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Aug 1, 2011

Mind Freedom Alert: Free Alison Hymes from Western State Hospital

Current Alert 11-5-2011
       Free Alison Hymes from Western State Hospital

       by Frank Blankenship

A short while back, Charlottesville Virginia resident Alison Hymes,
long time mental health advocate and MindFreedom member, was declared
incapacitated and committed to the psychiatric ward at the University
of Virginia, UVA 5, for 30 days. Unlike most states that would require
a court order to attain such a decision, it only takes the word of two
psychiatrists to have a person declared incapacitated in the state of
Virginia.

She appealed this decision to the circuit court, and on Friday July
29, 2011, at 11 o'clock A.M. she had a court hearing.

Although Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein, the director of the Center for
Psychiatric Rights out of Anchorage, offered his services as a
character witness, the judge would not allow him to testify. The
result of this hearing is that Alison Hymes has been committed to
Western State Hospital in Staunton Virginia.

Alison has been in and out of the university hospital over the last
few months while friends and supporters had managed to keep her from
being sent to the state hospital. She had received a kidney transplant
after lithium poisoning from psychiatric malpractice in the past
caused her kidneys to fail. It is feared that her health will be
further jeopardized by the kind of care she is likely to receive at
Western State Hospital.

I had spoken to Alison over the telephone on numerous occasions, and
on the latest call she sounded more in control of her faculties, and
less in need of any sort of assistance, than previously. This is
certainly no reason to send her over the mountain to Western State
Hospital. The problem is that every time she has gone to the hospital
Emergency Room with a physical complaint (kidney medicine side
effects, insomnia, bladder problems, etc.) rather than seeing these
problems for the physical problems that they are, the hospital staff
has turned her over to the psychiatric unit.

"They are not letting me see a kidney doctor, and I need Lasix", says
Alison. (Lasix is a drug used to treat fluid retention.)

Alison Hymes was once a very active and engaged member of the
psychiatric survivor and mental health consumer movement in Virginia,
and these institutionalizations have only served to dampen that spirit
of independence and resolve that she displayed.

I would like to see the old Alison back again, and this is all the
more reason to put pressure on these state officials for her return to
the community from which she has been forcibly removed.

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       ACTION: Please Contact Virginia Governor and Other Officials

Alison urges friends and supporters to contact the Virginia officials
with expressions of outrage and indignation over the way she has been
mistreated and her case mishandled.

Sample message--you own words are best...

"Stop the forced psychiatric treatment of Alison Hymes at Western
State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia. She is in a fragile physical
state of health that is threatened even further by her conditions of
confinement within the hospital. What she needs is to see a
nephrologist, and not a psychiatrist. She would be better served by
treatment within her home community."

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       MAIN ACTION:

If you do one action, please phone or email the Governor of the State
of Virginia:

Governor Bob McDonnell
(804) 786-2211

web contact form:

http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm

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EXTRA ACTIONS

*** Please call or write Virginia's US Senators Mark Warner and Jim
Webb. Their contact information is below:

US Senator Mark R. Warner

http://warner.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?p=ContactPage

Phone: 202-224-2023 Washington, D.C.

US Senator Jim Webb
http://webb.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Phone: 202-224-4024 Washington, D. C.


*** You could also call or email the Virginia Commissioner of Mental
Health Jim Stewart

Commissioner Jim Stewart

(804) 786-3921
jim.stewart@dbhds.virginia.gov

*** You could call or email the executive director of the Virginia
Office for Rights and Advocacy, Colleen Miller

Colleen Miller

804-225-2042

colleen.miller@vopa.virginia.gov

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From Susan Lawrence:
Also contact our state Senator, Senator Creigh Deeds. http://senatordeeds.com/

Contact his legislative aide here:
(She's great and I will call her in the a.m. too)
district25@senate.virginia.gov
Legislative Assistant: Tracy Eppard

P.O. Box 5462
Charlottesville, VA 22905-5462
Phone: (434) 296-5491
Fax: (434) 296-5949
Physical Location: Citizens Commonwealth Center, 300 Preston Avenue, Suite 310, Charlottesville

7 comments:

Susan Lawrence said...

Also contact our state Senator, Senator Creigh Deeds. http://senatordeeds.com/

Contact his legislative aide here:
(She's great and I will call her in the a.m. too)
district25@senate.virginia.gov
Legislative Assistant: Tracy Eppard

P.O. Box 5462
Charlottesville, VA 22905-5462
Phone: (434) 296-5491
Fax: (434) 296-5949
Physical Location: Citizens Commonwealth Center, 300 Preston Avenue, Suite 310, Charlottesville

Susan Lawrence
Lexington, VA
540-458-1245
FB - Susan Hawthorne Lawrence

Discover and Recover said...

Becky,

Sent a message to each of them.
Thank you for posting.

In solidarity,

Duane

Discover and Recover said...

Susan,

Sent an email to your Virginia State Senator also.
Thank you for the contact info.

Duane Sherry
Texas

Becky said...

Thank You Susan for the additional contact information.

Becky said...

Duane,

As always, your action is appreciated.

In Solidarity,

Becky

Discover and Recover said...

For anyone interested in sending a personal note, card, words of encouragement to Alison -

Alison Hymes
c/o Western State Hospital
P.O. Box 2500
Staunton, VA 24402-2500

"Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain

Duane

Becky said...

Duane,

Thanks for the contact information.

Becky

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