It was no coincidene that after the election on November 4th that on November 5th I received a voicemail from the civil-rights division of the DOJ stating that Civil Rights no longer had my case. They told me to call Mail Referral Unit. I called them up and of course they said they had no idea what was going on.
Yesterday I called up civil rights and this is what they said, http://bit.ly/1zAZxHO Yes you heard that correctly assistant number three verified that after more than six months of speaking with the civil rights section and receiving documents from Senator Greg Ball they may have lost everything. Isn’t this convient ? What will it take for them to properly investigate a psychiatrist who has psychologically tortured me, committed civil rights violations and crimes including medicare fraud ? Keep in mind that all of these documents came straight from Senator Greg Balls office.
Now Dr. Xiaolei Baran of New York Presbyterian Hospital – Westchester Division is rendering care to patients and potentially placing them at risk by over medicating them, psychologically abusing them to the point of torment, committing Medicaid fraud and more. The department of justice knows all of this and is failing to protect more victims. Yes the department of justice is failing to protect more VICTIMS! Perhaps if there were bodies to be counted they would act or if they were of a minority they would act.
I wonder what it will take for the DOJ and the new Acting Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta to take action!
Two years after the Newtown shooting politicians like Representative Tim Murphy are irresponsibly using this horrible incident to gain attention to their own political agenda and stigmatize mental illness. On the two year anniversary of this tragedy Representative Tim Murphy had an article released on CNN and tried to play off the emotions of not only congress, but the American people. Murphy says “I ask members of Congress to look those Newtown families in the eye.” This shooting was an awful tragedy, but even after the Office of the Child Advocate came out with their report Mental Illness and Gun violence at Newtown and stated that mental illness is stable around the world, it is not the issue and they felt access to guns was the problem at hand not mental illness .
People who have a mental health condition deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, have their human and civil rights not violated just like everyone else. Unfortunately, more often than not this does not happen. The public deserves to know what happens behind the scenes and not be manipulated by politicians. When someone affected by a mental health condition needs help they deserve to have a choice and have and a treatment approach that treats the entire person not just the ” brain ” as some psychiatrists put it.
This past Wednesday for the first time I was fortunate enough to publicly tell a group of youth at a high school my young adult story leading to my diagnosis of a mental health condition. The response was astounding. The looks on some of their face was as if they identified with what I was saying, then the questions that followed confirmed that. Some questions asked were Does medication help ? , Why did your mom send you to foster care and do you speak to her now ? , How did you know you changed and why did you go into criminal justice ? . These questions were very insightful . It means that these children are thinking about my story, what I said, internalizing it and relating to it. When I read them it truly made my holiday season.
We need to do more of this in the country we live in. Reach out to not only our youth but others who we think may be in need of help. I know that I may have helped at least one of these youth, but sadly if they go into the mental health system it will not help them. Think about that for a second. I helped a youth by sharing my story but if they reach out to a professional and are referred into our mental health system it will only harm their situation due to the corruption that exists. We need to do something about this.
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I will no longer stay silent about Fordham University. A university when I came out of undergraduate school which was my first choice and my dream school. The same university that crushed those dreams when they listened to someone at New York Presbyterian Hospital about treatment I received and a diagnosis that did not exist. Based upon the information that this hospital had no business giving because they had no consent form from me Fordham forced me to withdraw from my classes and go through their re-entry process that violated the American with disabilities Act and my civil rights.
Not a week out of the hospital and I was called into a meeting with the Associate Director of Field Placement and a Dean. I was told I had to speak with Dean Elderidge. I was told by Dean Elderidge I needed to hand over all of my psychiatric records from the hospital, sign waivers of consent from my providers so anyone in the student life area could speak with them, fill out a community provider form which clearly was discriminatory towards people with mental illness and asked very intimate questions, was told I had to attend a certain amount of sessions with my providers and report back, then meet with the school, provide documentation, if that documentation was not sufficient than I would have to provide more. I then would have to meet with the schools counselors to be cleared for classes. I then would have to sign a contract of some sort.
I explained to the dean that what he was asking violated the ADA laws and my civil rights and I would not be providing any of it. I would only provide what the policy stated on the internet. I did just that. I provided a letter from my psychiatrist stating I was evaluated and ready to attend classes. I was forced after two months of trying to speak with various administrators to hire a lawyer to defend my civil rights because the school which now claims they have always helped students with mental illness http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/eNewsroom/topstories_3348.asp was violating my civil rights and ADA laws.
I spoke with another student who told me via text ” Emily just do what they want they will pay for your next semester. They refunded me 8,000.00 because I did what they wanted. ” Because I didn’t do what they wanted and they forced me out of school, a student with almost a 3.5 GPA in a Masters of Social Work program, I got a 3,000.00 bill. They charged me for the classes they forced me out of. So a student that lets them violate her civil rights and ADA Laws they give back 8,000.00 and pay for her next semester. Someone who stands up to them they send a 3,000.00 bill too.
