"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

- United States Declaration of Independence

Organizational and Individual Supporters


Here is a list of some organizations and individuals which sponsored and/or testified on behalf of the “Five Fundamental Rights” Bill during the 2009-2010 Session of the Massachusetts State Legislature:

American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts Chapter

Arise for Social Justice, Springfield, MA

Association for Behavioral Health Care, Boston, MA

Center for Public Representation, Newton, MA (Including Atty. Susan Stefan)

Central Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community

Coalition for the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CLRD), Boston, MA

Disability Law Center of Massachusetts

Disability Policy Consortium, Boston, MA

Attorney Jim Gottstein, PsychRights, Anchorage, AK

Dr. Frances E. Kuo, Director, Landscape and Human Health Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Massachusetts Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (MASSPRA)

Massachusetts Association of Statewide Independent Living Centers

Massachusetts Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Metro Boston Recovery Leaning Community

Metro Suburban Recovery Leaning Community, Quincy, MA

M-POWER (Massachusetts People/Patients Organized for Wellness Empowerment and Rights)

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Greater Boston Consumer Affiliate Network (NAMI-GB CAN)

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA)

National Empowerment Center – Judi Chamberlin, Dr. Dan Fisher, Judene Shelley, and Debbie Whittle

Service Employees Industrial Union (SEIU), Local 509 Chapter, Watertown, MA

Southeastern Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community

The Transformation Center, Boston, MA

United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) – Marcie Granahan, CEO

Robert Whitaker

Windhorse Associates, Northampton, MA