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Oregon mental health consumers & psychiatric survivors SPEAK OUT 6/22/05 in Salem!

You are invited to the Oregon Mental Health Consumer & Psychiatric Survivor Day, Wednesday, 22 June 2005 at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon! It's your chance to meet others who care about human rights in the mental health system, speak out to legislators, and give feedback to the head of the Oregon mental health system. This is organized by people with psychiatric labels, but all supporters and allies are welcome and invited. Please spread the word and attend! Sponsored by MindFreedom.
MindFreedom International
MindFreedom International
NEWS RELEASE - 2 June 2005
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Oregon Mental Health Consumers,
Psychiatric Survivors and Allies Are
Invited to Speak Out For Human Rights!

The day starts with words of encouragement
from State Senator Floyd Prozanski.

You can help pass Senate Bill 771 to
make empowerment and self-determination
the law in the Oregon mental health system!

You may meet with legislators and staff,
and speak with Bob Nikkel who is head of
Oregon's public mental health system.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2005, Oregon's mental
health consumers, psychiatric survivors and
all supporters are invited from throughout the
state to the Oregon State Capitol to speak
out for human rights at free events.

"Start summer off right by turning up the heat
at the State Capitol that day!" said David Oaks,
director of MindFreedom International. "You
will have a forum to network with each other.
Plus you can reach state legislators and the
administrator of the Oregon mental health system."

Highlights include:

* The day will begin in Hearing Room 50 in the
State Capitol with a pep talk from State
Senator Prozanski, long-time supporter of human
rights for people in the mental health system.

* You'll get a briefing about lobbying the
legislature by MindFreedom Oregon. Speak out at
this forum about how you want to change the mental
health system! Meet others who want to take
action for human rights!

* Find out the latest about Senate Bill 771 that
would write into law the principles of
self-determination in the mental health system.
SB 771 would create offices in the state dedicated
to advocacy and the voice of consumer/survivors.

* Meet with State legislators and staff in their
offices about changing the mental health system.

* Then after lunch walk just two blocks to a special
Consumer/Survivor advisory meeting with Bob Nikkel,
administrator of Oregon's Office of Mental Health
and Addiction Services (OMHAS). There will be a
chance for your public comment at the start of the
Consumer/Survivor advisory meeting with Bob.

It's all free! No pre-registration is required!
Please spread the word to all who may attend!

BELOW are the details, including directions, parking,
and more. At BOTTOM is information about SB 771 and
what you can do to help pass it!



Wednesday, 22 June 2005

State Capitol, Salem, Oregon, USA.


1) 9 am to 9:30 am -- Check-in.
Hearing Room 50, State Capitol
900 Court Street NE, Salem.

* A chance to network & get acquainted.

2) 9:30 am sharp! - Hearing Room 50.

* Briefing & orientation with
David Oaks, Senator Prozanski and
others. Hold a forum to hear what
you feel is most important about
changing the mental health system.

* An introduction about lobbying for
human rights and SB 771.

3) 10:30 to 11:40 am -- Your chance
to meet with legislators and staff
in their offices. Come along with
us, or make your own appointments
(it's easy, see below about how).

4) 11:40 -- Lunch in the State Capitol
cafeteria on your own. It's good & cheap!

5) 12:40 pm sharp! -- Meet on the steps of
the State Capitol to walk just two blocks
north to the public meeting with the head
of Oregon's mental health system.

6) 1:00 pm -- Public comment with Bob Nikkel,
administrator of the Oregon Office of
Mental Health.

Where: Meeting Room HSB-137 A & B
at 500 Summer St NE, Salem, Oregon.

7) Optional: 1 to 4 pm, stay for the whole
public meeting of the Consumer/Survivor advisory
meeting with Bob Nikkel. There are always
many important agenda items. This advisory
group has been doing a great job meeting with
Bob regularly for two years. Cheer them on!



Text directions:




Parking tips:

Parking is relatively easy and cheap. If you
have any questions ask the State Capitol at
503-986-1388. Here is what they suggest:

* GET THERE EARLY and circle around for meters.
Don't bother with the state lots, though some
private lots are in the area are available.

* Meters are 75 cents an hour. But rather than find
a long-term meter and bring lots of change, just put
one quarter in any meter and go inside the State Capitol.

