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Is it for the children?
launches compulsory mental health screening for children and
pregnant women," July 19, 2004:
When I asked my husband how he thought it could possibly be that
107 legislators voted for this bill and only five voted against it,
he implied what I know -- almost any bill can pass if it is deemed
for the children.
Although I am quite thankful that I am not a resident of Illinois
after hearing about this new law, I can't help but wonder how long
it will take other states to jump on this bandwagon, as they did
regarding Safe Haven laws and other anti-parent bills.
I agree wholly with letter writer Donna Clasen who wonders how
long it will take before the government will begin taking away
children from mothers who are not in perfect mental health, whatever
that vague definition is.
The truth is that our taxpayer dollars are being used each day to
take away children from supposedly incompetent mothers. Tax dollars
are again used to subsidize adopters and foster caregivers of those
children. Mothers who think they are immune from such treatment by
our government are sadly uninformed.
Van Nuys, CA
Mental health bill is insane
Heaven help us! To think that a law so insane could be passed by
such a majority, giving the state so much power over individual
lives makes me shudder.
So many lives have already been destroyed by psychiatry and its
ever-increasing number of "mental" illnesses that I wonder daily why
this problem is not being dealt with by our government. Now our
government is conspiring with psychiatry to destroy even more! What
a nightmare! The families who have been harmed by psychiatric drugs
have been crying out for some time now and no one seems to be
Why have intelligence and common sense seemed to disappear from
our society? Have people become robots, mesmerized by the many ads
they see on TV that promise "health and happiness" from just taking
a pill? Or is it because families have become too busy with all the
many activities available to them and their children that they no
longer have time to think?
Why doesn't our governor and legislators see that not only is
personal health freedom being taken away from our families, but
power and greed are the ruling force behind this law? It is so clear
that drug companies have become more interested in the profits from
the sale of more drugs than they are in helping people.
And mainstream psychiatry has completely ignored the many
physical problems that can cause "mental" symptoms. They don't even
check for them, and even deny they exist even though orthomolecular
psychiatrists have been curing many of these problems with natural
substances for at least 30 years now. Mainstream psychiatry has no
scientific test that can determine the cause of a "mental" symptom;
their diagnoses are all subjective. They write prescription after
prescription for drugs that can be very harmful never knowing what
the results are going to be. And many of those who have been injured
or have had family members injured by this practice are fighting
very hard to save the lives of others from these many horrors.
Hopefully soon the real truth will come out before more families are
Political and social hubris
The compulsory screening of children and pregnant women in
Illinois under the Children's Mental Health Act of 2003 is a gross
invasion of privacy and a dangerous imposition of fascist ideology
on the educational system.
Most alarming of all, psychiatry is not a science, its
pronouncements and interventions are entirely subjective. And
assessments of young children will result in a population of
targeted individuals destined to be socially controlled and
behaviorally managed for the remainder of their lives, obstructing
all their efforts at finding operative life paths in a society
increasingly fearful of any who are different or harmlessly
This measure is also merely another foray of the government in a
new "war on the poor" to ensure perpetuation of a permanent,
exploitable underclass of people whose sufferings or differences
generate huge profits for the mental health industry, its
proponents, and the out-of-control pharmaceutical industry.
In light of recent revelations regarding potential harmful
impacts of the most popular antidepressants and the illicit ties
among the FDA, the NIMH, the drug companies, research laboratories,
and the stock market, the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 is
only a barely disguised assault on the privacy of the children and
pregnant women of Illinois for purposes of profit and power.
The Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 opens the gates to
incursions into the personal lives and development of the most
vulnerable among us -- children who have no vote or legal standing
to oppose the social controls and "treatments" dictated from above.
Furthermore, this measure removes from communities, regions, and
states the options of self-determination, collaboratively finding
grassroots solutions to social and economic problems largely
generated by disconnects between government ideologies and the
actual circumstances of ordinary people, including the poor and the
working poor who cannot even provide for themselves and their
families because of current trends toward promotion of "corporate
welfare" and Bush’s irresponsible policy of "imperial overstretch."
And in speaking of corporate welfare, let us be cognizant that
most mental health policy in this country is driven by the needs of
drug companies over and above the needs of mental health clients.
Expanding the turf of the mental health system in Illinois by
mandate will become a bonanza for drug companies, mental health
professionals, and their sycophants at the expense of the mental
health of persons targeted for unwanted, intrusive and coercive
Targeting and tracking whole populations for unwanted
interventions is an act of political and social hubris. Why doesn’t
the state just dump heavy amounts of elephant tranquilizers into the
water supply to accomplish the social control agenda? Answer:
Because the drug companies and the mental health system need an ever
expanding population of exploitable human beings to secure and
expand turf and influence while reaping outrageous profits on the
backs of the poor, the vulnerable, the odd, the eccentric, and the
This piece of frankly fascist legislation must be stopped now
before the children and pregnant women of Illinois are drugged into
mindless, unresisting compliance by a government incestuously in bed
with an over-reaching mental health system and a pharmaceutical
industry blatantly putting profit motives above the safety and
well-being of the citizens targeted for subjection for forced
drugging and lifetimes of behavior management.
