Healing Voices Screening | Washington, DC

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 … Continue reading Healing Voices Screening | Washington, DC

The Certified Peer Specialist: Role & Action in Crisis Intervention

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 … Continue reading The Certified Peer Specialist: Role & Action in Crisis Intervention

US Peers Present the Case for Peer Support | Services on Capitol Hill

US Peers Present the Case for Peer Support | Services on Capitol Hill

The purpose of these briefings was to offer a very convincing case for peer support services. This case is extremely strong: Both personal reflection and research evidence document the effectiveness of these services; good training is available to teach required skills; and the need for these services is very large and growing every day with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. One could not present a more convincing case about anything. Continue reading US Peers Present the Case for Peer Support | Services on Capitol Hill

Asylums?  Susan Rogers Speaks.

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). Continue reading Asylums? Susan Rogers Speaks.