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)”
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”
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).