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Updated November 24, 2021

KEEP THE HEAT UP FOR DAVID!

Updated November 24, 2021

We still do not know where David is and we are doubling down on our efforts to find and free him. See this press release HERE Please help David! To view the original alert scroll down to 10/19/2021

Today’s recommended action is

1) File a complaint against Judge Zanic (see below)

2) Continue to write to Huntingdon County Commissioners. For instructions and an example, scroll down.

Other grass-roots organizations are starting to join MFI and RTFCIL by demanding that lawmakers find and free David Italiano.

A special thanks to ‘Put People First’ members in Pennsylvania for contacting Huntingdon County Commissioners last week.

Another special thanks to Lily for alerting National Association to End Guardianship Abuse which posted David’s Shield alert on their website HERE and agreeing to conduct a radio interview with Karen Koch of RTFCIL.

Have you written to the Commissioners yet? If not, please do so today. 

A few minutes of your time can make a difference. The commissioners email addresses are listed below. HERE is an example of a simple email.

As always, please cc your email to office@mindfreedom.org or post on the comments on our website HERE A simple email with a few talking points is sufficient. For an example, read this brief but excellent.

 

Commissioners

814-643-3091

Heather Fellman

hfellman@huntingdoncounty.net

Mark Sather

msather@huntingdoncounty.net

Jeff Thomas

jthomas@huntingdoncounty.net

Scott Walls

swalls@huntingdoncounty.net

Tracey Rhodes

tjrhodes@huntingdoncounty.net

 

If you already wrote to the commissions, please report Judge Zanic who ignored evidence presented by a mental health professional at a hearing declaring that David Italiano to be competent. He appointed a guardian who continues to ignore David’s wishes, hides him and prevents him from having contact with the outside world.

File a complaint against Judge Zanic for ruling on the case of David Italiano, despite having a conflict of interest.

  1. Judge Zanic, was formerly employed as the legal counsel for Huntingdon County AAA before being elected as the President Judge of Huntingdon County.
  2. Over Mr. Italiano’s objections, Judge Zanic appointed, Huntingdon County AAA, his former client to be David Italiano’s permanent guardianship even though an expert witness declared David Italiano to be mentally competent.

 

File a complaint with the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania HERE

 

 

 

Updated November 12, 2021

DAVID IS STILL MISSING!

It has been nearly a year since David Italiano was disappeared in Pennsylvania’s broken guardianship system, a black hole which many elderly people, psychiatric survivors, and people with disabilities fall into, often with lethal consequences.

It has been over three weeks since MindFreedom International issued an official Shield alert for David Italiano. MFI learned of his plight from Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living (RTF) earlier in the year after RTF staff tried to help David move from a congregate facility back into his own home before he was disappeared in retaliation.

The goal of the alert is to find him, confirm his safety, and make sure that he is respected and treated like a human being as opposed to being locked up in a nursing home and forced to wear an ankle bracelet, as he was when RTF staff last were able to communicate with him.

What is happening to him could happen to any of us. We must protect David Italiano and in doing so, send a clear message to lawmakers and people who work for any oppressive system: psychiatric facilities, geriatric facilities, group homes, etc. that we will not tolerate human rights abuses, especially as it concerns the care of people with psycho social disabilities.

Remember, David Italiano does not have a psychiatric diagnosis. He is not in a psychiatric facility. This alert is a joint effort between MFI and RTFCIL. This Shield alert illustrates the overlapping problems faced by both psychiatric survivors and people with disabilities.

If you have not contacted Senator Toomey, Governor Wolf. and the other lawmakers listed in previous alerts (archived below) please contact them today! If you have already contacted those lawmakers, please contact the Huntingdon County commissioners, the focus of today’s Shield update..

The Huntingdon County Commissioners hold the purse strings of the agency that is hiding David Italiano.

Read the many, eloquent letters, especially the one by Meaghan Graef (scroll down to comments section below) for inspiration or the talking points in earlier updates below when comprising your email.

