Saturday, February 28, 2009

Heroes And America's Children Need Your Help.

The Huffington Post has:

A Hero Protects America's Children From Psychiatric Abuse, by Dr Peter Breggin
"Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein has taken the bull by the horns. It's a bull of many terrifying shapes and forms. First and foremost, it is the raging bull of the Psychopharmaceutical Complex that is goring America's children. It's also the rampaging state government bull that everywhere runs roughshod over the children in its custody and care. And then it's the "bull" handed out by drug companies and organized psychiatry to justify using drugs to suppress the behavior of children.

Jim Gottstein's Law Project for Psychiatric Rights ( has gone to court to stop the drugging of Alaska's children. Before they are given psychiatric drugs, Jim wants the following standards to be met:

(1) That proven psychosocial interventions have been exhausted.
(2) That the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks.
(3) That those authorizing the prescriptions are fully informed about the risks and benefits, and the alternatives.
(4) That the children are thoroughly monitored, including for side effects.

There is nothing radical or in your face about Jim's attempt to require the state of Alaska to use science and common sense before drugging the children in its care, usually for the mere convenience of their keepers. A sane society would bar the state from giving psychiatric drugs to any children under any circumstances. Their brains are growing--and should not be made to develop in a toxic internal environment. Instead of psychiatric drugs, they need what all children need--more and better attention from caring adults, improved family life, and better schooling. And they need protection from people who would give them drugs!"

There's more. Read the whole article.

Then contrast it with This Ad. (Thanks again to The Bonkers Institute.)

What Else does a Psychiatrist Do, ....... beyond Selling you their Opinion, ...... in order to Sell You, and Addict You, ...... And your Children, ...... to a Lifetime of Brain Damaging Drugs?

Click it and read the text. This one deserves an Oscar for pegging the Chutzpah meter.

And if You Still don't understand that Psych Drugs And their Pushers are the CAUSE of 'Mental Illness' read:

Anatomy Of An Epidemic
: Psychiatric Drugs And The Astonishing Rise Of Mental Illness In America, by Robert Whitaker

Then get out your checkbook and help Mr. Gottstein if you can. He's doing the work All America should be doing, and sadly almost All of America doesn't even know Needs doing. And, Dr Bonkers does a lot of work, some of it in Court too, for kids. Neither of these guys Has to do it. They do it because Someone has to do it. Visit Dr B's Certification page and maybe pickup a bookmark or Certificate of Certification to help out.

Friday, February 27, 2009

FDA To Regulate Tobacco? D'oh!

NYT has:

House Bill Expected On FDA Control Of Tobacco

The new bill would create More FDA, a whole NEW BRANCH of FDA, to regulate tobacco.

It's being sold as a measure to keep kids from smoking, which on the surface looks great, BUT:

We Already Have a Federal Agency specifically tasked with tobacco related issues. It's called ATF: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Chantix from Pfizer was FDA allowed onto the market to save lives from tobacco induced cancer. See Pharmalot from Oct. '08.
"The drug accounted for more reported serious injuries than any other prescription drug for a second quarter, a total of 1001 new cases, including 50 additional deaths. Earlier this year, the FDA warned that Chantix may be linked to psychiatric problems, including suicidal behavior and vivid dreams, and the government banned it for pilots."
We ran People are just DYING To Quit Smoking last August.

And again we recommend that you make this Non Smoker at a regular stop. He's already done the heavy lifting to uncover the Real Cost to You of Govt/Industry colluding smoking regulation, expressly to profit RWJF.

The NYT speaks of a 61 cent increase in cigarette taxes signed by President Obama on Feb 4, to provide another $33 Billion Dollars for SCHIP. And, as we've already noted:

U.S. NEWS from Feb 2009 has:

New SCHIP Law Gives Kids Mental Health Coverage

4 Million MORE Children will be Added to the 6 Million Already covered, ...... as disposable, Drug Co Guinea Pigs, ...... thanks to President Obama. Your Money - State And Federal - Will be peddling More PSYCH DRUGS, ..... To Children.

What makes this further expansion of an already malfunctioning FDA even More obnoxious, is that the New Branch will be funded BY the very Tobacco Money it will be empowered to regulate. You have to ask yourself why Philip Morris is in favor of this bill, ..... when Philip Morris will be Funding the very people who will be regulating them?

