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"
An alarming and aggressive US nationwide screening program for "mental illness" was launched in July 2004. See:"Bush Administration, Columbia University & "TeenScreen®" Program" June, 25 2004.
See: Compulsory Mental Health Screening is Coming For Adults and Children Preschool and Up...
See: Frequently Asked Questions: President Bush and the Shrinking of the USA
See: Mandatory mental screenings are a bad idea
This dubious, government sponsored and massive screening initiative was formulated by a panel of "experts" assembled to carry out the
requirements of President Bush's "New Freedom Commission on Mental Health" in April 2002
and it will implement the "TMAP formula" nationally.
[The "TMAP formula" is co-developed by
The "TMAP formula" practice guidelines designate antidepressants & antipsychotics as the treatment of choice for mental illness, not on the basis of evidence, but on the basis of a consensus panel. A panel under the direct influence of Big Pharma. It is the culmination of a series of dubious federally sponsored, "mental health" initiatives - that began during the Clinton Administration- and which focus especially on children.
The Bush administration US Screen Program, deceptively titled the "New Freedom Initiative for People with Disabilities", hides it's secrets way down deep in Chapter 4, under the section "Promoting Full Access to Community Life." The full 2004 progress report can be found at the following URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/newfreedom/toc-2004.html (not online anymore = hidden!)
Click links below for retrieved information:Web Archive of "New Freedom Initiative" program/report - Web Archive of Chapter 4
Mental Health Commission - "New Freedom Initiative" FINAL program/report downloads (1) (new URL 2009!)
Mental Health Commission - "New Freedom Initiative" FINAL program/report downloads (2) (new URL 2009!)
Saved PDF file of "New Freedom Initiative" progress program/report
Saved PDF file of "New Freedom Initiative" FINAL program/report
An extract from chapter 4:
So, according to this plan, 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."
According to the DSM-IV manual (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association), mild depression (cyclothymia), sadness, sorrow, grief & boredom and even anger (bereavement), shyness (avoidant personality disorder), forgetfulness (Amnesia), sleep problems, math problems, bedwetting, to name a few, are all categorized as "mental illnesses."
The TeenScreen® developers have purposely sought to elude, undermine and eliminate pupils and parental rights under the federal "Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment" (PPRA) Act of 1998 and therefore should be prosecuted. See: TeenScreen® News - Fall 2003
"Active parental consent must be obtained, however, if a child is going to be removed from an instructional activity for screening. However, if the screening will be given to all students, as opposed to some, it becomes part of the curriculum and no longer requires active parental consent (i.e., if all ninth-graders will be screened as a matter of policy, it is considered part of the curriculum)".
For a proper answer to this cold criminal behaviour at cost of parents' and children's health and rights...
The PPRA Act is intended to protect the rights of parents and students and will be further detailed in this article.
Any attempt of screening pupils without parental consent is in stark contrast with the purpose of this federal law.
We present an example of legal victory in a case brought against the San Antonio School District for violation of the PPRA Act
that occurred when high school students were given an intrusive psychological survey that asked personal
questions such as "Do you ever wish you were a boy or girl instead of what you are?"
See: Violation of PPRA in Texas-1999
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.
See: PUPIL RIGHTS LAW ALLOWS PARENTS TO OPT STUDENTS OUT OF SURVEYS May, 2004.
- "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.