In case you missed our Education Meeting on June 2
Tips from our June 2, 2020 Education Meeting speaker Tommie Thompson
- Teach loved ones to not resist arrest. Call 911 and ask for CIT officers if possible.
- Teach loved ones to require an attorney to be present to talk.
- Know your family medical and mental health history. Be persistent to get facts.
- Reduce the Duration of Untreated Psychosis (DUP) as much as possible.
- Get an attorney if at all possible and try to get into mental health court.
- Be aware of timelines for Habeas Corpus and Motions to Modify Sentences.
- Have loved one sign release of information / HIPAA forms in every facility.
- Enlist every resource ASAP. Don’t waste time!
- Stay connected with loved one, administration, Wardens, Counselors, “Family Days”
- Provide support – visitations, mail, phone & commissary accounts, food / property
- Network and obtain outside resources like Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR).
- Advocate – NAMI Smarts – Mental Health Day and Justice Days
- Never give up HOPE.