In memory of Mark Garofoli
  • Petitioned The Michigan State legislature.

This petition was delivered to:

Representative and Speaker Pro Tempore John Walsh
The Michigan State legislature.

In memory of Mark Garofoli

    1. Mark Garofoli
    2. Petition by

      Mark Garofoli

      Livonia, MI

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This law would empower a spouse or guardian, relative, private health practitioner, the director of an approved service program (or the directors designeee) or any 3 adults that have personal knowledge of the respondents substance abuse, to file a petition for involuntary assessment and stabilization.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. **** Michigan House Bill 4486 signed into law today! ****

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      It took 2 years, but our goal was finally accomplished today when Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4486 into law at 4:25pm today. This takes affect immediately. If you know of someone in Michigan that is legally an adult, and you feel they have a serious substance abuse problem which endangers their life or the lives of others, you can petition the court in their county for an involuntary assessment and stabilization.

      Thank you so much for your support in signing this petition. There is a serious problem in Michigan that can finally be addressed now.

    2. UPDATED NEWS - GOVERNOR SIGNING BILL NEXT WEEK!!

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! Just received this e-mail regarding our House Bill:

      "Hi Mark,
      The Governor’s office just called and wants to do the bill signing at 4:15 pm on Tuesday, June 24 in his office in Lansing. Are you able to attend? Unfortunately, this is the only time they have for us. If this time doesn't work, he can do a make-up bill signing next month, but it will just be a photo-op because the bill will have already been signed. Please let me know if you and Carol can come to the Capitol for the bill signing.

      Thanks,
      Valerie"

      ALMOST THERE!!!

    3. UPDATED NEWS - MEDIA COVERAGE

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Now that this bill will soon become law, it's about getting the word out there to let people know there is help coming. Here is the link showing the story that ran on WDIV channel 4 Detroit last night:

      http://m.clickondetroit.com/news/New-law-could-allow-forced-treatment-for-addiction/26446586

      New law could allow forced treatment for addiction

      A local family has been pushing a new bill to allow family to petition for loved ones to get treatment for addiction so that people don't lose their children like they lost their son.

    4. UPDATE

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Spoke with a woman from The Port Huron New Herald yesterday. Did a phone interview, and she said it will be published soon. Carol and I went to the WDIV channel 4 Detroit studios this morning and did an interview with Steve Garagiola that will air tonight at 6pm.

    5. UPDATED INFORMATION !!

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      I just now received an e-mail from Representative John Walsh's Legislative Aide stating:

      Great news, HB 4486 passed the Senate 38 to 0. It still has to be signed by the Governor, but there is no reason to believe he won’t sign it.
      Rep. Walsh is going to ask the Governor if he would allow Rep. Walsh to be at the bill signing. If so, we will let you know when it is because he would like to invite you and Carol as well.Congratulations and thanks for all your efforts and commitment to this issue

    6. UPDATED INFORMATION

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Just received this e-mail from Representative John Walsh's Legislative Aide stating: "Good news, it looks like the involuntary treatment bill may be voted on in the Senate next week. I will let you know if I can find out the exact day."

      Almost there.......

    7. UPDATED INFORMATION

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Received an e-mail today from Representative John Walsh's Legislative Aide stating: "The House and Senate are on break right now. They will be back next week. Walsh spoke to the Senate Majority leader a few weeks ago but we have no commitment on an exact date for running the bill but the point of the meeting was to make him aware of the bill and encourage vote on it. I am sure they will put it on the agenda but I just don't have a date yet."

    8. UPDATED INFORMATION

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Received an e-mail today regarding todays Senate Committee meeting on our Bill: "All went well and they voted on it in committee. It pass committee unanimously. Now the bill will be referred to the full Senate floor. I’ll let you know when the Senate Majority Leader puts it on the calendar for a vote, but things are looking good!"

      Almost there.....

