ACTION REQUEST: please give us the 1/2-fare metrocard! (fwd)

rosaphil (rugosa@interport.net)
Tue, 13 Jul 1999 06:57:23 -0400 (EDT)


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Subject: ACTION REQUEST: please give us the 1/2-fare metrocard! (fwd)

please forward this message below or a more personalized to governor
pataki 
(less my note to you) at 

gov.pataki@chamber.state.ny.us

in the "to:" line of the message.

thanks.

letter to Gov.Pataki starts here----------->>

Subject: please give us the 1/2-fare metrocard!

July 12, 1999

Governor George E. Pataki
State Capitol
Albany, New York  12224

Re:	MTA Half Fare Fairness Bills
		(Assembly Bill 1807 & Senate Bill 2505)

Dear Governor Pataki:

I respectfully request that you sign the MTA Half Fare Fairness Bills.

With your pen, you can end a decade-long pattern of discrimination, and make 
the  MTA's Half Fare Disability Program available to S.S.I./Medicaid 
recipients with serious and persistent mental illness.

The Bills were enacted by overwhelming majorities in the Assembly and Senate. 
 They are supported by a Coalition of more than 220,000 mental health 
consumers, family members and mental health provider groups.   Yet, the cruel 
discrimination that prevents S.S.I./Medicaid recipients with serious and 
persistent mental illness from gaining access to affordable transportation 
continues.  

With your pen, you can put an end to this discrimination.

S.S.I./Medicaid recipients with serious and persistent mental illness are 
barred from the Half Fare.

S.S.D./Medicare recipients, with identical mental illnesses, and 
S.S.I./Medicaid recipients with physical disabilities, or developmental 
disabilities, get the Half Fare.

In other parts of the State, this discrimination was long-ago recognized and 
corrected; unfortunately, not in the 12 Counties served by the MTA.

The MTA Half Fare Fairness Bills will enable S.S.I./Medicaid recipients with 
serious and persistent mental illness to travel to, and attend more 
regularly, their mental health community based rehabilitation programs - - to 
move forward with their rehabilitation - - to travel to part time jobs - - to 
travel to school - - to better manage the side effects and physical illnesses 
associated with their mental illnesses.

The MTA Half Fare Fairness Bills will bring the MTA's Half Fare Program into 
compliance with existing New York State Human Rights Law that prohibits 
discrimination based on type of disability.

The MTA Half Fare Fairness Bills will make a difference in the lives of New 
Yorkers, by bringing fairness and access to transportation to S.S.I./Medicaid 
recipients with serious and persistent mental illness.

The MTA Half Fare Fairness Bills will have no impact on the MTA's fiscal year 
ended as of 12/31/99, since following passage, it will take a considerable 
amount of time to implement and widely distribute the new requirements 
throughout the mental health community.  No deluge of applications will occur.

These bills represent the merger of good transportation and public health 
policy.  Please sign the MTA Half Fare Fairness Bills.  Thank you for your 
consideration.

Respectfully submitted,
The MTA Half Fare Fairness Coalition

By:------>> (your name here) <<----------


(The Coalition includes The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, its New 
York State Chapter, and 70 New York State affiliates, comprising more than 
210,000 members nationwide, The Straphangers Campaign, The New York City Bar 
Association's Mental Health Law Committee, The New York Association of 
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), Fountain House and its network 
of more than 200+ Fountain House- styled Clubhouses, the Urban Justice 
Center, Project Renewal, the Coalition of Voluntary Mental Health Agencies, 
the Association for Community Living, the Institute for Community Living, the 
Citizens' Action Committee for Change, the Morningside-Westside Community 
Action Center, The Bridge, the American Association of Community 
Psychiatrists, and many others throughout New York State.)