Is Timothy's Law?
in Other States
O'Clair and his tattoo in
memory of his son, Timothy
by Dick Blume, May 7, 2003.
Copyright 2005 The Post-Standard.
All rights reserved.
Used with permission of The Post-Standard.
Law is named after Timothy O'Clair, a Schenectady boy who
completed suicide in 2001, seven weeks prior to his 13th birthday.
His suicide was attributed to the discrimination that he faced
at the hands of his parent's insurance company, discrimination
that exists throughout every private insurance plan in New York
State. In order to help prevent other families from having to
live through this scenario, the O'Clair family has taken on a
personal crusade to change the laws as they relate to the provision
of mental health and substance abuse services in private insurance
plans throughout New York. This extremely courageous and selfless
act has resulted in what we now know as Timothy's Law, which prevents
discrimination by prohibiting insurance companies from limiting
coverage for mental illness (The law currently does not cover
substance abuse disorders).
website was designed as a tool to help spread the word about Timothy's
Law, and to aid the O'Clairs in their quest to pass this life-saving
measure. Please take a few minutes to peruse this resource; sign
up for Timothy's
Team, which will provide you with occasional updates about
the status of Timothy's Law and activities you can undertake to
help strengthen this law.
thanks to Chris O'Clair, Timothy's brother, for creating and maintaining
the original Timothy's Law website, and to Kilakwa Associates
for their generous donation to make this site possible. Please
contact the webmaster
at email@example.com with any questions or comments about
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