Law Project for Psychiatric Rights: PsychRights  

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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 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.

Currently, due to the massive growth in psychiatric drugging of children and youth and the current targeting of them for even more psychiatric drugging, 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.
ISEPP Annual Conference  
Understanding Trauma: Responding Beyond the Medical Model  
October 9-11, 2015   Friday through Sunday  
Crowne Plaza (Boston/Newton) – Newton MA

Jim Gottstein Handout
Order "The Dr. Was Fooled or Complicit

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

 Laura Delano on Recovering Myself

PsychRights' Medicaid Fraud Initiative

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Recent News/Highlighted Items

  • The "clickable" Whitaker Affidavit
  • Dr. Grace E. Jackson Affidavit, including brain damage
  • PsychRights Channel on YouTube
  • A Guide to Minimal Use of Neuroleptics: Why and How, by Volkmar Aderhold, MD, and Peter Stastny, MD, June 2015.
  • Effect of increased compulsion on readmission to hospital or disengagement from community services for patients with psychosis: follow-up of a cohort from the OCTET trial, by Tom Burns, Ksenija Yeeles, Constantinos Koshiaris, Maria Vazquez-Montes, Andrew Molodynski, Stephen Puntis, Francis Vergunst, Alexandra Forrest, Amy Mitchell, Kiki Burns, Jorun Rugkåsa, The Lancet, October, 2015, Vol 2: 881-890.  "The findings from our 36-month follow-up support our original findings that CTOs do not provide patient benefits, and the continued high level of their use should be reviewed."
  • Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer: Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? By Peter Gøtzsche for the Daily Mail, September 14, 2015.
  • Treatment of Young People With Antipsychotic Medications in the United States, by Mark Olfson, Marissa King, and Michael Schoenbaum, JAMA Psychiatry, July 1, 2015.
  • Feds Pay for Drug Fraud: 92 Percent of Foster Care, Poor Kids Prescribed Antipsychotics Get Them for Unaccepted Uses, by Art Levine, Huffington Post, April 30, 2015.
  • 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
  • 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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