Category: psychotropic medications

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What is Senate Bill 6?

Senate Bill 6 amends the Education Code, Family Code, Government Code, Human Resources Code, Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Texas Probate Code to make a number of reforms to the children’s protective services and adult protective services programs, certain related guardianship issues, and other family law matters. It requires the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to adopt a transition plan for the privatization of certain child welfare functions by March 1, 2006, and requires that all substitute care and case management services for children in DFPS managing conservatorship be provided by child-care institutions and child-placing agencies by September 2011.

It also requires enhanced training and reduced caseloads for child protective services caseworkers. The children’s protective services reforms in the bill include provisions relating to tuition and fee exemptions for foster and adopted children, continuing education and other requirements for attorneys ad litem, medical assistance under the Medicaid program for children adopted out of DFPS conservatorship, criminal penalties for certain false reports of child abuse or neglect, response time requirements for certain reported cases based on immediacy and severity of harm to a child, a system for screening less serious cases of abuse or neglect without investigation, the exchange of information with other states, a Texas foster grandparent mentors initiative, funding for various community-based services and programs, facility and agency foster home inspection procedures, conditions under which an application for a license to operate a nonresidential child-care facility may be denied, a caseworker replacement program, requirements for providing certain informational materials, including the development of a child placement resources form, requirements relating to the family service plan, and requirements that the DFPS employ child safety specialists, colocate with local law enforcement agencies that investigate child abuse, and encourage the establishment of a children’s advocacy center in certain counties.

Senate Bill 6
sets out requirements for medical care and educational services for children in foster care, including provisions relating to consent for medical care, parental notification of significant medical conditions, the provision of care in emergency situations, and the development of health and educational passports. The bill directs DFPS to develop and deliver cultural awareness competency training, expand court-appointed volunteer advocacy programs, develop a relative and other designated caregiver placement program, improve quality of investigations, eliminate delays, and establish a drug-endangered child initiative.

The bill requires DFPS to license and register child-placing agency administrators and to enforce related regulations and includes several provisions relating to licensing procedures, requirements, and penalties for administrators and facilities. In addition, the executive director of HHSC is required to establish an investigations division to oversee and direct children’s protective services investigations. The bill also includes several conditions and restrictions related to employment at certain residential facilities, requires a criminal history background check for a prospective employee, and requires facilities to establish a drug-testing policy for facility employees.

Among the provisions relating to the privatization of substitute care, Senate Bill 6 includes regional implementation requirements and a transition plan and goals to be achieved through privatization. The bill transfers certain duties from DFPS staff to independent administrators and requires hiring preference to be given to DFPS employees whose positions are eliminated as a result of the privatization of services. The bill authorizes the DFPS to continue to provide substitute care and case management services beyond the deadline for privatization in certain emergency cases.

The adult protective services reforms in the bill include provisions relating to coordination between DFPS and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding the development of curriculum and degree programs in fields relating to adult protective services, a statewide public awareness campaign designed to educate the public about the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly and disabled persons, and the use of technology to improve the effectiveness of the adult protective services program. The bill requires DFPS to maintain an investigation unit for adult protective services, develop and implement a training program and continuing education program for newly hired or newly assigned adult protective services workers and a case management training program for supervisors, develop and implement a quality assurance program, and develop procedures for investigating complex cases.

Senate Bill 6 requires the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission to develop risk assessment criteria to determine whether an elderly or disabled person is in a state of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, to develop and implement, subject to the availability of funds, a caseload management reduction plan that provides specific annual reduction targets, and to create a pilot program for monitoring unlicensed and illegally operating long-term care facilities. In addition, the bill authorizes DFPS, subject to the availability of funds, to contract with protective services agencies for the provision of services particularly to elderly or disabled persons in certain rural or remote areas. It also includes provisions relating to the filing of a petition to a court for an emergency protective order based on certain physical and psychological health assessments performed at the direction of the department.

