The USC Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics received a $3 million donation from the Doris Bay Trust, the university announced Tuesday.
“This will truly change how the Saks Institute is able to study and make policy recommendations for those who suffer from mental illness,” said institute founder Elyn Saks, a USC law professor since 1989. “I am over the moon with excitement and looking forward to our next chapter.”
Saks’ struggle with schizophrenia was the focus of her memoir “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.” She founded the Saks Institute in 2010 with funding she received through a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”
Doris Bry was a researcher for Time-Life magazine and was an agent for artist Georgia O’Keefe. She died in 2014 at age 93.
“As trustees of the Doris Bry Trust, we were given a general mandate to support qualified charities in the field of mental health,” said trustee Amelia Marks. “In our research for this particular grant, we learned of Elyn Saks and her story resonated with our mission.”