Jul 102010

This article may be found on the National Association of the Deaf website. The National Association of the Deaf released a Model Mental Health for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals Bill of Rights, along with a support statement designed to both to encourage activists and to educate legislators. While neither is a legal document, the NAD hopes that this sample Bill of Rights will help deaf and hard of hearing people, and their allies, convince their legislators to pass new laws containing many or all of the same protections as the Bill. Many states do not currently have any mandates or requirements for fully accessible mental health treatment. The NAD created this Model Mental Health Bill of Rights to guide advocates who wish to push for the creation of new laws in their state that would require fully accessible and appropriate mental health services. The NAD has also developed a Support Statement to help advocates convince legislators to pass this Model Mental Health Bill of Rights.

– Thanks to DBTAC: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Bulletin