An Open Letter to Tennessee House 52

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Dear Mr. Mazer:

I tried to reach you yesterday afternoon, but was unable to catch you on the telephone.

I spoke with one of the attorneys in my dad’s office to discuss my concerns regarding the way Ms. Campbell has handled the situation with Section 8, HIPAA concerns, and her failure to respond to any of my calls regarding the situation at Village Place (the lease clearly states that violence against other tenants will result in immediate eviction within three days) 

I provided Ms. Campbell with documentation after I was assaulted by Timothy Roan and Margina Birch several days after the incident in November of 2011. It was my understanding that they UHS was in the process of evicting them after Mr. Brooks spoke with her a few days after Mr. Roan threw a brick at my head and broke the safety glass in Building C. 

I spoke with Mr. Brooks last night and he told me that he also provided her with two formal complaint forms the same week, yet no action was taken by the property management and Mr. Roan continues to live there despite violating the terms of the lease and UHS’ zero tolerance policy.

The Judge told Ms. Birch in no uncertain terms that she must stay at least 30 feet away from me as a condition of her probation. He was very clear about this, and explained to her in open court that SHE must stay away from me and not the other way around. 

Judge Nixon is very direct and specific about this condition of her probation, and said in no uncertain terms that as the victim I am free to go anywhere I wish, but if she sees me anywhere, she “must turn and run in the opposite direction.” 

It was not my idea to move, and as the victim, Mr. Lawrence and Ms. Campbell suggested I move to another property due to the ongoing violence at Village Place that prompted Rusty and Metro PD to install a crime suppression unit since the crime problem continued to escalate and several other tenants have been injured and victimized by the very same people I complained about when I discussed the situation with Rusty just before the hearing on February 13, 2012.

Despite evidence to the contrary, I have been told by multiple people at my new residence that the “monitor” Vernon, told several of my neighbors that a “paranoid schizophrenic” was moving in and told them that they would get “in trouble” with the police due to all of the problems I caused at Village Place. 

1. I have never been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia or anything remotely close. 

2. If I were a paranoid schizophrenic, it would be reckless and irresponsible for a “monitor” with no medical or legal  authority to disclose that information to my neighbors, (and pretty stupid too.) These people are violent and easily manipulated by faux authority figures. 

3. The fact that the monitor would have access to protected health information would not only require a signed authorized release under HIPAA; but

4. Would be a violation to disclose any such information to a third party without my signed consent in pursuant to state and federal law (HIPAA; TCA Code Annotated Title 33) 

5. Aside from being completely untrue, it is completely outrageous for him to be discussing anything about my personal affairs and completely undermines the purpose of relocating to another property!

I can’t impress upon you enough how seriously I take this. As a former therapist and policy adviser for the State of Tennessee, I take these issues very seriously and spent the better part of my career advocating for policies and programs that provide access and opportunity for people diagnosed with an SPMI and working on grants that provide money and programs so places like Urban Housing Solutions can exist. 


I will stop by the office to sign the lease at my earliest possible convenience. I am physically Ill from the stress and have a 14mm tumor on my spine. There is only so much I can do and had an extremely busy and stressful schedule this week and spent several hours on the phone and in meetings that were far more important than entertaining Ms. Campbell and her list of demands. 


I spoke with the Section 8 Supervisor and the Police Lieutenant and I can assure you that the only thing that places my Section 8 eligibility status in jeopardy is Ms. Campbell’s failure to file the “Request for Tenancy” that as of yesterday afternoon was mysteriously absent from the supervisors records. In other words, Ms. Campbell lied to us both and was foolish enough to put it in writing. 

I do not like being lied to and bullied by anyone, but find it particularly offensive when those lies are intended to belittle and insult my Intelligence and integrity. 

Please try to put yourself in my position for just a moment and think how you would feel if you were being threatened by someone who is unaware that you have dedicated the better part of your life to improve living conditions and provide opportunity for people less fortunate than yourself. Now think about what it feels like to be threatened and lied to by the very same people who have benefitted from those efforts. 

And they never say, “thank you.”
Two words: “Sorry Works.” ~Rob Briley, Former Chair of Judiciary and Tennessee State Representative, House 52.



“You may not care how much I know, but you don’t know how much I care.” ~ Elyssa Durant
Nashville, Tennessee (House 52)



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