3/12/2012 Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI) -SCR 7 Adopted as A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

SCR 7, Involuntary Commitment

SCR 7 was brought forth by Senator Vi Simpson and was adopted as A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the Commission on Mental Health and Addiction to examine the issue of involuntary commitment of persons with substance use disorders. This is what has been referred to as the Jennifer Act.
MHAI supported the study.

I would like to personally thank MHAI for their ongoing support and guidance of my 3 year advocacy work on The Jennifer Act for Indiana. Most especially, Jill Matheny, Director Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition and President Chief Executive Officer Stephen McCaffrey, JD.

I would also like to publicly thank Indiana Senator Vi Simpson for bringing forth my mission of The Jennifer Act, after my daughter, Jennifer’s premature death. Many thanks to Senator Simpson’s Policy Director LeNee Carroll and Ms. Emma Keys. I am very thankful for the Health & Provider Services Committee Chair: Senator Miller, for allowing a hearing to examine,discuss and vote on SCR 7 (the Jennifer Act). As a constituent, I was allowed the freedom and privilege to testify at the Indiana State House on SCR 7, March 6, 2012.

A special “thank you” to Wheeler Missions/Hebron Center Director, Alan Bobbett and Staff for their ongoing support and faithful prayers. Many thanks to Northside Christian Church & Pastor Glen Stidd, Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, Wheeler Missions and Clearwater First Christian Church for interceding prayers.

I am grateful to Founder of Kentucky’s Casey’s Law, Charlotte Wethington, another mother whose child died of overdose and has been a tremendous inspiration and special friend. Also a big,”thank you” to Mike Barry and PAR for keeping Kentucky informed on the progress of The Jennifer Act and their support. KY & IN are partnering states working in a unified effort to support recovery.

Jennifer’s brother (my son, Nate) has helped me keep this website up and running, so a big “thank you” to Nate, for maintaining this website and blog.

For those who are reading my website for the first time, I will briefly give you the short synopsis of The Jennifer Act. I watched, in horror, my daughter, Jennifer, struggle with a substance addiction for over 12 years, suffer and die of an accidental overdose, January 15, 2009 in Largo, Florida. I tried every means possible to intervene and establish emergency substance treatment, better known as Involuntary treatment. Chronic addiction often times is a cycle of sobriety, incarceration, detoxes and relapses. After Jennifer death and the 12 year experience, I saw a need to bring attention to Commitment Laws and seek ways to improve them in Florida, so more people do not die or slip through the cracks. I also brought that same mission of advocacy to Indiana, when I relocated here in 2009, after Jennifer’s death. For the past 3 years, I have worked diligently with Lawmakers in Indiana & Florida, on improving Commitment Laws. They have been gracious to hear my voice for those addicted and their families seeking help before their loved ones die. My only goal is to remind Lawmakers that we must provide a human response to those addicted as a public health crisis and to value human life and aid those who are suffering from their disease of chronic substance addiction. I have remained a faithful servant to God and have been blessed to have many Christian friends praying for me and my vision to help those in need and suffering. I am just a mom on a mission and a willing servant.

The Jennifer Act -SCR 7 has now been adopted in INDIANA and I continue to work with FLORIDA Senator Jack Latvala to bring forth The Jennifer Act in 2013. “Thank you” each and every person, who has helped me, prayed with me, shared my passion to save lives.
Sincerely,
Sharon Blair (Jennifer’s Mom)
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1 5:8

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