At the same time
The Governor found half a billion ($500,000,000) for bricks and mortar for new psychiatric institutions.
But not a dime for the voice of mental health clients. Again and again.
Please take a moment to show there is international concern.
*BELOW* is a letter to the editor by me that was published today, 6 May 2008, in Eugene, Oregon's daily newspaper, The Register-Guard.
Please read my brief letter.
And then ask Governor Kulongoski in a civil way:
Easy ways to ask the Governor via the web are here:
To read the letter to the editor: The Register-Guard’s recent guest viewpoints and letters about humane alternatives in mental health are appreciated. This community dialogue is healing and necessary.
I’ve studied the history of the mental health system over the centuries. Minor reform is not enough. Reform often results in more money for more of the same. One step to deeper change is to start to listen to the diverse perspectives of mental health consumers, psychiatric survivors and their organizations.
Most of the states support the statewide voice of mental health clients in some way, even if small. Most states fund an office of mental health consumer affairs, a statewide conference or a newsletter to support the empowerment of our citizens who are diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. Many leaders in
Our advocacy group concludes that a top obstacle to real change in
Since Kulongoski took office, his budget item for the statewide voice of mental health clients has been eliminated. The governor has continued to recommend that this funding stay at zero, even while he raised about half a billion dollars to build huge new psychiatric institutions.
Now I hear Kulongoski say that as a superdelegate he may override the majority of Democratic voters in
David W. OaksExecutive directorMindFreedom International