ERIC Number: ED455459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-20
From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speak for Themselves.
National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
This report is based upon testimony submitted by mental health professionals; lawyers; advocates; people with psychiatric disabilities and their families at the National Council of Disability (NCD) hearing about the problems of those with psychiatric disabilities. Many reported of routine use and overuse of psychiatric drugs, often administered against a person's will. Such testimony pointed to the fact that people with psychiatric disabilities are systematically and routinely deprived of their rights and treated as less than full citizens or full human beings. Based on the testimony, the NCD concluded that the manner in which American society treats people with psychiatric problems constitutes a national emergency. Their recommendations all follow the same principle that people with psychiatric disabilities are first of all citizens who have the right to expect that they will be treated according to the principles of law that apply to all other citizens. Recommendations address the topics of forced drugging; individual rights; appropriate alternatives to care; availability of rehabilitation programs; and placement out of correctional institutions for juvenile offenders. Included are a glossary of terms and one appendix. (JDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Civil Liberties, Correctional Institutions, Hearings, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Outcomes of Treatment, Psychiatric Hospitals, Psychiatric Services, Public Policy
National Council on Disability, 1331 F St., NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20004-1107. Tel: 202-272-2004; Tel: 202-272-2074 (TTY); Fax: 202-272-2022. For full text: http://www.ncd.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.