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 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.  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.   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. 

PsychRights is seeking substantial funding in order to increase its effectiveness.  See, Getting to the Next Level.
Getting to the Next Level
ISEPP Annual Conference
International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry

Do No Harm?  How the Ethics of Psychology and Psychiatry Have Become Unethical
October 11-13, Baltimore, Maryland
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

Law, Alternatives & Change at

Recent News/Highlighted Items

  • PsychRights' Medicaid Fraud Initiative Against Psychiatric Drugging of Children & Youth
  • Forced Drugging Defense Package (Updated to include Affidavit of Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD)
  • Microsoft Word version of pleadings
  • The "clickable" Whitaker Affidavit
  • Dr. Grace E. Jackson Affidavit, including brain damage
  • PsychRights Channel on YouTube
  • MindFreedom International Organizing Guide for Psychiatric Survivors.
  • Survivors’ Panel marks a milestone at 2019 International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Leah M. Ashe, PhD, August 5, 2019.
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 2018 Review Submission by Center for Human Rights of Survivors and Users of Psychiatry (CHRUSP) and the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Law Project For Psychiatric Rights
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