We're Already being Poisoned to Death as a society by allowing FDA to accept Hundreds of $ Millions a year in "User Fees" from the makers of Behavioral Non-$cience/Behavioral Control" Psych Drugs.

And if You want to quit smoking we recommend you go check out this gentleman at There are far better options than drugs.

FDA Approves Brain Implant For OCD Based On 26 Patients

Health has:

FDA Approves Implant Device For OCD Treatment

Now, FDA has approved mechanical, electrical Brain Implants, ...... to control your Mental Behavior.
"Approximately 1 in 50 U.S. adults suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) which is the fourth most common mental disorder."
Reuters has this gem using electrodes planted IN your brain.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder used to be called being stuck in a rut before Psych started turning a buck on it. And the FDA has approved the 1st Implant Device to Treat severe OCD.

It's the Reclaim DBS Therapy Device from Medtronic. This ghost roaster shoots out electrical impulses to control the "Symptoms" of OCD. And like everything else to do with Symptom Control, Reduction, and Flat Out Sledgehammering, ..... it Ain't going to Cure Nothing, ..... because there's nothing To cure. And of course, ....... it's a DSM 'Incurable Mental Illness', ..... so, ..... once Diagnosed by a College Degreed Ideate, ....... there go your Rights, ........ and the rest of your Life.

DSM-IV-TR Billing Code: 300.3: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This device is already in use to treat Parkinson's Disease, Tremors and Dystonias, ..... and they approved it with its 4 electrodes, ...... to Bury IN your brain, ...... after examining data on a Whole 26 patients who experienced a 40% reduction in Symptoms. The article does Not however tell us what Else those 26 experienced.

But Wait! There's More!

IF, ..... you order the Ginsu Knives in the Next 4 Minutes, .........

Online Health News has:

FDA Fails To Check Medical Devices
The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) has called for an investigation into the U.S. FDA’s early laboratory inspections of high-risk medical devices, saying that the agency conducts far too few of them. The watchdog group urged lawmakers to give the FDA more funding to hire and train additional inspectors. FDA records show that early lab inspections dropped from 33 in 2005 to just 1 in 2008. A number of FDA scientists have complained that the agency's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) stopped requiring device makers to undergo FDA preclinical lab inspections.
This $60K Ghost Zapper, implanted IN your brain, is currently used to control Parkinsons, Tremors, and Dystonias:

All of which can be, and are, Also Implanted into Your Brain and Life, By Symptom Controlling Antipsychotic Poisons, ....... prescribed INTO your brain, ..... to Control, ..... Symptoms.

Psychiatrists make a LOT of MONEY, implanting those Billable 'Mental Illnesses', ...... Into Your Brain.

DSM-IV-TR Billing Code: 332.1 Neuroleptic Induced Parkinsonism
DSM-IV-TR Billing Code: 333.1 Medication Induced Postural Tremor
DSM-IV-TR Billing Code: 333.7 Neuroleptic Induced Acute Dystonia
DSM-IV-TR Billing Code: 333.82 Neuroleptic Induced Tardive Dyskinesia
DSM-IV-TR Billing Code: 333.90 Medication Induced Movement Disorder NOS

Newspeak. Learn, Listen, but above All, ...... Obey,

and Pay.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

2001: Child Psychiatrists & Sexual Boundary Violations

In the light of the Seroquel sex flap we posted a comment to a friend's blog - justAna - and considering the Gravity of the issue, thought it was worth a post here, in itself. Hang on to your lunch, because it may want to rocket up and out when you discover the idea of Rehabilitation concerning Psychiatrists and their "Violation of Sexual Boundaries" with patients.

In March 2001 the American Journal of Psychiatry identified some of their problems.

Psychiatrists Disciplined by a State Medical Board
James Morrison, M.D., and Theodore Morrison, M.P.H.

OBJECTIVE: This study determined the risk of discipline by a medical board for psychiatrists relative to other physicians and assessed the contributions to such risk. METHOD: Physicians disciplined by the California Medical Board in a 30-month period were compared with matched groups of nondisciplined physicians. RESULTS: Among 584 disciplined physicians, there were 75 (12.8%) psychiatrists, nearly twice the number of psychiatrists among nondisciplined physicians.

