Mental Health Transformation PDF Print E-mail

 On April 29, 2002, George W. Bush announced the creation of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and declared, "Our country must make a commitment. Americans with mental illness deserve our understanding and they deserve excellent care." He charged the Commission to study the mental health service delivery system, and to make recommendations that would enable adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbance to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities.


Many good changes have been made in mental health care since then, and we still have a long way to go.


 •   President's New Freedom
Commission on Mental Health: Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America

This link is the full final report that the President’s Mental Health Commission delivered to the president in 2002.  Funding for mental health is still done based on this report.  A Judge from the first Mental Health Court in Florida, Ginger Wren, was on the Commission that President Bush appointed.


•   Florida’s Mental Health Transformation Plan

This is still in effect, a good place to get advocacy information, and a good place to get help. The National Commission’s recommendation was to transform the publicly funded mental health system to a consumer and family-driven system that embraces prevention, recovery and resiliency.


•   The Role of Public Health in Mental Health Promotion

The title sounds boring and some of the article is, but it contains some amazing and alarming facts about mental illness in the US and around the World.  Written in 2005, it has old but still excellent data, for you to know yourself and to tell your providers and everyone who votes.


•   Crisis Intervention Training (CIT): A Catalyst for Consumers and Cops

This article is from the Catylist Magazine, and written is by a Florida NAMI member and retired police chief.  It describes the basics of what Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is and how it transforms the law enforcement system to treat people with mental illnesses in safer, fairer, and less expensive ways.  The Drop-in Center Works with the Brevard County Jail on their CIT training and we would like Brevard police departments to get involved too.


•   Involuntary Outpatient Treatment

One reason people with psychiatric disorders want client centered treatment (Mental Health Transformation) is the move in the early 2000’s to force people into treatment without their consent.  Lots of us agree with this and lost of us don’t.  Read the story.
•   People Against Involuntary Treatment

Following is a sample of state and national advocates trying to convince legislators to look at true comprehensive mental health system reforms, rather than approve involuntary outpatient commitment measures based on and also called Kendra's Law.