Mental Health Screening in Schools Signals the End of Parental Rights
By : Nancy Levant, Source: The Sierra Times
June 5, 2005
In the 2005-2006 school year, all parents will receive written notice of new policies from your children’s schools. Many schools will ask you to sign permission slips, allowing school counselors or “advocates” to have conversations with your children. You will be told how your local schools are now involved in vision and dental screenings, learning disabilities and speech impediment screenings, and other acts of kindness, but watch for the small print or the extra little blurb, which states that your children will also be evaluated for emotional wellness. Watch for wording like “happiness indicators” or “family participation.”
The fact is that our president has mandated that every American child, age 3 through 18, is federally ordered to be evaluated for mental health issues and to receive “enforced” treatment. Welcome to President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative and New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Welcome to life-long profiling and drug addictions, New Freedom-style.
52 million students and six million adults working in schools, according to this commission, will be tested and should flush out at least 6 million people, or shall we say new customers, who will then be mandated to receive “treatment.” What treatment does our president’s commission have in mind? The newest drugs in the pharmaceutical pipelines, of course. The commission recommends “specific medications for specific conditions.”
One of the state-of-the-art treatments, and most expensive, is an implanted capsule – yes, that’s right, implanted. The capsule delivers medication into a child’s body without the child having to swallow a pill or the need for parental permission for dispensation.
The New Freedom Commission named the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) a model treatment plan. Medical algorithms are a flowchart-style treatment indicator. If you have A symptom and B symptom, take C medication. TMAP began with the University of Texas, big pharma, and the mental health and corrections system in Texas. The American Psychiatric Association concurs that TMAP is brilliant.
However, the New Freedom Initiative and Commission is a political-big pharma marriage. Many companies who supported TMAP were also major contributors to Bush’s re-election funds. For example, Eli Lilly manufactures olanzapine - one of the drugs recommended in the New Freedom plan, and furthermore, George Herbert Walker Bush was once a member of Lilly’s board of directors. Our current President Bush appointed Lilly’s chief executive officer, Sidney Taurel, as a member of the Homeland Security Council. Eighty-two percent of Lilly’s .6 million in political contributions in 2000 went to Bush and the Republican Party. Do tell…
Texas Algorithm grossed over 4 billion dollars in 2003 and olanzapine is Eli Lilly's top selling drug. A 2003 New York Times article by Gardiner Harris claims that 70 percent of olanzapine sales are paid for by government agencies, such as Medicare and Medicaid. And lo and behold, guess who is now able to bill Medicaid for health services? Public schools, of course, as they are now under the big pharma-political profits/pay-back umbrella once they adopt screening policies. Public schools can now be paid to screen and drug your kids.
Now, if you ever wonder, ever again, if public-private partnerships care about people, then you need a brain transplant. Your children are now the legislated guinea pigs and lab rats for the pharmaceutical companies who bought and paid for our president’s campaign. Favors are now returned to those companies in the form of enforced, juvenile customers, their health, and their future drug addictions.
But wait, there is more. The New Freedom Commission also calls for enforced treatment. That means that parents have no rights to refuse the treatment recommenced by TMAP and other drug dispensing corporate-bureaucratic apparatuses. And as the mental health bureaucracy is also involved in this financial game of insidious cruelty, parents and families are also to be investigated via the result of their children’s screenings in schools. In other words, schools are now the across-the board, or shall I say nation, diagnostic tool for big pharma and child control.
And there’s more. The U.N. Agenda 21 has also called for total intrusion into schools and children lives. No more religion, no more individuality, no more real education, no more real grades, no more real teaching, no more teacher respect for parents, and no more truth from teachers or principals. This sounds very familiar and very political to me. And I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: if you are of a religious ilk and you refuse to allow your children to be abused by our “educational” system, the stage is being set for you to lose physical custody of your children. I suggest that you read this: Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century by Richard McKenzie, ed
Still got your kids in public schools? Shame on you, and may God bless your poor children and forgive you.
Source For Story: http://www.sierratimes.com/05/05/16/24_209_102_203_25370.htm
Copyright 2005 The Sierra Times
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ean Gerard Date: 06/05/05 11:51:19Very important - please read - regarding Parental Consent Act of 2005'Here's a bill - H.R. 181 - that Ron Paul has introduced regarding thevery serious mental health plans that gw has for school kids. Even ifyou don't have kids in school, I hope you're aware of what's happeningwith the pharmaceutical takeover of this country. If you have kids inany public school system, PLEASE stay on top of this. And please passthe info on.Just one piece of it that may entice you into reading the whole thing and learning more about gw's plan:(9) There has been a precipitous increase in the prescription rates of psychiatric drugs in children:(A) A 300-percent increase in psychotropic drug use in 2 to 4 year oldchildren from 1991 to 1995 (Journal of the American Medical Association,2000).(B) A 300-percent increase in psychotropic drug use in children from1987 to 1996 (Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, 2003).(C) More money was spent on psychiatric drugs for children than onantibiotics or asthma medication in 2003 (Medco Trends, 2004).
Congressional Legislation Parental Consent Act, H.R. 181
Bill # H.R.181
Ron Paul (R-TX 14th)
Cosponsor Total: 45
(last sponsor added 06/17/2005)
About This Legislation:
The American tradition of parents deciding what is best for their children is under attack. Powerful corporations, institutions, and politicians are quietly moving to have the federal government implement universal mental-health screening of children. This would likely lead to the forced drugging of children.
The New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (a presidential commission formed in 2002) is the front group for this attack on the family. Michael Hogan, chairman of the commission and director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, thinks universal screening is a good idea. It's just that Mr. Hogan fears recommending it now is "a little premature and probably controversial" although it "might be the right thing to do." (Christian Science Monitor, January 20, 2005)
A little premature? Probably controversial? You bet it is!
