WEST MICHIGAN — Darren, Joe and April are joined in the 11:00 hour by Wayne Hilton, a parent of a child diagnosed with pediatric schizophrenia, and Dr. Robert Powitzky, Ph.D., Retired Clinical/Forensic Psychologist, Chief Mental Health Officer, Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Dr. Powitzky and Mr. Hilton talk about House Resolution 2646, which would provide sweeping reforms in how mental health concerns are treated in the US. LISTEN NOW
WTUL News and Views Janet Hays interviews Dj Jaffe [NYC] and Kimberly Blaker [AZ] about The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and National Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Day.
Your Voice is Needed for Those with Serious Mental Illness
Thousands of families of people with serious mental illness and consumers held a National Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Day on October 7th, 2015.
Still, our effort isn’t over, and we need your voice today to bring the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, HR2646 to a vote. So even if you missed our action day, there is plenty you can do.
Here's why the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act is important.
Creates an Asst. Secretary for Mental Health to coordinate mental health policy and encourages the use of evidence-based practices that help the seriously ill, rather than politically correct and profitable practices that help all others.
Encourages states to use Assisted Outpatient Treatment as a more humane and inexpensive alternative to inpatient commitment and incarceration.
Helps end federal financial discrimination against psychiatric beds so the most seriously ill who need hospitalization aren’t sent to jail instead.
Allows parents who provide care, housing, case management for mentally ill children out of love, to get the same information from doctors that paid providers receive if it’s needed to protect health, safety, and welfare.
Stops federally funded P&A lawyers from suing against care for our loved ones
Increases the number of psychiatric beds of which there is currently a dire shortage.
Recorded Conference Call hosted by DJ Jaffe, Executive Director of Mental Illness Policy Org. Presenting Dr. E Fuller Torrey who discusses serious mental illness, mental health policy, HR 2646, and more.
WSJ Video: Opinion Journal: Mental Health Reform Mess
10/9/2015 American Enterprise Institute Fellow Sally Satel on a Congressional effort to implement commonsense reforms. Dr. Satel discusses how the federal agency, SAMHSA, misuses tax dollars and takes an antipsychiatry and pseudoscientific approach to treatment for the seriously mentally ill.
Support The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, HR2646.