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Please help my daughter and our family correct these injustices that clearly violate the Americans With Disabilities Act and Civil Rights Act 504 C

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Expressions of the past months' pain, terror:
A Plea From Carol Kochmeister, 5/15

After a scheduled 5 day hospitalization for monitoring of chronic vomiting, seizures, and anger attacks, St Joseph's Hospital in Denver we were accused of neglect because our daughter had lost so much weight. We were shocked by this innuendo and even more alarmed when said hospital blocked us from visiting her and even calling to check on her status or see a photo of her. They claimed that constituted harassment! They then proceeded to keep her in the hospital for nearly 5 weeks without any medical reason. The past 3 weeks, she has been in Bear Creek Nursing home in Morrison, CO with only senior citizens as far as we know. A disability advocate told us this was an inappropriate placement. They have only let me visit her twice in 3 weeks, for less than half an hour each time rather than the multiple visits of at least half an hour I was promised My husband has not been allowed to visit at all because of an order of protection against him that they claim to be waiting for the County Attorney to lift.

All of this has occurred without our consent/input as well as that of our daughter. She's a very intelligent young woman who has severe disabilities that prevent her from communicating other than with a keyboard device with speech output with a single finger; and then only with someone she trusts completely. Because that issue doesn't allow them to communicate with her, they have assumed she is basically retarded. She has a dual degree with honors from Denver University and has tested at the genius level. She is also widely known as a strong advocate for herself and others. We strongly believe that her rights and ours have been violated and nobody understands how we feel.

There's a guardianship hearing this coming Tuesday at Jefferson County Court at 8:30 AM and today is the first time they actually asked us via a phone message whether we intend to contest and be present. We have yet to answer pending legal advisement.

All efforts to find an attorney to represent us have been fruitless and we face this hearing completely on our own.


Arrows of Agony
By J Kochmeister
May 5, 2015 Just After Midnight

Too many arrows
Without a shield,
Will they keep shooting
Until I yield
My mind, my body,
Soul and heart
Until I'm totally
Torn apart?

Will I ever
See a day
When all I long for
Comes my way?
I don't have answers
But feel the stings
That every poisoned
Arrow brings.

They hurt so much
And sting so deep
That sanity's getting
Hard to keep
As I hang on tightly
To all I feel
And become someone
Who's less than real.

 

The latest facts, 6/2015:

After a scheduled 5 day hospitalization for monitoring of chronic vomiting, seizures, and anger attacks, St Joseph's Hospital in Denver we were accused of neglect because our daughter had lost so much weight. We were shocked by this innuendo and even more alarmed when said hospital blocked us from visiting her and even calling to check on her status or see a photo of her. They claimed that constituted harassment! They then proceeded to keep her in the hospital for nearly 5 weeks without any medical reason. The past 3 weeks, she has been in Bear Creek Nursing home in Morrison, CO with only senior citizens as far as we know. A disability advocate told us this was an inappropriate placement. They have only let me visit her twice in 3 weeks, for less than half an hour each time rather than the multiple visits of at least half an hour I was promised My husband has not been allowed to visit at all because of an order of protection against him that they claim to be waiting for the County Attorney to lift.

All of this has occurred without our consent/input as well as that of our daughter. She's a very intelligent young woman who has severe disabilities that prevent her from communicating other than with a keyboard device with speech output with a single finger; and then only with someone she trusts completely. Because that issue doesn't allow them to communicate with her, they have assumed she is basically retarded. She has a dual degree with honors from Denver University and has tested at the genius level. She is also widely known as a strong advocate for herself and others. We strongly believe that her rights and ours have been violated and nobody understands how we feel.

There's a guardianship hearing this coming Tuesday at Jefferson County Court at 8:30 AM and today is the first time they actually asked us via a phone message whether we intend to contest and be present. We have yet to answer pending legal advisement.

All efforts to find an attorney to represent us have thus far been fruitless and we are aware they think they have us between the proverbial rock and a hard place. We hope you can help us as we don't have any current income or resources and are already facing insurmountable debt because of all this.


Prisoners Against Our Will, J Kochmeister, 4/2015

So tired of being prisoner of
A system denying my rights and love,
A system that never hears my voice,
Or knows how I feel
and respects my choice!
Trying to climb out of this hellish hole
That has gotten far too deep...
Will the sound of my voice
And my freedom of choice
Be gifts that I may keep?
Or will I be forced to surrender
The rights I know are mine
Or will I be sent to a dungeon cell
Where the light will never shine?
So tired of being prisoner of
A system denying my rights and love,
A system that never hears my voice,
Or knows how I feel and respects my choice!
In the depths of my soul
There's a deep, dark hole
Devoid of any light...
Yet I hear its cries
And look into its eyes
All through my sleepless night.


The Depts of a Despair, J Kochmeister, 6/2015

Trying to climb out of this hellish hole
That has gotten far too deep...
Will the sound of my voice
And my freedom of choice
Be gifts that I may keep,

Or will I be forced to surrender
The rights I know are mine
And sent to a desolate dungeon cell
Where the light will never shine?

So tired of being prisoner of
A system denying my rights and love,
A system that never hears my voice,
Or knows how I feel and respects my choice!