The disciplined group included significantly more psychiatrists who claimed child psychiatry as their first or second specialty and significantly fewer psychoanalysts. CONCLUSIONS: Organized psychiatry has an *obligation to address sexual contact with patients and other causes for medical board discipline.
In the full report's body (free at the above link)
Dehlendorf and Wolfe (7) reported that child specialists were disciplined for sex-related offenses to about the same extent as were other psychiatrists, whereas in our study they were nearly three times more at risk.
California's Physician Diversion Program Was (wallpaper) Addressing the problem, ..... with 12 Doctors and 9 non Doctors on the Board. The Cal Diversion Program folded its tents, and snuck off into the night, last summer (at least it Promised it was going to)

...... because Half of the Drunks, Dopers and Perverts it was Supposed to be Diverting from Prosecution and Incarceration couldn't even Bother to Show Up.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Antipsychotics = Assault With A Deadly Weapon: 2 Face Charges In California

The LA Times has:

3 Arrested In Nursing Home Deaths In Lake Isabella
"In an elder abuse case described by one investigator as the most outrageous he has ever seen, three former top managers at a Kern County nursing home have been arrested in the deaths of three residents who allegedly were given needless doses of psychotropic medications.

The state attorney general's office contended in a criminal complaint that more than 20 residents at a skilled nursing center run by the Kern Valley Healthcare District were drugged "for staff convenience." Many of them experienced side effects that included dramatic weight loss, slurred speech, tremors, loss of cognition and even psychosis, according to the complaint.

Arraignment is scheduled this morning for the center's one-time medical director, Dr. Hoshang M. Pormir, former nursing director Gwen D. Hughes and former chief pharmacist Debbi C. Hayes. They were jailed in Bakersfield on Wednesday.

"These people maliciously violated the trust of their patients by holding them down and forcibly administering psychotropic medications if they dared to question their care," state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said.

All three have been charged with elder abuse. Hughes and Hayes, who are accused of administering shots by force and without consent, also face charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

The complaint paints a bleak picture of a facility dominated by nursing director Hughes, 55, who is accused of seeking to drug all but the most docile residents. Medical director Pormir, 48, allegedly rubber-stamped Hughes' orders for medication, failed to examine patients and was "either willfully or naively ignorant" of his proper role, according to the complaint. Pharmacist Hayes, 51, told investigators that she went along because Hughes had wide experience in psychiatric hospitals, the complaint says.

Hughes had been fired from a convalescent home in Fresno in 1999 for allegedly overmedicating patients there, according to state officials.", .....

California is Near Bankruptcy. The California legislature remains Unwilling to Cut Spending.

The Real Science on Antipsychotics is IN, despite FDA labels and Their waffling characterizations of these Virulent Toxins.

We commend California Attorney General Jerry Brown for recognizing antipsychotics as what they are: Deadly Weapons, .....

California Needs Money, LOTS of MONEY. Some years back the Settlements with Big Tobacco brought in LOTS of MONEY.

Where might California Get that MONEY, ......

as California's Children are being Brain Damaged, Wholesale, by State Licensed, State Funded, Drug Pushers?

For more complete coverage see this article in the Kern Valley Sun

See also the release from California's Office of The Attorney General

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

TMAP: Players Part II

The ($) bird dogs Profit potential in Selling 'Mental Illness'.

2008: Texas Dept Of State Health Services, TMAP Project Overview

2004: Janssen Admits Hiding Risperdal Risks (AHRP)
The Miami Herald reports (below) that in a letter to doctors, Janssen Pharmacia, manufacturer of the highly promoted drug, Risperdal (risperidone), admitted "misleading doctors and other healthcare providers about the safety of its product, minimizing potentially deadly side effects." As late as Nov. 10, 2003, Janssen claimed Risperdal did not increase the risk of diabetes among consumers--when the company knew the opposite was true.

"The drug, Risperdal, has been commonly prescribed to Florida children in state care, including to a handful of boys who developed lactating breasts after taking it."

