Congress will soon make decisions that could slash funding for—and restrict access to--state mental health consumer networks, national mental health technical assistance centers and human and civil rights protections for people with serious mental health conditions. The Senate plans to cut funding to state mental health consumer networks 20 percent, and the House could cut even more. One Representative, who vowed to “reform wasteful spending” at SAMHSA, is targeting the Alternatives conference, state consumer networks and protection and advocacy organizations.
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See also, December 12, 2013 Press Release
Report on Wisconsin's 2012 Empowerment Days
By Molly Cisco, Executive Director, Grassroots Empowerment Project (www.grassrootspower.org)
Our state-wide consumer network is called “United We Stand WI”. We began our work for Empowerment Days by having UWSW sponsoring 10 listening sessions throughout WI (a lot of miles). The purpose of the listening sessions is for folks to tell us what the biggest problems with the mental health system that need changing. We spend about 4 hours at each location facilitating a conversation/discussion on the issues... getting details on each topic and also people’s suggestions for how to solve the problem. Each group decides on the top 5 priority topics since we cannot address them all. After we are done, we generally form these into themes. Most of the time, it is easy because the same problems exist throughout they state. We also take the solutions and use them for developing our position papers (see attached). This entire process takes a few months but is critical to assure that we are a true coalition and have a bottom up structure.... people tell us what they want us to do/say and take action on. Click here to view full report.
Occupy the APA Is a Success!
By Susan Rogers, National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
On Saturday, May 5, 2012, more than 200 dedicated human rights activists, most of whom had firsthand experience with the mental health system, gathered inside Friends Center in Philadelphia to rally before marching to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. At the Convention Center, many activists ripped up their psychiatric labels while, inside, thousands of psychiatrists attended the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, where a key topic was the controversial proposed new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – the DSM-5 – due to be published in May 2013. Click here to read the entire article.
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