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Advocacy to Encourage More Openness at US Mental Health Agency, SAMHSA

SAMHSA stands for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Systems Administration. SAMHSA is a US federal agency, and it is one of the largest entities in history in the mental health field. Unlike its 'sister' agency National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) which mainly works on 'test tube' research, SAMHSA is supposed to promote mental health services. While there are some bright spots in SAMHSA, supporting empowerment and alternatives in mental health, unfortunately SAMHSA has been defending the status quo. It's time for more openness by SAMHSA to truly deep and large changes in US mental health care.

News Item Opinion: Mental health advocate Ed Knight calls for investigating SAMHSA, including employee Risa Fox
A long-time advocate in mental health, Ed Knight, is calling for an investigation of the way a US federal agency has been controlling mental health consumer and psychiatric survivor activity. Ed specifically is concerned about the role of Risa Fox, a Public Health Advisor who often oversees mental health consumer grants for the huge federal mental health organization SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Systems Administration. [Update 29 Oct. 2010]
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Paula Joan Caplan, PhD

Paula Caplan, PhD: Psychologist, author, playwright and activist who is challenging the harm caused by psychiatric labeling. Paula is a long-time member of MindFreedom International. Author of 12 nonfiction books. Her latest book, "When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans," uncovers the way too many people traumatized by war are told that that makes them “mentally ill.” Her book won the 2011 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the Psychology category.
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