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1)Danielle's Law (2) Home and Community Support

It is imperative that senator Corzine not only sign on as a supporter of Danielle's Law but also speak out forcefully and work with colleagues to insure its quick passage. It is literally a life and death law. In NJ alone too many have died simply because of the failure of staff at private and public residential facilities failing to call 911 . Senator Corzine both as a Senator and possible future Governor of NJ, It is imperative that you take steps to end the CMS institutional bias and propose legislation that will end the denial of liberty without due process for persons with developmental disabilities. In your campaign and in your first act as Governor if you are elected you must call for an end to the institutionalization of all persons without due process. Last time I looked the guarantee of not being denied liberty without due process was in The US Constitution. I do not know why but persons with developmental disabilities have been denied liberty without due process since the establishment of our nation. This injustice and human tragedy must stop. As Governor you must also call for all persons currently institutionalized who wish to transition to a community setting to be given the necessary supports to do so. Again this is not a novel idea. The US Supreme Court Olmstead decision clearly calls for persons to have the opportunity to receive supports in the most integrated and inclusive setting possible. On a personal note, If you are elected Governor I urge you to visit my daughter Maria and tell her how you support her desire to live a self-determined life. If you do not take the positions outlined I urge you to visit my daughter,look into her eyes and tell her why she will be denied freedom and be institutionalized against her wishes and the wishes of my family. Thank You.

by ftetto on August 16 at 3:33 AM EST

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