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Jul 15, 2011

"Nihil de nobis, sine nobis" not understood in Washington State by "consumer leaders"

The Office of Consumer Partnerships 2010 2011 Annual Operations Plan was written by a State of Washington DSHS DBHR employee who also is the Vice President of the NAMI Washington Board of Directors, and a self identified "consumer" of mental health services---and incredibly, does even more...

The cover of this plan says:

"The Partnership Values
            Partnership    Access   Recovery     Timeliness     Nonlinear    Ethics    Respect"

Office of Consumer Partnerships
Substance Abuse Mental Health Division
Health and Recovery Services
Department of Social and Health Services
Cherry Street Plaza/626‐8 th Ave SE, / Olympia, WA
Report created from input given by consumers across Washington State by Stephanie Lane MSW
(360) 725‐1353

page 2 in it's entirety:

This plan is an annual outline of the programs, services and supports whether provided by or supported by the Office of Consumer Partnerships whose mission is to create a culture of recovery in Washington State. This is a year of transition and inclusion for people receiving services for mental health conditions and substance abuse conditions.

The mission of the Office of Consumer Partnerships is to promote recovery and resiliency for all people in the public mental health and chemical dependency systems.  The vision of the Office of Consumer Partnerships is a future where most mental health conditions, substance abuse and addiction can be prevented or cured.  Society will not stigmatize individuals and their families affected by substance abuse and mental health conditions but will embrace them for their strengths and unique contributions to their communities.

It is the Office of Consumer Partnerships mission to help stakeholders make the most of the opportunities presented during the integration of mental health and drug and alcohol services which is now named the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHRS) also referred to in this report simply as the Division.  The Office of Consumer Partnerships is an integral part of the Health and Recovery Services Division within the Department of Social and Health Services who is a helping hand and lifeline for one out of every three Washington residents.   Each year, more than 2.1 million children, families, vulnerable adults and seniors come to the Department of Social and Health Services for protection, comfort, food assistance, financial aid, medical care and other services.  The Office of Consumer Partnerships is a small but important component in this large service and supports delivery system.  

As the Manager of the Office of Consumer Partnerships I would like to take the time to thank
everyone who participated in the drafting and content of this plan.  There is a lot more in here than
one person or one office can do but we support all the efforts and want to highlight all the efforts
that are being made every day in Washington State towards wellness. ~ Stephanie Lane MSW
Manager Office of Consumer Partnerships

“The long road of recovery starts with a single step”  

page 3
"All projects are identified by and/or approved by office chiefs only."

The last page has this dedication:
"The Office of Consumer Partnerships is dedicated to
helping people from all walks of life frame their own
future.  We believe in the motto “Nothing About Us.”"

Ethics are defined by: 
World English Dictionary
ethics  (ˈɛθɪks) 
— n
1.functioning as singular See also meta-ethics the philosophical 

study of the moral value of human conduct and of the rules and 
principles that ought to govern it; moral philosophy

2.functioning as plural a social, religious, or civil code of

 behaviour considered correct, esp that of a particular group,
profession, or individual

3.functioning as plural the moral fitness of a decision, course of 

etc: he doubted the ethics of their verdict 
ethics. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved July 14, 2011, from website:

What are the ethics which are applicable to this writer, who as an MSW, is a Social Worker?  The Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers states, "The following broad ethical principles are based on social work’s core values of service, social justicedignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. These principles set forth ideals to which all social workers should aspire." emphasis mine

1.06 Conflicts of Interest
(a) Social workers should be alert to and avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with the exercise of professional discretion and impartial judgment. Social workers should inform clients when a real or potential conflict of interest arises and take reasonable steps to resolve the issue in a manner that makes the clients’ interests primary and protects clients’ interests to the greatest extent possible. In some cases, protecting clients’ interests may require termination of the professional relationship with proper referral of the client.
(b) Social workers should not take unfair advantage of any professional relationship or exploit others to further their personal, religious, political, or business interests. (emphasis mine)
(c) Social workers should not engage in dual or multiple relationships with clients or former clients in which there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the client. In instances when dual or multiple relationships are unavoidable, social workers should take steps to protect clients and are responsible for setting clear, appropriate, and culturally sensitive boundaries. (Dual or multiple relationships occur when social workers relate to clients in more than one relationship, whether professional, social, or business. Dual or multiple relationships can occur simultaneously or consecutively.)
(d) When social workers provide services to two or more people who have a relationship with each other (for example, couples, family members), social workers should clarify with all parties which individuals will be considered clients and the nature of social workers’ professional obligations to the various individuals who are receiving services. Social workers who anticipate a conflict of interest among the individuals receiving services or who anticipate having to perform in potentially conflicting roles (for example, when a social worker is asked to testify in a child custody dispute or divorce proceedings involving clients) should clarify their role with the parties involved and take appropriate action to minimize any conflict of interest."