The office of civil rights, department of education has made a determination but has not released it as of yet. Im still wondering why. The determination was made back in August and has been sitting with the director of the office of civil rights since then. What amazes me most is that a college who previously violated a students civil rights because he had a mental illness and was sanctioned for it and did not follow the directive of OCR http://bit.ly/11t5nfu was just allowed to do it to me without any sanctions up front.
This school has ruined my life along with New York Presbyterian Hospital. They should not be saying that they help students with mental illness and decrease stigma. It’s a lie and I am a testament of that. There are so many more countless victims of what I was and I intend to speak for them at the end of all of this.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Dear Ms. Manners:
I must say that I am appalled at New York Presbytarian Hospital’s decision to keep Dr. Xiaolei Baran on your staff after the proven, serious, human rights violations she willfully committed against a one time client, Ms. Emily Elizabeth Pierce. The violations occurred in 2012 and included the following:
Inappropriate seclusion for perceived disrespect toward staff , when that was not the case and inclusion with peers would have helped Ms. Pierce’s depressive mood; also using her suicide attempt as an excuse to consider her a “danger”. She could have been closely watched even with a roommate in her room and unit privileges, as she was in a highly supervised locked inpatient facility.
Forcing Ms. Pierce on an antipsychotic which she did not need and which — as she warned staff — would make her suicidal
Failing to listen to the concerns of Ms. Pierce, which were not about psychosis but about her depression. She does identify as someone with long-term depression and was responsibly seeking help for said condition while looking to continue graduate studies at Fordham University.
Dr. Baran’s lies about Ms. Pierce’s problems and conduct on your inpatient ward, as proven by inconsistencies between hospital records and the court transcript between Dr. Baran, Ms. Pierce and the judge.
Taking her to court inappropriately because she refused to have ECT — a somewhat barbaric, archaic and high risk procedure which was unnecessary in Ms. Pierce’s case.
Threatening to have Ms. Pierce committed if she did not listen to Dr. Baran’s orders — clearly an inappropriate power trip on Dr. Baran’s part, toxic to her constituent’s well-being
Dr. Baran’s part in releasing Ms. Pierce’s health records to Fordham University without Ms. Pierce’s written consent; CLEARLY a HIPPA violation. For this federal law violation alone, Dr. Baran should have been fired without opportunity for rehire; further, her health”care” career should have ended there! This is especially true when the document leak caused
Ms. Pierce to unfairly be suspended from school — something which certainly made her depression worse.
Please ask yourself if your hospital — especially as a stated faith based organization — truly exists to help patients or to use patients to further its own ends. Please remember the reason why your hospital exists: its patients and their needs to continue functioning in a society which needs them.
Liza Faith Casey
Graduate Student, Social Entrepreneurshi
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Call the Department of Justice and tell them how you feel about my case and their lack of commitment to investigating it.
Department of Justice # – 202-514- 4224 ( please mention I live in South Salem, NY to ensure that you are referring to the correct case. )
Call New York Presbyterian Hospital – Westchester Division and express how you feel about my case and ask why Dr. Xiaolei Baran has not been suspended or fired ?
914- 682 – 9100
Email the department of justice special litigation and ask the above questions also Special.Litigation@usdoj.gov
Lastly, Please share my story , Facebook page get the word out there into the public. I can’t help others without your help. All along this has not just been about me, but about those people who can not advocate for themselves.
Yesterday while I was at work I had a mother and her daughter come in. The daughter was looking for a leather jacket and was so excited for it and her mother was really happy to buy it for her. As I was helping them decide on what size to buy and conversating with the mother the daughter came over and said, can I have this as a hanukah and christmas present?, it’s all I want. Her mom said, this is a staple piece and I want to buy it for you don’t worry about what it’s for. I noticed her daughter was very nervous biting her nails. As I began ringing her mom up for the jacket I learned why her daughter was so nervous. Her mom recently went through a horrible divorce with her husband of 28 years. He cheated on her and left her with nothing. She told me that he has a lot of money but doesn’t care about her and wants see her rot. Her daughter worries about her and doesn’t want her spending a lot of money thus feels guilty when she does. As she was telling me this tears came to my eyes. I quickly thought about my own family and how it’s the complete opposite. My little sisters are spoiled and my mother tries to buy there love by buying them things and when I used to have contact with them and saw this it killed me, because my sisters would turn around and treat my mother horribly. I know my mother was dying inside. Anyway, I asked my manager if a coupon we had could be applied to the leather jacket and after verfying that it could be, I told the mother that because she was such a valued customer she was recieving 50% off the jacket. The daughter looked so relieved and the mother did too! She went over and gave her daughter such a big kiss and bought more stuff!
I guess for me it also hit home because I know what betrayal feels like. I know how it feels to trust someone and have that thrown in your face. It hurts more than anything. I feel that if I could do something in the moment to take away that pain and I am allowed to than why not, because GOD knows that sometimes I wish that someone would or could do it for me even if it would last for a second when I am feeling it.