NARPA 2012 Annual Rights Conference Sept 5-8 in Cincinnati

NARPA's 30th annual conference is shaping up to be a great one, with superb presenters, keynotes, and workshops.

Here is the link to the full schedule (subject to minor changes): There are embedded links to nearly all presenter bios and workshop / keynote descriptions. Please take a look and forward to your contacts and groups.


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Celebrating Our Past, Creating Our Future

 September 5 - 8, 2012

The Millennium Hotel Cincinnati

150 West Fifth Street

Cincinnati, Ohio

2012 Conference Featured Presentations:


Robert Whitaker

Author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets,

Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

The Scientific Case Against Forced Treatment with Antipsychotics


Dr. Clarence J. Sundram

Nationally recognized expert and Court Monitor for landmark class action cases

involving reform in institutions & community programs 
Protection from Abuse and Neglect in the Community


Ruby Moore

Executive Director, Georgia Advocacy Office

Evolutions in Advocacy: What Have We Learned and What Are We Fighting For


Erick Fabris

 Survivor and Author of  Tranquil Prisons:

Chemical Incarceration Under Community Treatment Orders

Unhinging Services from the Coercion Racket


Susan Stefan, J.D.

Significant Developments in Mental Health Law - 2012


Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D.
Author of Commonsense Rebellion,  Surviving America's Depression Epidemic, and most recently, Get Up, Stand Up

Psychiatry: Reform or Abolitionism


Workshops and panels presented by long-time advocates and attorneys 

emphasizing NARPA’s mission for advocacy and civil rights, including:   


Jennifer Mathis, Darby Penney, Cliff Zucker, Paula Caplan, Robert Whitaker, Maureen Mills, Bill Stewart, Dennis Feld, Arthur Baer, Sally Zanger, Ann Rider, Michael Allen, Aaryce Hayes, Daniel Hazen, Jan Powe, John Jones, Teresa Cochrane, Amy Marlatt, Peter Stastny, Tom Behrendt, Ruta Mazelis, Chris Hansen, George Badillo, Alexandra L. Adame, Arnaldo Maldonado, Delphine Brody, Erick Fabris, Susan Abbott, Robert Johnson, Maureen Mills, Peter Stastny, Jan Powe, Teresa Cochrane, Chris Hansen, Amy Marlatt, & and more.


Workshops and presentations include the following:

The Scientific Case Against Forced Treatment with Antipsychotics - Robert Whitaker

Intentional Peer Support in Peer-Run Crisis Respites - Chris Hansen & Daniel Hazen


Psychiatric Survivors Are Speaking Up: The Harm from Psychiatric Diagnosis and A Start on Solutions - Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.


Fundamentals of Performing Investigations: Now That You Can Do It, Do You Know How? - Aaryce Hayes


Aftermath of the Affordable Health Care Case - Ruth Colker


Housing without a Label: Using the Fair Housing Act and ADA to Expand Housing Choice - Michael Allen


Prison & Re-Entry for Ex-Offenders with Disabilities Jan PoweTeresa Cochrane, & Amy Marlatt

Make or Break Opportunities: Providing alternatives during a first major crisis - Peter Stastny, M.D.

 Evolutions in Advocacy: What Have We Learned and What are We Fighting For - Ruby Moore

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Discussion - Delphine Brody & Erick Fabris

When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: The Harmful Psychiatrizing of War Veterans and How We Can Help Instead - Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.


Disability Advocates Inc. v. Cuomo and Olmstead Update - Cliff Zucker & Jennifer Mathis


Stop Shock - Toward the Abolition of Involuntary Electroconvulsive Therapy

A Collaborative Workshop to Develop Strategies Against Coerced Shock Treatment - Dennis Feld, J.D. & Arthur Baer, J.D.


School Restraint - Maureen Mills 


Policy Issues at the Intersection of the Mental Health System and the Prison System - Daniel Hazen


Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support - Darby Penney


Hearing Voices Network: Starting an HVN group in your area - Ann Rider & Arnaldo Maldonado


Reforming Adult Guardianship: Moving Beyone Rights on Paper -  Sally Zanger & Tom Behrendt


Personal Care Homes:  Home or Institution? - Susan Abbott, Aaryce Hayes & Robert Johnson


Voting Rights of People with Psychiatric Labels - Jennifer Mathis


NARPA 101 - Bill StewartGeorge Badillo, & Tom Behrendt


Healing from Self-Inflicted Violence: Complex Problem, Simple Solution - Ruth Mazelis


Constrained by Language: How to Write About Schizophrenia While Simultaneously Rejecting the Diagnostic Category - Alexandra L. Adame, Ph.D.

Personal Care Homes:  Home or Institution? - Susan AbbottAaryce HayesRobert Johnson, & Sheina Murphy

How to Read a PPR Report - John Jones


More information to come. 

Check this page for frequent updates!



Continuing Legal Education units (CLEs) and Social Work CEUs are planned.     




The Millennium Hotel Cincinnati

150 West Fifth Street

Reservations: 800-876–2100  or  513–352–2100 (local)


Ask for NARPA rate $125 single / $139 double.  Make reservations by August 24, 2012.

A great opportunity!  NARPA rate will be available 2 days before and 2 days after conference dates.

Fun activities nearby include Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical GardensTaft Theatre, National Underground Railroad Freedom CenterContemporary Arts CenterAronoff Center for the Performing ArtsMusic HallReds Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Great American Ball Park.

For Baseball Fans!  The Cincinnati Reds are in town playing the Phillies and Astros!

The hotel is situated in a prime location in downtown Cincinnati near the river and close to hundreds of shops, 

museums, “Riverboat Row” dining, and entertainment venues.

Hotel Accommodations

·       Spacious rooms with amenities, in-room coffee,  cable tv, movies

·       Accessible rooms available

·       Free continental breakfast each morning

·       Easy access to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – via taxi or 
  Executive Transportation shuttle  (800-990-8841), van or limo service.

·       Free wireless internet provided to all conference attendees

·       Valet parking

·       On-site car rental

·       Business center

·       Bistro on Elm Restaurant and Bar is open all day and evening for meals and drinks

·       Rooftop pool and sundeck

·       Fitness center