WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP HR 3717 IMMEDIATELY
Legislation proposed by Rep. Tim Murphy, “Helping Families in Crisis,” is a well intended attempt to help parents of persons with mental health issues. However, most provisions of the proposed bill are a giant step back from the trend promoting consumer engagement, empowerment, and self-direction by emphasizing professional dominance on advisory committees. The bill also restricts programmatic initiatives to evidence-based practices therefore frustrating development of innovative approaches, many of which may reflect more active consumer involvement and direction than established practices. The bill will also cut funding to statewide consumer networks such as the (fill your org.), the National Alternatives Conference and 3 consumer-run TA centers. In addition, this bill will also reduce funding to Protection and Advocacy organizations such as Disability Rights of (fill in your state)
Call your Representative NOW (click the envelope to find their phone number) and email your rep.
Why call NOW? The Murphy bill is picking up steam fast.Please Make this call NOW and leave the following message:
“I am (name, city). Tell my Representative NOT to cosponsor HR 3717, the Murphy mental health bill. It would hurt people like me, not help us. This Bill discriminates against people with mental illness. It ends grants that help the most vulnerable people in our district. It strips our rights and protections against abuse. It will NOT make our community safer.”
(Leave your phone number if you want a return call.)
Please call your Representative TODAY. Your voice counts if you make the call!
To view HR3717 go to http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3717/text
Let’s do this instead:
First They Ignore You: Impressions From Today’s Hearing on H.R. 3717 (Murphy’s Bill)
The House has passed a forced treatment law — speak up so that the Senate may stop this
For more info on this bill visit Mad in America see this too: UN: US Should “Generally Prohibit” Non-consensual Psychiatric Treatment
See also: Coercion, subtle or otherwise, is the rule in psychiatric care… (this must be changed! The UN has determined that forced treatment is torture.)