New Yorkers: Keep Calling Albany to Stop DSM5!
Two days left in session.
There are only two days left in this year’s legislative session so please keep the phone calls going to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to allow a floor vote on Assembly Bill A9983 and Senate Bill S7072, our two bills to stop the DSM5 in New York. Both bills have been voted out of the Mental Health Committees in each house, that means the only barrier keeping them from a floor vote, which we are confident we will win, are Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
We need you to call Speaker Silver and Majority Leader Skelos and politely ask them to allow the bills, S7072 in the Senate and A9983 in the Assembly, to go to the floor for a vote, and we need you to click on the Take Action link to send an email to their offices asking them to allow the bills to go to a vote.
Here are their numbers:
Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Why do we want this? Because losing a diagnosis can threaten the most basic services people with autism need: educational placements, health insurance coverage, medicaid waivers, early intervention and other vital services.
Three studies have been done on how implementing the DSM5 with affect the number of people with autism. Here are the results: A study from Yale found a 55% percent reduction, including a 30% reduction among people considered severe, a study from LSU found a 48% reduction in the number of toddlers, and an Australian study released last week found a 23% reduction.
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