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Senator Charles Grassley
c/o Angela Choy
Senate Finance Committee
219 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington D.C. 20510-l501
Dear Senator Grassley:
Dan Markingson, a friend and the son of Mary Weiss, died while in a clinical study through the University of Minnesota. He was on a stay of civil commitment and coerced into entering the CAFÉ Study by Dr. Stephen C. Olson as evidenced by the information Mary sent you with her letter of April 7, 2008.
Mary has asked you to initiate legislation to prohibit anyone under civil commitment, whether active or stayed, from entering a psychiatric clinical study. A civil commitment, whether active or stayed, is an indication that the individual has been court-ordered to obtain treatment for mental illness. A clinical study does not constitute treatment. Furthermore, treatment must always begin with looking for any underlying physical causes for the mental illness.
This letter is to show my support for Mary Weiss, and to ask you to help protect the most vulnerable among us. Please pass legislation prohibiting anyone under a civil commitment from entering a psychiatric clinical study; instead mandate that they receive good and proper treatment to enable them to again take their place in society.
A society is judged by how they treat their most vulnerable citizens. I know you to be an outspoken voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Please pass this most important bill.