Law Project for
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
(Psychrights) was incorporated on November
and as it approaches its first year it is a good time to recap PsychRights'
accomplishments, ongoing work and goals for 2004.
National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) Conference
in November, 2002, and (i) gave an off-program presentation on
Psychrights' "Unwarranted Court Ordered Medication: A Call to Action,"
and (ii) met and formed relationships with Robert Whitaker, author of
Mad in America; Loren Mosher,
former Chief of Schizophrenia Studies at the National Institute of Mental
Health; and Michael Perlin, professor of law at New York Law School, pre-eminent
expert in mental health law.
Robert Whitaker up in December, 2002, to give presentations to (i) the
Alaska Mental Health Board, (ii) Alaska Psychiatric Institute staff and
other interested psychiatrists, and (iii) the Alaska Community Mental
Health Services Association.
PsychRights' technical assistance efforts in February, 2003, by posting
relevant scientific research by topic on its website. http://psychrights.org/Research/Digest/Researchbytopic.htm.
successful four month all-out legal battle to free Faith Myers from the
Alaska Psychiatric Institute without being subjected to a forced drugging
order, starting in late February, 2003 and ending on July 3, 2003, with the Petition for Involuntary
Administration of Psychotropic Medication being dismissed with prejudice.
501(c)(3), tax-exempt, publicly supported charity status approval in
April, 2003, from the Internal Revenue Service in an Advance Determination
opening brief in August, 2003, to the Alaska Supreme Court in a
potentially precedent-setting appeal in the
Myers Case challenging the
State's right to forcibly drug someone without showing it was in their
profile support and work on behalf of the
Fast for Freedom in Mental
Health in August, 2003.
on very well received Mental Health Disability Law Seminar by Michael Perlin and Robert Whitaker in
Alaska in September,
an Internet listserv for mental health legal issues.
establishing a network of people around the country to further
PsychRights' work., including psychiatrists and other mental health
professionals, attorneys, organizations and
some assistance or advice in approximately 40 separate cases around the
collaborative effort with MindFreedom/Support Coalition International.
compiling a state by state legal and resource guide on PsychRights' website.
over $41,000 in donations, grants, registrations and other revenue
Center for the Study of
Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP) Annual Conference, which was founded by
Dr. Peter Breggin in October, 2003.
Reply Brief and present oral argument to Alaska Supreme Court in the
potentially precedent-setting appeal challenging the state's right to
forcibly drug someone without showing it was in their best interest.
PsychRights' progress and prospects at the annual NARPA conference in
and appeal selective cases.
to develop technical assistance materials.
assistance and advice in other cases around the country.
networking and organizing efforts around the country.
enough funding to hire an attorney and Executive Director.
major legal initiatives started in at least two other states.
at least two major cases in
collaborative relationships with organizations/groups in at least 6