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Heart Forward Conversations from the Heart

English, Health / Medicine, 4 seasons, 42 episodes, 1 day, 13 hours, 7 minutes
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The American mental health system is broken beyond repair. Rather than trying to tweak a system which fails everyone, it is time to commit to a bold vision for a better way forward. This podcast explores the American system against the plumb line of an international best practice, recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), in Trieste, Italy. The 40-year old Trieste model demonstrates how a community-based treatment system upholds the human rights of the people served.The Trieste story is anti-institutional and models the therapeutic value of social connection. Topics will address contemporary challenges in the American failed mental health system as contrasted with the Italian approach toward accoglienza – or radical hospitality – as the underpinning of their remarkable culture of caring for people. Interviews will touch upon how the guiding principles of the Italian system – social recovery, whole person care, system accountability, and the human right to a purposeful life – are non-negotiable aspects if we are to have any hope of forging a new way forward in our American mental health system.This podcast is curated and hosted by Kerry Morrison, founder and project director of Heart Forward LA (https://www.heartforwardla.org/). Heart Forward is collaborating with Peer Mental Health as the technical partner in producing this podcast (https://www.peermentalhealth.com/about/). Kerry Morrison is also the author of the blog www.accoglienza.us.
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From radical hospitality in LA County Twin Towers to the reality of state prison: A conversation with former inmate Mental Health Assistant Adrian Berumen (Part Two)

In Part II of this interview with Adrian Berumen, an inmate at Calipatria State Prison,  we track his journey from serving as an inmate Mental Health Assistant (MHA) at LA County Twin Towers to being sentenced to serve a 25-year to life sentence. Adrian’s story resonates with Heart Forward because his peer service, under the supervision of the LA Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and the LA County Correctional Health Services in LA County jail, exemplified the radical hospitality that undergirds the mission of our organization.  We note that Adrian spent 9 years at LA County jail awaiting his trial and in 2017 volunteered to move from Men’s Central Jail into Twin Towers to assist with the most seriously mentally ill inmates living in 141 E and F pod.  Over time, in collaboration with his partner Craigen Armstrong, who had been transferred from San Quentin’s Death Row to await a new trial, they began to flesh out their role as Mental Health Assistants.  In 2020, they collaborated on a book about their experience.Owing to the leadership of Supervisor Hilda Solis on the LA  Board of Supervisors, there is a commitment to expand the number of MHA's  and to provide greater support to their work.  Supervisor Solis had unanimous support for a motion she introduced in June 2023 to expand the number of MHA's three-fold.  More recently, in a November 2023 motion, which was seconded by Janice Hahn,  she asked for a report back in 90 days on a number of potential supports that would acknowledge the work of the inmate MHA's.Adrian’s story raises important questions:·       What does rehabilitation look like with our California prison system?·       Why can’t we consider a different model to come alongside prisoners with mental illness?  The pilot that has been successful in LA County could be replicated by CDCR.  This might be similar to the work done by the Gold Coats in San Luis Obispo County.·       Could LA County and CDCR negotiate an agreement that inmate MHA's doing this work in LA  could see their "credits" transferred to the state prison system?+++Podcast interview S1 Ep 5  conducted  in 2020.12/23  article in LA Times:  Seeking Redemption:  A death row Inmate’s journey into LA County’s largest psych ward.Prison Levels in CA State SystemWebsite which documents the work of the  Mental Health AssistantsTo contact Adrian Berumen, BU 1415PO Box 1415Calipatria State PrisonCalipatria, CA 92233-5007To support this podcast - you can donate HERE. 
2/13/202446 minutes, 14 seconds
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From radical hospitality in LA County Twin Towers to the reality of state prison: A conversation with former inmate Mental Health Assistant Adrian Berumen (Part One)

 In this 2 -part interview with Adrian Berumen, an inmate at Calipatria State Prison,  we track his journey from serving as an inmate Mental Health Assistant (MHA) at LA County Twin Towers to being sentenced to serve a 25-year to life sentence. Adrian’s story resonates with Heart Forward because his peer service, under the supervision of the LA Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and the LA County Correctional Health Services in LA County jail, exemplified the radical hospitality that undergirds the mission of our organization.  We note that Adrian spent nine years at LA County jail awaiting his trial and in 2017 volunteered to move from Men’s Central Jail into Twin Towers to assist with the most seriously mentally ill inmates living in 141 E and F pod.  Over the course of this time, in collaboration with his partner Craigen Armstrong, who had been transferred from San Quentin’s Death Row to await a new trial, they began to flesh out their role as Mental Health Assistants.  In 2020, they collaborated on a book about their experience.Owing to the leadership of Supervisor Hilda Solis on the LA  Board of Supervisors, there is a commitment to expand the number of MHA's  and to provide greater support to their work.  Supervisor Solis had unanimous support for a motion she introduced in June 2023 to expand the number of MHA's three-fold.  More recently, in a November 2023 motion, which was seconded by Janice Hahn,  she asked for a report back in 90 days on a number of potential supports that would acknowledge the work of the inmate MHA's.Adrian’s story raises important questions:·       What does rehabilitation look like with our California prison system?·       Why can’t we consider a different model to come alongside prisoners with mental illness?  The pilot that has been successful in LA County could be replicated by CDCR.  This might be similar to the work done by the Gold Coats in San Luis Obispo County.·       Could LA County and CDCR negotiate an agreement that inmate MHA's doing this work in LA  could see their "credits" transferred to the state prison system?Resources:Podcast interview S1 Ep 5  conducted  in 2020.12/23  article in LA Times:  Seeking Redemption:  A death row Inmate’s journey into LA County’s largest psych ward.Prison Levels in CA State SystemWebsite which documents the work of the  Mental Health AssistantsTo contact Adrian Berumen, BU 1415PO Box 1415Calipatria State PrisonCalipatria, CA 92233-5007
2/5/202456 minutes, 5 seconds
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Heart Forward: Conversations from the Heart Introduction

Welcome to Heart Forward: Conversations from the Heart. The American mental health system is broken and voices for change will be featured each week. We are inspired by the global best practice in Trieste Italy. If they can treat people with such kindness, then so can we. Be encouraged. First episode airs on October 7, 2020.
9/25/20203 minutes, 33 seconds