Debbie Plotnick National Mental Health America Speaks Friday 4.29.16 | Washington, DC

Mental Health: Why It’s Always Personal and Why that’s Not a Bad Thing

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 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”

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.

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).