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.

Who's signing

Wendy Kaiser
Kristen Scatton
Brandon Ousley
shu ling
Derek Avila
Becky Asch
Sandee Mandel
Adam Fishel
Eve Adams
Suzanne Lease
Noor Tahirkheli
Scott Horowitz
Rachel Nielsen
Kyra Sjarif
Brianna Werner
eithne gfeller
Kathryn Wingard
Nancy Gerber
Ian Evans
David Drustrup
Richa Khanna
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Dawn Morningstar
    signed 2016-04-19 10:07:28 -0500
    Dawn Morningstar
  • Wendy Kaiser
    signed via 2016-04-19 09:22:09 -0500
  • Darin Dunston
    signed 2016-04-19 09:14:05 -0500
  • Kristen Scatton
    signed 2016-04-19 08:29:25 -0500
  • Erin Hardin
    signed 2016-04-19 08:17:42 -0500
  • Brandon Ousley
    signed 2016-04-19 07:39:42 -0500
  • shu ling
    signed 2016-04-19 07:18:09 -0500
    shu ling
  • Derek Avila
    signed 2016-04-19 06:34:13 -0500
  • Becky Asch
    signed 2016-04-19 06:18:04 -0500
  • Viktoria Byczkiewicz
    signed 2016-04-18 21:31:20 -0500
    Viktoria Byczkiewicz
  • Sandee Mandel
    signed 2016-04-18 21:13:36 -0500
  • Adam Fishel
    signed 2016-04-18 20:56:00 -0500
  • Eve Adams
    signed 2016-04-18 20:46:45 -0500
  • Suzanne Lease
    signed 2016-04-18 20:42:09 -0500
    I have been involved in the training of counselors and psychologists in TN for 25 years. This bill has huge potential for harming the residents of TN, especially those who are most vulnerable as they seek mental health counseling. It is also stands in direct opposition to the professional ethics of the American Counseling Association and American Psychological Association. I urge you to attend to the stances of these professional organizations that have training and experience in providing mental health treatment rather than to groups that support a position that privileges the counselor’s desires over the client’s needs.
  • Noor Tahirkheli
    signed 2016-04-18 20:41:42 -0500
  • Jeff Brown
    signed 2016-04-18 20:37:45 -0500
  • David Horowitz
    signed 2016-04-18 20:03:58 -0500
  • Scott Andrew
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-18 19:54:45 -0500
    Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill
  • Scott Horowitz
    signed 2016-04-18 19:54:16 -0500
  • Ellen Schelly Hill
    signed 2016-04-18 19:33:29 -0500
    I teach a mental health ethics course— this bill violates ethics in the most fundamental way.
  • Rachel Nielsen
    signed 2016-04-18 19:17:08 -0500
    I was born and raised in Tennessee, and I worked there for years as a mental health professional. This bill is very concerning, and contradicts our ethical codes. It marginalizes many of the people who need services, and it promotes discrimination, intolerance, and hate.
  • Kyra Sjarif
    signed 2016-04-18 18:44:43 -0500
  • Brianna Werner
    signed 2016-04-18 17:42:35 -0500
    Brianna Werner
  • Gina Haynes
    signed 2016-04-18 17:33:34 -0500
    Dear Governor Haslam,

    Please veto this bill.

    If therapists and counselors could turn away patients based on “sincerely held beliefs"

    (presuming that this is based in conservative Christian ‘beliefs’),

    then, (and borrowing from the Ten Commandments),

    could they also turn away patients who are atheists?

    Who curse? Who work on Sunday?

    Who hate their parents?

    Who have killed (military or felon)?

    Who have cheated on their spouse?

    Who have stolen, lied, coveted???

  • eithne gfeller
    signed 2016-04-18 17:33:23 -0500
  • Kathryn Wingard
    signed 2016-04-18 17:09:59 -0500
  • Nancy Gerber
    signed 2016-04-18 17:09:47 -0500
  • Ian Evans
    signed 2016-04-18 16:27:26 -0500
  • David Drustrup
    signed 2016-04-18 16:24:46 -0500
    I feel compelled to speak out against a bill that is irrefutably contrary to my profession of counseling. I don’t turn away those who lie or steal, despite those things being against my religion. This isn’t a bill about religious freedom. It’s a bill of discrimination.
  • Richa Khanna
    signed 2016-04-18 16:21:14 -0500

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