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By learning to protect their own rights and assert their own preferences, individuals with lived experience of mental health conditions can combat discrimination and inadequate or harmful treatment – and they can move past self-advocacy to become catalysts for change on the local, statewide and national levels. This presentation will focus on systems advocacy skills in the context of the consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) movement for social justice.
Power Point presentation by Susan Rogers, Director, The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse. Presented at the DCRC Conference, May 10, 2013.
This section of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website describes the Health Information Privacy Act (HIPAA) and how it affects mental health consumers.
The full text of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act is available here, as well as a report by the National Council on Disability from 2005.
Article found on the Psych Rights Law Project for Psychiatric Rights. It details the laws surrounding issues like involuntary commitment, forced medication, and links to other references.
"The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses through changes in policy and law."
They are an excellent resource for information on laws affecting mental health consumers on issues like housing, advance directives, education, criminal justice, past and present court cases, and more.
How to file a complaint under Title VIII of the Fair Housing Act, on the website of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
List of fact sheets provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights that explain consumers rights to receive services and benefits in programs and activities funded by HHS, without facing unlawful discrimination. Includes fact sheets on Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
A detailed guide to several laws affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities, including psychiatric disabilities. It includes the Americans with Disabilities Act, Telecommunications Act, Fair Housing Act, Rehabilitation Act, and others.
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights: The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States.