Second, it is Violently Opposed...
Third, it is Accepted as being Self-Evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer (1778-1860)
Cassandra Dawn Casey (ASPIRE)
Charly Groenendijk (ADF) 2004 - 2009
Protect Your Children Against Screening - the PPRA
President Bush's "New Freedom" Program to forcibly screen whole US population for "Mental Illness"
UPDATE 2005 - 2006
It is critically important to stay alert and be informed, especially regarding your rights as a parent and a child. We urge everyone who wishes to protect their family to visit the following websites in order to educate themselves and to spread the word. Do NOT under any circumstances let your child participate in any survey linked to the Government/Pharmaceutical arrangement called TeenScreen®
See: TEENSCREEN - A Front Group for the Psycho-Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex
UPDATE APRIL 4, 2005
A Texas pro-family group is voicing opposition to a bill in the state legislature that would implement President Bush's mandatory mental health screening initiative. HB 470 is part of President Bush's "New Freedom Initiative," which is a plan to screen the entire U.S. population for mental illness. Under the plan, public schools would screen students for "co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders."
Mary Lynn Gerstenschlager is the education liaison for Texas Eagle Forum. She is concerned that the legislation requires children as young as preschool age to undergo psychiatric screening whether their parents consent or not.
Gerstenschlager notes the bill has been given top priority in the legislature, considering it is being promoted heavily by Republican Governor Rick Perry. On the national scene, Texas Congressman Ron Paul has introduced a bill that forbids federal funds from being used for any mental health screening of students without the consent of parents.
See: Texas Group Opposes Aspects Bill Requiring Mental Health Screening - Conservative Voice - April, 4 2005
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 27, 2004
Policy makers in Washington hearing concerns and anger. These programs represent a violation of the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).
See: Follow-Up on Universal Mental Health Screening - Where Do We Go from Here?...
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2004
The ANTI forced "mental health screening" Amendment offered by Congressman Ron Paul [Texas] unfortunately failed by a vote of 95-315. Representative Ron Paul hoped to stop mandatory federal program for children. See: Attempt to dump mental screening fails - WorldNetDaily - September, 10 2004
UPDATE SEPT 8/9, 2004
Congressman Ron Paul [R-Texas] is expected to offer an amendment that will prohibit funding for the creation or implementation of any new universal "mental health" screening programs...
See: Federal amendment would cut funding for mental health screening initiatives September, 8 2004. See: Forced mental screening hits roadblock in House - WorldNetDaily - September, 9 2004.
UPDATE AUG 31, 2004
The "Illinois Leader" discovers the false intentions behind the implementation of Bush's forced "Mental Health Screening" program for children and pregnant women.
See: "Illinois, eye of national mental health storm" August, 31 2004.
In Pennsylvania, Dr. Stefan Kruszewski, a clinical professor of psychiatry has filed a federal lawsuit against state officials and six pharmaceutical companies, alleging they, "through the use of political friendships, money and other emoluments, effectively achieved a level of influence with Pennsylvania's state government that allowed them to abuse state finances and state citizens with impunity."
Jones told the BMJ, "The same political/pharmaceutical alliance that generated the Texas project was behind the recommendations of the New Freedom Commission," which, according to Jones' whistleblower report, was "poised to consolidate the T-MAP effort into a comprehensive national policy to treat mental illness with expensive, patented medications of questionable benefit and deadly side effects, and to force private insurers to pick up more of the tab."
UPDATE AUG 20, 2004
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) helped to suppress mass media coverage of Bush Mental Health Testing Plan exposed by the British Medical Journal series! APA blames the mess on "a psychiatric survivor group." See: "APA and Media Suppress Coverage of Bush Mental Health Testing Plan" August, 20 2004.
UPDATE AUG 17, 2004
Illinois state legislators who enacted a bill to screen all children from 0 to 18 are now expressing concern and having second thoughts about the ramifications of what they had signed.
See: "IL Children's Mental Health Plan gives legislators headache" August, 17 2004.
"After reviewing the Children's Mental Health Task Force recommendations from the preliminary report, I have serious reservations about some of the ways the partnership is translating the intent of the bill. There is considerable misunderstanding about the intent."
"The Children's Mental Health Act 2003 is the tip of an insidious iceberg. The pharmaceutical industry is gaining back door access to all of our children by compromising key decision makers and by gaining rubber stamped endorsements of groups like the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership."
PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMANDMENT (PPRA)
So TeenScreen says that if a local mental health screening program is approved by the Board of Education as part of the educational program, they are not required to get active parental consent under PPRA...
However, The U.S. Department of Education says TeenScreen's statement is not right and says the question of whether "active" consent is required under PPRA is not based on whether the program is part of the school's education program. Rather, PPRA requires requires schools to obtain prior written consent ("active") before a student is required to take a survey that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education (in whole or in part) and that asks questions such as the above questions TeenScreen poses to children.
OUR PRIVACY, OUR FREEDOM, OUR RESPONSIBILITY
We don't have policies to screen innocent people for crimes they have not committed - based on the theory that early intervention is a justifiable crime prevention measure. We don't have screening policies to ferret out would-be terrorists. What possible justification does the government have to put children through a dubious screening process for suspected mental illness? This involuntary, pseudo-medical government sponsored selection policy is a chilling example of the illegitimate intrusion by government into personal and confidential healthcare decisions. Why is the US government in such a hurry to implement its "mental health" screening plans?
Screening for mental illness serves no useful medical or societal purpose inasmuch as there are no reliable diagnostic tools for mental illness and no proven safe and effective treatments. Clinical trial data from SSRI antidepressants and so-called atypical anti-psychotics failed to demonstrate either the safety of these drugs, or a benefit greater than placebo. The public needs to be ever vigilant against such overreaching government policies which historically have proven harmful. Being labeled "mentally ill" and being forced to ingest psychotropic drugs whose harmful effects are only beginning to be disclosed, is not in the best interest of children.
According to this nationwide screening program initiative, every man, woman and child in the United States is to be screened, analyzed and monitored by the US government and legal enforceable personalized "care" regimes will be applied to those exhibiting signs of "mental illness." This initiative is illegal and nothing short of an assault on personal dignity and legal rights - a downright violation of human rights. If allowed to go forth, these programs will create a totalitarian Orwellian nightmare.
This dubious, government sponsored and massive screening initiative formulated to the "New Freedom Commission on Mental Health" is in violation of the "Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment" Act of 1998.
ACTION REQUIERED! - THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMANDMENT
(1) It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors make instructional materials available for inspection by parents if those materials will be used in
connection with a department of education funded survey, analysis, or evaluation in which their children participate; and
- Mental and psychological problems that are potentially embarrassing to the student and his/her family.
"As the result of recent amendments to PPRA in the No Child Left Behind education law (Public Law 107-110, signed January 8, 2002), parents have additional rights to examine materials with regard to the surveying of minor students, even when the surveys are not Education Department-funded, and to opt their children out of surveys and certain non-emergency medical examinations."
- "The rights of parents to inspect, upon request, a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by a school to
"Schools must notify parents of their PPRA policies at least once annually and must give parents ample opportunity to opt out (remove their child) from participation in surveys containing one or more of the eight items of information specified in the original law. Parents are also allowed to remove their children from any non-emergency invasive physical examination or screening that is required for attendance or is not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student or other students."
WHAT TO DO?
E-mail your school district superintendent and ask if TeenScreen has been implemented or if
there are any plans to implement it. Keep things in writing. If the answer is yes, alert
other parents and voice your opposition. File a "parental informed consent notice" with your child's school.
Click HERE for a sample.
THIS IS AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION !!!
Citizens in EVERY State of America also must act immediately to contact their respective legislators to have the Bush Administration/Pharmaceutical arranged intendented mandate repealed. The PPRA is a FEDERAL ACT and predates this intended mandate by several years. Furthermore, the PPRA makes NULL AND VOID the requirements of this intended mandate.
Citizens in EVERY State of America MUST meet this new threat to their Constitutional Rights head on!
The "Illinois Children's Mental Health Act of 2003" (a 53 page legislative report) requires the development of a state "Children's Mental Health Plan" and details a vast new bureaucracy which stresses intervention and treatment for all pregnant women and children from birth to age 18 who reside in Illinois.
"Screenings, testing, and treatments are to be offered in homes, pre-schools, daycare, and throughout the public school system. A child over the age of 12 will be provided two mental health sessions without parental consent."
There is absolutely no redeeming feature to ANY mandatory mental health screening programs. There are no proven "treatments" for the prevention of mental illness. Screening for mental illness programs are intended to give the government control in defiance of our constitutional rights, while generating even greater profits for the psychotropic drug / mental health industry.