SAMHSA and AOT (Assisted Outpatient Treatment)

That the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has, on April 18, 2016 released a request for application (RFA) to develop and implement Assisted Outpatient Treatment in the United States is cause for serious concern regarding the direction of behavioral health within the context of basic American human and civil liberties being strippedContinue reading “SAMHSA and AOT (Assisted Outpatient Treatment)”

Healing Voices Screening | Washington, DC

Feel free to SHARE this information for THIS Friday’s, April 29, 2016 FREE motion picture screening of “healing voices” in Washington, DC. Many thanks to Oryx Cohen, PJ Moynihan and the Healing Voices Team. Daphne Klein and Jen Padron lead the welcome. Debbie Plotnick, Vice-President for Mental Health and Systems Advocacy at Mental Health AmericaContinue reading “Healing Voices Screening | Washington, DC”

The Horror, The Horror

Written by Amanda Barnabe and Jen M. Padron The first line of treatment in US psychiatric care is the prescription of psychotropic medications to an effected individual exhibiting mental diversity symptomology entailing behavioral and/or physical medically descriptive treatment. The symptoms and prescribed diagnosis, according to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual’s (DSM-5, 2016) symptomology of “Serious Mental Illness”Continue reading “The Horror, The Horror”

The Certified Peer Specialist: Role & Action in Crisis Intervention

I will be writing, here, about the functional components for a discerning intentionally driven and mutual peer-based Certified Peer Specialist’s portfolio of peer services deliverables within the behavioral health crisis intervention role(s) when BH is co-located with PH in a fully integrated community public health model. To include the following: 1.0 The Certified Peer SpecialistContinue reading “The Certified Peer Specialist: Role & Action in Crisis Intervention”

Asylums? Susan Rogers Speaks.

Dr. Sisti began by insisting that “we do not want to return to those asylums … that are now infamous for incarcerating thousands of Americans … What we were calling for is a rehabilitation of the term ‘asylum’ … [as] a safe sanctuary where they may be able to heal and reclaim their lives in recovery.” Asked about the reason for the widespread use of chemical restraints, Dr. Sisti responded that it is “a lot easier to maintain control and safety in an overcrowded institution when individuals are chemically controlled. We’re seeing this now in prisons,” where individuals with mental health conditions who are often without access to adequate treatment are “oftentimes given large doses of drugs to keep them both safe and comfortable” (emphasis added).