Seclusion and restraints have no therapeutic value, contribute to human suffering, and have frequently resulted in severe emotional and physical harm, and death1. Therefore, as a matter of fundamental policy, Mental Health America (MHA) urges abolition of the use of seclusion and restraints to control symptoms of mental illnesses, and prohibition of the use of sedatives and other medications as chemical restraints.
Psychiatric advance directives permit people to determine what treatment they will receive if and when they lose the capacity to make treatment decisions. Mental Health America supports and promotes the use of psychiatric advance directives as a tool for the expression of an individual's free will and self-determination in coping with mental health and substance use conditions. State laws regulate advance directives, and compliance is strongly advised. Resources include:
Mental Health America (MHA) is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental health and substance use disorders and achieving victory over mental illnesses and substance abuse and dependency through advocacy, education, research and service. One of MHA’s goals is the development of a broad-based national research agenda that includes basic research, diagnostic and treatment research, services research and prevention research.
As elaborated in Position Statement 31, Mental Health America ("MHA") believes that people in recovery from mental illness or addiction need an array of integrated services that includes, in particular, access to paid employment. This is especially true for people residing in and transitioning from treatment facilities, who must be prepared for life outside of the facility.
Mental Health America (MHA) believes that effective protection of human rights and the best hope for recovery from mental illness comes from access to voluntary mental health treatment and services that are comprehensive, community-based, recovery-oriented and culturally and linguistically competent.
Mental Health America (MHA) supports careful implementation and clarification of the standards of confidentiality incorporated in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"), with the following additions: flexibility in emergency situations; requirement of minor assent as well as parental consent; appointment of a guardian when needed; mandatory reporting of child and elder abuse; lack of confidentiality in custody disputes; exceptions for court orders; and special protection of treatment re