    9. UPDATED INFORMATION

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Today I received an e-mail from Representative John Walsh legislative aide stating: "It looks like the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the substance abuse involuntary treatment bill on Tuesday, March 18 at 2:30pm. Do you want to speak and share your story with committee members? This committee is much smaller than the House Judiciary Committee so they tend to allow less time for testimony. You would have a few minutes to speak if you like. This is the equivalent to the meeting that your wife attended and the one you tried to attend (the snow storm day). If the chairman believes the bill has support among the committee members he may call for a vote. If the chairman thinks the bill needs more work based on questions from the committee members then he may hold off a week or so on the vote until the questions are answered. That is the prerogative of the chairman. The bill has to pass both the House and the Senate to become law."

    10. UPDATED INFORMATION

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Representative John Walsh's Legislative Aide stating: "The substance abuse involuntary treatment bill just passed in the House 102 to 8. Now it will be referred to a Senate committee for a hearing. We don’t know what committee it will be referred to and when they will give it a hearing, but I will let you know as soon as I hear."

    11. UPDATED INFORMATION - CONTINUED

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      After it passes the House, it will be referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing. The Chairman of that committee has full responsibility for choosing a date for the hearing, but I will be encouraging him to put it on the agenda as soon as possible. I do not know how many other bills are already in the pipeline and ahead of this bill. Once it passes the Senate Judiciary Committee it will be referred to the full Senate for a vote. The Senate Majority Leader has the discretion to determine when he will schedule a vote, but again, I will be encouraging a vote as soon as possible. Once the bill passes the Senate it will be sent to the governor for his signature, assuming the Senate doesn’t make any amendments to the bill. If they amend the bill, it will have to come back to the House for one more vote. If the amendment is minor, this process will add another week to the process. If the amendments are major, it could add several weeks.

    12. UPDATED INFORMATION

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      I received this e-mail from Representative Walsh on Tuesday: Again, I am sorry that the Judiciary Committee was not able to vote at the meeting this past Thursday. There were numerous representatives driving from Southeast Michigan who missed the meeting because they were stuck in traffic. Thus, the committee did not have a quorum. Like almost any other board or committee, the rules require a quorum to vote. Additionally, the committee chair could not extend the length of the meeting because many of the representatives had other committee scheduled immediately following Judiciary. Unfortunately, sometimes Mother Nature just doesn’t cooperate.The plan is to vote on the bill in the Judiciary Committee this Thursday, Jan. 30. Then it will be referred to the full House. I expect that the full House will be able to vote on it by mid-February. I am already working with House members and supporters of the bill to line up the 56 votes necessary to pass the bill.

    13. Update - Updated Bill to be voted on in Michigan House of Representatives!

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Received this e-mail from Representative John Walshs Legislative Aide today stating: "The bill is definitely on the agenda for this Thursday (1/23/14). I don’t expect any testimony. Rep. Walsh will explain the differences between this bill and the last version and then he will take questions from the committee members. The committee members will be voting on the bill."

    14. UPDATE INFO - E-MAIL FROM HIS LEGISLATIVE AIDE TODAY:

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Rep. Walsh has requested a hearing by the end of the year, but that isn’t a guarantee of a hearing. Rep. Walsh is not the Chair of Judiciary so it isn’t in his control. Nevertheless, he has expressed to the Chair that this bill is important to him. He has done everything he possibly can, but the bill needed work since the last hearing based on input from the stakeholders. We have moved that process along as fast as we can, but for a bill to pass it is important that the stakeholders have sufficient time to review, make suggestions, and that those suggestions can be incorporated if necessary. This is critical to securing enough votes to pass the bill not only in committee, but also in the full House and Senate. This stakeholder input has taken place and now we are just waiting for another hearing. He can’t force the Chairman to take up the bill, but he has made it known that he would like a hearing. Please know they often determine the Judiciary Committee agenda the day before.

