(FWD) DENDRITE: RESIST forced outpatient psych. drugs! E-mail now!

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@arcos.org)
Sun, 05 Apr 1998 18:58:23 -0400


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From: Support Coalition - David Oaks <dendron@efn.org>
To: dendrite@efn.org
Subject: DENDRITE: RESIST forced outpatient psych. drugs! E-mail now!

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DENDRITE: win human rights in psychiatry
April 5, 1998: Please copy and forward

        RESIST FORCED OUTPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC DRUGGING, NOW!

        E-MAIL YOUR LETTER TO THE EDITOR -- *URGENTLY*

        E-MAIL FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!

A Vermont psychiatric survivor human rights activist is calling for
letters to the editor to be e-mailed, on an urgent basis, to stop the
push there for more forced psychiatric drugging.

These newspapers just ran an awful editorial endorsing forced
outpaient psychiatric drugging. You can e-mail from anywhere -- show
that the whole world is watching! (Not on e-mail? Write or fax.)

THE GOVERNMENT CAN APPEAR AT *YOUR* DOOR.  RESIST!

More than 35 USA states have, in the past decade, quietly passed laws
allowing a court to order *you* to be forcibly drugged on an
outpatient basis with powerful psychiatric drugs, even if you are
living in your own home, out in the community. Vermont may be next.

Forced outpatient psychiatric drugging is a profound violation of
fundamental values of liberty. Imagine: If you don't show up for your
drugs, the government can even appear at your door and order you to
have injections, full of mind-numbing chemicals which can kill,
addict and cause brain damage leading to worse emotional problems
than you started with. This is big government at its worst.

This past week, the Vermont State Legislature took steps toward
passing a law allowing citizens there to be more easily forcibly
drugged on an outpatient basis: S. 103.

One of the key leaders of the opposition to this "Chemical Crusade"
is Morgan W. Brown, a psychiatric survivor activist in Vermont from
Another Way (a Sponsoring Group of Support Coalition). Media has been
covering Morgan's leadership. This New England homeless man has
turned into the Paul Revere of mental liberty! Support him now!

Morgan has issued a human rights alert, copied at bottom. You will
find two e-mail addresses for Vermont newspapers. Please e-mail a
note, even a brief note, opposing forced outpatient psychiatric
drugging.  Include your mailing address and phone number for
confirmation. Try to stick to a word limit of about 250. E-mail from
wherever you are, NOW! This is urgent!

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HERE ARE THE TWO E-MAIL ADDRESSES TO USE FOR LETTERS TO EDITOR

"Attention to the Editors" at the:

Rutland Herald: rherald@sover.net

Times Argus: timesargus@aol.com

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e-mail COPY of your note to: morganbrown@hotmail.com

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More details are in Morgan's alert, below:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 1998 12:10:05 EDT
From: Morgan Brown <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Subject: VT; S.103; Editorial - "Serving The Mentally Ill"
         - Letters urgently needed now!

*Alert*

Re: Vermont; S.103 -- the forced drugging bill; Editorial; Letters
needed urgently by opponents and our supporters

Hello,

Below fyi is an Editorial on S.103 -- the forced drugging bill which
I thought may be of interest to you and others you may know.

If you and others are so inclined, there is an urgent need to have
Letters To The Editor sent on this ASAP. If you do send one and you
are comfortable sending me a c.c. of it too, please send c.c. to:

e-mail COPY of your note to: morganbrown@hotmail.com

We need to need to keep the pressure up and the debate alive with our
voices loudly heard now before the bill's proponents try to walk away
with public opinion in their back pocket with the assistance of those
members of the press who hold a strong bias to having us locked up and
drugged up in the name of humane medical treatment and as if it is an
"act of kindness for patients..." With your continued support, we can
keep fighting this battle as we need to.

I also have an added note at the bottom of this message following the
forwarded Editorial which pretains to it.

Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA
Norsehorse's Home Turf: http://members.tripod.com/~Norsehorse/

------------Forwarded Editorial---------------

The Sunday Rutland Herald & The Sunday Times Argus

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AGAIN, HERE ARE THE TWO E-MAIL ADDRESSES TO USE FOR LETTERS TO EDITOR

Attention to the Editors at the:

Rutland Herald: rherald@sover.net

Times Argus: timesargus@aol.com

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If you'd prefer to post your letters:

"Send Your Letters"

Sunday Letters
P O Box 707
Barre Vt 05641

or fax to: (802)479-4032

Note: "Letters that are deemed libelous or in poor taste will not be
published. All letters are subject to minor editing for clarity and
brevity."

HERE'S THE AWFUL EDITORIAL -- PLEASE E-MAIL IN YOUR RESPONSE!

