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Our special guests for March 28, 2014, on "Human Rights Demand" Blogtalkradio show are Bob Darby, an advocate for the homeless mentally ill, and Elizabeth L Gaskins, an elder in the Cherokee Nation.
Darby has a B.A. in psychology from Emory University and has attended graduate schools in psychology and theology. He is a former employee of Georgia Regional Hospital, Boston State Hospital, and New Hampshire's Hanover-Darthmouth Hospital. In 1994, he founded Atlanta Food Not Bombs and has been an advocate for the homeless mentally ill for more than twenty years.
Elizabeth Gaskins is a devoted human rights advocate and organizer, radio host of "Native American Affairs - Freemen" on Human Rights Demand.
We will discuss Jerome Murdough, a homeless Marine Corps veteran who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder who was arrested in Riker's Island jail and died there of overheating in a solitary jail cell in February 2014. Bob will discuss how deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill during President Regan's term and simultaneous removal (through lack of funding) for the "safety net" of detoxification centers, group homes and outpatient treatment programs contributed to Murdough's avoidable death and the negligence of America's most vulnerable population. The National Institute of Mental Health (NAMI) says there are 8,100,000 adults in this country with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and a UCLA study found that fifteen percent of people with these diagnoses are homeless.
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Our special guest today on "Human Rights Demand" Blogtalkradio show is Bob Darby. Darby has a B.A. in psychology from Emory University and has attended graduate schools in psychology and theology. He is a former employee of Georgia Regional Hospital, Boston State Hospital, and New Hampshire's Hanover-Darthmouth Hospital. In 1994, he founded Atlanta Food Not Bombs and has been an advocate for the homeless mentally ill for more than twenty years.
Bob will discuss the death of Jerome Murdough, a homeless Marine Corps veteran who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Murdough was arrested in Riker's Island jail and died there of overheating in a solitary confinement cell in February 2014. Murdough essentially baked. Bob explains that deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill during President Regan's term and removal of funding for the "safety net" of detoxification centers, group homes, and outpatient treatment programs contributed to Murdough's avoidable death and the negligence and criminalization of America's most vulnerable population.
This time on Human Potential, Bruce Darling, Executive Director of the NYS Center for Disability Rights and ADAPT organizer joins us to talk about the Community First Choice option in Medicaid, why it matters, what stands in the way of implementing it in New York, what you can do about it, and if time allows, may even share some tales of his legendary feats in the national struggle for disability rights, which have led some police departments to tremble in fear at the mention of his name! You WILL learn from this week's guest, and you may even be able to help an entire state live up to being as forward-thinking as it often claims to be.
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Hosted by criminal defense lawyer Elizabeth Kelley, AuthorChats features in-depth interviews with writers about their recent works. In this episode, she talks with Michael L. Perlin, professor at New York Law School, about his book "A Prescription for Dignity: Rethinking Criminal Justice and Mental Disability Law." As he notes in the Introduction, "I have chosen to title this book "A Prescription for Dignity" because I believe that dignity must be at the core of the entire criminal justice system, and that its absence is even more jarring in cases involving defendants with mental disabilities. I also believe that serious consideration of the perspectives that I focus on in this work -- counsel, international human rights, mental health courts, and alternative jurisprudences -- will serve as a means of infusing more dignity into this process." http://www.elizabethkelleylaw.com
Hosted by criminal defense lawyer Elizabeth Kelley, AuthorChats features in-depth interviews with writers about their recent works. In this episode, she talks with E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about his book "American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System." Dr. Torrey is the founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center.
Reviews of "American Psychosis":"Torrey is the conscience of the country and its most articulate spokesperson when it comes to public mental health care. His latest installment, "American Psychosis," is a scathing analysis of the abject failure of U.S. mental health care policy written in his usual lucid and compelling style. Torrey is the Dorthea Dix of our time." -- Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., President-Elect, American Psychiatric Association; Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute. http://www.elizabethkelleylaw.com
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Clayton Cramer, Mental Health Expert and Author of 'My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill', Obama is pushing for Congress to include more data available for firearm background checks.Would it be a good thing to include mental health records in background checks?How can previous mental health information influence who will be able to purchase firearms?Would this help to prevent future issues and tragedies involving guns?Will this be stripping some people of their rights?.Books, include:'Armed America: The Remarkable Story of How and Why Guns Became as American as Apple Pie', 'Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic.His work helped to help to prove that the book 'Arming America' by Michael Bellesiles was based on fraudulent research.His work has been cited in decisions by the US Supreme Court, numerous state Supreme Courts and US Appell
Clayton Cramer, author of "My brother Ron", the story of his brother. This is a book about the state of mental health in the US.
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