autismserenity:

stimmyabby:

pathelogicaliar:

stimmyabby:

it is really, really important that you contact your senators and tell them to oppose the murphy bill/hr2646

if it passes it will

– weaken the privacy of mentally ill people and strip us of our HIPAA rights. it explicitly allows doctors to “disclose the protected health information of a patient with a mental illness” to family members in situations where “the patient does not consent and the patient is not incapacitated or in an emergency circumstance”. of course, adults should have a right to privacy even if their parents are great, but keep in mind that this will result in people’s private medical information being disclosed to their abusive family members. that’s scary.

and

–  require states to pass laws allowing “Assisted Outpatient Treatment” (also called “Assertive Community Treatment”) to get mental health grants. that sounds good- I mean, “assist” means “help”- but in this case “assisted” means “forced”. “Assisted Outpatient Treatment” allows people to be forced to take meds and accept other forms of treatment even when they are not deemed a danger to themselves or others. I have been forced to take medication that damaged my physical and mental health by doctors who wouldn’t listen to me. so have many other people I know. this is terrifying. 

I am scared. my friends are scared. a bunch of people are saying they will be too scared to try and access mental health services if this passes. this has already passed the house, and if we don’t do anything it will also pass the senate. but there’s good news: this bill has not had a lot of media coverage, which means that your voice really matters.

please contact your senators. email them. more effective, write them. even more effective, call them (info on how to contact them) (info on what to say). spread the word on social media. tell your friends. arrange a calling party. do whatever you can. this is important. we can do this.

I borrowed from the above text and made a template for anyone who isn’t thrilled with writing to their leaders. Calling is fine too, I just wanted to make this available. Feel free to edit as needed, but remember the best way to reach your representatives is quick, unemotional, fact-based communications. If you add to it, cut the template down to size and try to fall around 3 paragraphs TOPS. If you are military, include your branch and your rank. If you are not a registered voter, remove that note from the template. 

To Senator xxxxxxxxxx and his/her respective colleagues:

I am a taxpaying citizen and registered voter writing to you, my representative, urging you to oppose The Murphy Bill HR2646. If it passes, it will weaken the privacy of mentally ill people and strip them of their HIPAA rights. It explicitly allows doctors to “disclose the protected health information of a patient with a mental illness” to family members in situations where “the patient does not consent and the patient is not incapacitated or in an emergency circumstance”.  This could result in people’s private medical information being disclosed to potentially abusive family members.

If The Murphy Bill passes, it will also require states to pass laws allowing “Assisted Outpatient Treatment” (also called “Assertive Community Treatment”) to get mental health grants. That may sound good, but in this case, “assisted” means “forced”. “Assisted Outpatient Treatment” allows people to be FORCED to take meds and accept other forms of treatment even when they are not deemed a danger to themselves or others.

“Mental Illness” is not synonymous with “Incapacitated”, and therefore cannot result in infringed rights.

I’m concerned that this bill will inflict a huge violation of privacy and consent to countless citizens. Please join me in my opposition to HR2646.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME

also if you have a personal story about the ways in which this bill could effect you or your family/friends/patients, or a personal story about the harm of forced treatment, you can share that

if you are a constituent leave your address

maybe not the sentence about “this may sound good” because they already know what it is

for my readers in the US!

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