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We want to stay current on issues happening at the micro level as well as the macro level. This section outlines our latest work around the state and other updates from the advocacy movement.

Article on Deinstitutionalization

Prof. Samuel Bagenstos has announced the final, published version of his article, The Past and Future of Deinstitutionalization Litigation, 34 Cardozo L. Rev. 1 (2012), here. To read the complete a…
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Action Alert Re: HR 3717

Two days ago, Rep. Tim Murphy released a sweeping, but regressive bill to “fix the broken mental health system.” He tellingly named it the “helping families in mental health crisis act.” It is…
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2013-2016

Click below to read about the advocacy we’ve done over the past few years.

2016

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  • 3/21/16: Task Force Formation

A Behavioral and Mental Health Task Force formed through legislation Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 in November of 2015 and met through March of 2016. Call (302) 440-3272 if you have questions or want to get involved!

Click here to view the minutes and report from the Task Force

2015

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  • 8/28/15: Up to date with Supreme Court Task Force

Stay up to date with the Delaware Supreme Court Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Health by visiting their website.

Click here to visit their website.

  • 6/15/15: Report from Bob Bernstein

Read the latest report from the court monitor, Bob Bernstein, and DHSS’s thought about it.

Click here to go to the article in The News Journal

From the article:

“Though hundreds of Delawareans with persistent mental illness have faced lapses in care, the court-appointed monitor evaluating Delaware’s mental health system says the state is making strides to ensure patients no longer slip through the cracks.

Washington-based psychologist Robert Bernstein, the court monitor, was appointed by a federal judge to analyze the state’s compliance with the terms of a 2011 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and issue twice-yearly reports following an investigation into the state’s mental health system in 2007.”

2014

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  • 1/13/14: Information Alert about HR 3717

Linked below is an informative document regarding the details of HR 3717. Take some time to look over this document and understand some of the intricacies of the bill, and how to have dialogue with your elected officials in asking them to oppose the passing of this bill. Action steps are still found below on this webpage.

Click here to read the Summary of HR 3717

2013

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  • 10/10/13: From the Delaware Psychiatric Center

Please read the first DPC Peer Services newsletter, “The Journey”— Featuring articles by Bluebird, Danielle Denney, Bob Davis, and Sandra Bucay. Hats off to Dara Hagans and Ashley Welton, co-editors—ENJOY!

Click here for The Journey Newsletter

  • 1/25/13: Jim Martin’s Report

Jim Martin’s Report on the Pillars of Peer Support Services Summit

One of our volunteer advocates and Peer Resource Center directors, Jim Martin, has put together a spectacular overview of his experiences and fresh insights gained from his involvement in the Pillars of Peer Support Services Summit this past October, held at the Carter Center in Georgia. He gives thoughts on what possibilities may exist in Delaware as we move forward with utilizing Certified Peer Specialists and Drop-in Centers for Whole Health recovery.

Click here to access or download the full report