The mental health system in the United States is in need of major reform. The piece that follows is a is a vision for congressional legislation. Once passed and signed into law, it will serve as a beacon of hope for nations around the world.
Mental Health Freedom and Recovery Act
Protection of Constitutional Rights
The Mental Health Freedom and Recovery Act will ensure that Constitutional rights are protected for individuals who have been diagnosed with severe mental health conditions.
The act will uphold the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ensure that least restrictive options are made available.
These groups will be involved in every aspect of this legislation, from beginning to end, to ensure it is drafted in a way that addresses the concerns of those who have survived the trauma of treatment from a broken system , with their involvement in all committee hearings until a final bill is passed in both houses of Congress and signed into law.
The act will protect children and youth in Medicaid , foster care and juvenile justice systems by providing treatment options other than drugs – especially drugs that have not been approved for these age groups.
Non-Profit, 501(c)(3) Organizations
The act will make certain that non-profit groups that claim to operate in the best interest of consumers are held accountable to the highest standards of advocacy.
Drugmakers will also pay the costs of all psychiatric drugs used in outpatient care for anyone who is addicted and/or chooses to taper off due to the long-term risks of these drugs, regardless of the time it takes to withdraw slowly and safely .
Mental Health Recovery Centers
The act will make certain that there are unlocked, non-drug (or less-drug) treatment centers that are residential, not institutional, such as Earth House and Soteria-Alaska in each of the states.
The act will promote competition and allow these private recovery centers to serve the needs of citizens who opt for integrative approaches rather than the existing state hospital or conventional psychiatric system by establishing a voucher program whereby freedom of choice will be put into action by Medicaid and Medicare recipients.
Due to the risks involved in conventional psychiatric treatment, no person will be required to show “ compliance ” in order to be eligible to apply for and/or to continue to receive SSI/Medicaid, SSDI/Medicare by opting for safer and more effective treatment .
The act will require the Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans Affairs programs to pay for the costs of integrative approaches for children and adults who are disabled, rather than forcing institutionalization and/or psychiatric drugs.
The act will incorporate Orthomolecular Medicine and other forms of integrative medicine into mainstream treatment for severe mental health conditions.
The act will provide for the study nutrients and herbs - not only in single-form, but in combinations to determine their benefits.
The act will allow us to begin to scratch the surface into the scientific phenomenon of the human brain and the spiritual mystery of the human mind with research into neuroplasticity and epigenetics – two areas that offer enormous potential for hope.
Each state will be required to form a Governor’s Committee or other agency to disseminate information to city, county and state agencies about the risks of psychiatric drugs – to include their use in nursing homes and Medicaid , foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Each state will be required to allow for the study of integrative medicine and nutrition, along with non-drug approaches for recovery from trauma in a juvenile correctional facility.
Each state will be required to allow consumer choice for its citizens who have been diagnosed with severe mental health conditions, to include safe places to overcome a psychosis, withdrawal from psychiatric drugs and centers to learn more about recovery and integrative approaches to achieve mental wellness .
These topics are due top priority at the annual meeting of Governors.
The act will preserve the rights of parents to seek and find the safest and most effective treatments available for their children, including those who suffer from symptoms of autism without threat from the government.
The act will require Medicaid programs to pay for the costs of integrative approaches for children who are disabled, rather than forcing institutionalization and/or psychiatric drugs.
The act will respect freedom of religion as it pertains to the spiritual component of recovery.
The act will respect the right of people who have been diagnosed with severe mental health conditions to achieve sobriety – to pursue withdrawal and abstinence from mind-altering drugs of all kinds, including prescription forms.
The act will respect the predicament of those who are addicted to psychiatric drugs – who have been on large amounts, for long periods of time, and/or in cocktail forms, who may choose to simply reduce harm or not take part in any aspect of psychotropic withdrawal.