Mel Goldsipe donated 2018-09-16 07:38:24 -050087 donors50 donors
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Mel Goldsipe signed VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill 2016-04-06 11:16:17 -0500I’m an alumna of Cookeville High School, and my in-laws live in Maryville, so I return to Tennessee frequently to visit. I’m also an alumna of Tennessee Tech with a degree in psychology.
HB1840 must be stopped. Health care, including mental health care, must always focus on the needs of the patient, regardless of the beliefs of the practitioner. In many areas of Tennessee, there may only be one mental health care provider, so allowing that person to turn away people in need leaves them with no options even if they’re in crisis. You cannot allow that to happen.
Compassionate care is the cornerstone of counseling, and if a counselor cannot move past their own feelings to help their clients, then they are in the wrong business and they should be the one to leave, not the client.
Please, add your voice and urge Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this discriminatory bill.4,239 signatures
Dear Governor Haslam,
We urge you to veto HB1840, which allows counselors to turn away clients based on the counselor's biases and values. This bill puts the focus on the desires of counselors rather than on the needs of clients, damaging the counseling profession and putting clients at risk.
An anti-bullying amendment was stripped from the bill in the House Health Committee leaving youth vulnerable in areas where mental health services are not widely available.
Thank you for considering our views.