February 8, 2006
March 2nd EdWatch Event
The Dangers of
Universal Mental Health Screening
Legislation in Minnesota
Mental health screening legislation
will affect all Minnesota children
in public, private, and home schools.
The Minnesota legislature is considering universal mental health
screening for K-12, pre-school, all kids at least once by age
three, and infants. Mental Health screening is subjective and
inaccurate in children. Diagnoses very often reflect simple behavioral
issues or politically incorrect attitudes and values. Powerful
medications with serious side effects are almost always used as the
Karen R. Effrem, M.D., Pediatrician and Policy Analyst
Board of Directors of four national organizations:
International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
Alliance for Human Research
National Physicians Center
Dinner and Presentation
When: March 2nd, 2006
Where: Green Mill Restaurant Plymouth
Registration and Dinner: $25
Reservations by Monday, February 27
Special offer for college students -- call our office.
for flyer and registration form
or call EdWatch at 952-361-4931
6:30 p.m. Social
7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:45 p.m. Program
- Routine mental health (social & emotional) screening is
subjective and inaccurate in children.
- Mental health (social & emotional) diagnoses very often reflect
simple behavioral issues.
- Mental health (social & emotional) labels that result from mental
health screening are almost always treated with powerful medications that
have serious side effects.
- Many children have been seriously harmed or died from the overuse of
psychotropic drugs, including children whose parents were forced to use
those drugs by the schools.
- Mental health (social & emotional) diagnoses have sometimes been
the result of screening for politically incorrect attitudes and
- Using drugs to control behavior is dangerous and wrong, especially
when study after study has shown these drugs to be ineffective and
- Prescriptions for psychotropic drugs for children have increased by
300% in ten years.
- Legislation to require universal mental health screening of all
Minnesota at least once by age three almost passed into law in 2005.
Invite your teachers, principals, administrators, school board members of
private and public schools and pre-schools to attend. Invite your home
for this important event as the 2006 Legislature convenes.