29 petitions

Started 11 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, Human Rights Campaign, HHS , The Department for Health and Social Care, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Chris Christie

Change HIPAA rules dealing with addiction.

As someone with a very close cousin who has battled addiction for 10 years now, it is obvious to me that the HIPAA Privacy Rule needs immediate change. The HIPAA Rule must change so that it allows patients’ families to be notified immediately of any medical issues/updates regarding the patient. I understand that it protects the patient’s rights, however, in a situation where someone, like my own cousin, is rushed to the hospital due to a drug overdose, these privacy rights should be thrown out the window. Families have the right to know what is going on with their loved one. My cousin has fortunately survived two overdoses, yet still refuses help and continues to use drugs like heroin. A person who uses drugs on a regular basis is clearly not in the right state of mind, and should not be granted the ability to sign themselves out of rehab, especially without any family members being notified of their whereabouts. There comes a certain point where a person’s well-being should be put before their privacy rights. Drug addicts can not make rational decisions and therefore it should not be their sole responsibility to make decisions regarding their health. Recently, my cousin was administered Narcan to save her life after she overdosed. She ordered the hospital to send her parents home and because of the HIPAA Rule, they had no choice but to leave. Because of my cousin’s right to “legal privacy,” she has the ability to sign herself out of the hospital without her parents being notified. This leaves her parents in the dark as to whether she is alive and safe, or has overdosed alone somewhere. One time, my cousin signed herself out of rehab and her parents were not even told that she had left the facility. Days later, her mother arrived at the rehab facility to visit and support her. It was not long until she realized that her daughter was missing. In 2017 alone, over 70,000 people died of drug overdoses. A number of them were able to escape from their families and go under the radar with the help of the HIPAA Rule. If we could help just a fraction of the victims of drug abuse, we could make an enormous change in society by saving many lives and creating worry free parents. The HIPAA Privacy Rule continues to allow people like my cousin to sneak away and obtain their next high, possibly their last. Please sign and make a difference.

1,085 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Mayor Sam liccardo, Councilmember Chappie Jones, Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco, Councilmember Sylvia Arenas, Councilmember Tam Nguyen, Councilmember Lan Diep, Councilmember Donald Rocha, Councilmember Dev Davis, Councilmember Raul Peralez, Councilmember Sergio Jimenez

Protect our Kids, Parks, and Environment - Equip Our SJ Park Rangers

Our trained San José Park Rangers have been ordered to suspend law enforcement in and around Coyote Creek, including our parks like the Tully Ballfields.  This has placed our Community in serious danger, is forcing our children to stay inside, and is destroying our environment. We are asking our Community to come together and support a cause that will have an immediate and positive impact on our quality of life in San José.  With your support, our children and families will be more able to enjoy our City parks without fear of assault or hurting themselves on syringes, condoms, biological hazards, or weapons.  Work crews will be able to cleanup and perform maintenance in our creeks, which will help prevent flooding.  Our natural ecosystem will have the opportunity to restore itself.  All of this is possible while we save tax dollars. Please sign this petition to demand our City Council provide our Park Rangers with the standard tools of law enforcement, including the ability to carry firearms, transport prisoners, and allow our Rangers to perform law enforcement duties in our riparian corridors (creeks) and parks while being subjected to the same accountability procedures as our Police Officers. San José Peace Officer Park Rangers are highly trained and thoroughly vetted law enforcement officers who undergo thorough background checks, polygraphs, psychological exams, medical exams, fingerprinting, and more.  Rangers complete a 700+ hour National Park Service Academy, the same academy used by armed National Park Service Rangers. The hours of this academy EXCEEDS Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) minimum standards. Over 100 hours are spent training on firearms alone. Rangers also complete the CA specific laws of arrest course, PC 832, as well as the 40 hour Critical Incident Training and Principled Policing, a POST certified course on procedural justice and implicit bias. Public Safety By equipping our SJ Park Rangers, we will increase the number of trained and experienced Law Enforcement personnel allowed to respond to criminal activity by almost 20 officers overnight.  SJPD will be able to focus on their normal routine and not have to be called off a priority call to help with a routine park call. Currently, San José City Policy directs Rangers to call SJPD when they witness a crime, even though they are trained Law Enforcement and more than capable of performing their duties through the training received as described above. Our Creeks are non-patrolled highways for narcotics and other illegal distribution, including prostitution and illegal weapons.  Having this area patrolled with armed law enforcement will make our City a much safer place for us all. Environmental Protection and Flood Prevention Our Park Rangers have recovered numerous firearms from criminals in Coyote Creek resulting in their management ordering them to cease law enforcement duties.  The Criminal element has taken over certain areas of the creek which threatens city, county, and water district work crews from performing routine maintenance along the creek, such as trash pickup and the removal of overgrowth, both of which inhibit the waters ability to flow.  This was one of the factors responsible for the Coyote Creek President’s Day Flooding.  Had the area been maintained properly, water will have flowed normally which may have prevented the flooding occurring, or at least mitigated the level of devastation. Saves Tax payer Dollars Currently, the City has decided that two SJPD Officers need to accompany each team of Rangers in order for law enforcement to occur in the creeks and our parks.  This means that two SJPD Officers are paid overtime or double time to backup our Rangers.  Four law enforcement personnel are therefore required to do the job of two law enforcement personnel, at a cost of three or four SJPD salaries.  The funding for this comes out of the budget for our parks and other neighborhood services, meaning their maintenance will suffer. Equipping our Rangers eliminates the need for this excessive overtime spending, and allows SJPD to focus on their normal day to day duties while our parks are enforced by our Rangers.  

Jonathan Fleming
700 supporters