WHISTLEBLOWER WARNS PUBLIC ABOUT ELECTROSHOCK

NEWS RELEASE — February 23, 2001

WHISTLEBLOWER WARNS PUBLIC ABOUT ELECTROSHOCK!

WE’RE ALL URGED TO “ASK THREE MORE QUESTIONS” ABOUT FORCED SHOCK IN NEW YORK STATE PSYCHIATRIC FACILITIES

THIS ANONYMOUS MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORKING FOR THE NEW YORK OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, WARNS PUBLIC OF OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND ELECTROSHOCK.

AND THERE ARE OTHER OMH WHISTLEBLOWERS, TOO.

Support Coalition International has received an anonymous message from a source known to be a long-time mental health professional who works within the New York Office of Mental Health (NY OMH). This individual has worked in OMH for about a decade.

This mental health professional warns that the use of electroshock has spread rapidly within state facilities run by the NY OMH. The use of cajoling, gifts, coercion and force are being used to push shock.

Several other anonymous individuals working in or with the NY OMH have also confirmed this information with Support Coalition International.

The mental health professional read Support Coalition’s alerts, on this web page: http://mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/paul.shtml

The alerts encourage elected officials to ask three questions of the New York Office of Mental Health.

This mental health professional encourages people to ask three ADDITIONAL questions. (Note: Please note that while some attorneys at Mental Hygiene Legal Services have provided shoddy representations, others are providing far more aggressive and professional services.)

MESSAGE FROM ANONYMOUS MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORKING IN NEW YORK OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH, RECEIVED FEBRUARY 23, 2001

I would add a few more questions as follows: >>>>

THREE MORE QUESTIONS:

D. Is it true that medical staff of OMH facilities have begun to use subtle coercion and bribes of coffee, special food that a patient would not normally receive, implied threats e.g., if you agree to E.C.T. OR take this particular drug, we’ll be able to discharge you sooner… with patients who do not possess the rational faculties to make a reasoned decision regarding the consequences of agreeing to such a bribe? And, if this is routinely practiced in OMH facilities, is this not a violation of the law regarding patient’s rights and a violation of their constitutional rights?

E. Is it true that medical staff in OMH facilities, especially in the four OMH forensic hospitals, routinely go to court when they know a judge will rubber stamp a decision to medicate or use forced ECT over the patients objection… with no strong objection from the patient’s legal representative? Do not the Supreme Court Judges hearing Mental Health cases look upon their jobs as less critical and more demeaning, as they have to be heard at the hospital… so that they have to travel to the hospital. And in that capacity, do they not rubber stamp cases, especially medication over objection cases… because the MHLS lacks the budget to hire the numbers of quality expert witnesses that would be needed to balance the patients side out in court?

F. Is it true that the Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS), the group of attorneys who are designated to represent OMH patients in court, will not fully represent the interests of their clients, as they are legally mandated to do, in circumstances where they do not want to anger the particular psychiatrist, clinical director or psychologist, as they routinely see them in court on other cases and want to maintain a collegial relationship rather than create an adversarial situation (which would be in the best interest of their client e.g., to create a strong adversarial situation in any particular case being heard) (especially in smaller facilities like forensic hospitals). The OMH patient’s constitutional rights are therefore severely infringed upon in such practices. And is it also true that MHLS is understaffed (by being under-budgeted) in OMH facilities with the bottom line that they do not have the time or energy to fully represent all their clients?

For more information:

David Oaks, Director
Support Coalition International
454 Willamette, Suite 216
PO Boax 11284
Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA

e-mail: oaks@mindfreedom.org
general info: office@MindFreedom.org
web: http://www.MindFreedom.org
phone: (541) 345-9106
toll free: 1-877-MAD-PRIDE
fax: (541) 345-3737
Support Coalition International is a non-profit federation of grassroots groups in 14 countries winning human rights and alternatives for people labeled with mental disabilities.

MAD PRIDE CELEBRATION — JULY 2001

Comments (1)

BAQBOctober 6th, 2008 at 2:00 am

ECT DESTROYED MY SHORT TERM MEMORY AND OSEM OF THE LONG TERM – 6 TREATMENTSS WAS ALL IT TOOK. tHE PROBLEM THAT CAUSED THE DEPRESSION IS NOT ABLE TO BE SOLVED THIS WAY! tHE WRONG MEMORIES ARE GONE!

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