 

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE THIS WEEKEND!

 

Call or write an email alerting Huntingdon County Commissioners to the treatment and disappearance of David Italiano in Pennsylvania’s broken guardian system and send the email to every Huntingdon County commissioner listed below. Be sure to cc office@mindfreedom.org or post your email on the comments section below. Be sure to tell the Commissioners that the Huntingdon County AAA has assumed guardianship of David Italiano against David’s wishes and that they will not disclose his whereabouts of  confirm his safety or allow him to have contact with his chosen advocate Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living, in accordance with Pennsylvania’s guardianship statutes and in accordance with David’s civil liberties under the Olmstead Ruling. You can find talking points below.

 

 

Commissioners

814-643-3091

Heather Fellman

hfellman@huntingdoncounty.net

Mark Sather

msather@huntingdoncounty.net

Jeff Thomas

jthomas@huntingdoncounty.net

Scott Walls

swalls@huntingdoncounty.net

Tracey Rhodes

tjrhodes@huntingdoncounty.net

 

 

Updated November 9 2021

Thanks to a Shield volunteer (not sure if I can out her by name) we now possess a very important court document which will greatly help the Shield campaign for David Italiano. Please visit  this page soon for new important actions you can take to find and free David based on this new finding.

 

If you haven’t written yet to Sen Casey, Rep Irvin, Sen. Toobey, or Governor Wolf yet, please do so today!

Ron Bassman, Executive Director of MFI, submitted this letter to the Governor HERE

 

 

Updated November 5, 2021

Please continue to help David Italiano!. It is critical that Shield members continue to take action. His situation is urgent. If you haven’t written to Pennsylvania lawmakers below, please do so today by scrolling down to letter writing resources posted below on 10/19/21 and 10/27/21

Today’s Action

If you already written to lawmakers in Pennsylvania, please contact the media!

  1. Write a letter to the editor of the Huntingdon County Daily News HERE

  2. Write an opinion piece to Pennsylvania Capital Star HERE

  3. Write a letter to the editor of the Pennsylvania Inquirer HEREand select ‘Letter to the Editor’

  4. Contact WPCN radio station in Huntingdon County HERE

  5. Call WPCN Phone: 216-916-6100/Toll Free: 877-399-3307

The following press release distributed by MFI is provided for informational purposes.

HERE

The Alert updated on 10/29/21

For original alert (and actions) scroll down to 10/19/2021

If you have already the actions listed in the original alert dated 10/19/21 Thank you! The situation involving David is considered urgent until we find David and communicate with him once again!  Please continue to take action today. We will post a different action each week. The action we recommend this week is to call or write to Senator Toomey.

 

Senator Toomey

320 Market Street

Suite 475E

Harrisburg, PA 17108

(717) 782-3951

Letter Template in PDF HERE

(more formats coming soon)

Contact Senator Toomey using the contact form on his website:

https://www.toomey.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-toomey

 

 

10/19/2021

“Don’t Murder Me!” reads an excerpt from the journal of David Italiano, a disabled individual who was ‘Disappeared’ in Pennsylvania’s Broken Guardianship System. Take Action Today! Help Us Find David and Restore His Rights!

 

MindFreedom International (MFI) in conjunction with Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living (RTFCIL), is launching a Shield Alert to locate and establish the well-being of David Italiano, an elderly person in Pennsylvania who has been ‘disappeared’ by a government funded agency called the Huntingdon County Area Agency  (AAA) in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Please help us find David Italiano and confirm his well being. Help David exercise his right to receive appropriate services to help him to live independently in his own home!

A complete history of David’s story can be found in our website HERE. A brief summary follows and below that, recommended actions for Shield members to take.

Last year, after complaining of spousal abuse, David was placed under a temporary guardianship and moved to a congregate facility 120+ miles from where he lives. At David’s request, RTFCIL consented to help David put together his own care plan. One of David’s goals was to petition the court for a termination or change of guardianship. Another goal was to move back home.

