On June 4, Congressman Tim Murphy introduced legislation (HR 2646) designed to dismantle the federal mental health authority – the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – which has successfully promoted recovery and community inclusion for individuals with serious behavioral health conditions for 25 years, as called for by President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The bill would replace SAMHSA with a new Office headed by a politically appointed government official, controlled by Congress and robbing people of their civil rights through forced treatment and increased institutionalization. … [click on title to read and view more]
MY FORCED PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT — (standard violent, inhumane “care” for folks in spiritual crisis) — written in 2007 An old post to revisit: MY FORCED PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT Update 2016: The last time my nervous system tried to go through what it’s going through now (with the heightened consciousness of having lived a long time), this is what […]
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… … [click on title for the rest of the post]
On Monday, the Senate is likely to vote on an urgent Medicare bill (HR 4302) that includes an unrelated program to fund forced psychiatric treatment (Title 224, Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program). A Medicare rule kicks in Tuesday, April 1, that cuts payments to doctors. The House passed HR 4302 on a voice vote with no debate last Thursday. The Senate could do the same Monday and the President could sign it before midnight.
Call both Senators from your State IMMEDIATELY. (They will vote on this bill Monday.) … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The logic behind outpatient commitment laws is that antipsychotic medication is a necessary good for people with a diagnosis of severe mental illness. The medications are known to be helpful, but—or so the argument goes—people with “severe mental illness” lack insight into their disease and this is why they reject the medication.
However, if the history of science presented in Anatomy of an Epidemic is correct, antipsychotic medications, over the long term, worsen long-term outcomes in the aggregate, and thus a person refusing to take antipsychotic medications may, in fact, have good medical reason for doing so. And if that is so, the logic for forced treatment collapses.
An alert from MindFreedom for us to take ACTION on the part of Elizabeth Ellis who is trying to avoid receiving electric shock. YES — people are still FORCED to get this “treatment.” Elizabeth is clearly capable of making her own decision. I’ve posted on this before and it’s time we do more. A judge […]
Tell Assemblyman Felix Ortiz NO to Kendra’s Law. YES to Alternatives. (and choice) Please use the text box on this page to express your opinion to Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chair of NYS Assembly “Mental Health” Committee. I signed and wrote a slightly longer version of this: Forced “treatment” is a misleading and repulsive oxymoron. Force […]
It is beyond me how this can be continuing. For a long list of updates on the issue, many of which I’ve posted on this blog visit MindFreedom. Found this at Rayne’s World. Read her commentary here. I’m too pooped this morning.
Update 2016: The last time my nervous system tried to go through what it’s going through now (with the heightened consciousness of having lived a long time), this is what happened: I was 19 years old and no one knew what waking up was about back then. Now I have 100s of thousands of comrades. We […]
The catch – 22 I thought about the other day: The mental health system tells clients/patients/consumers that they need better boundaries while expecting them to ignore their boundaries.