Are Rights Under Attack In Your State? Let’s Talk!

Kathy Flaherty, J.D., Aaryce Hayes, M.S.W., and Bill Stewart, M.A., Clinical Psychology

Workshops and keynotes at the annual conference of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy do a good job of touching on well-known issues such as the advancement in the use of Involuntary Outpatient Commitments, alternatives to the medical model and current litigation. However, many issues are also being addressed by conference attendees on state and local issues that are important and may rise to a higher level of concern in the future. This is a discussion format, with participants encouraged to share their issues and efforts, especially successful strategies. Presenters will briefly discuss issues including the potential impact of increasing the number and type of mental health professionals in schools, state legislative advocacy and the 21st Century Cures Act.

Desired Outcomes:

  • increased awareness/attention to issues which are “under the radar”
  • identification of patterns of attacks on rights.
  • a means for ongoing communication about the status of specific issues, especially successful strategies
  • follow-up focus in future NARPA conferences