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History Of HB520 And The Breakdown Of The Bill

  • His­to­ry of HB520 — 15 years ago. The Depart­ment of Jus­tice sued the state of GA over the treat­ment of the peo­ple in hos­pi­tal in Milledgeville GA. Sal­ly Yates was the attor­ney that brought the case, and the state of GA set­tled this case and there were respon­si­bil­i­ties the state of GA in that set­tle­ment. The agree­ment expand­ed men­tal health ser­vices in GA. The agree­ment was to release the patients and to mon­i­tor them in the com­mu­ni­ties where they were released. 
  • There is a patent involved in this bill and the own­er of the patent hap­pens to be the spon­sor of the bill. Mr Todd Jones is the own­er of the patent, he devel­oped a prod­uct that could be used as the mon­i­tor sys­tem that is described in the bill. Now there are oth­er mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems that could be used, but Mr. Jones has the inside leg­is­la­tion and the inside con­nec­tions for his com­pa­ny to be the front run­ner in get­ting the con­tract should this bill be signed into law. The con­cern is the law­mak­er that writes leg­is­la­tion that incor­po­rates the need for his prod­uct in the leg­is­la­tion, the per­fect exam­ple of con­flict of interest. 
  • The spe­cif­ic lines of the bill for the need of the mon­i­tor­ing and the fund­ing for this sys­tem. They removed the hous­ing tie to the bill. The immu­ni­ty is not for the health care work­ers despite what they want you to believe, it is for the mon­i­tor­ing com­pa­ny to be immune from liability. 
  • We are left with a bill that is open for inter­pre­ta­tion and terms that have not been defined and will not be defined until a lat­er point in time by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. Who’s to say that it wouldn’t be the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion?  There is an avenue to put the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion into this bill by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. Last year the HB1013 (Men­tal Health Par­i­ty Bill) ref­er­enced the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion. This bill is fill­ing in the blank of what was stripped out of HB1013. 
  • Jones and Grave­ly has mar­ket­ed the mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram in TN and has sold it to sev­er­al coun­ties in GA. 
  • Define the terms 100% — they go to great lengths to define “enti­ty” but don’t define seri­ous men­tal ill­ness. If the bill is need­ed for the stud­ies then that is fine but the remain­der of the bill needs to be scrapped. This bill is how they are cre­at­ing a new bureau­cra­cy that will cost mil­lions of dol­lars for men­tal health in this state. It is so heav­i­ly taint­ed, the bill just needs to be scrapped. 

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