Cissy suggests we change the word “accommodation” to avoid ADA confusion. Dan suggested we do discharge mediation and Gayle said there is a burgeoning field of healthcare mediation and special education mediation is big too with lots of kids with conduct disorders. Dan and Cissy discussed how the IDEA Act relates to the ADA. Dan suggested one tool we can create is a self-identification form to say what communication strengths and weaknesses you have, and another might be a form for the doctor, and another might be processes for when a mediation is over.
Cissy told Dan that community boards in NYC are neighborhood boards in contrast to the organization Community Boards in SF which is a mediation center. Dan plans to investigate the name.
Dan will create a blog for Gayle to help populate.
Cissy suggested reaching out to Lela Love to find interns, as well as to the founder of the Columbia Mediation Clinic who is doing the ABC New York Training. Cissy suggested that we look at the formerly incarcerated and returning veterans, which she works for with family group conferencing. These are the populations she’d imagine being represented on advisory committee. Dan would like to prepare a timeline with a year long outreach plan for advisory committee. Winnie has a friend working with an organization that resettles convicts. She recommends looking at psychoanalytic networks in NYC (247 E 82 st) and the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy (psychospiritualtherapy.org)Cissy suggested that the nonprofit group formation may be done by MFY Legal Services and I thought law students.Cissy thinks too early for me to bring in leadership structure and I should ask Maria for advice, and contact Judy Cohen who NYPI contacted for a mental health training 5 months ago.Fundraising could be useful for travel , printing, paying to attend conferences, December IIRP Trauma Training $500 transformative training.
Cissy says mental illness is an all-encompassing term for any brain problem but she uses impairment to reduce the stigma. This was the DOJ’s solution to a problem of vets feeling comfortable self-identifying and accessing services. Cissy says that a person with a disability either gets a Civil Rights accommodation or an Entitlement of SSI.
Cissy doesn’t like the language of “anticipating” mental health needs and would rather say we acknowledge they may exist and prepare for them. Dan wants to stress universal design.Gayle asks to whom is this directed? Someone being discharged or general population. These are two different prongs. (first prong is disclosed illness)She tells the story of doing things on the fly with the Harlem Justice Center through two neighbor/noise disputes, one OPS with a young lady with high energy and a severe gestural tic who said she had a therapist with mental illness, the other with a man who wouldn’t come out of the apartment so he came on the phone. Cissy said you never know who is going to come in through the door. Dan said there are two prongs to his approach- 1) Destigmatize MI and 2) Make the Process Better for EveryoneHe further breaks down 1) into A) don’t treat people with MI badly and B) don’t treat them different even if they disclose and 2) is universal design, make the process safe for everyone to have communication plans and emergency proceduresHe says mental illness is like a test case to troubleshoot the process.
Create a referral listList of stress resources for everyoneWarm towel after conflect
As part of our intake, when someone indicates that they are workingwith a counselor or therapist and the subject matter of the mediation couldinvolve some mental health issues, we have asked if that client would bewilling to sign a consent to release information with us and the therapist.o For example: a case where the subject was the initiating partyalleging discriminatory behavior, based on mental illness. (This ended upbeing very helpful, as the person threatened to commit suicide to our staffperson, during the intake process. Rather than having to call the police,our staff person was able to call the client’s psychiatrist. o Another time that talking to a therapist was helpful, wasfor a family mediation, where the parents were in couples therapy. o Cases where I have not asked for consent to talk to atherapist: landlord tenant mediation, small claims-type contract mediation.
MH Mediate September 12th Meeting
MH Mediate 9/12 MeetingMental Health Mediation
Meeting Agenda 5:30 PM – Socialization / Hellos 5:50 PM – Introduction to MH Mediate 6:00 PM – Terminology 6:20 PM – Mental Health Professionals 6:40 PM – Americans with Disabilities Act 7:00 PM – Ways to Get Involved 7:10 PM – General Discussion 7:30 PM – Meeting Ends
About MH Mediate MH Mediate is a mental health mediation community. Areas to explore include: Mediation trainings for mental health communities Mental health trainings for mediation communities Mental health accommodations in mediation Mediation in mental health contexts Mediating across mental health perspectives
MH Mediate Events Past Events ACR-GNY Conference Workshop (6/2012) John Jay Dispute Resolution Breakfast (8/2012) First MH Mediate Meeting (8/2012) Upcoming Events Community Boards Workshop (San Fran, 9/27/12) NAFCM Webinar (10/11/12) Mental Health First Aid Trainings
MH Mediate Resources MH Mediate Resource Page mhmediate.org/resources Status: looking for more resources and need to add past suggestions MH Mediate Draft Framework Status: Circulating initial document, need to incorporate feedback MH Mediate Mental Health Landscape “Map” Status: Reached out to NYU Active Minds and Applied Undergraduate Psychology Club for Interns MH Mediate In-Service Training Status: Rough draft completed, receiving feedback at NYPI tomorrow and receive positive response from Community Boards
MH Mediate People Mailing List Members Meeting Attendees Advisory Committee? Looking for people to get more involved Looking for organizations Looking for conferences/events
Mental Health Terminology Overview There are multiple, evolving languages to use to describe mental health We need to decide on a language to use in MH Mediate We need to ensure a cultural competency and awareness of all languages
Terminology: Medical Model Medical Language – Mental Illness Who counts as “mentally ill” and who doesn’t? Do brain injury, mental retardation, or developmental disorders count? These labels are changing as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) changes What problems are “serious”? “severe”? Diagnoses change, co-occur, and have different implications for different people Chronic (am I always mentally ill) or only when acutely mentally ill Disabled?
MindFreedom * Psychiatric survivor * Person labeled with a psychiatric disability * Person diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder * Person with a mental health history * Person with mental health issues * Consumer/Survivor/eX-inmate (CSX) * Person who has experienced the mental health system * Person experiencing severe and overwhelming mental and emotional problems (describe, such as "despair") * Person our society considers to have very different and unusual behavior (describe, such as "not sleeping")
Questions Who can we turn to for answers in defining this? Pathology Culture Evolving medical model How do we address this? Idea: We anticipate mental health needs without asking someone to define them explicitly, and we are universal in our language.
Mental Health Professionals Overview How much contact should a mediator have with mental health professionals? Neutral mental health professionals Learn about disorders before mediation? Come to mediation to ensure fairness? “resource person”? Parties’ mental health professionals Speak to mediator before mediation? Come to the mediation? Conduct the mediation? (if trained) Other situations?
Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals ????
Specific Example As part of our intake, when someone indicates that they are working with a counselor or therapist and the subject matter of the mediation could involve some mental health issues, we have asked if that client would be willing to sign a consent to release information with us and the therapist. For example: Discrimination due to MI, family mediation couples therapy Cases where I have not asked for consent: landlord tenant mediation, small claims-type contract mediation.
Other Issues Will promises be kept? Assessing realistic goals Differences between mediation and therapy
Next Steps for Contributors 9/12 to 11/12 – get feedback from interns Gayle will do 2.5 hours a week Cissy’s intern suggestion in neuropsychobiological areas of conflict and conflict resolution Blog Share Powerpoint