No parental consent? The right thing to do? No it is not!
H.R. 181 would prohibit the use of federal funds for any universal or
mandatory mental-health screening program.
Congress and President Bush can act quickly when they want to act. In 2003, the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in less than six weeks.
Since they acted quickly to stop telemarketers from calling people at home, they certainly should act just as quickly now to block the forced mental screening of children.
Detailed, up-to-date bill status information on H.R.181.
Statements below from NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) in support of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health proposals and an opponent of Ron Paul's H.R. 181 bill to preserve parental rights
NAMI's web site describes their organization as a " grassroots" mental health organization
(Gee, I wonder if NAMI is equally supportive of the "grassroots" pharmaceutical industry as well? Just curious. ..Ken Adachi)
The Truth about President Bush’s
New Freedom Commission Report and Screening
Why HR 181 is Wrong …
NAMI is a national grassroots organization with 210,000 members representing mental health consumers and families of children and adults living with mental illnesses. NAMI calls on Congress to reject campaigns of misinformation on mental health screening and to oppose anti-screening legislation, both of which drive up stigma and prey on fears. Many NAMI families know first-hand the unfortunate and sometimes-tragic consequences of failing to have a child diagnosed early and watching the child lose critical developmental years to an untreated mental illness. Our members also include families who are grateful that their child was diagnosed early and has benefited from appropriate treatment and intervention.
Here are the facts …
1. No one is calling for mandatory mental health screening without parental consent. Not President Bush, not President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, not mental health advocates – no one. The New Freedom Commission report (available online at www.mentalhealthcommission.gov) cited the benefits of early identification and treatment of childhood mental disorders; at the same time that it underscored the importance of family involvement (see pages 28-29, 37-38) in all aspects of identification and treatment. No where in this report is there a call for screening without parental consent!
2. Claims that mental health screening will lead to children being forced to take medications as a condition for remaining in school are deliberate misrepresentations that have no basis in fact. Rather, the intent of screening is to identify children who may be at risk, and provide their parents with information about resources for help and support. As President Bush's New Freedom Commission reported for people of all ages, early detection, assessment, and referral for treatment and supports can prevent mental health problems from getting worse. Everyone agrees that the early identification of mental disorders in children must take place in appropriate settings, ensure parental involvement, and fully protect privacy rights. (See NAMI’s recently adopted Board policy statement on screening available at www.nami.org and the web site for the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, a broad coalition of concerned mental health consumer, family and provider advocates, including NAMI, available at www.mhreform.org.)
3. Attacks on mental health screening are grounded in stigma and prejudice. We screen for vision, lead poisoning, hearing, scoliosis, tuberculosis, appropriate developmental progress and other health conditions. As the Surgeon General reported, stigma is a major barrier to people seeking mental health care. In fact, nearly two-thirds of all people with diagnosable mental disorders do not seek treatment. The implications of that finding are alarming given the finding of the Institute of Medicine that stigma plays an important role in this country's epidemic of suicide. The Institute found that mental disorders are involved in over 90 percent of the 30,000 suicides in this country every year (Reducing Suicide, 2002).
4. Child mental health disorders are very treatable – when treatment is available. As the Surgeon General's 1999 report concluded, "Children and adolescents can and do develop mental disorders that are far more severe than the 'ups and downs' in the usual course of development." (p. 193) The Surgeon General emphasized that, "Mental disorders and mental health problems appear in families of all social classes and of all backgrounds. No one is immune." (p. 193) The nation's chief public health officer also reported that "a range of efficacious psychosocial and pharmacological treatments exists for many mental disorders in children, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, and the disruptive disorders." (p. 193) And importantly, the Surgeon General emphasized (at pp. 188-190) the essential role that families play in their children's care – something that NAMI strongly endorses.
5. The consequences of lack of needed treatment for youth with mental disorders are frequently calamitous – suicides, incarceration in juvenile justice facilities, involuntary custody relinquishment, school dropouts and failures and immeasurable suffering. The misguided efforts of those who have engaged in a deliberate campaign of misinformation about screening will do nothing but further perpetuate these tragedies.
NAMI strongly opposes legislation introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (H.R. 181) and urges families to contact their House and Senate representatives in Congress to oppose this and similar legislation. H.R. 181 includes stigmatic language and would stifle efforts to support state and local programs designed to identify youth struggling with mental illnesses and initiatives designed to help reduce the existing youth suicide crisis in this country.
Here is the real scandal in our nation related to children’s mental health:
§ Our nation’s juvenile detention centers are packed with youth with mental disorders – the majority of these youth are not identified, nor are they receiving treatment for their mental illnesses. This fact comes from well-documented federal reports and studies, including a NIMH funded study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in December of 2002 and a report released by Senator Susan Collins and Representative Henry Waxman on the warehousing of youth with mental illnesses in juvenile detention released in July 2004;
§ In most states in our nation, thousands of families are forced every year to give up custody of their child to the state for the sole purpose of accessing mental health treatment and services, according to a study released by the U.S. General Accounting Office in April 2003;
§ Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 15 and 24 and the overwhelming majority of these young people had diagnosable and treatable mental disorders;
§ According to the U.S. Department of Education, students with mental illnesses have the highest drop out and failure rates and the lowest academic achievement of any disability group;
§ Research reported by the U.S. Surgeon General, shows that only 1 in 5 children with a mental disorder is identified and receives treatment – leaving about 80% of children with these illnesses without treatment or services.
Those who truly care about children and families should join NAMI in working with federal and state lawmakers and policymakers, who also recognize this crisis, and are ready to help bring an end to it.
For more information please contact: Darcy Gruttadaro, Director of the NAMI Child & Adolescent Action Center at 703-516-7965 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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