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Books of interest and importance to NARPA members
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of a non-compliant patient by Judi Chamberlin
To Be a Mental
by Rae Unzicker
The Bonkers Institute
NARPA's 2011 Annual
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Materials and handouts
Atlanta, GA, September 2010
Choice Not Force
●Recovery and Peer Run
Beyond the Institutional Setting
2009 Annual Rights Conference:
Phoenix, AZ, September 2009
for Rights in a New Era
to Medical Model Treatment
Advocacy & Legal Strategies for Challenging Times
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR
RIGHTS PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY
NARPA‘s mission is to promote policies and
pursue strategies that result in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses
making their own choices regarding treatment. We educate and mentor
those individuals to enable them to exercise their legal and human
rights with a goal of abolition of all forced treatment.
NARPA is an independent organization, solely
supported by its members. It is a unique mix of people who have
experienced psychiatric intervention, advocates, civil rights
activists, mental health workers, and lawyers -- with many people whose
roles overlap. NARPA exists to to protect people’s right to choice
and to be free from coercion, and to promote alternatives so that the
right to choice can be meaningful. Read about NARPA's history of human
rights advocacy, check out the ADA Case of the Week archives, and more.
For 31 years, NARPA has provided an educational
conference with inspiring keynoters and outstanding
workshops. We learn from each other and come together as a
community committed to social justice for people with
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Mental Health Rights, Pharma, and the Election -
Jim Gottstein of the Law Project on Psychiatric Rights, a former NARPA Board member, writes about developments in the mental health rights field, how pharma has contributed (positively or negatively), and how the upcoming election may influence that environment.
Click here for the Request for Proposals
Submission deadline is April 1, 2013
□ SIGN A PETITION TO THE U.S. SENATE: "Stop Scapegoating people with psychiatric disabilities in gun control legislation"
film chronicling the lives of individuals experiencing mental health
issues and extreme states, is now in production. The film examines
mainstream mental healthcare and psychiatry in the United States
through the lens of individuals at various stages of their mental
health story; it explores the stigma of psychiatric diagnoses, the
role of trauma, pharmacology, alternatives to the
"one-size-fits-all" medical model, and the power of storytelling in
recovery. "Healing Voices" is being promoted on the crowd-funding
here to learn more.
Are Psychiatric Medications
Making Us Sicker? -
of psychotropic drugs have proven to be of little or no benefit, and may
be doing considerable harm.
Rights International Founder and Executive Director, Eric Rosenthal,
recipient of the 2012 Public Service Award from the University of Chicago.
Eric is a
long-time rights activist and NARPA supporter.
Occupy the American Psychiatric Association May 5th in Philadelphia, PA
On May 5, 2012, MindFreedom International
held the Occupy the American Psychiatric Association protest at the APA annual convention in Philadelphia.
Connecticut Supreme Court Holds Lawyers, Conservators Accountable In Probate Cases:
"The ruling has far-reaching implications for our troubled probate court system. It means that a court-appointed lawyer...cannot ignore the wishes of a client."
Robert Whitaker on the New York Times' In Defense of Antidepressants: "... the American public has been treated to yet another dose of misinformation."
NARPA joins the California Coalition Advocating for Rights, Empowerment and Services (CARES) in opposition to AB 1569, currently pending before the California Assembly Health Committee.
AB 1569 would re-authorize involuntary outpatient commitment under AB 1421 ("Laura's law", referred to as "assisted outpatient treatment" by proponents) for six years and would eliminate all state oversight of such programs.
(Click here to download a copy of the CARES letter to the Health Committee Chair.)
NARPA's statement on the Arizona tragedy
Rights New Jersey has filed a federal lawsuit regarding the
involuntary administration of medication to psychiatric patients in New
Jersey's public and private hospitals. The lawsuit alleges that the
current procedures, which do not provide for an independent review in
the event of a challenge to the need for involuntary medication, violate
individual rights and fail to conform to present standards of good
Click here for
of the complaint.
Click here for
the opinion denying protective order.
Click here for
the opinion regarding motion to dismiss.
