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Legislator Letter Series ~ Letter 4 ~ LLS4

123* As always, please be kind and respectful.
* We want to make friends with the legislators and work together to …
* Restore Arizona Families and Rescue Arizona Children!
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Write your own letter or use the sample one below.
**** Sample Letter 4 – Medical Kidnapping ****
– Please send to all legislators. (email addresses below)
– Add your name or “concerned citizen” to the end
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Subject line … Please use a unique subject line!
-Try to avoid using ‘DCS’ or ‘CPS’ so that the legislators cannot filter
their emails by a specific subject line!
Dear Representative:

There is an epidemic of medical kidnapping in Arizona. Healthcare providers are calling the Department of Child Safety on parents when they so much as ask for a second opinion. Doctors are calling DCS on parents who have either fired them or filed a complaint against them. Since parents cannot pursue a medical malpractice case if the child is in state custody, doctors can report potential medical abuse of a parent as a “loophole” to avoid costly malpractice suits. DCS “specialists”, who are often not even completely trained in their own jobs, are then called and are expected to make an appropriate decision on the intricate and subjective question of medical abuse or neglect. Many of these cases involve medically fragile children with multiple complex medical issues that involve numerous doctors and specialists. Needless to say, DCS agents do not have the necessary medical knowledge, discretion, or experience required for such critical decisions. They simply cannot be expected to fulfill this duty for which they are neither trained nor qualified.

One solution to the problem is to prohibit DCS workers from seizing children who are being treated by a licensed medical practitioner. This can be done by adding the following to Arizona Law 8-201.01. Prohibitions: “3. A child whose parent, guardian or custodian is following or agrees to follow the treatment plan of any licensed medical practitioner shall not be considered to be an abused, neglected or dependent child under the guise of medical abuse or medical neglect.”

Additionally, any parent, guardian, or custodian accused of medical abuse or neglect shall have the right to obtain a letter of testimony from a licensed medical practitioner indicating that the child is currently being treated by a licensed medical practitioner, or that the parent agrees to the treatment plan of a licensed medical practitioner. The parent, guardian, or custodian shall have sufficient time to obtain such testimony. DCS shall not seize such children except under immediate life-threatening circumstances that require immediate admittance to an emergency room. DCS must obtain testimony from a licensed medical practitioner claiming such necessary immediate action and such report shall become public record. If the parent, guardian, or custodian is able to present testimony that the child is being treated according to the treatment plan of any licensed medical practitioner, DCS shall immediately release custody of that child back to his parent, guardian, or custodian.

These changes will protect children and families from fraudulent, malicious, or mistaken reports that cause the unnecessary, traumatic, and life-altering experience of forced separation — especially during a time of illness when the presence and support of family as well as a safe and stable environment can be most critical to health and recovery. Additional benefits include reducing the workload of an already overburdened DCS system and creating a healthier and happier society by reducing the destruction of Arizona families.

I encourage you to write, support and pass this legislation to protect the children and families of Arizona against unconstitutional medical kidnappings.

Sincerely,

Current Law:
8-201.01. Prohibitions
Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or chapter 4, articles 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 of this title:
1. A child who in good faith is being furnished Christian Science treatment by a duly accredited practitioner shall not, for that reason alone, be considered to be an abused, neglected or dependent child.
2. A child whose parent, guardian or custodian refuses to put the child on a psychiatric medication or questions the use of a psychiatric medication shall not be considered to be an abused, neglected or dependent child for that reason alone.

Proposed Addition:
3. A child whose parent, guardian or custodian is following or agrees to follow the treatment plan of any licensed medical practitioner shall not be considered to be an abused, neglected or dependent child under the guise of medical abuse or medical neglect.

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*** Representative Emails by Group ***
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Representatives Group 1:
jackerley@azleg.gov
lalston@azleg.gov
randrade@azleg.gov
bbarton@azleg.gov
jbenally@azleg.gov
rbolding@azleg.gov
sborrelli@azleg.gov
rbowers@azleg.gov
pboyer@azleg.gov

Representatives Group 2:
kbrophymcgee@azleg.gov
ncampbell@azleg.gov
mcardenas@azleg.gov
hcarter@azleg.gov
kenclark@azleg.gov
rcobb@azleg.gov
dcoleman@azleg.gov
despinoza@azleg.gov
kfann@azleg.gov
efarnsworth@azleg.gov

Representatives Group 3:
cfernandez@azleg.gov
mfinchem@azleg.gov
rfriese@azleg.gov
rgabaldon@azleg.gov
sgonzales@azleg.gov
dgowan@azleg.gov
rgray@azleg.gov
ahale@azleg.gov
akern@azleg.gov
jlarkin@azleg.gov

Representatives Group 4:
jlawrence@azleg.gov
vleach@azleg.gov
dlivingston@azleg.gov
plovas@azleg.gov
smach@azleg.gov
ddavis@azleg.gov
jmendez@azleg.gov
jmesnard@azleg.gov
emeyer@azleg.gov
dmitchell@azleg.gov

Representatives Group 5:
smontenegro@azleg.gov
jnorgaard@azleg.gov
jolson@azleg.gov
lotondo@azleg.gov
wpetersen@azleg.gov
fpratt@azleg.gov
rrios@azleg.gov
trivero@azleg.gov
brobson@azleg.gov
msaldate@azleg.gov

Representatives Group 6:
asherwood@azleg.gov
tshope@azleg.gov
vsteele@azleg.gov
dstevens@azleg.gov
bthorpe@azleg.gov
ktownsend@azleg.gov
mugenti@azleg.gov
cvelasquez@azleg.gov
jweninger@azleg.gov
bwheeler@azleg.gov
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Modified for ALL SENATORS or write your own.

