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Organizers Forum: Mental Health and Disability Rights

  • Tuesday, February 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Call-in: 1 (712) 832-8310
  • Passcode: 125175#
  • RSVP online

On this call, we’ll talk about how to address – in the media and in society – the growing and false assumption that mental health disabilities and gun violence are linked. Speakers will discuss how to fight federal legislation, called the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), which will limit the rights of people with mental illness. They call will educate participants on next steps on the bill and how to advocate to oppose this legislation. We welcome thoughts and comments from others on what we can all do to challenge harmful assumptions about mental health.


  • Mike Bachhuber, Executive Director of Independent Living Council of Wisconsin, Inc., and Co-Chair of National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Mental Health Subcommittee
  • Dara Baldwin, Senior Public Policy Analysts at National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

Thank you to the National Disability Leadership Alliance for sponsoring the captioning of this call. If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let us know as soon as possible.

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  • Because we want to maximize the generously donated CART services, we will begin the call promptly at 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Mark your calendars! The Organizer’s Forum has a call on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern.