Press Release For Immediate Release Activists Unite Across America Lobbying U.S. Congressional Candidates to Support Mental Health Civil Rights  WASHINGTON, DC (8/21/14) –To influence congressional candidates up for election this November, a group of mental health activists have formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) called Stop The Murphy Bill. This PAC was organized to advocateContinue reading “ACTIVISTS UNITE ACROSS AMERICA LOBBYING U.S. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH CIVIL RIGHTS”

Demysticizing the Murphy Bill: An Analysis by Larry Drain

One of the biggest problems with Murphy and company is their belief that no one can have an honest disagreement with them. Anyone who disagrees must have a distorted perception or ulterior motive. This has left them severely deficient in trying to build support from people who do not totally agree with them and is one of the big reasons that they did not succeed in their first go around. Instead of connecting with people they try to conquer them and seem unable to realize that the solution to alienating those they seek support from is not to alienate them farther.

Jaffe dismisses critics as “high functioning with lived experience.” He doesnt seem to understand that many of the people most critical of Murphy have the most serious of diagnosis, a history of hospitalization, multiple suicide attempts etc. They have lived what he is selling and found it not the path to health but the biggest stumbling block in the way.

Danger, Danger!!!!! Mental Health Caucus Closes Doors?

We must find out why and how it disappeared, so that we can hold those who are responsible fully accountable for this tragic and very misguided action.
Today, we were shocked, utterly shocked and dismayed, to learn that the US House of Representatives Mental Health Caucus has disappeared. It is gone without a trace—no notice, no fanfare, no transparency.

The Mental Health Caucus has long been essential to our field. Out of the Caucus has come vital, landmark legislation. Notably, this has recently included the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and key features of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Just this year, we hoped to see the Caucus identify and put forward the positive and non-controversial features of the Ron Barber and the Tim Murphy mental health Bills.