Government sanctioned Assault on Children and Pregnant Women Fri, 23 Jul 2004 President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has set off aggressive “screening for mental illness” initiatives that are nothing short of an assault on personal dignity and legal rights. The target population of forced mental health “screening,” are America’s children and pregnant…

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Media Release: Congressional Staff Briefing Re: Mental Health Screening for Children Mon, 7 Feb 2005 ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION (AHRP) Promoting Openness, Full Disclosure, and Accountability www.ahrp.org MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release Monday, February 7, 2005 Congressional Staff Briefing : Mental Health Screening for Children In the last Congress, thanks to the dedicated efforts…

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A Lobbying Campaign for Screening Children for Mental Problems–a Gimmick Aimed at Increasing PhRMA Profits Wed, 11 May 2005 The big guns of America’s mental health establishment — including the American Psychiatric and Psychological Associations and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill — are making united front in support of mass mental health screening…

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US Preventive Services Task Force: No evidence that screening for suicide reduces suicide Fri, 21 May 2004 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its findings and recommendation against screening for suicide. The USPSTF findings corroborate those of the Canadian PSTF. “USPSTF found no evidence that screening for suicide risk reduces suicide attempts or…

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AHRP Position Statement on Mental Health Screening – FDA Hearing Re: Drug Advertising Wed, 02 Nov 2005 FDA is holding public hearings (Nov 1, 2) Re:  Direct-to-Consumer Promotion of Medical Products at: National Transportation Safety Board Boardroom and Conference Center 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC 2 Time: 9:00 –5:00. Ellen Liversidge will submit testimony…

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TeenScreen: Who Pays for Treatment and Drugs?? Sun, 29 May 2005 In her latest examination of the President’s Commission on Mental Health recommendation for universal mental health screening, Evelyn Pringle focuses on the $$$ it costs and on how screening, followed by prescribing psychotropic drugs, is bankrupting of public health budgets: “The number one problem…

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Two-thirds foster care children in Mass on psych drugs_Globe Psychiatry: Soviet Experience–American Fallacy Wed, 11 Aug 2004 The Boston Globe reports that 2/3 of children in state care in Massachusetts are being “treated” for mental illness with psychotropic drugs. Marie Parente, a legislator, and parents call for disclosure of “how many children in state care…

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Rutherford Files Mental Health Screening Lawsuit_Indiana / Fierce Opposition to TeenScreen Mounts – Pittsburgh Mon, 19 Sep 2005 The Rutherford Institute has just filed a lawsuit in Indiana challenging a school for subjecting a teenager to a mental health screening test – TeenScreen–without her parents’ knowledge or consent. After completing the test (requiring a yes…

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Bush’s plan to screen for mental health meets opposition in Illinois – British Med J Fri, 5 Nov 2004 The New Freedom Commission recommendation calling for government screening the entire nation for mental illness, beginning with America’s 52 million children, is backfiring. The recommendation runs contrary to freely made health care choices, contrary to parental…

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Janssen Pharma Admits Hiding Risperdal Drug Risks / TMAP & Illinois Mental Health Screening Plan Sat, 24 Jul 2004 The Miami Herald reports (below) that in a letter to doctors, Janssen Pharmacia, manufacturer of the highly promoted drug, Risperdal (risperidone), admitted “misleading doctors and other healthcare providers about the safety of its product, minimizing potentially…

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Take Action: Just Say No to Stigmatizing Screening and Unsafe Drugs Tue, 26 Oct 2004 FYI /ACTION! AHRP believes that America’s school children should not be screened and labeled without a guarantee of the proven accuracy of the screening tool, and the proven safety and therapeutic value of the treatment prescribed–the risks for harm are…

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Doctor calls President’s mental health Screening Initiative “Crazy” – UPI Thu, 23 Dec 2004 Dr. Jane Orient, the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, has written a brilliant, clear-eyed blistering commentary–Are Your Children Crazy? America’s 52 million school children and 6 million staff are the first population targeted for “mental health”…

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