Mandatory Mental Health Screening being pushed by Feds

United States
May 5, 2009 9:26pm CST
The feds are pushing for a mandatory mental health screen (paid for by the tax payers) for all americans. they want to start the program in the public schools and expand it from there. Here is the kicker. They want to do it without the parents notification or consent. The screening that is. If their child is found to have an issue the state will then step in to "help" the parent make a decision how the care of htat child. Don't want your child on Ridolin? Well if the state doctors say your child needs it than too bad. They will be able to call in Child Protective Services on you for not following their recommendations. A bill has been introduced to stop the screening from being done without the parents consent and for the control their childrens medicial decisions to be given to the parents and not the government. How do you feel about this? Should tax dollars really be used for this. Should it be done without parent consent? Should the parent HAVE to follow that doctors advice and if htey don't and go with their own doctors advice should they have to answer to child social services for it? Here is more information if you are interested. http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul232.html
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
6 May 09
Nope. That's not good. I just went through something with my son this year. I was being advised (in a not so subtle way) to give my son anti-anxiety medicine. He was suffering from anxiety related to school. They didn't want to take the time to help him to address and overcome his anxiety. They just wanted me to get him on meds as to not screw up their attendance records. Well, we decided against the meds. Got outside counseling. He's pretty much overcome his anxiety issues.
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• United States
6 May 09
I am so happy you stood up for him and that he is now doing better and WITHOUT the meds! I suffered anxiety related to school, because my teachers singled me out for abuse due to the fact they didn't like my older brother. I did nothing wrong but I didn't WANT to go to school because I was ostracized, marginalized humiliated and ridiculed on a daily basis. NOBODY in the school did a damned thing to help with THAT, but they did force me to see their psychologist for years, dragging me out of class and forcing me to miss MORE school, and they twisted everything I told them to make everything I ever said sound like my (innocent) parents were abusing me in the most unspeakable ways! They even went so far as to try to remove me from my (good) home to put me into foster care or an institution - the only reason why they did not succeed is because my dad was a government employee and had some very influential friends. They never left me alone with the FORCED psych tests and visits until I figured out how to give them the answers that they'd find "normal". I only figured THAT out by reading LOTS of psychology books in my spare time, by the time I was 15 I had taught myself enough that I probably knew more than the people evaluating me! Lucky for me I have (or had LOL) a high IQ so was ABLE to figure out how to stop the school's abuse of me - most kids won't have that luxury.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
7 May 09
Wow. REading what was done to you was pretty upsetting to me! It reinforced my suspicions of how poorly the school system sometimes handles OUR children. Just as they tried to place the blame on your parent's my school tried to place the blame on me. To some degree they are still trying to hold on to that belief. I really had to learn how to "work the system" in order to get him the help that he needed. I'm temped to go on a rant abuot my experience now, but I just don't have the energy, ya know? I'm glad you were able to figure things out and get them off your back, eventually. Sometimes, I guess you just have to play their game and tell them what they want to hear...
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@gewcew23 (8010)
• United States
6 May 09
Nothing like the so called pro-choice politicians making mandatory laws. No this tranny has to stop some where. I do not care what it is the federal government should not be making anything mandatory. This is just another example of way taxation should be voluntary. If someone want their child to have mental health screening let them pay for it on their own. Oh yes it should have parents consent, but like I said the parents should have to pay for their own child.
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• United States
6 May 09
Yep they believe in the choice of wether or not to have the baby but after that they want complete control of its upbringing. It shocks me so many women vote democratic. I personally find their policies on children to be degrading to women. It treats them like they do not know who to raise their children or whta is best for their child. Which is insulting and belittling. They are my kids.....if I feel they need to be tested than I will take them to a doctor and have them tested. As for the other aspects of their raising...hands off. I am doing just fine on my own and don't want or need their "help".
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@cicisnana (775)
• United States
6 May 09
OH NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! NOT WITHOUT MY CONSENT. I am my childs parent, not the government. This is CRAZY! If they were to start doing this (I don't have children in the school system now, but my granddaughter will be old enough in a few years) I WILL pull her out of school and homeschool her!
