The Moneyball Approach to Government

The Moneyball Approach to Government

American slang has picked up the term “moneyball,” one of whose meanings apparently refers to any old observation being hailed as a brilliant new insight.

Courtesy of the November 4 issue of The Weekly Standard magazine, we have this observation, just as Congress is debating the next budget:

“On October 18, Peter Orszag and John Bridgeland published a Politico op-ed under the headline ‘A Moneyball approach to government’ …

“Orszag is a former head of the Office of Management and Budget under Obama and Bridgeland was director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under Bush …

“Here are the three key points: ‘First, government needs to figure out what works. … Second, once we know what works, government needs to shift dollars in that direction. … Finally, we need to stop funding what doesn’t work.'”

You’re no doubt stunned at the depth of this analysis. (That was tongue-in-cheek, for anyone assuming we are always serious.)

But we are serious about the conclusions themselves, and CCHR has been saying this for 44 years. It seems to finally be sinking in. Government needs to stop funding unworkable and harmful programs (psychiatry) and start funding workable and effective programs.

Contact your school, church, media, and local, state and federal authorities and representatives to express your opinion; insist that governments remove funding from unworkable psychiatric treatments; suggest alternatives to fraudulent and abusive psychiatric treatment; and demand that governments provide funding and insurance coverage only for proven, workable treatments that verifiably and dramatically improve or cure mental health problems. Let us know when you do.

And you can quote the Moneyball Approach to Government.

Medical Battery

Medical Battery

Medical battery is defined as the intentional violation of a patient’s rights to direct his or her medical treatment. No injury or negligence is generally necessary for a finding of medical battery. Battery can involve an unauthorized touching of another person. Medical battery occurs when a patient is treated without informed consent. Most commonly, battery charges are alleged where there is a dispute over whether the patient agreed to treatment or refused treatment. The agreement or refusal of treatment can be made directly with the patient, through an advance directive (such as a Living Will), or through a health care proxy.

Laws governing medical battery vary from state to state in the same way that laws governing medical malpractice vary. The doctor may not mean to cause harm, but if the treatment is without consent then it is said to be imposed against the patient’s will.

One can see how this aligns with the criminal definition of battery, such as in the Revised Statues of Missouri (RSMo) 455.010, “purposely or knowingly causing physical harm to another with or without a deadly weapon.”

A “Vulnerable Person” (RSMo 630.005) in Missouri is “any person in the custody, care, or control of the Department of Mental Health that is receiving services from an operated, funded, licensed, or certified program.” Abusing a vulnerable person in Missouri is a Class A Misdemeanor, meaning that it carries a potential jail sentence of one year or less. However, any perpetrator has only to claim that the actions were done in good faith, or were provided within accepted standards of care and treatment, in order to avoid prosecution (RSMo 565.214).

Court decisions in Missouri provide precedence that to recover damages for battery, a plaintiff must plead and prove that a physician intended offensive bodily contact, or that a physician performed a medical procedure without valid consent.

“Consent to medical treatment may be manifested in a number of ways: the patient may expressly consent by oral agreement or by signing a formal written permission; or the patient may give implied authority by conduct, such as by voluntary submission to the operation or by failure to object to it.” (sc90835-47570) Thus, it is essentially the individual’s responsibility to assert their own informed consent or informed refusal to treatment.

Click here for more information about informed consent.

[Note: CCHR does not provide legal advice. The information here is for educational purposes only.]

Public Seminar Invitation

CCHR STL Public Seminar

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from psychiatric Abuse

Practical Drilling — How to Handle psychiatric Lies

You are invited to attend the next Citizens Commission on Human Rights of St. Louis FREE public seminar.

It is vital that our families, friends, and associates can recognize psychiatric fraud and abuse and know how to respond when their loved ones are being pressured to accept psychiatric “treatment.”

Your family doctor may prescribe psychiatric drugs without telling you what they are! How should you handle this?

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Noon to 3:00 PM (lunch will be provided)

Location: 2nd Floor auditorium of the Church of Scientology of Missouri, 6901 Delmar Blvd., University City, Missouri — just west of the U City City Hall.


Feel free to forward this invitation and to bring others to the seminar.