Circuit Judge John A. Frusciante, said Risperdal continues to be used frequently by doctors who treat children in state care. ''It is not uncommon,'' he said, noting:

"This whole psychotropic drug issue is a problem for us. It's a very scary area to be in, because we know medication can be a tremendous help for a number of children. But we also know that there are risks to the children who are taking these medications.'' , ..... ,
We posted Nov '08 and if you need a refresher on antipsychotics:
"1. One in every 145 patients who entered the trials died, and yet those deaths were never mentioned in the scientific literature.

2. The trials were structured to favor the Atypicals and most of the study reports were discounted by the FDA as being biased.

3. One in every thirty-five patients in Risperdal trials experienced a serious adverse event, defined by the FDA as a life threatening event or one that required hospitalization.

4. Twenty-two percent of patients in Zyprexa trials suffered serious adverse events

5. The Atypicals did not demonstrate superior effectiveness or safety over Typical antipsychotics.

It is important to note that a drug company does not have to prove that a new drug is safer or more effective than an old drug to gain FDA approval. Essentially, the manufacturer has to demonstrate that the drug is proved to yield better results than placebo in a statistically significant number of patients in short-term trials (6-8 weeks). "
Click HERE to view videos of Tardive Dyskinesia and Tardive Dystonia.

2005: Bush: Texas Two Step - TeenScreen & TMAP (Evelyn Pringle)
In October, 2004, the Texas inspector general for the Health and Human Services Commission said his office interviewed staff at three state licensed wilderness camps, which provide care for some foster children, and found that the average child arrives on four or five psychotropic drugs. (pg 2)

Randolf Townsend Nevada
Townsend was a Nevada state Senator when Nevada adopted TMAP. In Nevada, he worked to provide extended state and insurance company funds for mental health services and mental health medications.
2003: Presidents New Freedom Commission On Mental Health: Subcommittee Reports

America is Loaded with 'Mentally Ill' Homeless people, even in Nevada.

2005: Human Services Campus Spurring Development Options Near Capitol
The new development is the $24 million Human Services Campus, a public and private development that brings together several social service and health agencies that help the estimated 10,000 to 14,000 homeless men, women and children in Maricopa County. .....

..... When the social services in the old buildings nearby relocate onto the new campus, those sites are expected to become available for redevelopment, said Marty Shultz, chairman of the new facility's capital campaign and vice president of government affairs for Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

Shultz said opening of the new facility and proposals to demolish older nearby buildings have the attention of land brokers and others. Although he didn't have details, Shultz said "the prices of land in that area are going sky high now."
2007: Pinnacle West Ceo Pay Pkg For 2007 Totals $6.75 Million

2009: links Pinnacle West Capital to Williams and Jensen, a Lobbying Firm

and That connection has Williams and Jensen connected with: (among many others)
Abbot Laboratories Depakote
Amgen Inc
AstraZeneca PLC Seroquel
Bayer Corporation

Hoffman LaRoche Inc.
Merck & Co. Gardasil
Novartis Corporation Ritalin, Tegretol
Pfizer Inc Geodon, Neurontin, Xanax, Zoloft
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association Everything
Wyeth Effexor
Anil Godbole Illinois
Godbole had a strong partnership with the Illinois State office of Mental Health when Illinois adopted TMAP.
2002: Fed Commission Overlooks Access Concerns, Says Psychiatrist Member
* The good news, according to Godbole, is that with advances in science and service-delivery methods, effective treatment is available.

The bad news is that effective treatment reaches only a few people.

"We will look more into access to quality care," he said. "How many of the problems relate to ($) funding issues? Workforce training? Fragmentation?"

Godbole said the commission will need to find ways of incentivizing the implementation of best practices by ($) reimbursement strategies.
2003: Presidents New Freedom Commission On Mental Health: Subcommittee Reports

2004: Daily Herald Special Report, Depression Among Our Elderly
A significant gap exists between what experts know works and what is practiced in communities, Godbole said he and his fellow presidential panel members found.

Godbole and Lebowitz said they believe the treatment system must be revamped to focus on better ($) detection of mental illness away from hospital and institutional settings and in the primary care doctors' offices, clinics and other community centers where senior citizens spend their time.

