Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to Complain: About CPEP


Today’s mail brought this message from Ms R:  “I would like to learn how to complain. My child and I had a three-day ordeal with Stonybrook CPEP, Long Island, NY, in which I am trying to draft a letter to send … Continue reading

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“Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill”


A brief interruption from my “How to Complain” series in order to bring you one of the most awesome essays I’ve every read. Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill Posted on February 26, 2012 by Bruce Levine, Ph.D. In … Continue reading

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How to Complain: Mental Hygiene Legal Service


So Charles Bartlett had been locked up for thirty-two years when the Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS) found him and asked if he wanted out.  He replied, “I’ve been waiting a long time for you,” and then it took the MHLS nine … Continue reading

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How to Complain: PAIMI and the MHLS


So, for starters, agencies that have PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) should change their policy so that anyone can refer a mentally ill person for protection.  The lawyer can take the information from anyone, then go find the mentally … Continue reading

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How to Complain: Family and PAIMI


I’ve learned an awful lot about how to file complaints and what it all comes up to is finding and filing with the government agency that has oversight over whoever is screwing with you.  I only have found one instance … Continue reading

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How to Complain: Pride of Person


There are two directions to go in filing an effective complaint.  One is to follow the money and the other is to follow the licensure path.  In short, threaten the abusive person’s livelihood.  That gets their attention real fast. In … Continue reading

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How to Complain: An Introduction


Last night I had a phone call from a fellow who had just discovered my blog.  He was frustrated and overflowing with stories of the abuse he’s suffered at the hands of the psychiatric system.  He also was off on … Continue reading

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