Senate Bill 6 amends the Government Code, Human Resources Code, and the Texas Probate Code to transfer the powers, duties, functions, programs, and funds of the Department of Family and Protective Services relating to guardianship services to the Department of Aging and Disability Services. The bill includes provisions relating to the specific conditions that must be met for an individual to be referred for guardianship, procedures relating to court-initiated guardianship, and the creation of the guardianship certification board to provide for the certification and regulation of guardians.

Finally, Senate Bill 6 amends the Family Code and Penal Code to clarify provisions of the law relating to the offense of bigamy and to increase the penalty for the offense from a Class A misdemeanor to a felony of the third, second, or first degree depending on the age of the person to whom an actor purports to marry or with whom the actor lives under the appearance of marriage.

foster care, psychiatry, psychotropic medications
STOP DRUGGING OUR CHILDREN!

Texas State Comptroller
“They are everybody’s children, and nobody’s children
.They are the forgotten children in the Texas foster care system.

This report
gives these children a voice.”

2002
– 44 kids in DPRS care died
2003 – 30 kids in DPRS care died
2005 – 48 kids in DPRS care died


Former Pharmaceutical Rep talks about overmedication in foster care.

Many foster children have psychological problems and are being treated with an array of medications to manage their symptoms.

**EVEN FUNDAMENTALLY NORMAL CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES CAN BECOME AGGRESSIVE AND “EMOTIONALLY REACTIVE” DUE TO A LOST SENSE OF TRUST**

Their conditions are only worsened by multiple placements and frequent caseworker turnover. Government misuses anti-psychotics on our foster children in the system

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Take the Chemical Straightjackets off our children!

The Supreme Court has clearly established that to constitute a compelling interest, state interference with a parent’s right to raise his or her child must be for the purpose of protecting the child’s health or welfare.Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205, 230 (1972)

In addition to recognizing as a fundamental
liberty interest the right of parents to raise their children,
the Supreme Court has also established that the Constitution’s guarantee to fundamental privacy rights also embodies a fundamental right to parental autonomy in child rearing.

The Court acknowledged a “private realm of family life which the state cannot
enter.”
Prince v. Massachusetts, 3210 U.S. 158, 166 (1944); Moore v. City of East Cleveland, 431-U.S. 494 (1977)

Without doubt, it denotes not merely freedom from bodily restraint but also the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, establish a home and bring up children, to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and generally to enjoy those privileges long recognized at common law as essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 399 (1923).

medicaid fraud, psychiatry, psychotropic medications
Is Psychiatry Really The Answer For Our Children? GREAT LINKS FOR PARENTS

Source: http://ablechild.org (A WONDERFUL SITE)

