Your Tax Dollars at Work: April 16, 2012 - MFI News Exclusive Does Governor Cuomo Know His New York State Institution is Forcibly Electroshocking Glen K.? by MindFreedom International Does Governor Cuomo of New York know that his Rockland Psychiatric Center is administering involuntary electroshock over and against the expressed wishes of the subject?You can ask Governor Cuomo if he is aware of this practice. It's in the public record: Glen K. is being forcibly subjected twice a week to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as shock treatment, in a New York state psychiatric institution -- Rockland Psychiatric Center -- where he is being held involuntarily. These shocks are administered to Glen K. over his clear and consistent protest, under the authority of a court order which authorizes a series of 120 shock treatments over a period of 12 months. This order also authorizes the hospital to chemically restrain Glen K. with involuntary psychiatric drugs, when he refuses medical procedures in preparation for ECT. On many occasions, the hospital has also employed physical and chemical restraints to overcome his resistance to ECT.Ironically, this MindFreedom exclusive investigation is being distributed on "tax day," because the New York government crusade to continue to forcibly electroshock Glen K. is all paid for by your precious federal and state taxpayer dollars.Glen K. Argues for His Right to Say "No" to Shock At a court hearing, Glen K. provided what an observer called an "eloquent expression" of why he was adamantly opposed to ECT. After all, Glen is an expert on electroshock, having received close to 100 shocks before.During this same court hearing, a court-appointed independent psychiatrist testified against subjecting Glen K. to continuing forced shock. The judge ignored this expert witness. In the end, the hospital prevailed and the judge issued the court order for involuntary electroshock.This court order is being appealed and the shocks were temporary halted by an order of the appellate court. However, that order to halt was vacated. That means the forced shocks of Glen K. are being allowed to continue and will continue to the full extent under the hearing court's order, unless Glen K. wins the appeal.Oral argument on this appeal will be heard this coming Thursday, 18 April 2012, before a panel of four judges of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department which sits in Brooklyn, New York.Glen K. and the Court of Public Opinion Glen K. is being represented by the Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS). MHLS will likely emphasize that Glen K.'s objection to further shock treatment was and is a fully informed one, and that he does not lack the requisite ability to make a reasoned treatment decision -- and thus should be free to decide what treatment he can be subjected to -- just because he disagrees with the hospital's recommendation.Further, the appellate court will be asked to accept that Glen K.'s complaint that the shock treatment is brain damaging is not a psychotic delusion but a complaint which echoes much recent scientific research and findings and one which cogently describes the ultimate effect of receiving hundreds of shock treatments.According to a legal expert, it is likely that if the appeal is defeated the hospital will apply for another order for 120 shocks once the challenged order expires, a practice the hospital has followed with other patients under its custody. Glen K. hopes the appellate court will understand that his expressed wish for an alternative treatment does not reflect an impairment in his judgment or thinking, but a sincere request for humane care and treatment.The appellate court will likely issue its decision four to six weeks after the argument is heard.No matter what the appellate court rules, it's time for the court of public opinion to speak out about how their taxpayers dollars are being wasted in a crusade to force electroshock over the expressed wishes of some of the most powerless citizens in the USA.~~~~~~~~~~~ *** ACTIONS *** ACTIONS *** ACTIONS *** Does Governor of New York Andrew M. Cuomo know about his State's administering forced electroshock over a citizen's clear objections?Ask him yourself! Please keep your question civil but strong on this handy web contact form: ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Additional actions:Please forward this news to appropriate sources on the Internet. The short link to this page is: you live in New York State? If you can attend Glen K's hearing, it's at Appellate Division, 2nd Department on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The courthouse is located in Brooklyn, NY at 45 Monroe Place with the calender call commencing at 10 AM. The case is likely to be heard as early as 11 AM but could start an hour or two later. These details may change.Also, MindFreedom New York State has a discussion list on this and other topics that current MFI members may join here: ISSUED BY MindFreedom International Initiative on Electroshock and Human RightsMore Info Links Some past successful campaigns to stop involuntary electroshock: * Elizabeth Ellis* Ray Sandford* Paul Henri Thomas in NY State* John Kelly in NY State's Rockland Psychiatric Center: At MFI's request, World Health Organization issued a written position in 2005 against all forced electroshock: of the few organizations in the USA to support involuntary electroshock is the American Psychiatric Association. For info about speaking up with MFI directly in front of the APA Annual Meeting see:http://www.boycottnormal.orgFor info about electroshock on MFI web site see: in helping this MFI campaign for Glen K.? 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