There is noticeable increases in the amount of attention and words spoken about reinstitutionalization, trending towards a return to the Asylum model. They are dialoguing on the pros/cons of long-term involuntary psychiatric inpatient warehousing with a predilection towards citing a human costs and benefits assessment on how to best support people living with serious and persistent mental illness.
All change agents, early social change adopters, mental health advocates, human rights and civil liberties activist, cross-disability trenders, friends and colleagues:
Read this New York TIMES Editorial regarding psychiatric reform and mental health transformation supporting the return to the Dark Ages of human’s history… of imprisoning the mentally ill and “invalids” via lifelong Asylum infirmary.
HOW CAN WE BEND THE HEALTH CARE COST CURVE WHILE INCREASING THE WELLNESS AND RECOVERY OF THOSE WE SERVE? HEATH LITERACY AND ACTIVATION IS ONE PART OF THE ANSWER.
According to Healthy People 2010, an individual is considered to be “health literate” when he or she possesses the skills to understand information and services and use them to make appropriate decisions about health. Lack of health literacy is estimated to cost $106-$236 billion annually. Activation goes beyond seeing a health care provider and understanding how to promote recovery; it’s the art and science of taking action on the information you have been given. It’s doing the things necessary to move toward recovery and wellness.
The 2015 ACHMA Summit explores this topic from several angles. What can we learn from the “physical health” community on this topic? What about technology – is it helping or hurting? How can we take a community approach? What does the research tell us? What does it mean to approach this in a culturally competent or at least sensitive manner? What can we learn from the positive psychology movement?
“Recovery is a process, a way of life, an attitude, and a way of approaching the day’s challenges. It is not a perfectly linear process. At times our course is erratic and we falter, slide back, regroup and start again… The need is to meet the challenge of the disability and to re-establish a new and valued sense of integrity and purpose within and beyond the limits of the disability; the aspiration is to live, work and love in a community in which one makes a significant contribution.”
— Pat Deegan, PhD, person in recovery from serious mental illness