  • www.adhdfraud.com. Essays, articles and other information pertaining to the fraud of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — Compiled by Dr. Fred Baughman.
  • http://www.adhd-report.com. The Parental Intelligence Report on ‘ADHD’ by Bob Collier.www.addvideo.org. New Web site features Dr. Fred Baughman on video exposing the national experts on the ADHD fraud. Another video shows the link between psychiatric drugs and school violence.
  • www.ablechild.org. ‘Parents for Label and Drug Free Education’ consists of a growing number of parents outraged over the pervaive and ever-growing drugging of our children. Begun by parent activists Sheila Matthews, Patty Weathers, Larry Smith and Vicky Dunkle, this website provides parents with the latest and more informative data surrounding “ADHD” and the drugs used to “treat” it.
  • www.fightforkids.com. The purpose of this Web site is to educate parents worldwide on the facts about today’s widespread practice of labeling children mentally ill and drugging them with heavy, mind-altering, psychiatric drugs. æArmed in this way, loving parents will be able to prevail in the face of the enormous “drug children now” pressures so entrenched in society today. æProtected in this way, our children will be spared the totally unnecessary misery of a drug-hazed youth, succeeded by the risk of a drug-consumed adulthood.
  • www.psychsearch.net/teenscreen.html Ken Kramer’s site documents the whole truth about Teen Screen, and connects the dots.
  • www.ritalindeath.com. Lawrence Smith developed this site as a response to the death of his fourteen-Year-old Son Matthew, who died on March 21, 2000. The cause was determined to be due to heart failure from the long- term ( age 7-14 ) use ofæRitalin. The purpose of this site is to prevent more deaths of our children from these dangerous drugs.
  • www.caer.com. Psychologist Lawrence Weathers gives his perspective on ADHD and profiles his method of helping called “computer assisted emotional recovery.”
  • http://www.worldtalkradio.com/archives.asp?sid=97.The truth about ADHD and psychiatric drugs for children: Radio series archived on Annie Armen Live; includes John Breeding, PhD, Fred Baughman, MD, Able Child founders Patty Weathers, Sheila Matthews, and activist parents like Sheila Dunkle and Lawrence Smith whose children have died from the effects of psychiatric drugs. Great information and powerful true stories.
    http://www.aTLC.org/Affiliates. Wildest Colts is an Affiliate of the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.
  • http://www.byronchild.com. Kali Shapiro’s new magazine is a winner. ByronChild supports the task of conscious parenting through considering the needs of children and parents within a world that is rapidly changing.
  • The Aware Parenting Institute
  • http://www.naomialdort.com. Supporting Authentic Parent-Child Relationships
  • http://www.naturalchild.org. Our vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.
  • Parents Leadership Institute www.parentleaders.org The Parents Leadership Institute was founded by Patty Wipfler, international Re-evaluation Counseling reference person for parents, and features her work. The Institute assists parents who are eager to address the difficulties presented by parenting in today’s world.æ They focus on listening as a cornerstone skill that develops parents’ ability to connect with their children and solve problems within the family. Their goal is to empower parents and allies of children to care effectively for themselves and for young people of all ages, and to train leaders who will work for excellent community and national policy regarding parents and children. Very highly recommended.
  • www.rc.org. I recommend to all the theory and practices of the grassroots Re-Evaluation Counseling Community. Includes great resources for parents.
  • www.nhen.org. The National Home Education Network site provides encouraging information and support for the grassroots work of state and local homeschooling groups and individuals.
  • www.windhorseassociates.org. Windhorse Associates is a non-profit treatment and education organization with a whole person approach to recovery from extreme states of mind. Our services are individually tailored in close communication with each client and family.
  • www.transtherapy.org. Transtherapy is a reform movement in psychotherapy and in the mental helping professions. It is an association of practitioners who are critical of the trends of commercialism, medicalization, bureaucratization an idolization in this field.
  • Anti-Psychiatry Movement
  • Peter Breggin, M.D. and the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights Dendron, David Oaks publisher, PO Box 11284, Eugene OR, 97440. (503) 341-0100. The best newspaper available on mental health system oppression. David is also the contact point for Support Coalition International, an umbrella group of organizations devoted to the work of mental health liberation. Check out their web site at www.efn.org/~dendron.
  • www.drugawareness.org. Dr. Ann Tracy leads the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. Their Web site is dedicated to educating people regarding the potential harmful and life threatening short- and long-term effects of psychiatric drugs. Her specility, as reflected in her book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? is the so-called SSRI’s.
  • www.psychrights.org/Research/Digest/Researchbytopic.htm. Jim Gottstein’s Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, Scientific Research by Topic.
  • Mental Health Field Articles
medicaid fraud, psychiatry, psychotropic medications
Is Psychiatry Really The Answer For Our Children? GREAT LINKS FOR PARENTS

Source: http://ablechild.org (A WONDERFUL SITE)