The brains of children are still in development up to the age of
21 years, and the effects of targeting these vulnerable beings for
psychiatric interventions cannot be reversed. Whatever impacts ensue
from a program of pharmaceutical and "chemical strait jacketing" at
such early ages will be permanent, and there is a strong probability
that the results will be detrimental to their human growth and
The Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 is, in actuality, a
proposal by the mental health industry and the drug companies to
induce brain damage in the interests of social control and economic
North Charleston, SC
Incompetent micromanagers of our
Who will monitor the psychiatrists who perform the psychiatric
evaluations? Is the Illinois State Board of Education capable of
creating an appropriate psychiatric evaluation? Who evaluates the
psychiatric condition of the State Board of Education?
The Illinois Department of Professional Regualtion (case
#200400953) will not investigate the competency of licensed
professionals without sufficient evidence. I requested an
investigation of a psychiatrist. I provided sufficient evidence in
the form of his own words. In a deposition, this psychiatrist admits
to repeated, blatant violations of the Medical Practice Act. But now
this sufficient evidence is not good enough because I am "not
authorized" to request an investigation of my mother's care.
This psychiatrist, hired by an unlicensed nursing home, drugged
my mother and ordered that she be isolated from her daughters.
DuPage County Court required a doctor's order before the nursing
home could refuse visitation. The nursing home hired the doctor
specifically for the purpose of drugging and isolating my mother and
intimidating me to keep quiet about the illegal licensing.
My mother refused to talk to this doctor. Without her consent,
without an evaluation of her history or current condition, and even
without her primary doctor's consent or knowledge, the psychiatrist
prescribed Haldol and Risperdol (duplicate mind altering drugs),
then refused to allow her daughters to visit (observe) her. That
doctor's practice includes evaluating children and families and
their issues in court cases (i.e. custody). He is still licensed.
My mother was a hostage while the nursing home made private
arrangements to clear their non-compliance issues with the Health
Facility Planning Board. Complaints were filed with Illinois
Department of Public Health, but that only caused more intense
hostility to be used against my mother. That facility retaliated
against my mother and she died isolated and on drugs for the last
seven months of her life. Illinois Department of Public Health knew
of the hostility and defended the facility allowing them to create
lies and deceptions in spite of the evidence that was presented.
Illinois Department of Public Health inspections were a farce and
only served to create more intense harm to my mother. I have several
letters from state officials who are in total denial of the
corruption in our system.
This doctor is protected by the State of Illinois. The facility
was protected by the State of Illinois. We know the Health Facility
Planning Board has been partially exposed, but do the people of the
state of Illinois really know how deep the problem is? The "lawyers"
claim privacy issues prevent investigation and total exposure of the
How will you defend your children after a psychiatrist and school
system decide to drug them? Do you expect that the State of Illinois
will protect your children? Will there be a "Board" for you to
appeal to if you don't agree with the diagnosis? Will your opinion
matter if you aren't a "professional"?
Schools, teachers (unions), psychiatrists, doctors, and lawyers
all benefit and empower themselves through this outrageous mental
health attack against our children. How many "special education"
teachers and staff are in your school? How many children have been
labeled in need of special education assistance? What happened to
the teachers that could teach an entire classroom how to read? They
are still out there, but now they are forbidden from succeeding in
their jobs because the benefits to school are greater if the
children don't succeed.
We can't trust the State of Illinois to micromanage our children
when they are totally incompetent to manage the State of Illinois.
Just who are these
I think this is inappropriate. Who are these experts that will be
making the standards? Just because a child (even a pregnant woman)
might not fit into their standardized test model or criteria
wouldn't necessarily mean that they have a mental health issue. I am
concerned that legislation of this type will cause a lot of false
diagnosis and fear with parents.
If an expert makes a recommendation, does a parent have any
recourse if they think their expert is wrong?
A mental health record mixed with a child's academic record --
what will this mean to their academic future? What about a family's
right to privacy in dealing with mental health issues? I have
witnessed such stigma attached to having a "mental health issue."
Can you imagine how children will be treated differently by peers at
school if it gets out that they have "a mental health issue?" Things
to think about.
A sham and a shame
I learned of this new screening that Illinois is doing yesterday.
I think it is sad, tragic, prejudiced, and biased. This will not
help as the psychiatric system as a whole is broken. Mental illness
is not a scientific illness; this is a political agenda for the drug
companies. And the drugs they are passing out are not scientific.
These same drugs are being experimented with on the streets and
getting people drug convictions.
This system is a sham and a shame. This legislation is biased
toward the already weakest ones in society -- children and poor
women. It is a shame to take a few peoples crimes and use them to
label all women the same way. Please let's stop this from happening.
Forcible psychiatry and drugging up people is not the way to go.
For more information on things like this, you can go to
www.mindfreedom.org. Men are not being screened in this way and as
many of them as women are just as dangerous. This is prejudice
legislation. We need to act now, not later. Stand up and just say
I hope that this legislation does not set a precedent for other
states, but I can say there are those of us out here ready, willing,
and able to fight for our human rights in this system. We will not
take it any more and I am proud to be counted among one of those
that will fight it. Thanks.
Mental Health task force hearings continue through Friday," July
parental rights in IL - 2 lettters," July 21, 2004
OPINION: Maybe legislators should be mentally evaluated, too,"
July 23, 2004
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