Consequences of Violating the Right to Therapy

This series will explore the potential consequences of violating the right to mental health therapy – consequences to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and to those who are the gatekeepers to such services such as professional guardians and primary care physicians. Reports will also delve into the financial consequences that the deprivation of mental health therapy can have on state and local resources, such as extra burdens being placed on entitlement programs, law enforcement services, and judicial proceedings. The series will be based on articles that have been produced by college interns working under the supervision of Tina Baldwin, […]

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – a time to bring attention to the large number of people who have this form of dementia and to make a societal commitment to improve treatment and eventually find a cure.  Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease that kills nerve cells and tissue in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan. Ultimately, if they live long enough, those with the disease will lose their ability to communicate, recognize family and friends, and care for themselves. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are more than 5 million individuals in the […]

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Interns

Internship Opportunities Available Spectrum Institute is offering internship opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and law students for the winter semester (Jan. 2022).  Applications for these unpaid internships should be submitted no later than December 1.  We will cooperate with the student and the university to assist the student to obtain academic credit for the internship. The internships fall into one of the following categories: Legal research and advocacy Social media promotion Podcast production and editing Journalism and investigative reporting Grant seeking and fundraising To inquire about an internship opportunity, contact: Thomas F. ColemanExecutive Directortomcoleman@spectruminstitute.org Interns – Fall 2021 Eneya Kwesele is […]

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Video Blog

April 24, 2021DOJ Investigation Has Implications for Conservatorships April 10, 2021Consequences of Denying Therapy to Adults with Developmental Disabilities. April 4, 2021Autism: From Awareness to Acceptance to Appreciation. March 4, 2021Spectrum Institute is pleased to participate in Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. March 3, 2021Trojan Horse: Legal Director Reviews California Bill Diminishing the Right to Counsel in Conservatorship Proceedings February 28, 2021Legal Director Explains Conservatorship Order of California Supreme Court

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Update on the Mental Health Project

February was a very busy month. We added 6 project advisors to the team. We launched a campaign inviting organizations to endorse the Mental Health Project’s statement of legal principles underlying the right of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have prompt and equal access to the full range of mental health therapies available to people without disabilities. We also started work a series of articles on Consequence of Violating the Right to Therapy. New Advisors to the Mental Health Project The number of projects advisors doubled in February. We are happy to welcome: Daniel B. LeGoff, PhD, LS, […]

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Mental Health Access

Purpose. The purpose of the Mental Health campaign of Spectrum Institute is to promote improved access to a full range of mental health therapies for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Focus. The campaign focuses on the role of guardians, conservators, and others who have assumed primary caregiving responsibilities for this special needs population.  These individuals are mental health therapy fiduciaries. Mission. The mission of the campaign is to educate these fiduciaries about their duty to take the necessary steps to implement the right of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have prompt access to the necessary and appropriate […]

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