Posts Tagged ‘Screening’

New York Bill Requires Psychological Screening for Schoolchildren

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

New York Bill Requires Psychological Screening for Schoolchildren

We just signed the petition “State Rep. Margaret Markey: Stop Mandatory Psychological Screening of our Children” on Change.org. It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:

https://www.change.org/petitions/state-rep-margaret-markey-stop-mandatory-psychological-screening-of-our-children

This petition seeks to gain your help to stop the passing of Bill A8186-2013 that would require all children attending public schools in New York to go through psychological screening as part of their required health certificate. The specific wording from the Bill is:

“EACH SUCH CERTIFICATE SHALL ALSO STATE THAT A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION WAS PERFORMED AND THAT THE CHILD IS MENTALLY FIT TO PERMIT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL.”

You can find the bill here for more information: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A8186-2013

As of January 8th this bill has been referred to the Committee on Education for review. We need to let the New York Assemblywoman supporting this [Margaret Markey] know that we don’t agree with this Bill which is an invasion of the privacy of our children. We do not need our children to be given a screening potentially leading to a lifetime of fraudulent psychiatric labels and harmful psychotropic drugs.

In 2003 a report on “mental health care” presented to the federal government recommended that all 52 million American schoolchildren be screened for “mental illness,” claiming—without a shred of scientific evidence—that “early detection, assessment, and links with treatment” could “prevent mental health problems from worsening.” Already implemented in many states, screening and “intervention” is to be provided through primary health care facilities, schools, juvenile justice and child welfare—to anyone aged between 3 and 21. Millions of taxpayer dollars have already been allocated to this, which means that America’s already burgeoning numbers of children being prescribed potentially lethal psychiatric drugs could treble within a few years to 30 million.

Ten million American children are already prescribed drugs that can kill them or predispose them to later illicit drug abuse, violence or suicide.

Screening Doesn’t Prevent Suicide; Drugs Increase It!

Parents need to know that unlike medical diseases there is no x-ray, blood or other physical test to determine if a child has a “mental disorder;” that mental health screening is based on subjective questions not medical science; that parents must actively sign an informed consent form to allow any such screening; and that any informed consent form must contain the above information.

Government funding should never be used for mental health-screening programs and should be allocated, instead, to better educational facilities, teachers and tutoring to improve the literacy and educational standards of students.

Click here for more information about mental health screening.

TeenScreen Dies

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

TeenScreen is dead, according to their website TeenScreen.org

[Thanks to PsychSearch.net for this information.]

Their announcement: “We are sorry to inform you that the TeenScreen National Center will be winding down its program at the end of this year. Accordingly, we will no longer train or register new programs.”

TeenScreen was a very controversial national so-called “diagnostic psychiatric service”, aka “suicide survey,” done on children who were then referred for psychiatric treatment. The evidence suggests that the objective of the psychiatrists who designed TeenScreen was to place children so selected on psychotropic drugs.

You may recall that in October, 2004 the TeenScreen survey was conducted on all ninth grade students at Pattonville High School in St. Louis County. They used a passive consent form, meaning that parents had to sign and return a form saying they did not want their children to be screened, or their children would get the “emotional health” screening automatically.

Although the instructions said that taking the screening was voluntary, a child was marked “Positive: Requires clinical interview” if they refused to answer any question or felt uncomfortable taking the survey. A large part of the 14-question survey asked questions such as, “During the past 3 months, have you thought of killing yourself?”

TeenScreen was developed in 1991 at Columbia University. At the time the survey was conducted at Pattonville in 2004, over 40,000 children in 41 states had been screened.

Click here for more information about mental health screening and its history.

If you would like to see more psychiatric institutions bite the dust, let us know and we’ll tell you how you can help!

Missouri HB 1987 TAKE ACTION

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

We are delighted to report that Missouri State Representative Mike Leara (Republican, District 095 – Sunset Hills, Crestwood, Fenton and Grantwood Village in St. Louis County) introduced House Bill 1987 with the stated purpose to establish requirements for parental consent for mental health screenings in school and the use of psychotropic medications with children in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

The full text of the bill can be read here. Here are some pertinent quotes:

“The use of educational settings to screen children and adolescents for mental disorders has led to parents not being given sufficient information about the purpose of such screenings, the ramifications if they consent, such as mandatory psychological or psychiatric treatment for their child and family, thereby violating the recognized requirements and standards regarding full informed consent.”

“Based on the subjective nature of the mental health diagnostic system and mental health screenings, millions of children are prescribed antidepressants or stimulants recognized by leading drug regulatory agencies as causing suicidal behavior, suicide, violence, hostility and in the case of stimulants, the potential for strokes and heart attacks.”

“The department of elementary and secondary education shall prohibit the use of schools for any mental health or psychological screening or testing of any student, whether a nonemancipated minor or emancipated minor without the express written consent of the parent or guardian.”

“On or before January 1, 2013, the department of social services shall promulgate rules or amend any current rules to establish and maintain standards and procedures to govern the administration of psychotropic medications.”

ANALYSIS

This is a particularly valuable piece of legislation as it reflects the growing awareness and concern of parents about the harm done to their children by mental health screenings and psychotropic drugs in schools, and the indiscriminate administration of harmful and addictive psychotropic drugs to children in the foster care system.

TAKE ACTION

Please thank Representative Leara for his efforts and let Representative Leara know that you support this legislation, and write your own Missouri State Representative urging them to bring it through Committee and to a vote on the floor.

If you do not live in Missouri, then forward this proposed legislation to your own state representatives and urge them to sponsor and enact similar legislation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information about the harm caused by mental health screenings and psychotropic drugs, visit the CCHR STL web site.

No Benefit, Possible Harm From Routine Depression Screening

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

No Benefit, Possible Harm From Routine Depression Screening

PsychSearch News

September 23, 2011 — Routine screening for depression in primary care, as recommended by organizations in the United States and Canada, has not been shown to be beneficial, and may even be harmful, according to new research published online September 19 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. In addition, in this era of fiscal restraint, this screening is a waste of precious healthcare dollars, the authors write.

“Canadian and US task force recommendations suggest screening, and there are many places in Canada where there is screening going on, or healthcare bodies are putting in place provisions to screen patients for depression. Essentially they assume that it’s a good thing, but there is no evidence that it is,” lead author Brett D. Thombs, PhD, from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, told Medscape Medical News.

They came to the conclusion that although the prevalence of depression and the availability of relatively easy-to-use screening instruments make it “tempting” to endorse widespread screening, they could find no benefit in the practice.

Read the full article on PsychNews.

Mental Health Screening

Recognize that the real problem is that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose life’s problems as an “illness”, and stigmatize unwanted behavior or study problems as “diseases.” Psychiatry’s stigmatizing labels, programs and treatments are harmful junk science; their diagnoses of “mental disorders” are a hoax – unscientific, fraudulent and harmful. All psychiatric treatments, not just psychiatric drugs, are dangerous.

Click here for more information about the history, practice, and hoax of mental health screening.