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Federal Legislation Summary and discussion

Legislative Background on Serious Mental Illness.

Criminalization of mental illness by mental health industry

SAMHSA is largely responsible



































































Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (HR 2646)

HR 2646 proposes an overhaul of the mental health system:

  • Problems with PAIMII (Law Journal Article)
    Mary Zdanowicz Testimony on PAIMI Problems
    Problems with PAIMI (SAMHSA Evaluation of)
    How PAIMII caused death of Amy Bruce

  • HR 2646 takes small step to reform the Institutes for Mental Disease (IMD) Exclusion of Medicaid, which prohibits Medicaid funds from being used for seriously mentally ill adults who need hospitalization. It basically tells states, "if you kick someone with mental illness out of your state hospital, we (the federal government, through Medicaid) will pay half the cost of any community care you provide. So the states lock the front door and kick people out the back to make them Medicaid eligible, no matter how inappropriate the discharge is. HR 2646 makesa narrowly tailored exception to the IMD Exclusion, to remove the federal incentive to provide substandard care.


Michigan radio urges Fred Upton to allow vote on unwatered down bill-MP3 (5 minutes)
Washington Post Endorsement

Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 (S 1945)

Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 (S2002)

AOT Supporters

AOT Results


Violence Briefing

Myths, Opposition, and Impediments to Reform

Myths about AOT
Psychiatry vs. antipsychiatry
Myths about consumers
Myths about medicines
Myths about stigma

Stigma not important
Coercion is Patient Centered
Opposition: NYAPRS
Opposition: We the people
Mental Illness Awareness Week
Big pharma buys psychiatrists

P&A (PAMII/PAIMI) lawyers
National Law Journal
Misinformed advocates
Not everyone recovers
Review: Mad in America
Mindfreedom, Scientology, CCHR

Family Tragedies Mental Illness Reform may have prevented

Aaron Bassler (shot/was shot)
Jenna Ward (sibling)
Peter Earley (parent)
Pat Webdale (daughter murdered)
Morgan Claire (wife)
Karen and James Logan (son shot cops)
Michael Biasotti (police chief)
Brother deinstitutionalization


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