Read the rest:  

What is a Conflict of interest?  Well, I believe that being an employee for DSHS DBHR, the Vice President of an "advocacy" group which receives funding from the State of Washington and the pharmaceutical industry, and that regularly lobbies the State Legislature, and encourages it's membership to do the same thing--while being the "leader" of the State Youth group formed and funded with Federal grant funds, AND a founding member of the non-profit "Mental Health Action" whose members also are State employees, NAMI members and "consumers" who hope their "volunteer efforts" will lead to the benefit of receiving Grant funds from the State of Washington is a blatant Conflict of Interest.  Although on the front page of the Office of Consumer Partnerships Annual Operations Plan for 2010-2011, the writer's job as a paid public employee and her professional status are clearly listed, it was on the website for her a non-profit, Mental Health Action, Stephanie Lane co-founded that I found the, "The Office of Consumer Partnerships 2010 2011 Annual Operations Plan."  

The quote on page three is odd since the Mental Health Transformation, in every aspect, is supposed to be driven by those who will directly benefit from them, the people NAMI claims to be "advocating" for....yet it is, "office chiefs only" who will have any recognized authority to make decisions?!?

Washington State has a website for "consumers" that I joined to share my son's story---hoping (even though I have known for years that NAMI has a political action agenda and regularly lobbies the  Washington States Legislature.  NAMI is responsible for the passage of the ITA laws and for these laws being broadened and strengthened)  I know that NAMI does not ever, provide advocacy for those who are harmed, even crime victims, like my son---Nor does it ever advocate for those who have been disabled or killed by expensive and dangerous neuroleptic and other psychiatric drugs---NAMI relies on funding from the drug industry, as Senator Charles Grassley's (R) investigation into this "advocacy" group has discovered.  Not one person involved in the Mental Health Transformation in Washington State as a "peer" offered any support,  whatsoever to me or to my son.  

from The Examiner, a Portland Oregon newspaper:
"The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has been “raising awareness” in a new way recently, with troubling new funding disclosures bringing conflict-of-interest issues to public attention.
Under pressure from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), NAMI National has begun posting a list of major funding sources online. The group’s own figures show a clear dependence on money from psychiatric drug manufacturers. Millions in drug money flows to NAMI. In just the first three months of 2010 they accepted:
  • $210,000 from Pfizer, Inc. (Zoloft)
  • $205,000 from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (Abilify)
  • $200,000 from Shire (Vyvanse, Daytrana)
  • $50,000 from GlaxoSmithKline (Paxil)
  • $35,000 from Eli Lilly & Co. (Prozac, Cymbalta, Strattera, Zyprexa)"  this newsletter, the President of NAMI Washington, Barbara Bates, issues an appeal for people to, "Join me in making “The Voice of NAMI Washington” an important voice for the one in four whose lives are impacted by brain disorders."

The "motto" quoted on the back page, of the Office of Consumer Partnerships is incomplete: the slogan that I believe the writer was attempting to reference; is "Nothing About Us Without Us" which has been adopted historically, by marginalized groups.  From Wikipedia: "Nothing About Us Without Us!" (Latin: "Nihil de nobis, sine nobis") is a slogan used to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members the group(s) affected by that policy. This involves nationalethnicability-based, or other groups that are often thought to be marginalized from political, social, and economic opportunities.

Here is My Voice:
"Brain Diseases" are treated by neurologists, not psychiatrists, and there is not any scientific validity to the claim that any psychiatric diagnoses is in fact caused by disease, defect, or a chemical imbalance.  It is  HYPOTHETICAL that any "mental illness" results from disease, defect, or chemical imbalance---and as yet despite decades of research these hypotheses have never been scientifically validated; so are not even theories, let alone medical certainties! 

NAMI tells desperate people seeking valid information that "mental illneses" are in fact "brain diseases!"  In spite of the lack of scientific evidence for this claim.  In spite of scientific evidence to support claims for any psychiatric drug's safety OR efficacy; psychiatric drugs are the first and sometimes the only "treatment" offered to people.  NAMI insists some people need to be FORCED under Court Order to take the drugs!  The brain damage, diabetes, obesity, Tardive Dyskinisia, and  heart disease (among other effects) that cause people to lose their ability to function normally, and cause people to lose their lives; may in fact be the reason they do not want to take them!  The fact the drugs DO NOT WORK for the vast majority of people with a psychiatric diagnosis may be the reason...just maybe.

I would like to say NAMI does not speak for me or my family, NAMI members and NAMI's Brain Collecting hero psychiatrist, E. Fuller Torrey have perpetrated a fraud on the American people.  NAMI gave this criminal psychiatrist, Torrey a HUMANITARIAN award!  Humanitarians do not collect people's brains.  Humanitarians do not advocate for drugging people into physical and cognitive disability.  Humanitarians do not drug people to death and call it "Medical Treatment!"  Humanitarians do not rob people of their dignity, and their Human Rights!  Humanitarians do not claim that coercion, and lying to patients and family members is necessary to gain "compliance."  Humanitarians do not conduct research on Human Beings while ignoring the laws of the United States, and the Nuremberg Code!

Washington State now employs one of the psychiatrists behind the TMAP fraudulent drug marketing scam  at the University of Washington as a professor and as the Medical Director of Western State Hospital John A. Chiles is also the on-site faculty for the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training.


susan said...

Bless you for posting this.

I can't help thinking about NAMI- the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Unknown said...


I hear you...

There are situations when remaining silent makes one complicit. The mistreatment of people who are in distress and seek help or are compelled to receive "treatment" from bio-medical psychiatry devotees--is one of them for certain.

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."
Martin Niemöller


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