Innovations in Peer Supports

I first met Larry Fricks, Founder, Appalachia Consulting Group, the first day that I showed up for the DBSA Texas Certified Peer Specialist training in 2007 in Austin, Texas. My father paid for that certification training because I couldn’t afford the $900/training that year. I was promised a job and I needed a job. I…

Vision this.

Envision. Dream. Do. A Health Home Peer Centric. Integrated. Brick & Mortar. Web and Community Networked, Virtually. Build it and they will come.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment = Involuntary Commitment

Assisted Outpatient Treatment Reschackling Road Tripping Back to the Asylum: Restraints On Us All Jennifer Maria Padron[1] and Amanda Barnabe[2] Judi Chamberlin, Confessions of a Non-Compliant Patient “I tried hard to be a good patient. I saw what happened to bad patients: they were the ones in the seclusion rooms, the ones who got sent…

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 stripped…

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”…