Law Project for Psychiatric Rights: PsychRights  

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PsychRights has  gotten as far as it can through the pro bono efforts of its founder James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq., and Mr. Gottstein is regrettably  no longer financially able to devote himself to PsychRights on a volunteer basis.  PsychRights is seeking substantial funding to further pursue its mission.   See, Getting to the Next Level.

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 litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40's and 50's on behalf of African American civil rights.  The public mental health system is creating a huge class of chronic mental patients through forcing them to take ineffective, yet extremely harmful drugs.
Getting to the Next Level

Due to the pervasive psychiatric drugging of children and youth, PsychRights has made attacking this problem a priority.  Children are virtually always forced to take these drugs because it is the adults in their lives who are making the decision.  This is an unfolding national tragedy of immense proportions.  As part of its mission, PsychRights
is further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging interventions against their will.

National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA)
Annual Rights Conference--Balitmore, Maryland
September 26-29, 2018, Inner Harbor Holiday Inn
International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychology (ISEPP)
Annual Conference--Toronto, Canada
October 19, 21-2018
Schizophrenia Drugs Reduce Recovery Rates from 80% to 5%

Role of Litigation in a Strategic Approach
to Mental Health System Change 

The Psychiatric Drugging of Children & Elderly

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Recent News/Highlighted Items

  • Affidavit of Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD
  • The "clickable" Whitaker Affidavit
  • Dr. Grace E. Jackson Affidavit, including brain damage
  • PsychRights Channel on YouTube
  • Treatment Planning and Medication Monitoring Were Lacking for Children in Foster Care Receiving Psychotropic Medication, by the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September 17, 2018.
  • Disability Rights Maine Complaints Lead to First Steps In Stopping the Criminalization of Mental Illness In the Lewiston-Auburn Area, August 30, 2018.
  • Patterns of Early Mental Health Diagnosis and Medication Treatment in a Medicaid-Insured Birth Cohort, by Dinci Pennap, MPH; Julie M. Zito, PhD; Paramala J. Santosh, MD, PhD; Sarah E. Tom, PhD; Eberechukwu Onukwugha, PhD; Laurence S. Magder, PhD, JAMA Pediatrics, doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0240.
  • Psychotherapy v. Medications: Let us Court the Ways, National Alliance of Professional Psychological Providers, Feb, 2017, Vol 12 No. 2.
  • Opinion: Misguided mental health system needs an overhaul, by Jim Gottstein, January 13, 2016, Alaska Dispatch News.
  • Escape from British Columbia, Rob Wipond, Focus, November-December, 2016.
  • Exploring Psychiatry’s “Black Hole”: The International Institute on Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, by Kermit Cole with videos from the Conference on PsychoPharmaceuticals: Risks and Alternatives: a Scientific Symposium, in Gothenburg Sweden, October 8, 2016, sponsored by the Extended Therapy Room and the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal.
  • New Video: Schizophrenia Drugs Reduce Recovery Rates from 80% to 5%, October 7, 2016.
  • The Case Against Antipsychotics: A Review of Their Long-term Effects, by Robert Whitaker, Mad In America Foundation, July, 2016.
  • Precursors to suicidality and violence on antidepressants: systematic review of trials in adult healthy volunteers, by Andreas Ø Bielefeldt, Pia B Danborg, and Peter C Gøtzsche, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine; 2016, Vol. 109(10) 381–392.
  • Lawsuit filed on behalf of psychiatric patients claiming they were isolated nearly 24/7 for nearly a year, by Holly Michels, Billings Gazette, September 16, 2016.
  • Is the Evidence Strong Enough to Warrant Long-Term Antipsychotic Use in Compulsory Outpatient Treatment? by Shawn S. Barnes, M.D., and Nicolas Badre, M.D., Psychiatric Services 67:7 (2016).
  • PsychRights letter to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Planning Committee, June 15, 2016.
  • PsychRights and Committee for Truth in Psychiatry submission to FDA opposing reclassification of electroshock machines, March 25, 2016.
  • The Search for Schizophrenia Genes: Larger and larger samples are showing smaller and smaller effect sizes. What does this mean for drug development, clinical practice, and our view of mental illness? by Jonathan Leo, Slate, February 5, 2016.
  • PsychRights' Open Letter to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R Alaska), January 21, 2013.
  • PsychRights' Letter to the President's Task Force on Gun Violence, January 7, 2013.
  • Unsealed or Otherwise Formerly Confidential Documents
  • Forced Drugging of Bill Bigley
  • One Drug, Two Faces, New York Times, March 25, 2008.
  • The Zyprexa Papers Scandal
  • Involuntary Commitment and Forced Psychiatric Drugging in the Trial Courts: Rights Violations as a Matter of Course, by James B. (Jim) Gottstein, 25 Alaska L. Rev.  51 (2008).
  • How the Legal System Can Help Create a Recovery Culture in Mental Health Systems, presented at Alternatives 2005: Leading the Transformation to Recovery, Phoenix, Arizona, October 28, 2005.
  • Report on Multi-Faceted Grass-Roots Efforts To Bring About Meaningful Change To Alaska's Mental Health Program
  • Bigley v. Alaska Psychiatric Institute, S-13116, Alaska Supreme Court Opinion No. 6374, May 22, 2009.
  • Wetherhorn v. Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Opinion No. 6091, ruling Alaska's gravely disabled criteria unconstitutional (requiring the state prove the person unable to survive safely in freedom).
  • Myers v. Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Opinion No. 6021, June 30, 2006, ruling Alaska's forced psychiatric drugging regime unconstitutional.
  • MindFreedom Shield Program
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