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Bloggers Clash About "Alternatives 2010" -- Mental Health Consumers and Psychiatric Survivors Center of Storm
Alternatives Conference Report by Harvey Rosenthal Harvey Rosenthal from New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
I've just returned from Alternatives 2010, "a national mental health conference organized by and for mental health consumers and survivors" that is aimed at offering "in-depth technical assistance on peer-delivered services and self-help/recovery methods" in "a rich social, artistic, and healing environment." The conference is sponsored by SAMHSA and has a long tradition of offering inspiration and information to thousands of Americans who have been interested in exploring the latest innovations and advances in mental health recovery and peer support. This year's conference was organized by the National Empowerment Center and was another extraordinary success. This year's conference was also particularly notable for the important controversies it stimulated.
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A CALL TO ACTION!
The CMHPC will discuss/act upon supporting a legislative policy of
These are PUBLIC MEETINGS of a State policy body.

The CA Mental Health Planning Council (CMHPC) advises the CA Department of Mental Health and the legislature. It is composed of twenty CA different Department representatives (prisons, social services, rehabilitation, etc.) plus twenty people from various categories of mental health providers, advocates, family members and a few "direct clients".

At it's Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 at 6 - 8p.m., at the Hilton Oakland Airport, @ one Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA the legislative agenda regarding forced hospitalizations and Seclusion and restraint will be discussed and probably acted upon.

The full Council will act upon the Executive Committee's recommendation on Thursday Morning at about 8 a.m. at the same Hilton Oakland Airport.

The staff recommendation is to OPPOSE all seclusion and restraint. This needs client support.

The staff also recommends SUPPORTING the Mental Health America policy of supporting "limited" forced hospitalizations when less restrictive alternatives are not available.

Although this is NOT support of Laura's law, it is a move in the wrong direction.

MHSA has us moving on voluntary & humane services.

I request clients, consumers and our allies to attend these meetings and SUPPORT OPPOSITION TO SECLUSION AND RESTRAINT and OPPOSE ALL FORCED HOSPITALIZATIONS.

Even limited forced hospitalizations is a failed tactic and does not save lives. Crisis hospitalization is extremely expensive.

Also, we need to spend our limited financial resources on voluntary crisis residential facilities and early recovery / wellness interventions.

Please spread the word. Show up early. I think the Client Network position can win if it is heard. But, it needs to be articulately heard.

Click here for CMHPC agendas
Message from the Interim Executive Director
Sharon Kuehn

Sharon Kuehn
Sharon Kuehn shines her light on Client Leadership in California. A passionate educator, she has facilitated Wellness Recovery, Systems Change, Consumer Employment and Healing Trauma in a wide variety of training and technical assistance roles.
Going Forward
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MARTY OMOTO COMMENTARY California Disability Community Action Network ACCOUNTABILITY WITH ACTION
To reply to this report write: MARTY OMOTO at martyomoto@rcip.com WEBSITE: www.cdcan.us TWITTER: www.twitter.com - "MartyOmoto
CDCAN website
October 9, 2010 -GOVERNOR’S LINE ITEM VETO CUTS $133 MILLION FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR SPECIAL ED STUDENTS – SAYS ACTION SUSPENDS AB 3632 SPECIAL EDUCATION MENTAL HEALTH LAW
Advocates Say Suspension of State Law Will Have Sweeping Impact on Thousands of Students With Mental Health Needs Across State
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07/28 2010 -GOVERNOR ORDERS FURLOUGHS UNTIL BUDGET IS ENACTED
California Budget Crisis:
Assembly Budget Subcommittee Rejects Governor's Proposed Elimination of Entire CalWORKS Program, Childcare Funding and $750 million Cut to In-Home Supportive Services
Senate Budget Subcommittee Will Hear These Issues Next Week and Possibly Take Action
SACRAMENTO, CALIF, CDCAN Updated 05/20/2010
California Disability Community Action Network

ACCOUNTABILITY WITH ACTION

Advocacy without borders for the rights of children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, deaf, persons with traumatic brain and other injuries, seniors, workers and organizations who provide or advocate for services and supports. This report and commentary goes out to over 55,000 people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, seniors, community organizations, facilities, workers, policymakers and advocates across the State. Marty Omoto is the director of CDCAN ( California Disability Community Action Network)

Reply to this commentary:

Email: martyomoto@rcip.com Website: www.cdcan.us

PRAYING FOR TIME SACRAMENTO, CALIF
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