Commitment Undone Rescue Effort (C.U.R.E.)

Contribute to a C.U.R.E. (Commitment Undone Rescue Effort)

This is the first of hopefully many fundraisers to help people trapped in erroneous or extremely harmful commitments following a mishandled mental health tragedy that has resulted in exorbitant legal and life expenses. Our goal is to relieve their suffering or free them so they can pursue happiness as assets to society, not burdens.

Our first beneficiary has been supported by many doctors. In a nutshell, their testimony has concluded that Marci does not meet the criteria for any mental illness and is not dangerous. Dr. Toby Watson concluded that she suffers some PTSD caused by her commitment and a continuation of this commitment is going to culminate in much more harm.

Marci , a loving mom who regularly volunteered for children’s and environmental groups, studied law with the hopes of helping the less fortunate find justice while working for counsel’s office of NYSOMRDD, NYSOMH and disability advocates to better the lives of people experiencing mental distress, and desperately needs your help.

As an Army veteran, she served the country she loved for the sake of freedom. She took an oath to protect the Constitution from threats, both foreign and domestic, but now finds herself in a great domestic battle against people who are trampling on the dictates of constitutional due process, equal protection, the mental health code and its body of case law.

Her tragedy resulted from a combination of psychotropic drugs prescribed by a primary care provider for stress and the effects of a very difficult situation. Her doctor began treating unrecognized symptoms of adverse reactions (some mimic “mental illness” symptoms) with more drugs resulting in a dangerous delirium psychosis. Unaware of the potential for some “medications” to cause dangerousness, she found herself hospitalized for 3 days and hallucinating profusely after a heartbreaking tragedy. She was then caught up in a broken, brutal system leading to her current unlawful commitment almost a decade later. It continues via a malicious, unconstitutional legal maneuver.

Just days after her mental health tragedy, she regained her sanity by refusing medication. Then for over 6 years she has been free of all psychotropic drugs. During her entire commitment, she has been totally sane and normal. While committed she has been repeatedly brutalized without ever retaliating or even defending herself in over 30 attacks. She suffered a concussion, fractures and bulging disks in her neck, along with repeated emotional trauma from staff-induced sleep deprivation, unwarranted cavity searches and daily room searches performed as retaliation to harass and traumatize her. What shocks the conscience the most is that for all these years a court of law has been misled by false information prolonging this agony. Because of this she attempted suicide in 2017 while taking Benadryl after they added Flexeril. She has been tormented for years by state employees who escape responsibility. She struggles to maintain her belief in equal justice, humanity, and mercy as she now battles the most unconstitutionally chilling assault of all.

She signed an apartment lease to secure her release but was then forced against her will to return to the acute civil unit from which she finally had legally escaped. She had been determined not to be mentally ill and dangerous by clear and convincing evidence (a higher standard than the criteria for an initial commitment) by a very respected, seasoned judge who has overseen her case since its inception in 2010. Relieved, she had finally walked out of the courthouse on 12/11/19 to rebuild her torn and tattered life only to check her mail to see if the first Christmas card she mailed out on 12/19/19 had been picked up. Instead she pulled out an emergency motion to the Appellate court to stay the trial judge’s decision on the same day her response was due; it was granted without her response. It used false and fantastic information, egregiously mischaracterizing her. Two days before Christmas, she was forced to return to her miserable commitment without any precipitating negative event, medical examination, without proper notice or a hearing with the opportunity to appeal.

It is abhorrent to pluck someone from the community who is mentally stable and throw them back into a mental institution. No one should have to bear this constant agony under the guise of mental health treatment.  

This has caused significant debt and damage not to just Marci, but other good people trying to help. We ask those able to contribute financially to do so, and those who are not able to do so, please share this page on your social networks. For more information or an the opportunity to support in other ways contact: [email redacted] Please allow time for a response as this email is checked infrequently.

The United States Supreme Court has said:

·        The due process clause…bars certain arbitrary wrongful government actions, regardless of the fairness of the procedures used to implement them.

·        I think it clear that acquittees could not be confined as mental patients absent some medical justification for doing so. In such a case, the necessary connection between the nature and purpose of confinement would be absent

·        The committed acquitee is entitled to release when he has recovered his sanity, or he is no longer dangerous

·        The acquittee may be held as long as he is mentally ill and dangerous, but no longer

As a matter of due process that it was unconstitutional for a state to continue to confine a harmless mentally ill person, even if the initial commitment was permissible, it could not constitutionally continue after that basis no longer existed.

·        A convicted felon serving his sentence has a liberty interest not extinguished by his confinement as a criminal and not being transferred to a mental institution and hence classified as mentally ill without appropriate procedures to prove that he was mentally ill

·        The loss of liberty produced by involuntary commitment is more than a loss of freedom from confinement 

·        Due process requires that the nature of the commitment bears some reasonable relation to the purpose for which the individual is committed

 

Donations

  • Irina Balalau 
    • $10 
    • 7 mos
  • Daniela Moore 
    • $50 
    • 7 mos
  • Deborah Griffin 
    • $50 
    • 7 mos

Organizer

Stelia Corniciuc 
Organizer
Glendale, AZ
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