    15. UPDATE INFO

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      After e-mailing Representative John Walsh's legislative aide today to ask for an update, she responded: "Hi Mark, we met with the bill drafter from the Legislative Services Bureau and reviewed the suggested changes that came from the Association representing the Substance Abuse Coordinating Councils. It is rather complicated to take statute from another state and try to make it work within Michigan’s Mental Health Code so I don’t know when to expect a draft, but the bill drafter is trying to incorporate many of the suggestions into the bill. This bill is a priority for Rep. Walsh so we will be following up with her so that we can review the updated document and then have another hearing." I asked when she thought that would be, and she responded: "Sorry, I don’t know how long it will take the bill drafter. I would guess a few weeks, but that is only a guess. She has other bills that she is working on as well and has to try to get to all of them."

    16. UPDATE INFO

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Today I received an e-mail from Representative John Walsh's legislative aide stating: Hi Mark, we had a workgroup meeting. There were at least 8 people in attendance from the Department of Community Health, the Probate Judges Association, and the Michigan Association of Substance Abuse Coordination Agencies. Overall they are supportive of the idea behind the bill, but have concerns with the process for petitioning the court for involuntary stabilization and assessment. Many of them do not believe the process is well enough defined. Some of them mentioned that there are procedures in the Michigan Mental Health Act that should be incorporated into this bill. Others mentioned that there are might be procedures in other state’s laws (Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, and Washington) that should be reviewed . We will be reviewing these statutes over the next month to determine if there are procedures that would work in Michigan and would address their concerns and better define the process

    17. *** UPDATE ***

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Today, I received an e-mail from John Walshs Legislative Aide. She said:

      "Hi Mark,
      Just wanted to let you know that the bill was enrolled and given a new bill number for 2013. It is House Bill 4486 and can be viewed at the www.legislature.gov. The bill language is the same as last year. Changes may be needed, but if so, we can do them as amendments. Rep. Walsh is working to get a Judiciary hearing for the bill. I’ll let you know as soon as we hear from the Chairman that we have a hearing.

      Thanks,
      Sincerely,
      Valerie Knol
      Legislative Aide
      Speaker Pro Tempore John Walsh

    18. Reached 750 signatures
    19. A television interview I did on the program "Street Beat" on CW50 (WKBD)

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Shows me detailing the day my son took his own life, shows his picture, and shows the petition web site.

    20. Reached 500 signatures
    21. Here is a WWJ Detroit AM 95 radio interview

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      Media coverage so far.

    22. Added a link to the proposed bill.

      Mark Garofoli
      Petition Organizer

      This will let you read/print the actual bill.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Miracle DETROIT, MI
      • 4 months ago

      I have seen my daughter in such a state as she can not help herself and ever attempt I make is nullified by current law. She needs intervention as she is so totally incapacitated that she attempts to get into treatment by is declined because she is to high to walk in. Numerous family have signed papers to have her evaluated after she mixed Heroine with Xanax. The Hospital dismissed 3 petitions and released her with a Xanax prescription, I documented this and have copies of the whole unbelievable process. We are a family in tears.

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    • linda wigand LIVONIA, MI
      • 4 months ago

      My 19 year old son has been addicted to bezos for two years now. We were able to get him to go to rehab twice. Both times he was only in for four days before he was released. This last time he refused treatment knowing our financial problems. Even though we have good insurance. Well he now sits in wayne county jail awaiting sentencing on 2 felony charges of larceny. He is not a thief. He was getting into unlocked cars and taking items to support his drug habit. No he did not die but at 19 his life will be an uphill battle. I was so happy to see this article in the livonia observer. There are so many of our kids that need help finding their way. Thank you Rep. Walsh and the Garofoli family. it is a true relief for parents to know that you care

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    • Laurs Shier RIVERVIEW, MI
      • 11 months ago

      for myself and so many others who cant help themselves.

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    • Nancy Boyd-Callow LIVONIA, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      I know a lot of parents who want to help but can not because kids are of age and can do what they want!

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    • Renee Townsend CHELSEA, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Too many stories of good kids lost to drugs...it has to stop.

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