* At the State Capitol information booth you may buy
an all-day pass for $6 to put back in your car. This
pass is good for any 2 hour or 10 hour meter, all day.

* Free parking option: Two blocks west toward the
courthouse and downtown, the parking is free with
no meters. A spot is often though not always open.

REMEMBER to get there EARLY to take care of parking!



As the agenda states, from 10:30 am to 11:40 am
we'll be lobbying legislators & staff. You may come
along with us. Or you may want to set up a
meeting with your own legislator and/or staff!

Getting to know your own legislator and staff
personally is really important and powerful!

Here is how -- it's easy!

If you need to find out who your state legislators
are, or their contact information, just go here
and fill out your postal mailing address:


Or for information about any Oregon legislators
and committees go to  http://www.leg.state.or.us/

Try to visit both your State representative's and
State senator's office.

Then phone your legislator's office and ask for an
appointment for any time between 10:20 and 11:40
on June 22 to talk about changing the mental health
system and passing SB 771, if it hasn't passed yet.

If they cannot confirm, ask if you may come by to
bring information about SB 771. We'll have handouts.



Whether or not you make it to this special day,
please read and act this!! Spread the word!!

BELOW is an important alert from Beckie Child who
has been doing a great job coordinating the many
people and groups who support the bill SB 771 that would
put into Oregon law the principles of self-determination
and empowerment in the mental health system.

Please take action described below, and forward this!
Beckie can be reached at  beckie@quik.com.


From: "Becky Child"  beckie@quik.com
Subject: SB 771 Update
Date: May 19, 2005

Please distribute this email to people
who are supportive of SB 771.

As many of you know, SB 771 was amended
with the language from HB 3108, and was
given a "do pass" recommendation from the
Oregon Senate Health Policy Committee.

It is now referred to as "SB 771-A Engrossed."

You can click on a link to the latest version
of the bill:


or if that doesn't work click on:


Because the bill SB 771 requested funding for
a full-time position (that Bob Nikkel testified
was currently available because of someone
recently retiring), it received a referral
to the Joint Ways and Means Committee (which
was comprised of members from both the House
and the Senate).

The key word in that last sentence is "Was."

Speaker Karen Minnis decided to pull out of
the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

So what happened was that the Senate President
created a "Senate Budget Committee."

On Tuesday, May 17, 2005, there was a hearing
held to formally pull the Senate bills
(including SB 771 A-Engrossed), and refer
it to the Senate Budget Committee.

Listed below are the members of the Senate
Budget Commitee and their contact information,
and a draft letter that you can use to
email/write and request that SB 771 have a

Kurt Schrader, Committee Chair

Margaret Carter, Vice Chair

Alan Bates

Richard Devlin

Avel Gordly

Betsy Johnson

Frank Morse

Dave Nelson

Ben Westlund

Jackie Winters

Sample letter [your own words are best]:


Dear Senator Schrader:

I am writing to express my support for
SB 771 A-Engrossed and request that you
hold a hearing for this bill.

Mr. Bob Nikkel from the Office of Mental
Health and Addiction Services testifed
in the Senate Health Policy Committee that
the fiscal requirements for this bill are
available in the current budget of DHS/OMHAS.

He has also provided a written letter of
support stating that there is no fiscal
impact associated with this bill because
he is restructuring a recently vacated
position (due to someone's retirement)
in his office to support this bill.

I support this bill because it directs
DHS to develop and promote a policy of
self-determination for people who use
mental health services.

Self-determination is one of the basic
elements of recovering from mental health issues.

It creates an Office of Consumer/Survivor
Affairs (Oregon is one of seven states in
the country that do not have an Office of
Consumer/Survivor Affairs or its equivalent
within their state government).

It also puts into statute as a
stakeholder and advisory group of
people who actually utilize or have
have utilized public mental health services.

And it also creates an Ombudsman position
in the Governor's Advocacy Office located
within DHS subject to funding availability.

The Ombudsman position has been something
that consumers/survivors and family members
have been asking for several years to help
address complaints and concerns about services.

Please hold a hearing on this bill.


[your name and full contact information]


Make sure that you "cc" all the members
of the Senate Budget Committee!

- end of alert -

Forwarded by:

David Oaks, Director
MindFreedom International
454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284
Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA

email:  oaks@mindfreedom.org fax: (541) 345-3737
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