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Posted on behalf of Sandy Berenbaum:

THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL E-MAIL. I'M ONLY WRITING THIS TO LET YOU KNOW MY UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IS GOING ON, AND TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT I PLAN TO DO, AS A LYME-LITERATE PSYCHOTHERAPIST, AS AN INDIVIDUAL, AND AS A SUPPORTER OF DR. JONES!! I'm concerned that there might be misunderstandings about Dr. Jones' situation, so I'm just letting you know what I know, at this time.

As the Hartford Courant reported, the panel that conducted the hearings against Dr. Jones has reached a decision, and submitted it to the Medical Board.

As I understand it, the full Medical Board will be meeting on December 18th, to review the findings of the panel. It is a public hearing. We therefore can attend (and I think we should be there, be respectful, and show our support for Dr. Jones, thus giving a silent message that WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!!!) I plan to attend. Unless we hear otherwise, I personally don't think we should bring children. This is the first time the full medical board is seeing us, and I think (again, just my opinion), we should look like a professional room of adults, representing the interests of children, as parents, as advocates, as Lyme-leaders, in whatever capacity.

Dr. Jones' legal team will be presenting oral arguments and briefs that, we all hope, will overturn, or at least mitigate, the findings of the panel. We know that Dr. Jones has excellent representation, so we need to trust that they will continue to do the excellent job that they have been doing on his behalf. We are there for SUPPORT, in my view, support of Dr. Jones, and of the needs of very ill chronic Lyme patients.

The hearing will take place in the Legislative Office Building, in Conference Room 2c (Capital Avenue, Hartford), at 1:30pm.

Dr. Jones' license is NOT being suspended or revoked. If the full Medical Board supports the panel's decision, Dr. Jones will be reprimanded, there will be civil penalties, and he will be monitored by another physician for 2 years. THAT IS WORSE CASE SCENARIO, AT THIS TIME, BUT THAT'S ALL IT IS (not that we want ANY penalty).

There are other steps left. First there's the hearing, where the attorneys will attempt to show the Board where and why the panel's decision is flawed. Then, if there's not a favorable outcome, there are opportunities for appeals.

We might want to consider other actions - contacting the AG's office and the governor, etc. But the important thing NOW is to get people out to the hearing, and to be clear that they need to act respectfully and responsibly.

For background, please see my synopses of all of the dates of the hearing at Kay Lyon's website: There is also information on that site regarding making donations to Dr. Jones' legal defense fund.

Please feel free to copy and paste this e-mail, and put it on other lists, without identifying my e-mail address or phone #.


PS - PLEASE keep in mind that I am sending this out as an individual. I am not in a position to organize anything, and have no group behind me. I just wanted to get something started, so that people know the details of the hearing, and for those who can, that they plan to attend.

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thanks for posting thhis!


wished i lived close to attend; but it's out of the question.

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