Parents Know Your Rights

ADHD and Other Psychiatric Drugs

Parents Know Your Rights

Parents are quite simply not being given accurate information about psychiatric labels (mental “disorders”) or the drugs being prescribed to “treat” their children.

The drugging of children for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is an epidemic. More than 5 million U.S. children, or 9.5 percent, were diagnosed with ADHD as of 2007. About 2.8 million had received a prescription for a stimulant medication in 2008. Now in 2013, in the U.S. alone, 10 million children are currently being prescribed psychiatric drugs—more than 1 million are under the age of five.

The ADHD diagnosis does not identify a genuine biological or psychological disorder. The diagnosis, is simply a list of behaviors that may appear disruptive or inappropriate to a psychiatrist.

These are the spontaneous behaviors of normal children. When these behaviors become age-inappropriate, excessive or disruptive, the potential causes are limitless, including: boredom, poor teaching, inconsistent discipline at home, tiredness and underlying physical illness. Children who are suffering from bullying, abuse or stress may also display these behaviors in excess. By making an ADHD diagnosis, we ignore and stop looking for what is really going on with the child.

Watch this short video about Parental Rights.

Click here for more information about Informed Consent.

U.S. Military Mental Health Costs Skyrocket

U.S. Military Mental Health Costs Skyrocket

[The following report is from, an information resource for federal technology decision makers, and the CRS report cited.]

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) just put a price tag on the mental health costs of the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: about $4.5 billion between 2007 and 2012. The Defense Department spent $958 million on mental health treatment in 2012, roughly double the $468 million it spent in 2007.

Eighty-nine percent of spending on mental disorder treatment between 2007 and 2012 — approximately $4 billion — went for active duty service members. Over the same time frame, the military health system spent about $461 million on mental health care treatment for activated Guard and Reserve members.

Of the nearly $1 billion the military medical system spent in fiscal 2012 on mental disorder treatments for active duty and activated National Guard and reserve members, CRS said more than half of the costs, about $567 million, were for outpatient active duty mental health care.

Between 2001 and 2011, the rate of mental health diagnoses among active duty service members increased approximately 65 percent, CRS reported. A total of 936,283 service members, or former service members during their period of service, have been diagnosed with at least one mental disorder over this time, CRS said.

The CRS report [R43175 “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Problems in the Military: Oversight Issues for Congress” August 8, 2013], written by Katherine Blakeley, a foreign affairs analyst, and Don J. Jansen, a Defense health care policy analyst, said the reported incidence of post traumatic stress disorder soared 650 percent, from about 170 diagnoses per 100,000 person years in 2000 to approximately 1,110 diagnoses per 100,000 person years in 2011.

Though Defense spent $4 billion on mental health treatment for active duty service members from 2007 through 2012, the CRS report questioned exactly what the Pentagon got for its money. “There are scant data documenting which treatments patients receive or whether those treatments were appropriate and timely,” the report said. Additionally, “Reliable evidence is lacking as to the quality of mental health care and counseling offered in DOD facilities.”

Beginning in 2010, suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for active duty servicemembers, behind only war injuries. Between 1998 and 2011, 2,990 servicemembers on active duty have died by suicide, with an incidence rate of approximately 14 per 100,000 person years. However, the suicide rate among active duty servicemembers has sharply increased since 2005, reaching a peak of 18.5 per 100,000 in 2009 and declining slightly to 17.5 per 100,000 in 2010 and 18 per 100,000 in 2011.

Of the 301 servicemembers who died by suicide in 2011, 40% received outpatient behavioral health care, while 17% had received outpatient behavioral health services within the month prior to suicide; 15% had received inpatient behavioral health treatment; 26% had a known history of psychotropic medication use, most frequently antidepressants.

Of the 915 active duty servicemembers who attempted suicide in 2011, 43% had a known history of psychotropic medication use, most frequently antidepressants, and 61% had received outpatient behavioral health services within the month prior to suicide.

This and other reports persist in declaring that the reasons for high rates of military suicides are not clear. However, the scientific research documenting the connection between violence, suicide and psychiatric drugs is overwhelming. When you contact your federal officials, Senators, and Representatives, tell them to investigate the relationship between psychiatric drugs, violence and suicide. For more information about this relationship, download and read the CCHR booklet “Psychiatric Drugs Create Violence and Suicide.”

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