• Petitioned Federal Government and State of California

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President Obama and Governor Jerry Brown of California
Federal Government and State of California
California Governor
President of the United States
California State Senate
California State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Help the Mentally Ill by changing the HIPPA law

    1. Rena Levine
    2. Petition by

      Rena Levine

      San Diego, United States

Families of mentally ill adults have no access to information about their loved ones under the so called "protection" of the current HIPAA Laws. When a mentally ill adult gets picked up by law enforcement officers, even if the family member called 911 or the law enforcement, they are not allowed to even tell the family member where they are taking your mentally ill family member -- to what hospital, to jail, to an institution, etc. -- you can't get ANY INFORMATION -- and therefore you cannot really help. The doctors can't give you a diagnosis, the police can't tell you where your adult child or husband or wife is or if they have been released! If these people had a disease like cancer or a heart attack, and we called 911, we would be able to find out if they are still in the hospital, we would be able to ask the doctor what the treatment options are, etc. Why can we not do this for the mentally ill? It's totally unfair and causes many families to eventually abandon their mentally ill family members since they can't help and can't even keep track of where they are. This results in many of these people living on the street! By simply changing the HIPAA Law to allow family members access to information about our seriously mentally ill family members, our streets would have many, many less homeless people. Many of the people who are suffering with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other serious mental disorders would be able to be helped by family members who could advocate for these people who need their help! 1% of the population has a serious mental illness. They would be able to get help from their families if this law gets changed.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. 35 signatures and counting! Change the HIPAA LAW

      Rena Levine
      Petition Organizer

      We are on the way - this petition is something that needs be acknowledged by our government. The current HIPAA Law does NOT allow anyone any information about patients who are mentally ill -- I was just reading an account written by a caregiver who helped both of her parents through their last years -- both of them with Dementia and Alzheimers -- she an her siblings were all able to call 911, get immediate help, talk with hospitals, doctors, nurses, case workers, tot get he best care for their loved ones. Why are we not allowed to do this for our mentally ill adult children, siblings or parents? Where is the parity in the law? The sad answer is, there isn't parity. The HIPAA law won't allow the mentally ill to be helped by their families --although we desparately want to help! Please help us by signing this petition to get this unfair law changed -- sign now, or if you have already signed, please post on Facebook, email friends and family, spread the word.
      Thank you.

    3. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Mary Francis Davis GRENADA, MS
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I believe I'm helping the mentally, and a person CAN'T go wrong doing that!

    • Lynne Spear MESA, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      The families of the mentally ill should no longer be treated as the enemy.

    • Laura Ladeau MESA, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      I have a family member who is affected.

    • Tamie Holloway SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing to knock down the barriers to help my daugher. Since she turned 18 in September 2010 she has been in self destruct mode and deteriorating. She has Type 1 diabetes along with being diagnosed with Bi Polar disorder, ADHD, ODD, and was told on the spectrum for variences of Aspergers Syndrome. She has been in the hospital between 30-40 times for DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). At death's doorstep time and time again. It is obvious she is not able to care for herself. I leave messages to try to talk to the doctors, even stating they don't have to tell me anything, just to listen to the infomation/history I am able to give to try to help her.

    • Peggy Leong SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      When my sister was in assisted living with terminal cancer, I was allowed to know where she was, to ask questions, get answers, and to advocate for her. Mental illness is a physical disability, and the mentally ill should not be "disappeared" in this country.


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