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More information on "Why Zero?" Campaign

MindFreedom has been asking the State of Oregon why we are one of the very few USA states with zero -- 0 -- funding for the state-wide voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. Here's where you can find additional information on this very good question!

PDF: You may download a letter from Oregon mental health system 6 July 2009

On 6 July 2009, Richard Harris -- on behalf of Oregon's mental health system -- sent out a letter saying the budget turned out to be not all that bad, as was feared, for Oregon's mental health system. You may download a PDF of that letter here. On this same day, David Oaks sent a letter to Mr. Harris asking "why zero?" That is, if the budget is better than thought, then why is Oregon still one of the few states to have zero funding for the state-wide voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors? (You may also read the text of the letter, and David's reply, via 'related content' links at bottom.)

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Text of letter from Oregon Mental Health System About Budget

On 6 July 2009, a representative of the State of Oregon mental health system -- Richard Harris -- sent a letter saying that the Oregon legislative session budget funded a number of mental health programs. MindFreedom director David Oaks has written to Mr. Harris asking, "why zero?" That is, why, even though the budget was not as bad as expected, is there still zero for the state-wide voice in Oregon of, by and for mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.

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MindFreedom to Oregon mental health system: Why still zero?

On 6 July 2009, the Oregon mental health system issued a letter saying the budget was not as bad as they thought for the mental health system. Here, MindFreedom director David Oaks asks "why zero"? Why, if the budget was better than expected, why is there still zero funding in Oregon for the state-wide voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors? Oregon is one of the very few states with zero funding for this state-wide voice. Meanwhile, Oregon is one of the very few states actually building a brand new large psychiatric institution.

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Richard Harris of Oregon

Richard Harris of Oregon

As of July 2009, Richard Harris is Interim Assistant Director,Addictions and Mental Health Division, State of Oregon.

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Reply by Richard Harris to David Oaks about Oregon budget

Here is the 28 July 2009 reply by Richard Harris to David Oaks about Oregon's mental health budget, and why zero funding is again provided to the state-wide voice of Oregon's mental heatlh consumers and psychiatric survivors.

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General reply by Richard Harris to "stakeholders" about Oregon budget.

This 4 August 2009 letter by Richard Harris is in reply to the people who also asked "why zero" is in budget for the state-wide voice of Oregon's mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.

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PDF of 28 July 2009 reply by Richard Harris to David Oaks.

Here's the reply by Richard Harris, interim director of Oregon's mental health system, to David Oaks, director of MindFreedom, about why Oregon provides zero funding to the statewide voice of Oregon's mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.

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PDF of 4 August 2009 reply by Richard Harris to "Stakeholders."

Because others also asked "Why Zero" is budgeted for the statewide voice of Oregon's mental heatlh consumers and psychiatric survivors, here is a reply by Richard Harris on behalf of Oregon's mental health system to "stakeholders."

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Cindi Fisher, mother of psychiatric survivor

Cindi Fisher has fought for years for her son, who has experienced forced psychiatric drugging and other human rights violations in the State of Washington. She has even held protest fasts on her son's behalf (see photo of Day One). Cindi says: "In the past, advocating for my 33-year-old psychiatric survivor son over the years has been very frustrating and has sometimes felt hopeless! Now, as a member of MindFreedom, I feel I have the voice of thousands to join me. My effectiveness and awareness as an advocate has indeed multiplied a thousand times. Thank you David and MindFreedom for your many years of work to build such a powerful and empowering organization!"
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