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


PsychRights' Medicatid Fraud Initiative


Psychiatric Drugging of Children & The Elderly




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Recent News/Highlighted Items

  • The "clickable" Whitaker Affidavit
  • Dr. Grace E. Jackson Affidavit, including brain damage
  • PsychRights Channel on YouTube
  • Bret Bohn Page on PsychRights (Court documents and media coverage)
  • Revisiting a debate: Does psychiatry overmedicate? by Stacey Burling, The Philadelphia Enquirer, April 10, 2014.
  • The Drugging of the American Boy, Esquire, by Ryan D'Agostino, March 27, 2014.
  • Department of Justice letter stating asking about psychiatric diagnosis on bar application violates federal law, January 21 2014.
  • A psychiatrist thinks some patients are better off without antipsychotic drugs, by Sandra Steingard, The Washington Post, December 9, 2013.
  • J.&J. to Pay $2.2 Billion in Risperdal Settlement, by Katie Thomas, The New York Times, November 4, 2013.
  • Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations Allegations Include Off-label Marketing and Kickbacks to Doctors and Pharmacists, Department of Justice, November 4, 2013.
  • Doctors: Anti-psychotic meds overused for dementia, kids, USA Today, September 21, 2013.
  • Seventh Circuit Rules Psychiatrists Commit Medicaid Fraud By Prescribing Psychiatric Drugs Off-Label to Children, August 29, 2013.
  • Opinion in Ex rel Watson v. King-Vassel, August 28, 2013.
  • 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
  • Allen Jones' Full Whistle-Blower Report on Drug Company influence on states' drug purchases.
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