VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill


Please, add your voice and urge Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this discriminatory bill.

Dear Governor Haslam,

We urge you to veto HB1840, which allows counselors to turn away clients based on the counselor's biases and values.  This bill puts the focus on the desires of counselors rather than on the needs of clients, damaging the counseling profession and putting clients at risk. 

An anti-bullying amendment was stripped from the bill in the House Health Committee leaving youth vulnerable in areas where mental health services are not widely available.

Thank you for considering our views.

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  • Michael Leslie
    signed 2016-04-06 11:19:55 -0500
    I have a degree in psychology from a church sponsored college in Tennessee and I see no need for HB1840. Competent counselors have been trained to deal with differences and to rise above their own prejudices. There is no need for legislators to interfere with the counselor’s professional code of ethics which states counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination based on religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. It’s hard enough for people to get help in Tennessee where many areas are without mental health coverage. As a former youth minister I know that in crisis situations it is critical to provide help when it is sought. A suicidal teen turned away because of their religious affiliation or sexual orientation may not have time to seek out another counselor. HB1840 is discriminatory, divisive and represents an unnecessary and dangerous government overreach that will be harmful to the citizens of this state.
  • Keith Britt
    signed 2016-04-06 11:19:45 -0500
  • Leonard Assante
    signed 2016-04-06 11:17:27 -0500
    Economics and morality demand a veto.
  • Jenn Strickland
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-06 11:17:04 -0500
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  • Catlin Fullwood
    signed 2016-04-06 11:16:34 -0500
  • Elisa Collacott
    signed 2016-04-06 11:16:24 -0500
  • Mel Goldsipe
    signed 2016-04-06 11:16:17 -0500
    I’m an alumna of Cookeville High School, and my in-laws live in Maryville, so I return to Tennessee frequently to visit. I’m also an alumna of Tennessee Tech with a degree in psychology.

    HB1840 must be stopped. Health care, including mental health care, must always focus on the needs of the patient, regardless of the beliefs of the practitioner. In many areas of Tennessee, there may only be one mental health care provider, so allowing that person to turn away people in need leaves them with no options even if they’re in crisis. You cannot allow that to happen.

    Compassionate care is the cornerstone of counseling, and if a counselor cannot move past their own feelings to help their clients, then they are in the wrong business and they should be the one to leave, not the client.
  • Richard Fulk
    signed 2016-04-06 11:16:14 -0500
  • Jennifer Strickland
    signed 2016-04-06 11:16:06 -0500
    As a practicing therapist with both teens and adults, I view this bill as deplorable and an attempt to promote hatred and discrimination in a service venue that is built upon doing no harm and firstly doing what is best for the client. The client comes first. Always. Please veto this bill and recognize the harm it could do.
  • Christy Beesley
    signed 2016-04-06 11:15:39 -0500
  • Donna DeStefano
    signed 2016-04-06 11:15:09 -0500
    Donna DeStefano
  • Vickie Young
    signed 2016-04-06 11:14:51 -0500
  • Becky Beaton
    signed 2016-04-06 11:14:16 -0500
  • Matt Dillman
    signed 2016-04-06 11:13:38 -0500
  • Rachel Hundley
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-06 11:13:17 -0500
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  • Landon Struble
    signed 2016-04-06 11:13:16 -0500
  • Rachel Hundley
    signed 2016-04-06 11:12:52 -0500
    This bill goes against the ethics of psychologists and the counseling profession. It is unnecessary and likely to cause harm for some of the most vulnerable patients.
  • Nikki Montgomery
    signed 2016-04-06 11:12:45 -0500
  • Tracy Black
    signed 2016-04-06 11:12:44 -0500
  • Susan pankowsky
    signed 2016-04-06 11:12:24 -0500
  • Ronald Ibach
    signed 2016-04-06 11:11:47 -0500
  • Kimberly Williams
    signed 2016-04-06 11:11:46 -0500
  • Rosemarie Black
    signed 2016-04-06 11:11:35 -0500
  • John Brackeen
    signed 2016-04-06 11:10:52 -0500
  • Michelle Marston
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-06 11:10:02 -0500
    Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill
  • Carolyn Smith
    signed 2016-04-06 11:09:58 -0500
    Do the right thing for those people seeking help from counselors.
  • Bethany Reynolds
    signed 2016-04-06 11:09:11 -0500
  • Michelle Miller
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-06 11:08:34 -0500
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  • Michelle Marston
    signed 2016-04-06 11:08:31 -0500
  • Michelle Miller
    @truebookaddict tweeted link to this page. 2016-04-06 11:08:31 -0500
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