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Healing the Broken MindTransforming America's Failed Mental Health System$
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Timothy A. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748121

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748121.001.0001

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Let the People Speak

Let the People Speak

(p.115) 5 Let the People Speak
Healing the Broken Mind

Timothy A. Kelly

NYU Press

This chapter argues that persons with serious mental illness as well as their families must be given a real voice in policy development and service evaluation. It first considers the old school versus new school of viewing the patient and the doctor before turning to a discussion of mental health advocacy. It then stresses the need for commitment laws to respect human dignity, which simply means asking the patient for feedback upon discharge, and for mental health providers to collaborate with empowered, self-advocating consumers and advocates towards a recovery-oriented, evidence-based, documented care. It also calls on policy makers in the public and private mental health sectors to have a dialogue with consumers and advocates so as to improve mental health services. Finally, it evaluates an integrated versus “carved-out” mental health care system.

Keywords:   mental illness, mental health advocacy, commitment laws, human dignity, mental health providers, consumers, mental health, mental health services, mental health care, policy makers

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