Deaf people in Georgia are fighting for equal access to treatment for mental health issues, mental illness, and substance abuse treatment. It is already a federal mandate, but the state of Georgia is appealing it and trying to block it.
This Bill of Rights Act for the provision of mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals is intended solely as a model for advocates to promote and for state (Georgia) legislatures to consider for codification into state law.
A class action law suit has been won in favor of deaf citizens, but the state continues to press the court to delay or eliminate services for this group. Please show up for the hearing in the District Court on April 8. Your presence will speak volumes. An interpreter will be provided, and you will be able to hear for yourself, how much the state wants to limit its services to the deaf community.
There is a sit-in support rally on April 8th in Atlanta at 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in downtown Atlanta Oral argument is scheduled for April 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the Court of Appeals. Hearing location: Courtroom 339 Elbert Tuttle Court of Appeals Building 56 Forsyth Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30303 Clerk’s Office: 404 335 6131
The goal is to get a show of support of at least 200 people, which is half of the number that showed up at a court in Florida for the same issue recently.
For More Information, you can read the link below, written by Dr. Frank Lala, the current President of the Georgia Association of the Deaf.