More ACTION Required for Ray Sandford—victim of forced ECT

Thanks D. Bunker: not sure why I didn’t get this in email. I usually do.

Mind Freedom has:

Web of Link$ Around Ray Sandford: Survivor of Electroconvulsive Therapy – MFI Portal

by David W. Oaks — last modified 2009-04-09 21:28

Here is a list of more than two dozen agencies and individuals involved in the life of Ray Sandford, the Minnesota citizen receiving ongoing forced outpatient electroshock. All are receiving taxpayer funding directly or indirectly. A few are speaking out for Ray, and should be thanked. But most are not helping Ray say “no” to his forced shock. Some directly profit from it.

We can contact these people!!

Their 1st link covers the hospital

Allina Healthcare in Minnesota Accused of Overbilling patients – MFI Portal

Allina Profits from Ray’s Forced Electroshock

by Gloria Gervais, MindFreedom Maine

The hospital that is making possible the forced electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) of Ray Sandford is Mercy Hospital of Coons Rapids, Minnesota. Mercy Hospital is one of approximately seventeen hospitals owned by Allina of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Currently the state’s Attorney General, Lori Swanson, is announcing a lawsuit against Allina Health System for allegedly billing high interest rates on medical debts.

In Minnesota, companies are limited to collecting eight percent on medical debts. Allina’s financial division, MedCredit, was found charging eighteen percent on loans to patients who could not afford to pay their medical bills. MedCredit’s alleged practice of charging exorbitant and illegal interest rates makes them potentially guilty of usury. The State of Minnesota hopes to change Allina’s usurious billing practices and have them refund money to patients who were overbilled. ….. ”

updated: 9 April 2009

You are encouraged to add these links to your own blog, FaceBook page, web site, etc. so that more people can search for who is involved in Ray’s life, and find out who should be thanked, or who should be peacefully asked to do more for Ray’s human rights.

Some of the Groups and Individuals Around Ray Sandford: Shock Survivor

This Web of Link$ updated as of 9 April 2009. In alphabetical order.

IMPORTANT NOTE: MindFreedom and Ray endorse nonviolence principles. Even if an individual or agency opposes Ray’s human rights, MindFreedom and Ray ask that any communication be civil. Individuals and groups listed are encouraged to submit responses, updates or corrections.

Allina Hospitals and Clinics – Owns clinic where Ray is given taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.

George F. Borer – Attorney for taxpayer-funded Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSSMN) who issued letters attempting to stop alerts and videos supporting Ray.

Terri Bradley – Ray’s taxpayer-funded Guardian ad Litem directly in charge of his forced electroshock.

Satveer S. Chaudhary – Ray’s elected state senator has been contacted about Ray: No comment.

Bernard M. Coelho, MD – Ray’s electroshock doctor who administers the procedure, paid for by taxpayers.

Marybeth Dorn – Judge who continued Ray’s forced electroshock

Jon Duckstad – Attorney paid with public funds who Ray said did a terrible job representing him.

Keith Ellison – Ray’s elected US representative has been contacted about Ray: No comment.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
– ELCA’s Minnesota Synods own LSSMN, which is taxpayer-funded.

Bishop Mark Hanson, ELCA – Refuses any “supervision” of taxpayer funds used by LSSMN.

Pamela Hoopes, MDLC – This attorney started an “ECT Work Group” to explore changing laws to help Ray.

Eric Jonsgaard, Senior Director, LSS Guardianship Options – LSSMN, using taxpayer funds, has put up obstacles to Ray’s campaign.

Amy Klobuchar – Ray’s elected US Senate has been contacted about Ray: No comment.

Dean K. Knudson, MD, psychiatrist – Oversees Ray’s case, including his taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.

Carolyn Laine – Ray’s elected state representative has been contacted about Ray: No comment.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
(LSSMN) – General guardians for Ray who have put up obstacles to his campaign using public funds.

Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota – Joined ECT Work Group to change laws in order to help people like Ray.
Mercy Hospital – The Coon Rapids, Minnesota clinic where Ray receives his taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in Minnesot
a – Has met with Ray and appointed informational liaison.

Minnesota Disability Law Center – MDLC has started an ECT Work Group to explore new laws to help people like Ray.

Brian Nystrom – Owns Nystrom & Associates which employs Ray’s psychiatrist Dean Knudson.

Roberta Opheim, Ombudsman
– Joined the ECT Work Group to explore new laws to help people like Ray.

Governor Tim Pawlenty – His public affairs office said the Governor believes Ray’s forced electroshock is “safe and legal.”

Richard R. Pettingill,
CEO of Allina, which owns the clinic where Ray is forcibly electroshocked using public funds.

Victory House – Ray’s group home in Columbia Heights has put up obstacles to Ray’s campaign using taxpayer funds.

Teresa R. Warner – Judge who signed Ray’s forced electroshock order.

Tonya Wilhelm of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
– Using public funds, Ms. Wilhelm has put up obstacles to Ray’s campaign.

Disclaimer: The information on this page is the opinion of the author, based on reports from Ray Sandford and allies, to the best of their knowledge. If there is any dispute of the facts, please let MindFreedom know.

Ed. note* (that’s WE, Not Mind Freedom) If Anyone is involved in making decisions For Ray while Receiving Public Funding, and they are Not actively involving themselves in Stopping the Forced ECT Of Ray Sandford, they have NO Business Receiving that Public Funding.

ECT is Not benefitting Ray Sandford


Mind Freedom is Endorsing Your Copying and Reposting of this information so that as Many People as possible can be Reached, Informed, and Activated. Go For It.

If it can be Done to Ray, It Can Be Done To You.

And just to remember who Ray is. A very real person who can speak clearly for himself. Here again is the video I posted on the blog at an earlier date.



2 thoughts on “More ACTION Required for Ray Sandford—victim of forced ECT

  1. Thanks so much Gianna. We need to see an end of ECT worldwide.

    ECT Does cause irreparable brain damage and memory loss no matter what its proponents claim, and as such, ECT can Never be voluntary except in cases wherein the patient has already suffered severe iatrogenic damage.

    True Informed Consent, as Law, would abolish the practice overnight.


  2. Just a FYI I believe you have a typo, you forgot the letter “d” in Rays last name.
    This is good in a way as I forgot the “d” as well when I googled Rays name, and google came up with bipolarblast-beyondmeds in the top ten results.

    So I don’t know if you should fix it or not, for those googling the name with the spelling error.


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