HELLO MEMBERS, ADVOCATES & ALLIES:
Please see rights flyer below these links!
HELP STOP PRIVATE DISABILITY INSURERS FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST OUR COMMUNITY!
STATE HOUSE HEARING ON H. 836
NEXT WED. MARCH 5TH AT 1 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL RUTHIE POOLE AT (617) 442-4111.
Please Attend! Your Voice Is Needed!
Public Hearing on H.836:
An Act Requiring Mental Health Parity for Disability Policies
Joint Committee on Financial Services
March 5, 2014; 1:00 p.m., State House, Room A-1
H.836 is an anti-discrimination bill that prohibits wage replacement insurers from treating persons with mental disabilities differently than persons with physical disabilities.
H. 836 would close the legislative gap that allows private disability insurers operating in Massachusetts to pay out fewer benefits to employees with mental disabilities than to those with physical disabilities, although all employees pay identical premiums.
If you have questions or would like to testify, please contact Atty. Susan Fendell at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee at 617-338-2345 ext. 129, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Sponsor: Rep. Ruth Balser; Co-Sponsors: Rep. Martin J. Walsh, Rep. Angelo Scaccia, Rep. Denise Andrews, Sen. Brian Joyce, Rep. Frank Smizik, Sen. Bruce Tarr, Rep. Kay Khan, Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, Rep. Denise Provost, Rep. Ken Gordon, Rep. Carl Sciortino, Rep. Paul McMurtry, Rep. Jonathan Hecht, Rep. Sheila Harrington, Rep. Aaron Vega, Rep. Paul Heroux, Rep. David Rogers, Rep. Brian Mannal, Rep. Leonard Mirra, Sen. Michael Barrett, Rep. James J. O’Day, Rep. Tom Sannicandro, Sen. James Eldridge, Rep. Colleen Garry, Rep. Ellen Story, Rep. Martha Walz Supporters: Attorney General Martha Coakley, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, Health Law Advocates, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School, Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, Inc., Disability Law Center, Inc., NAMI Northeast Essex, AARP Massachusetts, The Center for Public Representation, MA Association of Behavioral Health Systems, MA Association for Mental Health, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau, Health Care for All, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass), American Psychiatric Association, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, NAMI Greater Boston Consumer Action Network, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ Task Force to End Homelessness; Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Justice and Witness Council of the Massachusetts Conference, NAMI Central Middlesex, United Church of Christ; Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence; National Association of Social Workers--MA, Nurses United for Responsible Services, MA Mental Health Counselors Association, Association for Behavioral Healthcare, MotherWoman Inc., Postpartum Support Initiative; Social Action Massachusetts, SEIU Local 509, Boston Center for Independent Living, the Multi-Cultural Independent Living Center of Boston, Citizens' Housing and Planning Association, CEOC - Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc.; UCC Congregational in Burlington, Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard, Wellesley College Hillel, South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist - Social Action Committee, Women's Lunch Place, NAMI Berkshire County, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Canton, M-Power, AdLib, Inc. (Center for Independent Living, Pittsfield), Follen Community Church of Lexington - Caring Congregation Committee and Social Justice Action Team, Babson College Hillel, Our Lady Of The Valley Parish, Sheffield; NAMI South Shore, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center; Artist-Mentors' Alliance AKA Anchor House of Artists, Lynn Community Health Center, Edwards Church of Northampton, NAMI North Central Massachusetts, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc., the Asian American Resource Workshop, Nonotuck Resource Associates, Inc., NAMI Newton Wellesley, Close to Home, Haydenville Congregational Church, United Church of Christ Shir Hadash, The Psychological Center (Lowell), the Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford, Southeast Center for Independent Living, Inc.; First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleborough, Carson Center for Human Services, First Parish in Wayland Social Action Council, Duffy Health Center, Crittenton Women's Union, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, The Transformation Center, Harbor Health Services, Inc. (Neponset Health Center, Geiger Gibson Community Health Center and Harbor Community Health Center - Hyannis), and YWCA Central Massachusetts.
We are a 501(3)c nonprofit and we solely rely on donations from private funders and individuals only to operate and continue advocating for people with mental illness and lived experience.
FYI—In June of 2008, MPOWER and the Transformation Center have
become separate organizations bringing us back to our advocacy roots. This allows us to
focus best on our continuing fight for
rights, respect and decent treatment.