************* Sample Letter 4 – Medical Kidnapping ************

Dear Senator:

There is an epidemic of medical kidnapping in Arizona. Healthcare providers are calling the Department of Child Safety on parents when they so much as ask for a second opinion. Doctors are calling DCS on parents who have either fired them or filed a complaint against them. Since parents cannot pursue a medical malpractice case if the child is in state custody, doctors can report potential medical abuse of a parent as a “loophole” to avoid costly malpractice suits. DCS “specialists”, who are often not even completely trained in their own jobs, are then called and are expected to make an appropriate decision on the intricate and subjective question of medical abuse or neglect. Many of these cases involve medically fragile children with multiple complex medical issues that involve numerous doctors and specialists. Needless to say, DCS agents do not have the necessary medical knowledge, discretion, or experience required for such critical decisions. They simply cannot be expected to fulfill this duty for which they are neither trained nor qualified.

One solution to the problem is to prohibit DCS workers from seizing children who are being treated by a licensed medical practitioner. This can be done by adding the following to Arizona Law 8-201.01. Prohibitions: “3. A child whose parent, guardian or custodian is following or agrees to follow the treatment plan of any licensed medical practitioner shall not be considered to be an abused, neglected or dependent child under the guise of medical abuse or medical neglect.”

Additionally, any parent, guardian, or custodian accused of medical abuse or neglect shall have the right to obtain a letter of testimony from a licensed medical practitioner indicating that the child is currently being treated by a licensed medical practitioner, or that the parent agrees to the treatment plan of a licensed medical practitioner. The parent, guardian, or custodian shall have sufficient time to obtain such testimony. DCS shall not seize such children except under immediate life-threatening circumstances that require immediate admittance to an emergency room. DCS must obtain testimony from a licensed medical practitioner claiming such necessary immediate action and such report shall become public record. If the parent, guardian, or custodian is able to present testimony that the child is being treated according to the treatment plan of any licensed medical practitioner, DCS shall immediately release custody of that child back to his parent, guardian, or custodian.

These changes will protect children and families from fraudulent, malicious, or mistaken reports that cause the unnecessary, traumatic, and life-altering experience of forced separation — especially during a time of illness when the presence and support of family as well as a safe and stable environment can be most critical to health and recovery. Additional benefits include reducing the workload of an already overburdened DCS system and creating a healthier and happier society by reducing the destruction of Arizona families.

I encourage you to write, support and pass this legislation to protect the children and families of Arizona against unconstitutional medical kidnappings.

Sincerely,

Current Law:
8-201.01. Prohibitions
Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or chapter 4, articles 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 of this title:
1. A child who in good faith is being furnished Christian Science treatment by a duly accredited practitioner shall not, for that reason alone, be considered to be an abused, neglected or dependent child.
2. A child whose parent, guardian or custodian refuses to put the child on a psychiatric medication or questions the use of a psychiatric medication shall not be considered to be an abused, neglected or dependent child for that reason alone.

Proposed Addition:
3. A child whose parent, guardian or custodian is following or agrees to follow the treatment plan of any licensed medical practitioner shall not be considered to be an abused, neglected or dependent child under the guise of medical abuse or medical neglect.
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*** Senator Emails by Group ***
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Senators Group 1:
eableser@azleg.gov
sallen@azleg.gov
nbarto@azleg.gov
cbegay@azleg.gov
abiggs@azleg.gov
dbradley@azleg.gov
jburges@azleg.gov
ocajerobedford@azleg.gov
lcontreras@azleg.gov
adalessandro@azleg.gov
jdial@azleg.gov

Senators Group 2:
adriggs@azleg.gov
sfarley@azleg.gov
dfarnsworth@azleg.gov
ggriffin@azleg.gov
khobbs@azleg.gov
jkavanagh@azleg.gov
dlesko@azleg.gov
bmcguire@azleg.gov
rmeza@azleg.gov
cmiranda@azleg.gov

Senators Group 3:
lpancrazi@azleg.gov
spierce@azleg.gov
mquezada@azleg.gov
dshooter@azleg.gov
stsmith@azleg.gov
kward@azleg.gov
bworsley@azleg.gov
syarbrough@azleg.gov
kyee@azleg.gov
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For those of you who made it here to the end, if you did not send out the previous letters in our Legislator Letter Series, please send those out as well.

Thank you!!!
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