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The attorney Tom Behrendt has worked for years in the
cause of civil rights for people with mental disabilities. A past president and
long-time member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Rights
Protection and Advocacy, Behrendt served previously as Legal Director of the
Connecticut Legal Rights Project and he was a founding member of the Special
Litigation and Appeals Unit of the Mental Hygiene Legal Service in New York.
Behrendt's involvements have included work with organizations such as Project
Release, the Free Association, Advocacy Unlimited, and PAIMI (Protection and
Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness).
The collection consists of a wide array of publications and documents relating the psychiatric survivors movement and Behrendt's advocacy work. In addition to materials relating to NARPA conferences and a long run of NARPA's newsletter, The Rights Tenet, the collection includes newsletters and other materials relating to the movement and issues such as electroconvulsive therapy.
Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries