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1 Amplify! THANK YOU! Co-Sponsors and Supporters of Today's Event: The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Cascadia Behavioral Health Peer & Wellness Services MindFreedom International Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition (OCSC) Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA) Opal Network Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Services (AMH) Oregon State Independent Living Council (SILC)

2 Amplify! Build Alliances to AMPLIFY the Voice of Mental Health Clients Portland, Oregon 22 August 2011

3 Amplify! Draw on the Strengths of the Cross-Disability Movement to Empower Mental Health Consumers and Psychiatric Survivors

4 David W. Oaks Psychiatric survivor Executive Director: MindFreedom International Board member: Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition United States International Council on Disability

5 Opal Whiteley What is the Opal Network? And who was Opal Whiteley anyway?

6 Psychiatric Survivor/Consumer In a nutshell: What's story of the psychiatric survivor/mental health consumer movement?

7 The Bridge Builders Who has helped build bridges between "cross disability" and psychiatric rights?

8 Rae Unzicker & Justin Dart

9 Judi Chamberlin

10 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. It may well be that our world is in dire need of a new organization: "The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment."

11 Accomplishments! What are some of the milestones of this collaboration between these social change movements?

12 Olmstead victory Olmstead v. L.C US Supreme Court Sue Jamieson (attorney) Elaine Wilson (middle) Lois Curtis (right)

13 NCD Executive Summary National Council on Disability “blueprint” in 2000: Mental health systems need to be voluntary Give rights to those with psychiatric labels Treatment should = healing, not punishment Make consumer/survivor-driven alternatives to traditional mental health systems a priority

14 United Nations Rights? What rights? The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

15 What is Community Organizing? Elements of community organizing: Organizational mileage Decide. Act. Win. Grow Cross-issue unity.

16 Story of Origins Opal Network: Applied community organizing! Fairly easy Opal victories: Meeting with elected officials Panels and speakers Brainstorms and speak outs Films

17 Oregon's Story The state-wide story: Amplifying the voice of Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition (OCSC)

18 Exciting Potential! Far, far more Peer Delivered Services in mental health!

19 Bjo Ashwill MS, LPC - Counselor for Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA)

20 Unification Misused authority and power are our common enemy

21 A Brief History The blending of cross disabilities and mental health consumer / survivor issues follows the excellent gains of other movements

22 Common Concerns

23 Medication side effects Employment issues Housing problems

24 Common Concerns Transportation issues Problems with the traditional medical model Lack of empowerment

25 Common Concerns Institutionalization Family & friends Cultural biases And many, many more!

26 The Selling of a New Event Remember Opal Whiteley

27 Nothing About Us Without Us!

28 Consumer/Survivors Who are we?

29 Consumer/Survivors Opal in action.

30 Consumer/Survivors What concerns have they voiced at Opal Network meetings? Are their concerns being addressed?

31 What Can You Do? When you return home: Tips and suggestions for collaborating state-wide

32 Opal Training Institute THANK YOU! Co-Sponsors and Supporters of Today's Event: The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Cascadia Behavioral Health Peer & Wellness Services MindFreedom International Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition (OCSC) Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA) Opal Network Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Services (AMH) Oregon State Independent Living Council (SILC)


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