MentalHealthRightsYES - for Mental Health Rights
Through my advocacy with people across the country, I have come to understand the unfortunate systematic way that parents lose all of their rights to support their adult child when they end up caught up in the net of involuntary commitment. The HIPPA Law has been so abused and manipulated by the institutions that, often times, instead of helping; patients become prisoners and parents are treated as the enemy.

I was directed to a website by a wife who is fighting the system to get her husband of 18 years back in their home. I discovered that guardianship Power/abuse  is very similar in many ways to the involuntary commitment abuse.  In an effort to have more say in supporting and influencing the treatment of our adult children, many of us believe that guardianship will give us the power we need. In reality, often times, the state works with the hospital staff to demonize the parent and fights for the right to become the guardian. Usually ALL RIGHTS are stripped of the parent ,and the state chosen GUARDIAN is given complete and TOTAL Control.  This includes stripping the patient of EVEN MORE RIGHTS AND DIGNITY than they have already suffered while being involuntarily committed.
Patients lose unbelievable rights...
including the right to marry,
the right to vote,
the right to choose where to live,
the right to decline any medical treatment,
the right to complain,
the right to see their friends and family without special approval,
the right to sign any legal document
Go to read more about our country's epidemic of stripping away constitutional and Human rights through the abuse of guardian control!
Your Help May be Needed Soon:
I applied for guardianship of my son
I applied for guardianship of my son and his court date is January 17, 2011. Siddharta has requested that I be his guardian and I am fully capable of being his guardian. Our discharge plan is ready and I have the beginning of a strong "village" of people to engage with Siddharta.
Mother's rights may be dismissed by Judge
 I can not imagine a professional guardian advocating for my son's needs as I have done.
I can imagine such a guardian agreeing with the mental health "professionals" and allowing my son to be at the mercy of his "treatment team," perhaps being confined in the hospital for an indefinite period, while being coerced or forced to take massive doses of psychotic drugs.
Mother as guardian versus "professional" as guardian
If the guardianship is given to this stranger, I will not even have the durable power of attorney rights, I presently have. I will have no rights whatsoever as his mother and main advocate.  My intention is to resume my fast in front of the court house soon. When I do, I will send out an alert once again. I hope you will have time to support me in a mother's fight to advocate and care for her son.
Just for your information about
continuances and retaliation discharge planning.
We do not want continuances abused, nor retaliation with poor discharge planning.
I was the main advocate for Emily; her story is on the side link. As an advocate for Emily, even though we were successful in getting her petition dropped, the hospital stalled her release through continuances requested by her own defense attorney and it was two months before she was released AFTER the petition was dropped.
Concerning Retaliation...
 Dr. Watson requested as expert witness
When I petitioned the treatment team in April to include my son and I, in a meaningful way in dialogue about his treatment, they ignored us once again. I informed his attorney that I did not not want him forced drug and if a petition were presented we would exercise my son's legal right to request an expert witness to challenge the petition to force drug and commit my son.   I informed the lawyer that Dr. Toby Watson, Director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, would testify about the dangerous and life threatening long term effects of psychiatric drugging                                  
April 18, 2010
Retaliation for demanding expert witness to challenge their treatment
It seems like my son became a hot potato; On Wednesday April 13, I was told my son appeared to be gravely disabled and would probably be there a full 30 days and possibly longer. I insisted on a hearing with Dr. Watson. On Monday, April 18,  he was evaluated as sane and with no real discharge plan in place, he was put on a bus that did not even stop in our home town; by midnight I placed a missing person's report with the police and at 2:00am in the morning he called me from the streets of Portland. The local mental health team were shocked at the entire process and after their concern about the poor discharge plan fell on deaf ears at Western State, they told me they were going to file a complaint against western State...
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