How to fix trauma after natural disasters
Edward Duff is a Joplin tornado survivor and has an incredible story about trauma after natural disasters. Joplin is about three days by bike or three hours by car from Kansas City. On May 22, 2011, 5:41 pm, Joplin was hit by a huge tornado that wiped out an entire half mile by one mile strip of the city and damaged up to 70% of the buildings in other parts of the city. Edward says, “The worst thing about that tornado was in the aftermath, we’d be walking around what used to be
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Peer Support Agencies Fit Republican Values and Save States Money
In 2003 the Peer Support Agencies in New Hampshire faced a 60% budget cut. This is story of how grassroots advocacy restored that funding by showing how our programs save the state money. This story is extremely urgent today as Kansas almost lost funding for their peer support agencies, which are called Consumer Run Organizations, or CRO’s.
Kansas did lose all funding for their statewide network of people in recovery, which coordinates a national recognized advocacy training called the leadership academy, a truma-informed care grant, and the annual recovery conference.
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People with disabilities faced forced confinement in many situations and are rapidly filling nursing homes
Marca Bristo fought along Justin Dart to help pass the Olmsted Act to prevent forced confinement
The Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice has threatened to sue the state of New Hampshire where people are allegedly facing forced confinement in nursing homes. These are people with mental illness labels who are are medically able to live in the community. If true, the state is violating a federal law that says people with disabilities must be housed in the least restrictive environment
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Since this is Martin Luther King Day, we are printing Paul Cumming’s suggestions to Wellness Wordwork’s founder Corinna West in this guest blog about solution based advocacy. These suggestions were made via phone and several Facebook conversations. It’s always good to have a mentor.
Video of Paul Cumming tallking about Network of Care:
(Although this TV reporter does start with some disease language, Paul is one of our fans of using a distress based approach.)
Often the people that are talking the loudest about problems have the fewest solutions, because people with solutions are busy building their answers and
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How most states could quit confining people and cut mental health care costs by 1/3
This is an expansion of Corinna West’s blog on Please Cut our Budgets, We’ll Tell you How. One of the main problems in mental health care is the outdated assumption that institutional care confining people away from the community is best.
Chris Hansen, fighting against confining people. She's a collaborator with Shery Mead, sporting a "You Bet I'm Noncompliant" T-shirt at Alternatives 2010 in Pasadena, CA.
In New Hampshire, it has come down to a lawsuit. The Civil Rights Division of the US Department
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