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Taking Power to the People:               
Knowledge Plus Action           

NARPA Rights Conference -- 2000 WORKSHOPS*

(November 8-11, 2000 Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento)

Wednesday, November 8, 2000

7:15 - 8:30 - The Politics of Memory: Ex-patient Perspectives on the History of U.S. Mental Health Services - Pat Deegan    

Pat Deegan, Ph.D., is Director of Training at the National Empowerment Center. For the past three years, she has been working with other ex-patients to discover, recover and celebrate ex-patient history. Her research has lead her into the old vaults and wards of state mental institutions in order to capture images and stories that have rarely been seen by the public. She will share some of these images and stories during the slide show and will reflect on the liberating praxis of a mad-peoples' history of madness. Dr. Deegan is also an independent consultant and has given keynote addresses, lectures, and workshops across the United States, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. She specializes in developing trainings and lectures on the concrete application of the concepts of recovery and Empowerment. Her papers have been translated into Spanish, Hebrew, French, Dutch, Norwegian, and German.

8:30 - 10:00 PM - Reception and buffet dinner

Thursday, November 9, 2000

7:30 - 8:30 - Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 - Featured Presentation - Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Panel

Sally Zinman, Moderator - Director, California Network of Mental Health Clients; Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services; Kim L. Darrow, J.D., New York Mental Hygiene Legal Services; Yvette Sangster, Executive Director, Advocacy Unlimited (Connecticut); Tom Behrendt, J.D., Connecticut Legal Rights Project

A distinguished panel of attorneys and advocates will discuss the alarming increase in the use of involuntary outpatient commitment, and the promotion and expansion of commitment criteria, using New York's new Kendra's Law as an example. The panel will also address strategies to fight back against involuntary outpatient commitment particularly at the state and, most recently, the federal level. How IOC was defeated in the California and Connecticut legislatures through the efforts of advocates will also be discussed.

Workshops I  (Thursday 10:30 AM to noon)

Thursday 12:00 - 1:30 PM

12:00 - 1:15 - Luncheon Presentation: 

Native American Analysis of the Mental Health Industry or How to Survive a Holocaust.

Susan Paulson, M.P.H.,  enrolled member of the three affiliated tribes, Fort Berthold Reservation, ND,  Executive Director, Native American Institute for Family and Child Services, mother of two, grandmother of two; Pemina Yellow Bird, enrolled member three affiliated tribes Fort Berthold Reservation, consultant National Empowerment Center, author, mother of four, grandmother of six.

Workshops II  (Thursday 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM)

Workshops III  (Thursday 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM)

Friday, November 10, 2000

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast

Friday 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM -- Plenary

Featured Presentation - Cultural Competency Panel - Rachel Guerrero, L.C.S.W., Office of MultiCultural Services, Department of Mental Health, California; Stoney Polman, M.A., C.R.C., L.P.C., Resource Center for Perons with Disabilities, Michigan State University, Jacki McKinney, National People of Color Consumer/Survivor Network.
Moderator: Stacie Hiramoto, M.S.W., Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs, N.A.S.W.-California, NARPA Board member

This panel will address our still lagging knowledge curve concerning people from diverse cultural backgrounds. While much progress has been made in this area, we as a country and as a civil rights movement have still not achieved the level of cultural awareness, sensitivity, and action that is required of us as human beings and as advocates for consumers, survivors, and ex-patients. Please join this panel of knowledgeable and respected advocates as they provide answers to provocative questions and practical strategies to becoming a movement that is inclusive of people of color.

Workshops IV (Friday 10:30 AM to noon)

Friday, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Featured Presentation - Jacki McKinney, National People of Color Consumer/Survivor Network

Jacki Mckinney, M.S.W., is a survivor of trauma and the psychiatric and criminal justice systems. She is a family advocate specializing in isues affecting African-American women and their children and is a founding member of the People of Color Network. Jacki has been a consultant and advisor to the Center for Mental Health Services and has engaged in numerous dialogues where she has given voice to the concerns of c/s/x and people of color. Jacki is well-known for the powerfully moving and inspiring talks she has presented to national audiences.

Workshops V  (Friday 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM)

3:45 - 4:30     NARPA Annual Membership Meeting
4:30 - 6:30     NARPA Board Meeting

Friday evening, 8:00 PM   

Continuation of workshop / discussion, Are You Fit to Marry? - facilitated by Pat Deegan, Ph.D.

"Mad Pride" Caucus: Resist globalization of corporate psychiatry - A hands-on discussion about actions to stop forced psychiatry, with a special focus on international actions scheduled for July 2001. All are welcome. Facilitator: David Oaks, Director, Support Coalition International.

Saturday, November 11, 2000

8:00 - 8:30 - Breakfast

Saturday 8:30 - 10:00 AM - Featured Presentation

Michael Perlin - The Right of Institutionalized Persons with Mental Disabilities to Voluntary Sexual Interaction: Beyond the Last Frontier?

The question of the right of institutionalized persons with mental disabilities (or those so perceived) to engage in consensual sexual activity is one of the most threatening to be raised to clinicians, mental health line workers, administrators, advocates, attorneys, or family members. The taboos and stigmas attached to sexual behaviors are inevitably heightened when coupled with and conflated with stereotypes of the meaning of mental disability. This question must be considered from, simultaneously, legal, clinical, social answer, administrative, political, and behavioral perspectives. It is impossible to understand the complexities of the topic without considering the pervasive impact of "sanism" (an irrational prejudice of the same quality and character of other irrational prejudices that cause and are reflected in prevailing social attitudes of racism, sexism, homophobia and ethnic bigotry) and "pretextuality" (ways that social and legal institutions accept and encourage, either implicitly or explicitly, testimonial dishonesty, especially on the part of experts) on developments in this area.

In the past four decades, a sexual revolution changed the way we think about gender, sex roles, personal relationships, and sexual expression. The last thirty years have seen a legal civil rights revolution affect the way that we think about persons with mental disabilities, both in institutional and community settings. Advocates can help direct attention to the relationship between these two revolutions...

Michael Perlin, J.D., is a Professor of Law at the New York Law School. He litigated landmark cases such as Rennie v. Klein. His three-volume treatise, Mental Disability Law: Civil and Criminal, won the 1990 Walter Jeffords Writing Prize and his Jurisprudence of the Insanity Defense won the Manfred Guttmacher Award of the American Psychiatric Association as the best book of the year in law and forensic psychiatry in 1994-1995. Michael's most recent book is "The Hidden Prejudice: Mental Disability on Trial."

Workshops VI  (Saturday 10:30 AM to 12 noon)


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