Two days ago we posted about the draconian mental health law proposed by Rep. Murphy. Michael Bailey, Past President of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has listed some talking points to argue against the act and also urges you to TAKE ACTION NOW by calling your members of congress and urging them not to touch this horrid legislation with a 10 foot pole.Remember,hidden in most bad mental health legislative proposals is a requirement for forced drugging, which is a sly way congressional hacks support the big pharmaceutical companies. Nothing is more in violation of the ADA than that. Keep telling Congress “NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US!”
From Michael Bailey:
Here are some talking points that can be used to succinctly convey reasons to oppose Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013.
The big thing is to get calls into House offices with the simple message of “please do not cosponsor Representative Murphy’s, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013.” Check http://www.house.gov for a list of Members and call 202-224-3121 to be transferred to a Member’s office if you just know the name and not their phone number. Just leave the message above with the person that answers the phone, if you want to get into more detail feel free to use the following talking points, but the key point is to say don’t cosponsor the legislation so we get numbers of people calling in with this message.
· Representative Murphy’s legislation will reduce funding for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program by about 85% leaving individuals with mental illness no independent advocates to help address the myriad of issues they face every day.
· Representative Murphy’s legislation will make it easier to discriminate against people with mental illness in housing, employment, and education, and lead to fewer individuals receiving the treatment they need.
· In its 30 year history, the PAIMI program has been highly successful assisting people with mental illness and should continue to have the broadest authority possible to ensure people with disabilities are free from abuse and neglect and receive the services and supports they need.