(00:00:21)Richard Surles, NY Commissioner of Mental Health presents panel on community issues.
(00:00:56)Rabbi Max Wall speaking about prevalence of mental health issues and the need for awareness.
(00:01:24)Susan Yuan from the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) speaks about her son's disability and the need for community.
Was put in touch with the Howard Mental Health Services.
(00:03:04)Alan Rubin, MD, from Given Health Center, speaks about access to services.
(00:03:34)Rita Hunt from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, speaks about her son's mental illness. She and her husband were
very unprepared and concerned about the stigma.
(00:05:07)Dayna Caron, Vermont Consumer Network, talks about individuals' desire for self-advocacy
(00:07:08)Ginny McGrath, Vermont Legal Aid, speaks about bigotry toward homelessness and mental illness
(00:08:33)Howard Mental Health had been requested to open two new residential programs. One program for "people with mental retardation"
leaving the Brandon Training School. The other a set of apartments for people with mental illness and substance abuse who
are currently living in shelters
(00:09:41)Paul Carling works at the Center for Community Change, and will work on a consultant on these two new facilities through Howard
Mental Health. Carling does not believe there will be the same issues of resistance that similar facility openings have faced
in the past. Carling then addresses how the Old North End (neighborhood of Burlington) will not want these homes.
(00:12:54)William Dalton, the Vermont Commissioner of Mental Health, not in favor of Carling's assistance as consultant.
(00:13:19)Peter Clavelle, Mayor of Burlington, says they will plan to meet with people door-to-door to introduce these new homes. Mayor
says the project will not be implemented in the Old North End.Peter Clavelle, Mayor of Burlington, says they will plan to
meet with people door-to-door to introduce these new homes. Mayor says the project will not be implemented in the Old North
(00:14:56)Carling speaks about multiple court actions that have been addressed toward these sites. Issues of segregation, integration,
and where the houses are located. Carling intends to connect with people with disabilities to learn about their needs. Panel
moderator asks Rita Hunt about others' perceptions of her son. Moderator asks Dayna Caron if she was ever considered violent.
(00:19:12)Commissioner Dalton is asked how VT's involuntary commitment law compares to other states. He says it's more difficult to
involuntarily commit someone, because of the strength of consumer-oriented and self-advocacy networks.
(00:19:42)Alan Rubin believes involuntary commitment is sometimes necessary.
(00:21:19)Susan Yuan is asked what the best setting for her son's living environment. She would like to continue to be consulted throughout
the decision-making process.
(00:22:45)Rita Hunt speaks about the best situation for her son.
(00:23:04)Caron speaks about current economic conditions that continue to threaten people with mental illness's integration in society.
(00:24:48)Carling speaks about how the mental health system is changing dramatically, but believes that the greatest change is going
to come from the disability rights movement. A focus on "people first," as citizens.
(00:26:58)Film capture ends. Credits roll. Executive Producer: Paul Engels. Producer/Director: Irene Rea. Camera: Susan Jewett and Irene
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