Chamberlin, Judi, 1944-2010
An article about the use of words by psychiatrists and mental health workers to conceal the poor treatment of mental patients.
Perlin, Michael L., 1946-
New Jersey - Discussing the Patients' Bill of Rights, in which mental patients have the right to refuse medication, be free of corporal punishment, not be subject to experimental research or treatment, and be free from physical restraint and isolation. There are also steps in place to determine the necessity of electroshock treatment if a patient is adjudicated incompetent.
1978 June 25
Palm Beach (Fla.) - Detailing the experiences in psychiatric hospitals of three women: Judi Chamberlin, author of "On Our Own", Sally Zinman, head of the Florida Mental Patients' Rights Association, and Tanya Temkin of Network Against Psychiatric Assault in San Francisco. They also talk about patients' rights. A related story discusses steps being taken to improve patients' rights at the Comprehensive Community Mental He... more
1981 Jan. 4
New York (N.Y.) - Gary describes his role as ombudsman, which means that he protects the rights of patients in Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and acts as mediator in cases where treatment grievances arise on individual and staff levels. He talks briefly about his own history as psychiatric inmate after shooting his parents, explains how psychiatrists warned that he was still dangerous, but that since then Gary and his pa... more
1979 Aug. 27
New York (N.Y.) - On a specific case of institutional abuse concerning seven incarcerated women submitted to inhumane conditions, forced drugging and other forms of psychiatric control. Describing S.T.E.A.D.Y. (Steps Toward Eventual Acceptance of a Disciplined You), a behavior modification program used by the Matteawan state mental hospital. Examining the national significance of the case.
1980 July 1
Jacobs, John, 1950-2000
San Francisco (Calif.) - Relating the testimony given at the state Department of Health on the shortcomings of the Lantermen-Petris-Short act. On involuntary commitment, the over prescription of psychotropic drugs and the various dehumanizing experiences of institutionalized persons. Leonard Roy Frank is mentioned as a representative of the Bay Area Committee for Alternatives to Psychiatry.
1979 Dec. 6
Washington (D.C.) - On the success of the class action suit against Boston State Hospital filed in an attempt to stop forced drugging and seclusion in non-emergency situations. Including negative reactions from APA Counsel Joel Klein and doctors from local psychiatric facilities.
1979 Sept. 3
New York (N.Y.) - On the story of Henry Tucker; a penitentiary inmate in Virginia who, after being diagnosed schizophrenic, was subjected to forced drugging which resulted in paralysis. After Tucker's situation was brought to the attention of the press by a medical worker, the American Civil Liberties Union took on his case and won on the grounds of negligence, medical malpractice and violation of civil rights.
1980 Feb. 14
Cleveland (Ohio) - Detailing a wrongful death suit seeking a ban on shock therapy treatment.