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Alameda County's has proposed final recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, entitled, "Re-Envisioning Engagement: AB1421 Stakeholder Planning." They are opting for a conservatorship as opposed to forced treatment. Check out the reasons Alameda County POCC consumer advocates oppose AOT (Assisted Outpatient Treatment) and why AB1421 does not serve the interest of consumers and their families:

 

  • Stigmatizing and encourages stereotypes

  • Disproportionately targets people of color, specifically, African Americans and Latinos.

  • Duplicates current conservatorship LPS laws already enabling 72-hour, 14-day or 180-day holds for individuals who are a danger to themselves or others or gravely disabled

  • AOT is costly, requiring the use of expensive judicial resources.

  • Violates constitutional rights for those with mental health conditions and removes freedom of choice

  • Divisive and reverses the strides in consumer -family relations made by Prop 63

  • Breaks the client-provider bond of trust

  • Recent outcomes of an Alameda County FSP activity show a decrease in the Psychiatric Hospital Admissions, New Incarcerations, and Homeless Episodes.

  • The California Department of Mental Health found that 55 % of clients interviewed who had experienced forced treatment reported that fear of forced treatment caused them to avoid all treatment for psychological and emotional problems

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It is stigmatizing...

 

Arguments in favor of AB 1421 are exploiting and perpetuating the most negative, demeaning and inaccurate stereotypes of people with mental health conditions. To one extreme, we are painted as violent and out-of-control, and so once again fear is being used to promote repressive measures. On the other hand, we are portrayed as totally incapable of making our own decisions and so must be unworthy of the rights others enjoy and our choices must be unworthy of respect. Our humanity has been taken from us if all we can be is either violent or victim.

targets minorities...

 

I remain opposed to AB 1421 because it is important to know that court-ordered treatment under Kendra's Law in New York, which AB 1421 is based on, has disproportionately targeted people of color, specifically, African Americans and Latinos. An analysis of state data by the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest showed that African American clients were nearly five times as likely as whites, and Latinos were twice as likely as whites, to be the subject of court ordered treatment under Kendra's Law. 

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