This post contains:
- A section from the “Written Testimony” I submitted last week at the Ohio House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on November 13th in opposition to their proposed legislation “affecting the mentally ill”; followed by
- Video Journal Numero Deux which provides an update on both mood and legislative activity — note: mood is somber…
HOPELESSNESS — Removal of my Civil Rights Without Justifiable Cause: Resulting Lag in Capability to Cultivate Self-Autonomy, Self-Confidence & Self-Respect.
Now, last month, October 2013, I dealt with Ohio Senate Bill 43, which proposed that our state government step in, regardless of presence of immediate harm, and unjustifiably remove from our mentally ill population their civil rights, and force unwanted and incompetent medical treatment upon them. And yet, here we are just one month later, in November 2013, and I find myself again dealing with the same proposed legislation! Now relabeled and repackaged not only as Ohio House Bill 104, but also, Substitute Ohio House Bill 104 (just in case they can’t get the first one voted through), both of course, proposing, that our state government step in, regardless of presence of immediate harm, and unjustifiably remove from our mentally ill population their civil rights, and force unwanted and incompetent medical treatment upon them. I mean, I don’t even know what to say…
And I don’t know if you know, but then too, someone else dealt with Ohio House Bill 299 back in 2007 and 2008 (suggested “Jason’s Law”), which proposed that our state government step in, regardless of presence of immediate harm, and unjustifiably remove from our mentally ill population their civil rights, and force unwanted and incompetent medical treatment upon them. I mean, talk about sociologically “justified” discrimination against our mentally ill population…
I’m not sure it can get any worse than this. The only thing I am sure of is that I cannot sit by acquiescently and watch you harm my people anymore. I would rather lose my job, lose my ability to fund all of my health insurance coverage, and watch you blow my flame out and cage my spirit, and then kill myself because of you and the harm you allow to happen in this world that we must live in together, than sit by idly and watch you continue to harm my people. My people deserve so much better than this. I, deserve so much better than this.
You continue to dance the same dance, all the while believing for some reason, or just consciously disregarding and pretending, that even without the key distinction between our proposed law and Kendra’s Law, that we will still reap the same results. The key distinction is the funding provided to uphold the treatment programs promised by such laws — New York dedicated $32 million to move Kendra’s Law from theory into operation. To the best of my knowledge, Ohio has dedicated nothing.
The legal language between Kendra’s Law and Substitute House Bill 104 may be the same, but please acknowledge that without funding, the effects will not be equal. All you are doing in effect, with all of this proposed legislation, is stripping us of our civil rights without providing the treatment promised, the very basis for the reason which justifies your argument for removing our civil rights in the first place.
You promise us nothing. You agree only to remove from us our vital civil liberties — civil liberties vital to any human being, vital to support any kind of opportunity for any human being to cultivate self-autonomy, self-confidence and self-respect — and in return, we are promised your continued acquiescence supporting others’ discrimination against us?
I don’t think so. You need to think again. You need to think different.