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Learn why seriously mentally ill people receive such poor care and the policies that can improve care; save money;
and keep public and patients safer. Read "Uncivil Liberties" first... then left hand column and work your way across.


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Five Policies that Save Money, Improve Care, and Keep Public and Patients Safer

Are people with mental illness more violent?

What can make people with serious mental illness become violent?

Misplaced Funding: Most money spent goes to improving mental 'health' not treating mental "illness". People with serious mental illness are usually sent to the end of the line, rather than the front. The ability to get services is inversely related to need, therefore people with serious mental illness find it difficult to get services. Mental health providers often discriminate against highly symptomatic people with serious mental illnesses.


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Consequences of Status Quo

5000 mentally ill suicide
Do Antipsychotics cause suicide

Medical Basis

Myths, Opposition, and Impediments to Reform

Myths about AOT
Old AOT research in circulation
Psychiatry vs. antipsychiatry
SAMHSA is impeditment
SAMHSA funds Antipsychiatry
Myths about consumers
Myths about medicines
Myths about stigma

Stigma not important
Coercion is Patient Centered
Involuntary Treatment Doesn't Drive Patient From Care
Opposition: NYAPRS
Opposition: We the people
Mental Illness Awareness Week Hurts
Big pharma buys psychiatrists

P&A (PAMII/PAIMI) lawyers
National Law Journal
Misinformed advocates

Schiz advocacy vs. MH Advocacy
Mental Health vs Illness Advocacy
Not everyone recovers
Robert Whitaker Criticized
Mindfreedom, Scientology, CCHR

Consumer Perspectives

Donny Buchanan (put on AOT after shooting)
Mary Gibson Leek (high functioning bully others
Anna Lisa Johansan (daughter of Letterman stalker)
Robert Lundin (coping)
Jon Stanley (deteriorated and recovered)
J. Nelson Kull (consumers thoughts on AOT)
Valerie Fox: (monitoring helps)
Ed Francell (beds help

Family Perspectives

Aaron Bassler (shot/was shot)
How PAIMI caused Amy Bruce Death
Jenna Ward (sibling)
Peter Earley (parent)
Pat Webdale (daughter murdered)
Morgan Claire (wife)
Karen and James Logan (son shot cops)
Michael Biasotti (police chief)
Brother deinstitutionalization

HIPAA (Patient Confidentiality)

Coping Tips

Coping with mental illness in family
Treating Schizophrenia
How to make 911 respond
Misdiagnosis of mental illness
Electroconvulsive therapy/shock treatment
How to force mental health system to treat someone
Estate planning & special needs trusts
Handling paranoia & symptoms
Advance directives & health care proxies
Access involuntary commitment
Schizophrenia vs. demonic possession

1. Greater use of Assisted Outpatient Treatment

National Alliance on Mental Illness
American Psychiatric Assoc.
National Sheriff's Assoc.
Treatment Advocacy Center
Judge Randy Rogers

2. Reform Involuntary Commitment and Involuntary Treatment Laws (IVC)

Civil Rights Analysis: Uncivil Commitment
Involuntary commitment: Legal
Involuntary commitment: Medical
13 involuntary commitment reforms
How to change involuntary treatment laws
involuntary treatment standards
Proposal for nationwide commitment standards
Model civil commitment standard
Involuntary commitment at first break

Dangerousness standard delays treatment

3.Deinstitutionalization: Preserve psychiatric hospitals/Modify Medicaid

4. Prioritize Mental "illness" instead of mental "health"

5. Reform Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity and Not Fit for Trial

Best Books

Multi-State Studies

Inpatient/Outpatient Commitment standards by state
National Mental Health Expenditures
Waste, Fraud, Excess Profits
10X as many mentally ill incarcerated as hospitalized
# elgible for AOT by state and projected savings
Who can petition for nvoluntary commitment by state
Psychiatric hospital bed shortage by state
State by state use of jails vs. hospitals
States lacking "need for treatment standard"

Severe mental illness: Management and Impact on Homeland Security
Homicide rate tied to commitment laws

National Legal Issues and Cases

Criminal Justice

Media Articles

By or about Dr. E. Fuller Torrey
Dr. Fuller Torrey, CV
Government Spending
Freedom Punishes Mentally ill
Deinstitutionalization Deadly
Violence and mental illness
Stigma result of violence
Why mentally ill go Untreated
Mentally Ill Rampage Killers
Assisted Outpatient Treatment Works
Overwhelmed local mental health systems (PPT)
California's psychiatric system
Fuller Torrey in Washingtonian
Fuller Torrey Salon Magazine Interview
Fuller Torrey Washington Post
Presidential Commission Wrong (Torrey, Zdanowicz, Satel, Lowry)
Dr. Fuller Torrey & Other Videos

Timeless Editorials and Opeds
Uncivil Liberties (Must Read)

Rational Commitment Laws (DJ Jaffe/Rael Isaac)
Involuntary Treatment Saves Lives (Jaffe)
Huffington Post on Mental Illness
Mental Illness and Violence(DJ Jaffe/Sally Satel)
Medicaid Prevents Mental Health Care (Jaffe/Zdanowicz)

Russel Weston & Civil Liberties (Beth Barber)
Unfit to stand trial (Torrey/Zdanowicz)
Beds Deter Dangerousness (Lieberman)
Not everyone recovers (Mary Zdanowicz)
From Asylum to cell (Sally Satel)


New York Kendra's Law (AOT)


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Summary of Studies
Improvements Proposed

Guide to Kendra's Law
Text of Kendra's Law

Text of Bill to Improve Kendra's Law
Cracks in Kendra's Law

90 Preventable Tragedies NYS

Mental Health Directors Oppose
Myths about Kendra's Law
Kendra's Law Nondiscriminatory
Kendra's Law Reduces Crime
Kendra's Law Improves Mental Health System
Opposition to Kendra's Law
Kendra's Law: Favorable Impact on consumers
Kendra's Law Increases Medication compliance
Kendra's Law Reduces Arrests
Kendra's Law Reduces hospital admissions
Involuntary Outpatient Commitment works long term
Kendra's Law Regional variations
Kendra's Law increased Service capacity
2009 Kendra's Law Study
2005 Kendra's Law Study

NAMI/NYS Kendra's Law Study
NAMI/NYS Policy Suggestions
Kendra's Law Studies: Narrative
Research in support of improvements
Constitutional challenges to Kendra's Law

Opposition: From We the People
Myths About Kendra's Law
Kendra's Law: National Law Journal
Consider past history in civil commitment
Forms to Access AOT
Kendra's Law Contacts

Editorial Support
New York Times supports Kendra's Law
Daily News and Kendra's Law
NY Post supports Kendra's Law
Newsday supports Kendra's Law
Albany Times Union supports AOT
Buffalo News supports Kendra's Law
Gannett Newspaper supports Kendra's Law

Oped Support
Help Mentally Ill Inmates
Gannett Papers (Lower Hudson)
NY Post-Remembering Kendra Webdale
Sheldon Silver on Kendra's Law
Pat Webdale on daughter Kendra
Help Mentally Ill New Yorkers
Right to Mental Illness
Michael Biasotti: Police Chief
Make Kendra's Law Permanent
Albany Times Union Mary Barber

Organizational Support
List of Mental Health and other supporters
NAMI/NYS Testimony
2005 TAC Testimony
2005 Jaffe Testimony
Former NYS OMH Commissioner
NYS Assoc. of Chiefs of Police
Westchester Police Chiefs
Mid-Hudson Police
Windsor Police
Orange County Police
Portchester Chiefs of Police

Problems at NYS Office of Mental Health


Important Links


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