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Petition to Pam Helming, George A. Amedore, Jr., Robert G. Ortt, Terrence P. Murphy, Catharine Young, Patti Ruff, Diane J. Savino, Michael Venditto, Pam Helming

Give Me and Other Families the Power to Save Our Children's Lives, Pass Casey's Law in NYS

I am writing to you as a voter, a counselor in both mental health and addiction treatment services and a parent  concerned with the prescription pill opiate / heroin health crisis epidemic that has been sweeping  across our nation and in New York State. With the current system in place thousands of addicted loved ones across New York State do not meet the criteria set forth by their insurance companies either to be eligible for inpatient treatment or allow the needed length of time to address opiate addiction and how it restructures the brain. Families have no recourse if their loved ones are adults so many go without proper treatment and continue the deadly cycle of abuse. Every day an addicted loved one goes without proper treatment they can die. Many die while waiting to receive treatment and there are countless roadblocks, dead ends and revolving doors in the process of someone reaching out for help. The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse intervention provides a means of intervening with someone who is unable to recognize his or her need for treatment due to their substance abuse impairment and many have co-occurring disorders. This law will allow parents, relatives and/or friends to petition the court for treatment on behalf of the substance abuse-impaired person. Denial and distorted thinking impedes a person's ability to make a rational decision. The “bottom” for many is death. Addiction is a progressive, life-threatening disease and the best hope of survival for a person who is substance abuse impaired is intervention. Casey’s Law has already been passed in Kentucky and there are similar laws in Florida (Marchman Act) and Ohio (Ohio Senate Bill 117). Studies show that involuntary treatment can be just as successful as voluntary treatment. Most individuals who are substance abuse-impaired receive court-ordered treatment only after they have become arrested for a crime while under the influence of a substance. Drugs and crime often go hand-in-hand because people who are substance abuse impaired are forced by their disease to resort to any means necessary to procure their drug and not become sick. Court-ordered treatment can be effective regardless of who initiates it. Not all people who are substance abuse impaired are arrested or, in the event that they are, may not receive the necessary treatment. Please help me to help my child and so many other families in need of this law. My son Nicholas, an all-American boy, became dependent on painkillers. His dependence was partly due to a combination of a leg injury and dealing with depression from losing a classmate. He began using prescription pain pills and it soon got the better of him. Now he struggles with addiction. There’s little one can do for their loved ones when they become substance abuse impaired in order to advocate in getting into treatment. The current system doesn’t allow me to intervene on his behalf since he’s over 18. So I am forced to stand idly by as my brave, smart son turns into someone I barely recognize. Casey’s Law would give me the power to help my son and others live and be involved in active recovery. Casey’s Law, which already exists in Kentucky and Ohio, allows the loved ones of an addict to help petition the court to mandate treatment. Instead of feeling helpless, the parent, relative, or friend can take action, and help an addict get control of his life. Even as a counselor and working in the field of addiction treatment there were many obstacles to face in getting immediate treatment. Casey’s Law has been proven to keep families together and serve as an invaluable tool for families to intervene on the substance abuse disorder of a loved one regardless of age and without criminal charges. I am asking the New York Senate and House to help save thousands of families by passing Casey’s Law in New York.    My name is Rachel Bruzee. For years, I’ve worked in different arenas of crisis intervention and, human service programs. My work is important to me and I have continued my education to better serve in the work I have a passion for in helping people. I know I am helping people in their darkest hour. But I never thought this darkness would strike my own son. Since age three, Nicholas wanted to be a fireman. At 16, he became one of the youngest volunteer firemen in the Seneca County, New York. And in 2008, he responded to more fire calls than there are days in the year, risking his life to rescue others. But now it’s he, and substance-impaired individuals like him, that needs to be rescued. This law is prudent, and humane, and loved ones of addicts across the country are raising their voices to get it passed. Alabama, California, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Washington are all currently trying to enact versions of Casey’s Law. I am a petrified parent trying to save her son. But I am also speaking out for the many parents and relatives of addicts who are unable to speak for themselves. Please join me in asking the New York State Congress and Senate to pass Casey’s Law and help keep families intact.

