Immigration is a controversial political topic right now, but what is it like to flee a war-torn country as a child? What lasting psychological effects do refugees face? Is involuntary commitment an effective way to help people in emotional crisis to heal, or is there another way? Can peer support and trauma informed care lead to lasting recovery for people experiencing a mental health crisis? Khatera Aslami Tamplen, an Afghan-American and the Consumer Empowerment Manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Services as well as the Governor’s appointee to the California Mental Health Oversight Committee discusses trauma, involuntary commitment, and the value of letting people have a say in their own mental health recovery.