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Program Information
Program Name: The Freedom Center
Year the Program was Started: 2005
Public Contact Person: Will Hall
Address: Box 623
Northhampton, MA 01060
Telephone #: 877 677 6424
Email Address: info@freedom-center.org
Website URL: www.freedom-center.org
Program Category: Advocacy, Community Education, Drop-in Center, Homeless Outreach, Peer Support, Support Group, Other
Target Participants:
Other
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Under $10,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 20+
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website, Other
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: End forced treatment, imposed diagnosic labels, and coercon in system. Ensure informed consent and accessible treatment options and choice. Promote human rights, self-determination, and activism for system.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Outcomes have been assessed for this program. (Ongoing research at Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke, etc.)
Program Mission Statement: Our goals are to end all forced and coercion, including involuntary treatment and forced drugging; to defend our human rights; to ensure that all treatment decisions are based on true informed consent and accurate information; to reverse the ineffective practice of psychiatric drugging as the standard of medical care for psychosis; to end all psychiatric drugging of children; to support effective alternatives to address emotional crisis such as nutrition, excerise, and holistic health care; to promote voluntary, non-paternalistic social skupports such as peer-run programs, housing, income, and therapy; to creat Soteria House-style alternative programs; ti expose psychiatric and pharmaceutical industry myths, progaganda, and corruption; tomake true client control and empowerment the center of all mental health services; to reduce and eliminate reliance on wasteful buresucracles and expensive professional elites; to spread tools to address trauma; to end fear and misunderstanding of "madness" and extreme states of consciousness; and to make common cause with progressive movements for social justice and ecological balance.
Additional Information: Sbout half of our members are taking psychiatric medications. We respect choice and everyone finding their own way to heal. We help people who want to get off psychiatric drugs.

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