chair of our Research Fund Steering Committee along with his wife Nancy. A determined and dedicated leader in Congress on behalf of the mentally ill, he was instrumental in his role in passing one of the most significant mental health bills in US history -- The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Our institution honored him with our Humanitarian Award in 1995 and our first Paul Wellstone Leadership Award in 2005.

Senator Domenici was a modest man, but dedicated and tenacious in his advocacy for the mentally ill. He was a true humanitarian who understood the terrible toll that mental illness takes on individuals, families, and society and worked tirelessly to relieve suffering and distress. His vision, wisdom, and leadership were invaluable to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation's achievements and our contribution to progress in the field of mental health research. We will miss his powerful support and guidance. Our deepest condolences are extended to Nancy and the Domenici family.

- Herbert Pardes, M.D., President, Scientific Council
- Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President CEO
- Stephen Lieber, Chairman of the Board