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Petition to Pam Helming, George Amedore, Robert Ortt, Terrence Murphy, Catharine Young, Patti Ruff, Diane 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
7,413 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Duane Coleman, Robert Gleisberg, Ann Corwin, Emily Ortiz Wichmann, Mike Blessing, Eleanor Juanita Evans

Give Christa McAuliffe Elementary the upgrade we have been promised!

In 2008 Oceanside Unified School District passed Proposition H, a bond that promised to upgrade a large number of our outdated and unsafe schools. Among the schools promised an upgrade, Christa McAuliffe Elementary School has been allotted $0.8 million to give the facilities a "facelift" as well as a full renovation of our playgrounds.  While we have had a recession in Southern California and earned less from the bond than anticipated, OUSD still has approximately $65 million left of the bond measure to spend. In attending Bond Oversight meetings we've discovered that OUSD does NOT plan to complete the upgrades, or even plan to do some level of upgrade to all schools, but only plans to complete the schools it deems most in need.  Of the schools left on the list, McAuliffe has the smallest allotted amount by a long pace... most ranging over $10 million. So far we've added a $25 million state of the arts performing center, and we're planning on demolishing several schools with low census in an effort to increase enrollment... but the district has not deemed our school in need enough. While there have been complaints about safety to the district, there has not been "enough" injury due to the equipment to justify upgrade ... yet.  Our school is in bad need of repair, particularly to our playgrounds. We understand that we need a lot less than other schools, but our playgrounds are grossly unsafe and unsanitary. At present, many of our play structures are 30+ years old and are being continually repaired past their life resulting in sharp open areas causing wounds, corrosion at joints which could result in an equipment failure, and extreme temperatures resulting in unusable equipment over 80 degrees outside. Our sand play areas are infested with sand mites causing bites, cat and dog feces, and possibly bacteria from flooding that happens during every rain and can sit for up to several weeks. Several large play structures have been removed due to breaking or injuries, but no replacements have been provided and our playground is disappearing little by little.  We want our district to perform on the bond that we were promised. We are not asking for anything more than we were told we would receive when we went to vote. Our district needs to act NOW for the safety of our children. Our school has amazing teachers, staff, volunteers, and energy... but we need them to fix our outdoor areas so our children have a safe and clean environment to play and explore. Please help us to show OUSD that our playground isn't just a frivolous cost, but an area we need to sustain our school and create a learning and thriving environment. 

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School PTA
864 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to The School District of Collier County, Kelly Lichter, Stephanie Lucarelli, Erika Donalds, Erick Carter, Roy M. Terry

Reinstate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a School Holiday in Collier County.

NAACP Press Statement "Immediate Release October 09, 2017 Florida State Conference NAACP Responds to Collier County School Board’s Decision to Not Observe Martin Luther King Day. What have we come to when those the Collier County School Board apparently listened to in reaching its decision preferred to maintain the district’s long winter break rather than sacrifice one day of that long winter break to maintain MLK’s birthday as a school holiday in 2018? An observer from another country, or another galaxy (for Star Wars fans), might find it a puzzling and untimely choice given the challenging state of race relations in this country at this moment. Indeed, in signing H.R. 3706, Public Law 98-144, the bill making the birthday of MLK a national holiday, President Ronald Reagan noted that Dr. King had awakened something strong and true, a sense that true justice must be colorblind, and that among white and black Americans, as he put it, “Their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom; we cannot walk alone.” But President Reagan also recognized that traces of bigotry still mar America. So, each year on Martin Luther King Day, our nation has decided to honor Dr. King by setting aside a day each year to remember him and the just cause he stood for. Let us not only recall Dr. King, but rededicate ourselves to the Commandments he believed in and sought to live every day, “Thou shall love thy God with all thy heart, and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” The danger in the school board’s action is that Collier County Public Schools, along with other school districts who opt not to recognize MLK’s birthday as a holiday, sets a harmful precedent not only internally but for others as well. After a while, and before we even know it, the exceptions swallow up the rule, and the principle is lost in a sea of pragmatic, comfortable excuses. For questions, please contact Adora Obi Nweze at 305 915 4701. Adora Obi Nweze President" Our Statement  To make up for the school closures during Hurricane Irma, the Collier County Public School Board has unfortunately decided to not honor the national holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year. Instead of respecting the holiday originally instituted by President Ronald Reagan, and giving our public school students a day off to learn about America's greatest civil rights leader and to celebrate and reflect on his teachings, the Board has selected it as a school make-up day.    We feel that this decision is both unwise and unnecessary.  Unnecessary, because Lee, Broward, and Monroe Counties have all managed to spare MLK Jr. Day in their revised scheduling.*  Collier County is surely able to do so.  Unwise, because this decision is causing deep disappointment in our community. Unwise, because Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., won worldwide respect alongside other non-violent human rights giants such as Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela for seeking peaceful solutions to his country's problems. Rightly honored for his commitment to the effectiveness and humanity of non-violent resistance, he led by example, putting his own life (and those of his followers) on the line in the face of violence and racism in Selma and elsewhere. Later, in Washington, DC, hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered to hear his famous "I have a Dream" speech in front of the reflecting pool in the National Mall, where he called for non-violence and laid out his a vision for a utopian, post-racist America inspired by service: service to children, service to community, service to people of all colors, inspired by the Biblical injunction to “love thy neighbor as thyself”. Several years later, he would speak out strongly against both the war in Vietnam, and against what he saw as the epidemic of poverty in communities of all colors across our nation.  Dr. King’s vision – his call for jobs, for universal healthcare, and for a stop to endless military intervention – is, sadly, as relevant as ever. And, in the wake of Charlottesville and rising ethnic and racial intolerance, his legacy of non-violent resistance is as every bit as crucial now as it was in 1963.  Now is not the time to stop honoring Dr. King’s legacy.  Naples has a proud tradition of holding day-long learning events, parades and celebrations to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In support of the appeal by the Collier County NAACP, the undersigned respectfully petitions the School Board to maintain MLK Jr. Day as a school-wide holiday by selecting another workable solution to make up lost school time.  One option that the Board might wish to consider is to reschedule January 2nd as a teacher planning day and have the students return on January 3rd. *Sources Lee County:   October 16 - Professional Duty Day becomes a regular school day. December 19-21 – Early Dismissal Days become regular school days. December 22 – Professional Duty Day becomes an Early Dismissal Day. January 8 – Hurricane Makeup Day becomes a regular school day. March 16 - Professional Duty Day becomes a regular school day. April 2 – Easter Monday becomes a regular school day.  Source Broward County:  On October 3, 2017, The School Board of Broward County unanimously approved utilizing two previously scheduled early release days – October 19, 2017, and December 22, 2017 – as makeup days for Hurricane Irma. There are no changes to winter break, spring break or the last day of school.  Source Monroe County:   All Early Release Dates for Professional Development (dates vary by region) become Full Student Days.  October 16 - Teacher Planning Day becomes Full Student Day. November 10 - Veterans Day (observed) becomes Full Student Day. January 8 - Teacher Planning Day becomes Full Student Day. February 19 - Presidents Day becomes a Full Student Day. March 9 - End of Third Quarter Teacher Planning Day becomes half-day for students. March 30 - District-Wide Early Release Day becomes Full Student Day. Source  

Case Josip
481 supporters