Alternatives to Psychiatric Drugs or Medication. Great advertisements created by the American Psychological Association (APA) about the misinformation about psychiatric medication and the benefits of psychotherapy.
I have listed additional videos regarding the dangers of psychiatric medication. These videos are from a campaign called Truth In Drugs sponsored by the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP).
A statement of concern from the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers There is a crisis in our nation’s mental health care system. Many factors contribute to this crisis including financial, regulatory, and cultural issues. One of the most glaring problems in this crisis is the corporate practice of placing earnings and exorbitant profits above the public interest at the expense of quality services to those in need. Using Universal Health Services (UHS) as an example, this report clearly documents why mega healthcare corporations such as UHS need to be held accountable for the services for which they are contractually responsible to provide. The enclosed report, “A Failure to Care,” addresses this crisis, by shedding light on numerous violations of consumer rights at UHS’ behavioral health facilities across the country. It is a report that needs to be taken seriously as it is essential to the public interest that consumers of behavioral healthcare be protected against abuses by those whose custody they are remanded. Among the many well-documented statements detailed in the report are incidents of abuse, inappropriate reliance on restraints and seclusion, medication errors, and failure to identify and treat barriers to recovery. Patients suffering from mental illness are amongst our most vulnerable citizens. Behind close doors under the guise of confidentiality these patients are at the mercy of those who are responsible for their well being. Few would argue that healthcare businesses should be denied making a profit but in healthcare profit must be tempered with the public good. The report’s authors, affiliated with the Service Employees International Union Local 1107 in Las Vegas, are familiar with the difficulty of providing quality health care services under UHS’ model of for-profit care. Understaffing, a practice so frequently encountered in UHS facilities, is one of the most favorite targets for cutting costs. It prevents health care workers – no matter how qualified and how dedicated – from providing the best quality care that patients deserve. As founders of the National Association of Professional Psychology Providers and as practitioners and researchers, we are dedicated to promoting an effective and caring mental health system. Such a system must be founded on respect for those who are in need but also for those who provide mental health services. To ensure that such respect exists in the mental health facilities of our communities across the country, we urge that regulators, elected officials, and other community leaders read this report closely. If UHS, or any other for-profit behavioral health company, is looking at expanding into your community, we recommend that they be scrutinized as to “what they say” and “what they do.” We urge all parties to consider the importance of oversight recommended in this report, and take steps to ensure that quality care is provided throughout the behavioral health system. We further recommend that these corporate entities be required to fulfill the terms of their contracts. We, and UHS, can well afford to do better.
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