Later in the year, his spouse died and no longer posed a threat to David. A neuropsychiatric evaluation determined that David was competent and no longer in need of protection, yet a judge in Huntingdon County placed David under permanent guardianship.

The Huntingdon County AAA forbid RTFCIL from communicating with David, even though RTFCIL has determined that David is eligible for services to help him live independently, services which David has requested. His guardian even instructed the staff at the nursing home to monitor David’s personal calls and confiscated his personal cell phone. Before being ‘disappeared’ David shared this poignant letter describing the despair having every facet of one’s life dictated by someone else. HERE

David was secretly moved to another location on February 20 to prevent him from having contact with RTFCIL. The Huntingdon County AAA refuses to communicate with RTFCIL on behalf of David and will not reveal his location.

David’s story reveals that our guardianship system is broken. Supported decision making is not practiced in the current system and it easy to abuse and exploit people with disabilities who are under guardianship.

Please take action today! Inform public officials that you will not not sit back and allow the state to take away David Italiano’s right to live in the least restrictive setting of his choosing. This right was guaranteed under the American Disabilities Act (ADA) according to the Supreme Court, in Olmstead v.s. LC

Please join MFI to demand the following of public officials:

  • Compel Huntingdon County AAA to disclose David Italiano’s location.
  • Allow David Italiano to communicate freely with whoever he chooses.
  • Force nursing home staff to return David’s private phone.
  • Compel agencies to use supported decision making with all of their disabled clients, including those under guardianship!

For a list of recommended actions and people you should contact see below.

Please circulate this alert to your colleagues and friends. Let us know what actions you take by cc’ing office@mindfreedom.org

 

ACTIONS TO TAKE

 

Every week, we will post a new action. For today’s action, we urge you to write letters or email to the following public officials. If you choose to use email (Governor Wolf is the only official below who does not post his email address) you can combine recipients. Be sure to cc office@mindfreedom.org or post your email/letter in comments below.

Letter templates are provided below each public official’s contact information but please note, that they should only serve as guidelines. It is better to use your own words to the greatest extent possible. Letter templates are provided in two formats to make it easier. If you can use the MS Word software, you can open and overwrite on the templates, saving only the words you want to replicate. If your browser will only open text files, you can find additional formats on the website of our partner PsychRights HERE

Contact Governor Wolf’s Office

Call Governor Wolf

717-787-2500

Person in the Governor’s Office Who is Tasked with Disability Issue

Write to Governor Wolf

Use the contact form:

Thttps://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/#OnlineForm

Send Ground Letters to Governor Wolf:

Office of the Governor
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

TEMPLATE LETTER TO GOV IN PDF 

TEMPLATE LETTER TO GOV IN WORD*

*Additional format available on the website of PsychRights HERE

Contact Rich Irvin, State Representive, District 81 (David’s Home community)

Hon. Rich Irvin
612 Pennsylvania Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652
(814) 644-2996
Fax: (814) 644-2999

LETTER TEMPLATE TO REP IRVIN IN PDF

TEMPLATE TO REP IRVIN IN WORD

 

Contact Senator Casey

Chairman of Special Committee on Aging

https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/share

CALL Senator Casey

Disability Policy Director

Office of Sen. Bob Casey

Write to Sen. Casey at his Philadelphia office

2000 Market Street
Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19103

TEMPLATE LETTER TO SEN CASEY IN PDF HERE

TEMPLATE LETTER TO SEN CASEY IN WORD

 

 

 

59 Comments

  1. It’s encouraging to see the outpouring of support and advocacy on David’s behalf. I just called and left messages with the following this morning: the Huntingdon County Commissioner’s office, the office of state senator Irvin and WPCN, a public radio station in Huntingdon County.