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The Sunday Rutland Herald and The Sunday Times Argus

Sunday, April 5, 1998

Section C Page 2

Editorial

Serving The Mentally Ill

As Vermont has moved more patients from the Vermont State Hospital in
Waterbury to receive care in their communities, the state has had to
adjust its procedures to allow for care where and when it is needed.

A bill passed last week by the House ought to make less cumbersome the
process of involuntary medication for mentally ill patients living in
the community.

Debate on the bill was anguishing because many lawmakers did not want to

trammel the rights of the mentally ill by unnecessarily subjecting them
to unwanted medication. It sometimes happens, however, that involuntary
medication is necessary, and the bill takes into account the fact that
many patients who once lived at Waterbury now receive their treatment in

their home towns.

At present, people subject to involuntary medication must be transported

to Waterbury for a hearing before a hearing officer who is an employee
of the Department of Mental Health. Under the bill, patients would have
a hearing in their local family courts and would receive their
medication at local hospitals.

Opponents argued that making treatment easier would allow the state to
extend its hold people's lives and to inflict unwanted medication on
more people. But treatment is not an act of malevolence, and making
treatment easier does not extend injustice. Making treatment easier is
an act of kindness for patients and family members.

Treatment would still be subject to court action, though the bill would
change the standard for review. At present, the hearing officer is
required to act on the basis of what he believes the patient would have
wanted. Under the new law, a family court judge could determine that,
even if in a lucid moment a patient expressed the desire not to receive
medication, that desire could be set aside if it were in the best
interest of the patient.

Opponents argued this change would subvert the will of the patient.
Supporters of the bill say that sometimes conscientious medical
professionals must act counter to the will of a patient in the grip of
psychosis or other damaging condition.

Rod Copeland, commissioner of mental health, noted that the bill would
affect only 20 or so Vermonters who are subjected to involuntary
medication. But that number does not minimize the highly charged nature
of these cases, nor the dire consequences when cases are mishandled.

That's why legislators on both sides of the issue had a hard time
grappling with this bill. In the end they made the right decision.

--------End of forwarded Editorial------------

*Note from Morgan: Among the above Editorial, the writer falsely
states: "At present, people subject to involuntary medication must be
transported to Waterbury for a hearing before a hearing officer who
is an employee of the Department of Mental Health."

This statement is incorrect and misinformed, along with other
conclusions reached at by the writer in which they articulate the
paper's position.

The hearing officer is NOT an employee of the DDMHS. Testimony before
the House Judiciary Committee by one of the hearing officers who hear
the "J.L." cases, in the  administrative process alluded to, indicated
that they are not employees of the Agency of Human Services of which the

DDMHS is a department of. The hearing officer is a staff member of the
Human Services Board, which if I understood correctly, is an independent

free standing entity that hears complaints brought by clients of the
departments of the Agency of Human Services.

It was also brought out in testimony that the Human Services Board is
under funded or possibly never allotted additional funding to hear or
investigate the applications to force drug in the "J.L." cases. Yet,
the DDMHS and other proponents of S.103 have misrepresented how the
"J.L." hearings are done and the results, etc., as if it is a problem
with the process or the Human Services Board itself, etc., as
usual-no surprises there.

The J.L." decree was a compromise that was reached after a class action
law suit was brought against the Department of Mental Health, which, in
my opinion, they appear to have signed in order to get free of the law
suit at the time; since, they turned right around and fought in the
courts-the courts upheld "J.L." and, also they have been fighting to rid

themselves of "J.L." in various forms of legislation since 1991 under
Vermont's glazed "Golden Dome". I and many others should know, we have
been following all of this very closely for a long time.

Morgan

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Campaign to RESIST Forced Outpatient Psychiatric Drugging...

... is a project of Support Coalition International, an alliance of
65 groups in eight countries. DENDRITE is the e-mail alert system for
the coalition. DENDRON is the newsjournal (issue #39 is packed with
info about forced outpatient psychiatric drugging).

Watch DENDRITE in the next few days about ways *YOU* can be part of
this campaign, and join Support Coalition!

Protest with Morgan in Washington, D.C.!

National protest against forced psychiatric drugging in Washington,
D.C. morning of May 2 (counterprotest to US government's "Walk the
Walk"). Join activists and protest speakers Morgan Brown, David Oaks,
Persimmon Blackbridge, Sue Parry, Sally Clay, Vicki Wieselthier
(protest organizer) and many many others in Washington, D.C. in
Support Coalition's protest at Freedom Plaza, the morning of
Saturday, May 2!!! Spread the word! Be there!  For info, news
release, logistics, e-mail: Protest@madnation.org   Or check out web
site: www.madnation.org/MadMarch

AND JOIN SUPPORT COALITION TODAY! On-line membership drive begins
this week! For more information, and to get Dendron #39, e-mail your
postal mailing address to Support Coalition at:  dendron@efn.org  Or
check out web site: www.efn.org/~dendron

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