Media Advisory: APA Hosts First-Ever APEX Awards Featuring Orange Is the New Black

APA Hosts First-Ever American Psychiatric Excellence (APEX) Awards Featuring “Orange Is the New Black”


The American Psychiatric Association and the APA Foundation will host an orange-tie event featuring the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” (OITNB). The first-ever American Psychiatric Excellence (APEX) Awards celebrate those who have demonstrated the highest levels of mental health advocacy and who are working to reduce the number of Americans with mental illness in our prisons and jails. Natasha Lyonne, Matt McGorry and Dascha Polanco from OITNB will join us for a conversation about how the show has opened a window into the experiences and treatment of people with mental illness in America’s prisons and jails.

Each year, people with serious mental illnesses are arrested or admitted to prisons and jails approximately 2 million times. Once incarcerated, these individuals tend to stay longer in jail and upon release are at a higher risk of returning to incarceration than those without mental illnesses.


“Orange Is the New Black” stars

  • Natasha Lyonne, actress playing Nicky Nichols
  • Matt McGorry, actor playing John Bennett
  • Dascha Polanco, actress playing Dayanara Diaz

Emcee: Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC News and National Public Radio.


  • Monday, April 18, 2016
  • 5:30 p.m. Reception
  • 6:00 p.m. Orange carpet photo opportunity
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner and program


The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.


This event is for credentialed media only. Interview requests for OITNB stars must be submitted by Thursday, April 14. To pre-register, or for additional information, contact Erin Connors at or 703-907-8562.

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