    • Russel, I think calls are as important, maybe even more important than letters. With phone calls, even if you go to VM, one has the opportunity to speak from the heart! And I know you to have a HUGE heart! Be well, friend and thank you for your diligent efforts!

  2. Last week I sent emails to both Senator Toomey and state representative Irvin. Today I sent this email to the five county commissioners.

    Greetings and salutations commissioner,
    I will be brief as I know you are busy. It has been nearly a year since David Italiano was disappeared in Pennsylvania’s broken guardianship system. The guardianship system is a black hole into which many elderly people, psychiatric survivors, and people with disabilities fall into, often with lethal consequences. Please take action today to find and free David Italiano. The Huntingdon County AAA has assumed guardianship of David Italiano against David’s wishes and they will not disclose his whereabouts or confirm his safety. They have not and will not allow him to have contact with his chosen advocate, Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living, in accordance with Pennsylvania’s guardianship statutes and in accordance with David’s civil liberties under the Olmstead Ruling. I am not an expert in these things, but I have been following this poor man’s situation for a few weeks, and I find it truly scary and disturbing. I have yet to hear any explanation from a responsible or official source about what is being or will be done. Can you help and look into this matter, not just for this man’s sake, but for others who might also suffer similar fates? The goal of this email is to find him, confirm his safety, and make sure that he is respected and treated like a human being as opposed to being locked up in a nursing home or wherever he is! It is imperative that we find David and assure his safety. Please act today! I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer to those trying to find this man. Thank you. John Wachter, concerned citizen of PA.

  3. I just sent this email to the Huntingdon County Commisions:

    To: Heather Fellman, Mark Sather, Jeff Thomas, Scott Walls, Tracey Rhodes

    It has come to my attention through the joint efforts of two strong and respected advocacy groups, Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living and Mind Freedom International, that a citizen from your county, David Italiano, has undergone egregious violations of his basic human and civil rights. The Huntingdon County AAA has assumed guardianship of David against his wishes and they will not disclose his whereabouts or confirm his safety or allow him to have contact with his chosen advocate, Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living, in accordance with Pennsylvania’s guardianship statutes and in accordance with David’s civil liberties under the Olmstead Ruling.

    This is something that hopefully none of us would tolerate for ourselves or our loved ones.

    I implore you to look into this matter immediately. Help us find David and restore his rights!

    Thank you,

    Russell Stence
    (585) 694-5565

    I also called their office, 814-643-3091, and left a voicemail with essentially the same message. I plan to call back Monday morning so I can speak with someone in that office.

  4. I sent a letter to Rep Irvin from Huntingdon County in hopes Action is taken to find him & he lived Independently again.

    • Ria, Thank you!! Could you explain a little bit about this list, how you got it and any recommendations you may have for using it based on your experience?

  5. After searching through court documents I found the most recent court docket dated 11/1/2021. I hope and pray this leads to his finding.

      • Vladimir, I went to your FB page to see if I could friend you and share your email (I don’t have a lot of followers on my personal page, so I thought I may get more traction by sharing your post) but you appear to have more than two FB pages, one is public and the other is private?

        • I removed the shield alert about David Italiano from both of my Facebook pages on November 9 and instead started (from November 8) to post that shield alert on Philadelphia Inquirer’s Facebook page (because that page definitely has more visitors than my page). Every day I post the shield alert on two different posts on Philadelphia Inquirer’s Facebook page and delete the shield alerts that I posted the previous day (because Philadelphia Inquirer posts many posts, I doubt that anybody reads the posts that are one day old).
          Maybe later I will start posting the shield alert on Facebook pages of various Pennsylvania government officials.
          By the way, for some mysterious reason, on November 8 Facebook hid my comment (about the shield alert) on Philadelphia Inquirer’s Facebook page on one post (but not on the second post, even though my comment was identical on both of those posts).

          • Thanks Vladimir What a great idea to use the FB pages of media outlets! As you say, those pages tend to have a lot of followers. Do the settings on those FB pages allow you to include links?

