CT Senator Submits Bill Limiting Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes


Saying “It is a form of elder abuse. It’s chemical restraint — no less pernicious and insidious than physical restraint of patients — and it should be stopped,” Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal submitted a bill (co-sponsored by senators Herb Kohl and Chuck Grassley) to crack down on off-label prescribing of antipsychotics in nursing homes.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. If it is chemical restraint, in an old person with a REAL BRAIN DISEASE, dementia, how the (censored) can it be “real treatment” in a young person with a fake or putative brain disease?

    People who care about the very old, and the very young, the exclusion of the majority in the middle, adults, young adults, middle aged, etc… are suspect to me.

    I kind of get sick of the special attention paid to kids and old people. ALL people should be protected from being brain raped by “chemical restraint” drugs.

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