Rachel Bruzee
7,607 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to United States Supreme Court, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Leondra R. Kruger, Goodwin Liu, Ming W. Chin, Carrol A. Corrigan, Katheryn M. Werdegar, Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, Leo E. Strine, Jr., Karen L. Valihura, James T. Vaughn, Jr., Collins J. Seitz, Jr., Gary F. Traynor, Charles T. Canady, Barbara J. Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, Peggy A. Quince, Ricky Polston, Jorge Labarga, Alan Lawson, Lloyd A. Karmeier, Robert R. Thomas, Thomas L. Kilbride, Rita B. Garman, Anne M. Burke, Mary Jane Theis, P. Scott Neville, Jr., John D. Minton, Jr., Bill Cunningham, Daniel J. Venters, Lisabeth T. Hughes, Laurance B. VanMeter, Michelle M. Keller, John L. Weimer, Greg G. Guidry, Marcus R. Clarke, Marcus R. Clark, Jefferson D. Hughes, III, Samuel T. Wright, III, Scott J. Crichton, James T. Genovese, Clayton Greene, Jr., Sally D. Adkins, Mary Ellen Barbera, Robert N. McDonald, Shirley M. Watts, Michele D. Hotten, Joseph M. Getty, Barry Anderson, Lorie Skjerven Gildea, David Lillehaug, Natalie Hudson, Margaret H. Chutich, Anne McKeig, Mark Gibbons, Michael L. Douglas, Michael A. Cherry, Ron D. Parraguirre, Kristina Pickering, Lidia S. Stiglich, James W. Hardesty, Judith Nakamura, Petra Jimenez Maes, Edward L. Chavez, Charles W. Daniels, Barbara J. Vigil, Francis Flaherty, Paul Suttell, William P. Robinson, Gilbert V. Indeglia, Maureen McKenna Goldberg, Samuel Bernard Goodwyn, William Cleveland Mims, Elizabeth Ann McClanahan, Cleo Elaine Powell, Denham Arthur Kelsey, Stephen Richard McCullough, Margaret Workman, Tim Armstead, Evan H. Jenkins, Allen Loughry, Beth Walker, Paul Farrell, Patience D. Roggensack, Shirley S. Abrahamson, Ann Walsh Bradley, Annette Kingsland Ziegler, Rebecca Grassl Bradley, Daniel Kelly, Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John G. Roberts, Jr., Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer, Elena Kagan, Samuel A Elito, Jr., SAMUEL A. ALITO, JR., sonia sotomayor, Neil M. Gorsuch

Repeal the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights in every State.

We the undersigned demand that all forms of Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights and Peace Officer's Bill of Rights and any other special privileges granted, with or without the previous permission of America's civilians, to our voluntary servants, be removed from our laws. We demand that all law enforcement officers and peace officers shall be criminally and administratively judged finally by a group of no less than 12 civilians (who will be preemptively educated on the current laws) for their actions, instead of other members of the Executive branch of our government. We demand that every law enforcement officer and every peace officer be immediately arrested, questioned, and processed, and permanently barred from all future Executive branch jobs, unless approved by a civilian review board, after breaking any law. We the undersigned expect much higher etiquette and self control from our trained voluntary servants, not less. In America, without need for gender specification, every civilian is a king or a queen. Our children are our princes and princesses. Every member of the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of our government, are our voluntary servants. Who all voluntarily swore to serve and protect, we the people and our freedoms, and to uphold the Constitution. This is not a demand to overthrow the initial Bill of Rights that every citizen of America has. This is a demand to remove all special privileges granted, by statute and/or legislation, to our voluntary servants. Most of which were passed without awareness of the majority of America's civilians. This petition is a result of many years of abuse of these privileges and a lack of justice for all. So just as a parent removes privileges from misbehaving children, we the undersigned demand the removal of all special privileges from our voluntary servants.    

Shiloh Shahan
61 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ralph Massullo Jr., Wilton Simpson

Body camera use in Citrus County

Law enforcement around the country are using on-body cameras with success to protect both civilians and police officers. Citrus County should adopt this technology. Florida (HB 5001) (2016) appropriated $145,413 for a body camera pilot project at Sumter Correctional Institution. Funding will provide for every correctional officer on duty supervising youthful offenders to be equipped with body cameras. An additional appropriation of $250,000 is provided for grants for county sheriff's offices to purchase body-worn cameras for deputies. The sheriff's office must make an in-kind or cash match equal to the amount of the grant. Preference for grants is given to sheriff departments in areas with denser populations.   Additionally, Law enforcement agencies can apply for a grant under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.  The JAG Program, authorized under 42 U.S.C. §3751(a), is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.   Lack of funds in a budget is the wrong answer when it comes to safety for all in our community.  Let's keep Citrus County safe, respectable, and honest by ensuring that people, whether they are officers or members of the general public, are held accountable for their actions. Please join me in asking the Citrus County Sheriff's Office to adopt body cameras.     

Natasha Mackenzie
221 supporters