Making a Killing:
Clinical trials have become marketing exercises for Big Pharma --
and cash-strapped universities are helping make the sale
The Sept.-Oct. 2010 issue
of Mother Jones
sheds light on how drug manufacturers manipulate clinical trials
to make their drugs look good - sometimes at the expense of patients'
Calls Shock Treatment at Massachusetts School "Torture"
ABC News' report
Mental Disability Rights International's
report on the Judge Rotenberg Center.
Update (May 2011): Founder and director of
Massachusetts “Shock School”
resigns after being indicted on
Report concludes with an "urgent appeal" to
the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, demanding the US end the torture of people with disabilities
see the Op-ed in the Washington Post, "Disabled children at Mass. school are tortured, not treated"
Pfizer too big to nail
prosecutors say the world’s largest pharmaceutical company is too big
to fail. When Pfizer was caught illegally marketing a drug that was
taken off the market, the feds agreed to charge a shell company which
exists solely for the purpose of pleading guilty and taking the heat
off Pfizer. A report
from CNN's Special Investigations Unit.
Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics
federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children
covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a
rate four times higher than children whose parents have private
insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the
drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts,
the data shows.
Report of the National Council on Disability:
" From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with
Psychiatric Disabilities Speak for Themselves" -- With a link to the full report as well as
information about how to order a free copy.
(1946 - 2011)
remarkable lawyer, naturalist, and civil rights hero
Confessions of a
New York Times,
□ FDA proposal to reclassify
electroshock machines - and deem them safe in the absence of scientific
Public comments were due by January 8, 2010.
Learn about the
FDA docket, find out how to view public comments online, and get
additional information here. For background, see "The
FDA’s Regulation of ECT (Shock Treatment): A Beginner (or
Like Us: The Americanization of Mental Illness -
years, American ideas about psychiatric disorders have spread around
the globe. Is that really good for the world’s mental health?
this article by Ethan Watters from the New York Times.
essay sharply critical of the psychiatric industry,
the medical journal, The Lancet.
reviews two books: The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique
of Psychiatric Drug Treatment by Joanna Moncrieff and Side
Effects: a Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a
Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial by Alison Bass. Read the
Read the NY Daily News story,
County Hospital doctors, nurses facing charges in Esmin Green
death-by-neglect case." And read the NYC Department of
- Why some
mentally ill patients are rejecting their medication and making the
case for "mad pride" (a May 2009 Newsweek piece on Will Hall and the
"Tremors in the System:
the help you want or the help you get"
- a new 23
minute film by Nora
Jacobson features long time NARPA member and supporter Marj
Berthold and her experiences in the Vermont mental health system.
Big Pharma Gone Wild:
How Risperdal, a drug meant for treating rare
psychiatric disorders, became the seventh best-selling medicine in the
UN: Forced Psychiatric Treatment is Torture
Maine's medication law
A new federal lawsuit, filed by the Disability
Rights Center of Maine, challenges the constitutionality of a new law
that allows patients in psychiatric facilities to be medicated against
their will. The lawsuit, which was brought on behalf of an 83 year old
woman, alleges that the law violates due process rights guaranteed by
the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; The law fails to provide
patients with adequate notice of a hearing or an opportunity to be
heard before being deprived of their liberty. The lawsuit also claims
that patients may be forced to take drugs that can cause death or have
devastating and irreversible side effects, especially in elderly
patients. Read more here.
how the pharmaceutical industry works behind the scenes to shape public
policy and push drugs.
article by Ken Silverstein from
Mother Jones Magazine.
The Needs of People with Psychiatric Disabilities
During and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Position Paper and
A report of the National Council on
Disability, prepared and drafted by
and Ann Marshall of NARPA.
The Rights Tenet Update --
The online version of NARPA's Rights Tenet newsletter. With
coverage of the battles against forced drugging laws, the "parity"
controversy, the Supreme Court vs. the ADA, etc.
The New York State
Office of Mental Health is promoting the psychiatric drugging of
Haldol, Adderall, and Dexedrine for 3 year olds, lithium and
Depakote for 2 year olds? See this booklet - a Q & A on using
medications with children with mental disorders - published by the
State of New York for parents of young children.