Reimagining Crisis Support: Matrix, Roadmap and Policy
Reimagining Crisis Support aims to shift the conversation about personal crisis from one based in mental health discourse to one based in a social model of disability and human rights.
The book's primary thesis is that crisis support can be reimagined as support for decision-making and maintaining an independent life in the community - as provided for under Articles 12 and 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Community-based, non-discriminatory conflict resolution and violence prevention are complementary to crisis support but are distinct as they involve more than one person's needs and interests at the same time.
The book explains its key premises and sets out some elements of decision-making support for personal crisis, then explores the Matrix of rights and implementation measures set out in the Convention that provide a scaffolding for a social, human rights-based approach to crisis support.
It then provides a Roadmap of aspirational transformations and strategies that are needed to create the conditions in which reimagined crisis support can be meaningfully realized. These range from large-scale social justice aims such as Democratize Knowledge and Strengthen Communitarian Practices to Tools such as 'Pilot projects' and 'Evaluate existing support practices'.
A section on Policy addresses key issues for translating the model presented into national policy. This should be read in conjunction with the chapter on Implementation: Legislative Reform that is included in the Matrix section.
This book is intended for diverse audiences from policymakers to grassroots activists. It is grounded in both a US context (inevitably as the personal informs the political) and wider perspectives from global networking.