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Release Date  2004-07-28 
Time  07:55:00 
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JULY 28, 2004. Below is a piece from the Illinois Leader. It
describes the ongoing effort by Illinois to screen every child (ages
0-18!!) in the state for mental illnesses. I'm talking MANDATORY.

This is the model being used at the federal level to accomplish the
same goal.

In Illinois, however, apparently the empowering law HAS ALREADY BEEN
PASSED, and now we are seeing a scramble to draft the actual system
under which this draconian measure will be implemented.

This 1984-type activity is not occurring under a Democratic
administration in Washington. There is huge support from both sides
of the aisle. It's not "just Hillary."

Government is taking charge of determining who is sane and who is
not, under the usual rubric of WE CARE ABOUT THE CHILDREN.

They're breaking out the bubbly at the American Psychiatric
Association. And in the boardrooms of various drug companies.

Make no mistake about it. This is where psychiatry has been headed
for some time. They want government to give the profession a mandate
to drug the population at will, and they want to squash any and all

Children are the first big target, because parents have already been
marginalized as "incapable of making proper decisions about the
health of their offspring."

Five years ago, people would have considered what Illinois is now
doing pure science fiction. Impossible. A fantasy based on Huxley's
Brave New World.

What will the landscape look like five years from now?

If there are any people left in the US who think that Bush is
a "conservative," this should put the final nail in that coffin---
because Bush is trying to get the Illinois program instituted on a
nation-wide basis. Conservative pundits ignore all this, of course.

If you don't care that babies and little kids will have their brains
fried by the drugs, then go back to sleep.

Mental health plan forums end, parents concerned about findings
Friday, July 23, 2004
By The Leader-Chicago Bureau

Children required to be screened for mental health problems from ages
zero through 18 is an invasion of parental rights, several parents
said at task force hearings held throughout Illinois this week.

CHICAGO -- Finishing up a week of public forums, the members of the
Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership ended early in Chicago
today following testimony from an overwhelming number of program
supporters who agree that mental health screening is needed for
Illinois children ages zero through 18.

As a hyphenated sponsor of last year's legislation, State
Representative Patti Bellock (R-Wheaton) said she thought that the
stigma on mental health problems was fading, and that the new mental
health plan's main emphasis was to create an awareness of mental
health needs in the state's children.

The Illinois plan is the first in the nation to have progressed thus

"This program will not be voluntary," Paul Schneider of Champaign
told the task force. "No one will be exempt. If a family doesn't want
to accept the school's evaluation of their child's mental health,
what recourse will they have?"

Schneider said he is very concerned that pharmaceutical companies
will benefit tremendously from having an explosion of young children
diagnosed with hyperactivity or ADHD whose parents are told that
their children need Ritalin or another psychotropic drug.

"Who is going to pay for this and who will determine who is mentally
healthy and who is not?" Schneider said. "I'm a business owner, and
this worries me."

Bellock agreed that questions are likely to be raised as more people
learn about the contents of the program, something, she said, she
hadn't had time to fully read through yet herself.

"I am one of the appointed task force members, but I'm not familiar
with all this contains," Bellock said. "There should be a lot of
discussion and that's good to get us to the place where we can find
consensus," she said.

Tragedies like the Columbine shooting are connected to young people
who are depressed and with low self-esteem, she said.

Studies show that one out of six students suffer from depression, the
reason why she believes such a program is so important.

The proposed plan says that depression affects a child's ability to
learn and increases their propensity for violence, alcohol and
substance abuse and other delinquent behaviors.

If the plan is implemented as suggested, pregnant women will begin
evaluation for depression and will check in during the first year
after their expected babies are born.

"If anyone thinks they can escape this because their children are not
in public schools, they are mistaken," Schneider said after hearing
the testimony at the Champaign hearing on Monday.
Mental health assessment will be added to the state's physical
examination certificate, along with mandatory immunization records.
All children in Illinois, unless religiously exempt, are required to
have up-to-date health examinations and immunizations for school

Schneider said he was also concerned when a woman asked about how
sexual orientation would be handled in the program.

"She basically bashed Catholics for their strong conviction against
homosexuality," he said.

The $10 million set aside for the mandatory screening is likely to be
simply for the start up, and that's what concerns some who voiced
opposition at the public hearings.

For others, it was an invasion of parental rights.

"We are here reviewing one of the largest recent attempts by the
state to subvert, devalue and undermine parental authority in
Illinois. 'Subvert' sounds harsh, and we recognize that many hours
have been spent by many well-meaning people to draft this 26 page
plan. No disrespect is meant, but our concerns must be presented,"
Karen Hayes, associate director of Concerned Women for
America/Illinois told task force members today.

The recourse may be minimal for those who are not happy with the
program, however. It is already law, signed in to law by Governor
Blagojevich last year. A report will be due on September 30, 2004,
according to the provisions as they have been set up in the law.

On the other hand, a task force member Barbara Shaw told a downstate
reporter that, "We heard very different points of view with
thoughtful input," Shaw said. "The greatest thing I took out of this
today was a reminder to think outside of the box. We don't have to
think in traditional ways."

Hayes, frustrated that the state legislation became law with little
or no fanfare or notice, even from conservative, pro-family
lawmakers, suggested at the end of today's testimony, "In summary, it
is neither beneficial to children, nor to taxpayers, to ask
government bureaucracies to set competency standards for mental

"With some amount of lightheartedness, may I propose that the mental
health of the perpetrators of this concept be evaluated?"

end of Leader article

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