Who We Are
The PeerVoice NC Recovery Alternatives to Force and Coercion (RAFT) Coalition is focused on advocating for quality, voluntary services for individuals when experiencing crisis.
RAFT is person-driven; optimizes the autonomy and independence of a person in distress; provides individuals and/or advocates with resources for making informed decisions: and protects the rights of individuals when experiencing acute symptoms. This includes creating environments of non-discrimination relative to other medical care systems.
Peers and allies play a crucial role in an individual’s ability to weather disruptive and distressing experiences of crisis. Professionals and systems of care may also become allies when educated and supported to provide ethical and recovery- oriented care a person who has developed a mental health crisis.
PVNC’s RAFT coalition is comprised of people impacted by involuntary hospitalization, family members, clinicians and lawyers that are gathering data and examining the use of involuntary commitment (IVC) in NC including:
Volume of IVC across each region
Reasons for IVC (policies, legal, beliefs, liability, community gaps)
Alternatives to IVC (national and international models and policies)
Impact of IVC (trauma, cost, service engagement, human rights, etc.)
Strategies to expand community-based recovery alternatives