1981 Feb. 19
Gary writes thanking Judi for some clippings. He discusses an article he wrote which was published in the New York Sunday News Magazine, which he says has improved his relationships with staff at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, where he works, as well as a report he submitted to the Institutional Review Board.
1981 Feb. 12
Queens (New York, N.Y.) - Gary writes to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center with questions concerning the approval of a new anti-depressant, Wellbatrin, on human subjects. He says that developing minimum standards of acceptability and addressing these concerns are necessary for his continued participation as an IRB member.
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
1980 Mar. 14
Proposing that ECT is used to control patients and that if Creedmoor reframes the procedure as voluntary, then it will be available to those who request it and not foisted upon non-compliant patients as a form of punishment. Communicating the story of an individual who committed suicide after expressing profound frustration and despair at his treatment, which consisted of ECT. Encouraging Creedmoor to... more
1980 Jan. 1
Describing Livingston's appointment as an ombudsman to the Forensic and Admissions units at Creedmoor. Stressing the importance of ex-patients or ex-offenders doing this sort of work from within the system.
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
New York (N.Y.) - On behavioral modification programs and how they benefit patients. Describing the controversy around aversive procedures and efforts to resolve this conflict. Laying out guidelines for trained professionals on how to most appropriately respond to individuals in distress. Emphasizing a focus on relieving suffering of the patient as opposed to momemtarily calming them for the professional's sake. Specif... more