  6. Sent letters to Rich Irvin and Bob Casey. I’d like to use the form on the Huntingdon County Daily News, but it only allows 150 characters. Anyone come up with a short and sweet version of this for these types of contact forms? I’m too long winded!

    • Pat, Thank you for sending letters to both lawmakers. I am glad you alerted me to the 150 character limit on the Daily News Wow. That is short. Between you and me you are the better editor but here is my first stab “The guardianship system in PA is broken, Huntingdon Co. labeled David Italiano incompetent, ‘disappeared’ him in a nursing home, & may seize his assets! Find and free David Italiano!” That is five characters too long. Anyone?

  7. Sent to Toomey. There’s no reason Congress should not take up these issues–what with all the recent publicity garnered from Britney Spears, Elijah McClain, etc.
    LT

    • Of course. But, consider how our Congressmen are “funded.” They don’t want to take on anything “controversial,” kind of like Climate Change. They want their constituents to think that there are simple “solutions,” to their problems, (like Mr. Italiano’s disappearance, for example). I had a friend, who I believe is no longer among the living, though I can’t locate her. As far as I know, her last post on FB was in 2018, and she posted everyday. Also a psych survivor. She just “disappeared.” I’ve seen and experienced things, that should make some people alarmed, but apparently, they aren’t.

  8. Letter sent! <3

    Dear Senator Toomey,

    I’m writing to request your help on behalf of David Italiano, a disabled man who made the mistake of reporting his wife’s abusive behavior and was consequently stripped of his rights, removed from his home, placed into Pennsylvania’s guardianship system, and cut off from contact with the outside world. Unfortunately, in systems of coercive “care” such as guardianships, such horrors are inevitable and even incentivized; as a survivor of Arizona’s psychiatric system, I can personally attest to the legalized harms committed against people labeled with mental and cognitive disabilities. I’d like to share my perspective with you in hopes that you’ll be moved to locate and free David Italiano, and promote legislative change to restore the human rights of people diagnosed (or perhaps misdiagnosed) with mental disabilities in your state.

    The problematic nature of nonconsensual mental disability services starts with the diagnostic process. Despite decades of searching, science has failed to find a biological marker for any mental illness, which is why NIMH stopped using DSM labels: they lack validity. The medical model of human distress is a theory unsupported by scientific facts, and mental disabilities are therefore diagnosed via interviews rather than any quantitative scientific test. Hence, the primary determinants of whether someone is diagnosed with a mental disability are the interviewer’s biases and conflicts of interest; providers get paid (either directly or via government grant quotas) to force people into the system and keep them there, not to uphold or restore their rights. This inherent conflict of interest is just one of many reasons the system is broken.

    Furthermore, providers are not required to keep honest and accurate records since they are always believed over the patient – although such standards exist, they are not enforceable. Unsurprisingly, members of the psychiatric guild tend to support each other rather than the patient, leading to the perpetuation of labels like “anosognosia” and “lack of insight” for patients who disagree with their diagnosis and/or treatment, despite mounting evidence that misdiagnosis is common and state-sponsored nonconsensual treatment takes an average of 25 years off the patient’s life (on top of the unmeasured suffering they experience under the treatment regime). I’d like to encourage you to seriously question the use of such diagnoses to justify locking up, forcibly drugging or shocking, or otherwise revoking the rights of innocent individuals, such as the rights to live in their own homes and access their own money.

    Perhaps the scariest part of nonconsensual care is the selection bias in staffing. All staff of locked facilities and court-ordered treatment clinics are willing to violate the human rights of others. Many staff enjoy working in an environment where they know they can do whatever they want to patients and the patients will not be believed; staff members can always call patients “delusional” or claim they “did it to themselves.” While some people have suggested psychiatric screening during the hiring process to mitigate these issues, the only true solution is to end the use of coercion and force against disabled people, because the presence of coercion will always attract employees who don’t mind (or even actively enjoy) disenfranchising others.