  • www.adhdfraud.com. Essays, articles and other information pertaining to the fraud of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — Compiled by Dr. Fred Baughman.
  • http://www.adhd-report.com. The Parental Intelligence Report on ‘ADHD’ by Bob Collier.www.addvideo.org. New Web site features Dr. Fred Baughman on video exposing the national experts on the ADHD fraud. Another video shows the link between psychiatric drugs and school violence.
  • www.ablechild.org. ‘Parents for Label and Drug Free Education’ consists of a growing number of parents outraged over the pervaive and ever-growing drugging of our children. Begun by parent activists Sheila Matthews, Patty Weathers, Larry Smith and Vicky Dunkle, this website provides parents with the latest and more informative data surrounding “ADHD” and the drugs used to “treat” it.
  • www.fightforkids.com. The purpose of this Web site is to educate parents worldwide on the facts about today’s widespread practice of labeling children mentally ill and drugging them with heavy, mind-altering, psychiatric drugs. æArmed in this way, loving parents will be able to prevail in the face of the enormous “drug children now” pressures so entrenched in society today. æProtected in this way, our children will be spared the totally unnecessary misery of a drug-hazed youth, succeeded by the risk of a drug-consumed adulthood.
  • www.psychsearch.net/teenscreen.html Ken Kramer’s site documents the whole truth about Teen Screen, and connects the dots.
  • www.ritalindeath.com. Lawrence Smith developed this site as a response to the death of his fourteen-Year-old Son Matthew, who died on March 21, 2000. The cause was determined to be due to heart failure from the long- term ( age 7-14 ) use ofæRitalin. The purpose of this site is to prevent more deaths of our children from these dangerous drugs.
  • www.caer.com. Psychologist Lawrence Weathers gives his perspective on ADHD and profiles his method of helping called “computer assisted emotional recovery.”
  • http://www.worldtalkradio.com/archives.asp?sid=97.The truth about ADHD and psychiatric drugs for children: Radio series archived on Annie Armen Live; includes John Breeding, PhD, Fred Baughman, MD, Able Child founders Patty Weathers, Sheila Matthews, and activist parents like Sheila Dunkle and Lawrence Smith whose children have died from the effects of psychiatric drugs. Great information and powerful true stories.
    http://www.aTLC.org/Affiliates. Wildest Colts is an Affiliate of the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.
  • http://www.byronchild.com. Kali Shapiro’s new magazine is a winner. ByronChild supports the task of conscious parenting through considering the needs of children and parents within a world that is rapidly changing.
  • The Aware Parenting Institute
  • http://www.naomialdort.com. Supporting Authentic Parent-Child Relationships
  • http://www.naturalchild.org. Our vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.
  • Parents Leadership Institute www.parentleaders.org The Parents Leadership Institute was founded by Patty Wipfler, international Re-evaluation Counseling reference person for parents, and features her work. The Institute assists parents who are eager to address the difficulties presented by parenting in today’s world.æ They focus on listening as a cornerstone skill that develops parents’ ability to connect with their children and solve problems within the family. Their goal is to empower parents and allies of children to care effectively for themselves and for young people of all ages, and to train leaders who will work for excellent community and national policy regarding parents and children. Very highly recommended.
  • www.rc.org. I recommend to all the theory and practices of the grassroots Re-Evaluation Counseling Community. Includes great resources for parents.
  • www.nhen.org. The National Home Education Network site provides encouraging information and support for the grassroots work of state and local homeschooling groups and individuals.
  • www.windhorseassociates.org. Windhorse Associates is a non-profit treatment and education organization with a whole person approach to recovery from extreme states of mind. Our services are individually tailored in close communication with each client and family.
  • www.transtherapy.org. Transtherapy is a reform movement in psychotherapy and in the mental helping professions. It is an association of practitioners who are critical of the trends of commercialism, medicalization, bureaucratization an idolization in this field.
  • Anti-Psychiatry Movement
  • Peter Breggin, M.D. and the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights Dendron, David Oaks publisher, PO Box 11284, Eugene OR, 97440. (503) 341-0100. The best newspaper available on mental health system oppression. David is also the contact point for Support Coalition International, an umbrella group of organizations devoted to the work of mental health liberation. Check out their web site at www.efn.org/~dendron.
  • www.drugawareness.org. Dr. Ann Tracy leads the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. Their Web site is dedicated to educating people regarding the potential harmful and life threatening short- and long-term effects of psychiatric drugs. Her specility, as reflected in her book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? is the so-called SSRI’s.
  • www.psychrights.org/Research/Digest/Researchbytopic.htm. Jim Gottstein’s Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, Scientific Research by Topic.
  • Mental Health Field Articles