From their Manual (available online):
“Individuals who have an identified brain disorder (e.g., mental illness, developmental disability, or addictive disease) constitute the single most persecuted and least understood group of people in Georgia. The stigma associated with brain disorders remains an oppressive obstacle to employment and community integration, which hampers efforts to enter the workforce, attend schools and contribute their talents and energy to our society.”
Ya – Georgia sucks.
“The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) entitles people with disabilities to the same services and protections that police departments provide to anyone else. They may not be excluded or segregated from services, be denied services, or otherwise be provided with lesser services or protection than are provided to others.”
False. We ARE denied, excluded, and segregated services (e.g. “jobs” or basic human understanding.) And if what the lawyer said is true (“the mental health institutions are given much more leeway than the (physical) medical . . . to do whatever they want (legal, ethical, or otherwise)” – then we damned sure can’t get the “protection” offered. If a doctor was to LIE about your condition and his ‘treatment’ to your face – then you’d have a crime. But not when it’s a mental health issue . . . the “law” won’t step up for you, since they serve “these folks” (meaning the doctor’s orders count more than YOUR rights to refuse treatment – or anything! They can even LIE to you to take you in! At least a criminal is informed of his rights . . . but a “mental patient’ or ‘mental case’ HAS NO RIGHTS. None at all. The fact that we were put in shackles and chains DESPITE being identified as ‘not a threat’ just goes to show you that! When was the last time you saw a, say, diabetes patient being led away in shackles and chains? Or the EMT’s putting shackles and chains on a car wreck victim . . . just to take them to the hospital?? That’s not right!)
However, the ‘right’ to screw you over is built into the system, as evidenced by this phrase:
“The ADA does not subscribe to a fixed set of rules to be followed in all cases involving a person who has or who exhibits symptoms of a brain disorder. Rather, it mandates that law enforcement agencies and personnel make reasonable adjustments and modifications in their policies, practices or procedures on a case-by-case basis.”
In short, you are screwed. Going by the above, they can ‘taze’ you at the door and drag you away – and that’s okay – by the law and the persons around them … the above gives them complete latitude to do ANYTHING THEY WANT to you once you are declared a ‘mental case’. Even if the diagnosis is wrong and was done illegally by non-medical persons . . . you WILL be detained – WITHOUT explaination, nor your rights ‘read to you’ – because as a mental patient you HAVE NO RIGHTS IN THE SYSTEM. None at all. They even act like giving you food is a favor “in there” (the mental museum).
“Helping people with brain disorders and their families to obtain the services of other appropriate agencies, organizations, hospitals, clinics, and shelter care facilities is an important component of the CIT mission . . . In many requests for service, individuals with brain disorders and their families may be in need of support and guidance. CIT officers will support and assist them, when possible, in identifying viable solutions and obtaining aid.”
Bullshit. After I got to the hospital, NO ONE would tell my wife what was going on even though I had listed her as a contact, next of kin, and ‘guardian’ – complete with telephone number. NOR was I allowed to call her for the next 24 hours . . .
“The established departmental policies and procedures within a law enforcement
agency should ensure that a consistently high level of service is provided to all community
members, and afford those who suffer with brain disorders the same rights, dignity and
access to police and other government and community services that are provided to all
citizens.” More bullshit. You have NO access in the hospital to anything – even the nurses are ‘too busy’ to help you . . . and that about “the same rights?” Bullshit again. A whole BUNCH of bullshit.
Just reading the above you can see: once they ‘got you’ (using a Form 1013) – they can muck you all over – and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it. THAT’S the life of a mental patient and/or abuse sufferer – MORE ABUSE AGAIN. So just keep your damn mouths shut . . .
“Having a brain disorder is not a crime.” Well, if that’s so, then why the cops and shackles and chains and involentary confinement. Isn’t that what you do to CRIMINALS? And anyway – criminals have more rights. As a mental patient you can’t even talk to a lawyer . . . cuz’ you can’t get to a phone . . . and if you do gripe or complain, you are being ‘anxious’ and will be drugged and put on lockdown. I know. I’ve been there. If the food is lousy: eat up. If the drugs make you sick: take more. And if the doctor feels he needs to keep you there just because you piqued his interest . . . then so be it. It has nothing to do with your rights as a patient – because you are NOT a patient. You are a criminal, obviously – since they treat you like one!
“Georgia CIT Vision: A Georgia where people with mental illnesses and other brain disorders are treated, not incarcerated.” Gee. I wasn’t treated and WAS incarcerated in a mental asylum . . . seems like jail to me – and seemed like a jail to a LOT of us patients! Like I told a doc: “Anytime I can’t walk out the door on my own – I’m in jail. Don’t bullshit me.” He laughed, sighed, and then looked away, disgusted, because he knows: I’m telling the truth.
“Due to (social) stigma, people with mental health problems may be ashamed, conceal symptoms or fail to seek treatment.” Or how about this: we might FEAR seeking treatment because if we DO – YOU will lock us up! How’s that for ‘suck’?
REASONS TO LOCK YOU UP:
Sadness / “dysphoric mood”
Grief or mourning (appropriate to real loss)
Irritability / easily annoyed or provoked
Mood swings (rapid ups and downs)
Elevated mood (too happy)
Euphoria / “high” mood (much too happy)
Ecstasy (much, much too happy)
Okay (and this makes me MAD) – “too happy” is a problem??? Joy (elevated mood) is a problem???? WTF???!!!! Since when is it a crime to be ‘too happy’ or ‘much, much too happy”? And who in the F! is the one who decides what is ‘too happy’? Since when is “happiness” a CRIME?? Apparently it IS, since that one shrink told me that my being happy was a ‘problem’ and the fact that I felt joy (especially upon seeing my wife!) “reason to have you committed”. What BULLSHIT!!!!
THAT needs to go away, folks. “Anger” and “RAGE” and “HATE” are all okay . . . but HAPPINESS is DISALLOWED! Again (and I can’t say this enough): what bullshit!!!
That is something I really don’t get. ALL MY LIFE I HAVE STRIVEN TO BE HAPPY. That was the goal I set before myself when I was twentyone. It took many years to do this – but I came BACK from Puerto Rico BASICALLY HAPPY. And they locked me up for this thing . . .
Whutta crock of shit this health care system is . . .
makes me sick to go on
so I won’t.