One of the hardest things in the world is to be is a long-time activist who is both successful and principled. We are bringing one such person to you today. Sally Zinman’s biography in the mental disability movement dates from the late 1970s when she founded and coordinated a client-run organization that developed a community center and residence program. She has been working in peer-run organizations ever since.
Today, Sally Zinman works statewide with the California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations and is a consultant with Alameda County's Behavior Health Services in the ConsumerEmpowerment Department. Adrienne Lauby talks with Ms Zinman about the gradual adoption of peer-run recovery models of mental treatment and the new regressive forced home commitment law, AB 1421. A look at the past and the path ahead.