EDUCATION FOR A FREE NATION
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November 10, 2006
Lame Duck Congress
will vote on
has stepped up its propaganda promoting "infant mental health"
just prior to upcoming votes in the "lame duck" Congress to
fund universal psychological testing of babies, preschoolers and K-12
students, including dangerous drugging to treat them. Please re-read last
June's EdWatch summary of those funding proposals and recommendations for
Federal Funding for Universal Mental Health Screening."
money for Infant Mental Health Testing
The "Lame Duck" Congress convenes
Monday, November 13th to finish its work.
"Lame Duck" is a session that meets after the elections,
but before the newly elected Congress takes over in January.
example, an ABC News article brazenly headlines,
One in 40 Infants Experience Baby Blues, Doctors Say."
Please vote in the on-line poll:
Depressed Babies? The current tallies are 3, 700 opposed, and 112 in
support! Join the opposition!
Street Journal joined in with an article on October 24, 2006:
"Sending the Baby to a Shrink" (subscription only), and
subtitled: "Expanding Field of Infant Mental Health Aims To
Head Off Depression and Other Disorders." It states:
Effrem's letter to the editor response to the WSJ article
can be viewed here.
- "By starting treatment as soon as possible
- even before their patients are out of diapers - doctors feel they are
helping kids become better adjusted."
election sent a powerful message against this Congress' uncontrolled
spending and massive expansion of government. Federal grants for
universal mental health screening programs are driving state policy all
over the country. State legislatures are snapping up federal dollars for
state universal mental health screening programs, frequently leaving
elected legislators in the dark about what they are voting for. (See
- "The 2000 study by Zito that found a 300%
increase in the rates of psychotropic drug use of two to four year old
children between 1991 and 1995, also showed three thousand prescriptions
for the antidepressant Prozac in infants less than one year old.
Four to ten million children are on psychostimlants like Ritalin."
We don't know yet what Congress plans for voting when they convene,
beginning Monday, November 13th.
funding for state mental heath testing programs should be cut.
Federal central planners should not be hooking states on dangerous
and invasive mental health policies for students, children and even
infants using our tax dollars for bait. Congress should cut or
eliminate the following:
Foundations for Learning Grants (infant and preschool mental health)
State Incentive Grants for Transformation
Suicide Prevention (A very bad TeenScreen program)
Violence Prevention Grants (Mental health screening based on beliefs,
TeenScreen, and infant mental health)
Mental Health Integration in Schools
here for details of these programs. On August 22, 2006, a coalition
of national groups signed a
President Bush on mental health screening written by Dr. Effrem that
explains the growing opposition to these federal programs.
- State Early Childhood Comprehensive System (SECCS - infant mental
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