    David Italiano’s story is a bit like mine: his placement into unwanted disability services was based on an assessment of his capacity that he knew was either incorrect or a based on a temporary state of distress (which I think is quite understandable in a spousal abuse situation!). While trapped in a congregate living facility, Mr. Italiano engaged Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living (RTFCIL) to try to win his rights back and return to his own home. RTFCIL helped Mr. Italiano get reevaluated by a neuropsychiatric expert, who found he was both competent and no longer in need of protection following the death of his wife. However, despite these findings (and arguably in violation of Olmstead vs. LC), a judge in Huntingdon County sentenced Mr. Italiano to permanent guardianship. The guardianship agency (Huntingdon County AAA, which receives government funds) then forbade Mr. Italiano from contacting RTFCIL, instructing nursing home staff to monitor Mr. Italiano’s calls and confiscating his personal cell phone. Finally, Huntingdon County AAA had him secretly moved to another location, and the agencies trying to help him haven’t heard from him since.

    For the sake of Mr. Italiano’s wellbeing, happiness, freedom, and dignity, please consider taking the following actions:
    1. Compel Huntingdon County AAA to disclose the location of David Italiano
    2. Allow David Italiano to communicate freely with whomever he chooses
    3. Force nursing home staff to return Mr. Italiano’s phone
    4. Support legislation requiring agencies to use supported decision making with all their disabled clients, including those under guardianship

    Additionally, for the sake of all of us, please consider taking more actions:
    1. Replace the DSM with the Power Threat Meaning Framework
    2. Ban the administration of neuroleptics and shock without informed consent
    3. Replace locked facilities with respite houses and community living
    4. Defund and revoke the licenses of facilities that violate the Olmstead ruling
    5. Roll back any state laws that enable nonconsensual treatment of persons who fall outside the “threat to self or others” criteria established by the Supreme Court
    6. Replace guardianships with programs that help disabled people hire and retain a care team of their choosing via supported decision making
    7. Reform legislation so it becomes faster and easier to restore patients’ rights than it is to take them away
    8. Establish standards for state-funded care programs that hold such programs accountable for patient satisfaction and outcomes, and institute data collection practices to monitor whether standards are met

    I’m hopeful that with your support, Pennsylvania can become a leader in disability rights and Mr. Italiano can return to his home. If you share my Christian faith, I’d like to encourage you with the words of Jesus: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

    Sincerely,

    Meaghan Graef
    Psychiatric Survivor
    Phoenix, AZ

    • Thank you Maeghan! I am not sure if David Italiano has a mental health diagnosis but your letter is very detailed and thorough!

    • Well stated Meaghan, but in my experience, likely falling on “deaf ears.” There is no “marker,” as you stated for “mental illness,” thank goodness I discovered that as well, or I’d be as dead as well, a door nail. Science has nothing to do with psychiatry, “I say your “mentally ill,” and I’m a doctor see?” Of course there are 3 dead corpses lying in the hallway on stretchers, that speak much louder in my case. Have a great day! Psss… don’t tell anyone, they may think I’m a paranoid schizo… Btw, I tried to report what I had witnessed… no one needs to take you seriously, death is part of this, and they do it everyday.

    • I just read your letter, Meaghan. What an articulate, passionate letter of advocacy! I’m sorry for what you had to endure, but it’s great to see you came through it and are speaking up for someone who is being so oppressed, ironically, by the very systems that are supposed to be there for protection!

      • Meaghan’s wrote a powerful letter. Our voices are important and together we are more powerful than if we remain silenced and in isolation. My hat goes off to anybody who uses their negative experience in the mental health system to teach those in power how urgently change is needed.