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• United States
6 May 09
there is a bill recently submitted that if it passes will make it were they can only do it with the parents consent.
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• United States
6 May 09
I don't agree with this at all. First no one should be forced to take a mental health screening, and worse to do it on children without parents consent is the government going to far. I have a mental health issue..i am bipolar...but i want it to be my choice to seek help or take meds, not have it forced on me or on anyone. The meds they give you have a lot of side effects they dont tell you about, and forcing a child to take them is beyond wrong. And what if the results come out with something wrong with the child and the child is forced to take meds and years later find out the test was wrong?? There are just to many issues with this.
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• United States
6 May 09
i know. Too many issues. The biggest one being doing it behind the parents backs.
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@kprofgames (3099)
• United States
6 May 09
This sounds to me like what Hillary wanted to do. State funded health care for all school age children and the parents just pretty much lost their parental rights. I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS. School right now HAVE too much power over our children the way it is. More and more families I know are homeschooling because of the manditory vaccines that children get. I don't agree with the vaccine for chicken pox. If males get it after a certain age, there is something to treat it without fear of going sterial so why is it a manditory vaccine???? Also the new vaccine for girls. That too was being pushed as a manditory vaccine and it got stomped on after woman started to die from it and other had sever reactions to it. We can't give the power to our government over what we know is best for out children. Isn't this the same government that know about these pharmacutical companies don't test their crap properly. Did you know that even if the junk the produce doesn't pass FDA approval they still sell it overseas. Getting off the mark, but people need to wake up. Wake up and realize that if you don't stand up and shout about it your rights as, not only parents, but as human beings will be stripped away from you.
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@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
6 May 09
Not until every government official (from president to local police and teachers) are put through the exact mental health screening they want for the rest of us... and it has to be conducted by psychiatrist and psychologists from a different poltical ideology than their own... and they have to allow their jobs to be dependant on the outcome.
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• United States
6 May 09
I won't even do it then. Even if they give it to the president and everyone else. It is basically the government once again going into your private life. THey need to stay out of it.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
7 May 09
*pushes independent though alarm button*
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• India
6 May 09
How can you just do all this without the consent of the parents. It is just outrageous. First of all whether the child needs mental screening or or not that decision itself has to be taken by the parents and yes the government is welcome to chip in its suggestion ......... but only suggestion. The conviction part should well be left to the parents. Second on how the treatment process would be .. in this case it should solely be the take of the parents no fed intervention please. And I tell you this forcing business won't work. It is good as long as you give good suggestion but you can not force anybody to do something in a democracy.
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• United States
6 May 09
I think as long as it is voluntary and then the government only makes "suggestions" than fine. But they don't need to preasure or dictate.
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@hotsummer (10523)
• Philippines
6 May 09
this should not be allowed to put our kids in such a test. the parents has every right to disagree or not allow their kids to be subject under those screenings or test.
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• United States
6 May 09
Oh HELL NO! Read my story under miamilady's post to learn a little about why I have a problem with mandatory psych tests. hey are highly subjective and easily interpreted to say whatever the person administering it WANTS it to say! I am the parent, I will decide what is best for my kids. If I think they need professional help I WILL GET IT FOR THEM MYSELF! I do not want my children indoctrinated or brainwashed and the way I see it that is exactly what forced psych evals will open the doors for.
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• United States
6 May 09
exactly. YOu are the mom, you will make the decisions for you childrne.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
7 May 09
Or how about this? Instead of, or along with mandatory testing of the students...lets do those mandatory tests of the TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS?? How many of them to you think have mental disorders? I'm not against teachers or administrators in general but we all know there are SOME who have no business working with our children!
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
6 May 09
this article is from 2005 and I don't think they made is happen... under the new administration we didn't hear about such screening and I hope they never will.... Child Protective Services is a joke to begin with as we all know about...
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• United States
6 May 09
the bill passed in 2005. But the government has not put the program into the works yet. But htey are already planning to roll it out to the schools soon. That is why a new bill was just introduced saying it could only be done with parents consent.
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
6 May 09
I think that this is very dangerous, and not a good idea at all in my opinion.