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What does CHRUSP do?

New CHRUSP Priorities 2016 and Beyond   pdf

Download CHRUSP document on goals, 5 activity areas and 3 dimensions

Current Activities

Standard-setting and promotion of human rights

CHRUSP has worked with the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and the International Disability Alliance CRPD Forum on advocacy materials, including the OPCAT Recommendations on Monitoring Psychiatric Institutions.

Law reform

CHRUSP is in the early stages of developing a project to analyze U.S. legislation on legal capacity and mental health in light of the CRPD and make appropriate recommendations.

Human rights monitoring and enforcement

CHRUSP is coordinating work on a report on the human rights of persons with disabilities for the Universal Periodic Review of the United States, which will take place in the Human Rights Council on November 5, 2010. The report is completed (see UPR Report) and work has begun to lobby UN delegations to make recommendations requested by our report. Please contact us if you would like to participate.


CHRUSP has supplied speakers for conferences and seminars in the U.S. and in other countries including Spain, Australia and Canada.

CHRUSP is planning to produce DVDs to promote awareness and understanding of human rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Spotlight on issues

CHRUSP is concerned about the use of repressive mental health interventions in the penal system and about the uncritical promotion of coercive medical model mental health treatment as a panacea for criminal justice problems. CHRUSP will be undertaking advocacy and educational activities to oppose the medicalization of criminal justice and promote alternatives supportive to prison abolition and reform movements, and supportive of the full human rights of people labeled with psychiatric disabilities.

CHRUSP services

CHRUSP offers its services to support the work of other organizations whose goals are compatible with the CHRUSP mission. These services can include:

  • Supplying information and analysis applying CRPD and other human rights norms
  • Providing speakers and conducting workshops
  • Assisting organizations to develop advocacy materials and strategies

Depending on the nature of the engagement, fees may be requested. If funding is needed to carry out these activities, CHRUSP will work with the organization requesting its services to apply for grants or conduct fundraising activities.