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NCMHR would like your input on priorities for 2020

Dear NCMHR members and friends, below you will find last year’s National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery priorities for policy transformation. I am happy to see protection of civil and human rights was number one. We are seeking your participation (suggestions from outside the US also welcome) in updating these priorities for the coming year. Feel free to share them with your networks.

We need to present our updated policies to our NCMHR Annual meeting to be held online July 20, 7:30-9 PM Eastern US Time , so please comment by July 13th:

Mission of NCMHR:

The overarching priority of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery has been advocating for a recovery-focused mental health system that prevents crisis, protects rights, and promotes wellness, economic empowerment, and social inclusion.

Goal 1: Advocate for the civil and human rights of persons with mental health challenges and trauma histories.

  • Call for full implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Olmstead decision, and ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
  • Promote improved law enforcement responses to persons in distress/crisis. Expand fair and meaningful legal representation for individuals subject to inpatient/outpatient commitment and guardianship hearings.

Goal 2: Increase the availability and accessibility of voluntary supports to prevent crisis and promote recovery and social inclusion.

  • Advocate for the funding and development of peer-run programs, peer-run crisis respites, jail diversion programs, and hospital diversion programs.
  • Promote appropriately funded accessible, affordable, and safe housing, such as Housing First, peer-owned housing, and collective ownership models.
  • Encourage the development of peer-led engagement strategies to prevent the need for coercive interventions that infringe on civil liberties.
  • Address the cycle of poverty through employment and educational opportunities.

Goal 3: Improve conditions and opportunities for people working in peer roles.

  • Advocate for living wages, improved working conditions, and workforce development opportunities.
  • Promote guidelines for provider organizations hiring peer workers.
  • Encourage the development of a national charter of practice standards for peer workers.

Goal 4: Sponsor Alternatives Conferences

  • Plan and manage Alternatives Conferences independent of federal support.

Daniel B. Fisher, MD, PhD
President, NCMHR

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