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Petition to Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Ken Calvert, United States Department of Labor, Gavin Newsom

Start treating California's disabled citizens' mental health needs

A beloved family member who has ALS, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, had a psychotic break recently and was suicidal. He desperately needed an inpatient mental health program to stabilize his condition. The hospital administration applied to programs throughout the entire State of California. He was rejected at every program, because they claim that, while they can treat the mental health aspect, they cannot treat the physical needs of ALS. He was finally admitted into the only program in the entire State of California who would accept him that we could find. Without inpatient mental health care, I feared for his life. I have since learned that this is a widespread, prevalent issue across all disabilities, and people with disabilities are being rejected repeatedly and, sadly, predictably. This is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires medical facilities to make the appropriate accommodations for people who are living with disabilities. More importantly, it is an intolerable violation of human decency to allow the neglect of the most vulnerable of our citizens' needs. How many have committed suicide on your watch? I am asking you to do the following immediately: 1. Audit all mental health programs within the State of California for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), indicating the number of people with disabilities accepted into their programs, the number of people with disabilities rejected access to their programs, and, lastly, accommodations they make to treat people with disabilities. 2. Determine and execute mandatory methods of accommodating people with disabilities, including funding for atypical accommodations. 3. Enforce strict adherence to providing access for people with disabilities to mental health programs. 4. Publish an annual public report with specific details of compliance or noncompliance. Thank you for your immediate attention to this life-and-death matter.

Catherine Scott
2,680 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Facebook

Let's Stop Blood Shortages!

This petition was inspired by Holly Butcher, a 27 year old dying of cancer whose letter about life lessons went viral. Blood donations helped keep her alive an extra year, and one of her last requests called for people to become regular blood donors. Increased demand for blood transfusions is contributing to the nationwide blood shortage. Blood transfusions are utilized for organ transplants, heart surgeries, chemotherapy, and much more. The summer and winter holidays, flu season, and weather conditions contribute to a shortage of tens of thousands of blood donations each year. 4.5 million Americans would die each year without lifesaving blood transfusions. 60% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate- only 5% do on a yearly basis. What if there was a way to increase the number of blood donations? There is. Facebook has hundreds of millions of users in the United States alone. Facebook’s mission is to build an online community and bring the world closer together. Leveraging the social network to increase blood donations is one of the ways that we can tap into its potential to save millions of lives and bring the world closer together. Facebook already possesses technology that allows for a personalized advertising platform which targets audience location, age, and interests. It also possesses technology that allows users to mark themselves as safe during an emergency. I’m sure Facebook can employ these technologies to create a notification system when blood banks are experiencing a shortage. It’s honestly a simple idea: when blood supplies run low, hospitals and donation centers can notify Facebook users in the vicinity of a shortage. Users can then click on the notification and obtain more information about where to donate. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative’s mission is to support the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, and manage all diseases by the end of this century. Facebook already has the technology to save countless lives. Although it may take a few months to test and develop this notification system, it’s important that this system is implemented. This is not a feature that the world wants from Facebook. It’s a feature that the world needs from Facebook. Let our voices be heard and let’s work together for progress! Please sign and share!

Elizabeth Z
77 supporters