  9. I posted this to Senator Toomey’s online contact site yesterday:

    Senator Toomey, I would like to bring to your attention the sad plight of one of your most vulnerable constituents, David Italiano. I do not know him personally, but I have information from credible people that I trust that his basic human rights and freedoms are being curtailed and restricted in ways that we would never tolerate for ourselves or our loved ones. He is an elderly man who was declared imcompetent which I have observed up close and personal can be used to deprive a person of basic rights and freedoms like nothing else! I implore you to use your power as a very high-ranking public servant to ensure the following:
    Compel Hungtingdon County AAA to disclose David Italiano’s location.
    That David be allowed to communicate freely with whoever he chooses.
    That nursing home staff be made to return his private phone.
    That the agency where he resides, as well as all such agencies, use supported decision making with all of their vulnerable clients, including those under guardianship.

    Sincerely,

    Russell Stence

  10. I sent letters to Toomey and Wolf via snail mail and will email out some others.

    In my research, I found some relevant stats about how many people are in conservatorships in the US (1.3 million) and how many people in nursing homes are on neuroleptics (almost 1 in 5), and the connection between neuroleptics and pneumonia (there is a pandemic!). I’ll leave the links here if anyone else is interested. I used them in my correspondence to point out how large the problem is and how dangerous the outcomes can be when people are disappeared into a system this large and this uncaring.

    https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20211018/how-13-million-americans-became-controlled-by-conservatorships

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/11/health/nursing-homes-schizophrenia-antipsychotics.html

    https://rxisk.org/medications-compromising-covid-infections/

    • I found it easy to use the templates to send letters to Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, and Rep. Rich Irvin even though I am locked up in a psych wardbmyself. I just made some minor changes,like spelling out RTFCIL – Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living. Hope this helps!
      Dawn D.
      MindFreedom International member

  11. I just sent customized letters to Toomey and Wolf. I added in some statistics to press the points that, with 1.3. million people under conservatorships, this can happen to anyone and that nursing homes are dangerous places due to not only Covid (which is already mentioned in the original letter), but also due to the use of neuroleptics, which increase the likelihood of developing pneumonia.

    Here are the sources for this information, if anyone else would like to add it.

    https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20211018/how-13-million-americans-became-controlled-by-conservatorships

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/11/health/nursing-homes-schizophrenia-antipsychotics.html

    https://rxisk.org/medications-compromising-covid-infections/

  12. I send an email to the senator Toomey telling that David’s guardianship should be terminated and he should be able to communicate whoever he wants.

  13. Thank you Audrey for taking the following action for David!

    Submitted complaint to Dept of Justice regarding Deprivation of Rights under color of law, as judge and AAA abused legal authority to arrange collection of Mr. Italiano’s disability benefits.
    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

  14. Just got a message from Ptery Light: “Sent an email to the governor Wolf, and to Senator Casey. This is awful!! This is kidnapping.. I sincerely pray these folks get apprehended and shut down! ” Thanks Ptery! You have a heart of gold!

  15. Someone asked “Has anyone reported this Pennsylvania judge for conflict of interest? I have seen similar corruption and it is disturbing?” The answer is not yet, but in a future alert, we will ask people to report the conflict. Keep tuned to this channel. If you are already on the Shield alert list you will receive a new action to take every week. If you are not signed up yet to receive Shield alerts, you can do so by emailing office@mindfreedom.org and put ‘put me on Shield list’ in the subject heading

  16. Governor,
    As a member of MindFreedom.org, I am writing re: David Italiano’s rights being violated. According to
    letter on David, David Italiano’s right to live in the least restrictive setting of his choosing is being
    violated. This right was guaranteed under the American Disabilities Act (ADA) according to the Supreme Court,
    in Olmstead v.s. LC. David was secretly moved to another location on February 20 to prevent him from having
    contact with RTFCIL. The Huntingdon County AAA refuses to communicate with RTFCIL on behalf of David and will
    not reveal his location. The RTFCIL can provide him with assistance in his own home, so that he can live independently.
    L Cohen
    Reply as soon as you can.
    (above was to governor Tom Wolf. https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/#OnlineForm)

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