2015 - These are the essential facts about Sharisa, Prisoner of The System:

During a scheduled 5-day hospitalization for monitoring of chronic vomiting, seizures, and anger attacks (as per our request and approval and that of our adult daughter, Sharisa), St Joseph's Hospital in Denver, CO accused us of neglect because Sharisa had lost so much weight (nearly 20 lbs). They also claimed I had abused her when I held her mouth open to allow her to spit after vomiting and tapped her knee to protect myself when she attempted to kick me in a fit of rage!
We were shocked by this innuendo and the accompanying results. We became even more alarmed and frustrated when the hospital blocked us from visiting Sharisa, talking to her on the phone, and/or even calling to check on Sharisa's status and/or see a photo of her. They claimed taking a photo would make them "liable"! They also claimed our desire for contact and knowledge about Sharisa's health and well-being constituted harassment! A subsequent interview with a Denver County Detective Investigator resulted in the Denver D.A.'s office immediately dropping these charges after we were questioned.
Subsequently, Jefferson County Colorado Adult Protective Services, the County Attorney's office for Jefferson County, and St. Joseph Hospital proceeded to keep Sharisa hospitalized for nearly 5 weeks beyond the initial 5 days without any clear medical reason. The past 8+ weeks, Sharisa has been in Bear Creek Nursing Home in Morrison, CO, with only senior citizens and staff as company as far as we know. A disability advocate told us this was an inappropriate placement. We totally agree!
Adult Protective Services has since claimed to be attempting to find her some type of "community placement" via the local developmental disability resource center, which had turned her down for services on the grounds of too HIGH a tested IQ (their tester) has neither contacted us nor asked for our input. They have also claimed that Sharisa is "incapacitated" because she hasn't cooperated with any of their their attempts to get her to "communicate" (although they know she cannot speak). Sharisa communicates best via keyboard with only one finger (augmentative communication), will only do that with someone she respects and trusts sitting next to her, and that someone has predominantly been me (Jan) for the past 23+ years (she started at age 13 years and 1 month and has proven that the typed communication is, indeed, her OWN, time and time again). Her non-verbal and minimally verbal attempts to communicate are both simple and easily accessible and thus easily misread.
All of this has occurred without our consent/input as well as Sharisa's. Sharisa is a very intelligent young woman who has severe disabilities that prevent her from communicating any other way. Because that issue didn't allow them to communicate with her, they have assumed she is basically retarded and said her IQ tested at 47! Her verbal IQ was tested at about 100 points higher than that by a court-appointed psychologist in Rockland County, NY nearly 20 years ago in order to allow her testimony in a Family Court case against her birth mother. This is higher than either mine or the psychologist's. Upon seeing these results and witnessing her typing, the Family Court judge (William Warren) said he'd allow her to type to testify with me at her side. He also said he'd be willing to allow me to sit alongside her younger sister as she testified. Sharisa has also provided expert testimony at both court and school district hearings and via legal depositions over approximately a 5-year period in a malpractice case against a former physician.
Additionally, Sharisa has an Associate's Degree with honors and nearly a 4.0 GPA from Rockland Community College, and a dual degree with honors in Psychology and Sociology from Denver University, again with nearly a 4.0 GPA. My own undergraduate GPA was about 3.0. Sharisa is widely known as a strong advocate for herself and others throughout the United States and around the world, as may be easily ascertained via a simple Internet search of her name. Carol and I steadfastly believe that her ADA and Civil rights and ours have been violated and nobody seems to understand how we feel.
There was a guardianship hearing at Jefferson County Court on May 12th, and the county attorney via Jefferson County Adult Protective Services, waited until May 7th to actually ask via a phone message whether we intended to contest and/or be present at said hearing. All efforts to find an attorney to represent us at that hearing were fruitless and we were between the proverbial rock and a hard place when we attended the hearing. The result of the hearing was the appointment of Jefferson County Adult Protective Services and a Guardian Ad Litem as guardians with Sharisa's Supplemental Security Income payments controlled by those parties and the case to be heard again before the same judge on February 2, 2016. We feel this is an excessive amount of time and stress for both of us and Sharisa, especially in light of the fact that scheduled supervised visits for Carol have been either obliterated, shortened, or denied at the time scheduled and I still am waiting for my first visit in 3 months with their side claiming they are still waiting for the County Attorney to lift the Protective Order against me (Jan).
As of now, Sharisa remains in the nursing home without a voice of her own, and we remain totally frustrated at being unheard but are determined to change both of those facts.

Sincerely,
Mr. Jan Kochmeister
loverofharmony2@yahoo.com
1-720-468-1923 (cell)
1-720-962-5322 (home)


Prisoner of The System, J Kochmeister, 5/2015:

So tired of being prisoner of
A system denying my rights and love,
A system that never hears my voice,
Or knows how I feel
and respects my choice!
Trying to climb out of this hellish hole
That has gotten far too deep...
Will the sound of my voice
And my freedom of choice
Be gifts that I may keep?
Or will I be forced to surrender
The rights I know are mine
Or will I be sent to a dungeon cell
Where the light will never shine?
So tired of being prisoner of
A system denying my rights and love,
A system that never hears my voice,
Or knows how I feel and respects my choice!
In the depths of my soul
There's a deep, dark hole
Devoid of any light...
Yet I hear its cries
And look into its eyes
All through my sleepless night.


Life in the Hole J Kochmeister 6/2015

Trying to climb out of this hellish hole
That has gotten far too deep...
Will the sound of my voice
And my freedom of choice
Be gifts that I may keep,

Or will I be forced to surrender
The rights I know are mine
And sent to a desolate dungeon cell
Where the light will never shine?

So tired of being prisoner of
A system denying my rights and love,
A system that never hears my voice,
Or knows how I feel and respects my choice!


Healing, J Kochmeister, 6/2015

I am trying to heal
The deep, dark well
That would drag me down
To the pits of HELL!
So alone and afraid
Throughout the night,
As I long for my wings
That would guide my flight
Into the skies
So far above
And instill me with
Such endless love.
But I can't do without
Your smiling eyes,
That have guided me forard
To my surprise
Into your world
Of love and light
Where eagles soar
And souls take flight!

Sent from my iPad



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