A "collaborative care model" that puts mental health workers in offices alongside primary care physicians works, Godbole said, but it's not being used much, partly because such care is not ($) reimbursed or ($) co-payments are too high.

"What we need is to create an understanding that our resources need to be appropriately distributed to family care," Godbole added.

"It's a win-win situation, really. It's just that a lot of people don't know it, don't know how to do it, and the ($) reimbursement system isn't set up to support it." 2800 + Disasters
2009: Anil Godbole To Lead AHA's Sec For Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

Robert Pasternak NewMexico

Pasternak served as the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services when New Mexico adopted TMAP
2002: Statement Of Assistant Sec. Robert Pasternack Before The House Sub Committee On Labor/HHS/ED Appropriations For Learning

2003: Corporate Culture And Disability Symposium - Blue Ribbon Panel hosted by Merrill Lynch

Nancy Carter Speck Texas

Speck was a coordinator at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston while TMAP was being developed at that facility. Speck was also associated with the Texas Department of Mental Health during TMAP’s development.
American College Of Mental Health Administration

2002: SAMHSA Director's Report

Deanna Yates Texas
Yates was associated with universities and psychological services in both Texas and California during the time in which TMAP was adopted in those states. Yates is an outspoken ($) proponent for ($) legislation allowing Psychologists to ($) prescribe medication for mental illness.
2002: Fight Over Prescribing Rights Heats Up

Here Psychologist Yates and crew ready to Fight Psychiatrists if they must, to obtain the Prescription Pad, and they pull no punches. There isn't however, mention of the Psychiatrists Drug Co ($) Kickbacks.
"And we are going to go forward with this until we get it." said Yates, a San Antonio Psychologist and a member of President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.
2003: U.S. Mental Health Needs Less Stigma, More Consumer Input
* Approximately 30 percent of the nation's adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder and 20 percent of children show signs of a diagnosable mental health disorder in the course of a year, yet many of these people have slipped through the cracks of the mental health system, according to the final report of the president's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, released in late July.
Disable and Addict them Young, ...... Very Young

2006: mhtransformation_meeting_minutes 10 16 2006
Ms. Wilson asked if it would be helpful if the legislation stated that (your) mental health is part of public health. *(T)

Ms. Ferris added that we could say that mental ($) health is a disability. It may be obvious but it impacts qualification for ($) services and ($) assistance.

Dr. Wanser presented to the group that this month’s issue of Journal of Public Health is about mental health – mending our broken mental health systems. We know what the predictors are, and the science supports it. If we ($) turn what we know into things we do with ($) legislation, what would those be? What are the best ways to reduce this discrimination in communities and ($) agencies?

Deanna Yates agreed with Mike Halligan – we are never going to get rid of stigma completely. The point of addressing stigma is that it’s a barrier to people getting ($) care. We need to have a ($) system where it’s OK for ($) teachers or others to seek help for people – anything ($) we can do within the system to help people feel comfortable seeking ($) help. (pg 9)

Ms. Garza stated that all the way down to Pre-K, we address physical health with children, but we don’t do that with mental health as part of their health.

* Tyranny. Your 'Mental' is Public.

How about foregoing the imposition of your Own ($) Opinionated STIGMA , ....... by Not STEALING, for Drug Money, an American Citizen's Constitutional Rights and Protections, ...... with your Disabling labels, before that Citizen is even in Kindergarten, ..... You TAX FED Ideates? (But then you'd have to get another job, ...... which didn't involve Disabling, Drugging and Crippling Children.)

In California, Thank Dog, they've Still got money to Poison Children For Fun And Profit (backstory) as they're continually Improving Their Quality Control in Mental Health. (Its 18 pages only take 20 seconds to click through, wipe, and flush.)

And Good Luck Finding 1, Single, actual objective in this PPT full of 'Pull My Finger', ...... beyond "Think Happy Happy Thoughts" on everyone else's ($) reimbursement, ....... while pushing Drugs that toss 1 in 35 people into a 6 foot 'Recovery' hole.

2008: Director Of Controversial TMAP Program Leaves (Pharmalot)

Read the 1st and 2nd comments from Perry and Meg.

How would You solve an incipient Bankruptcy like California is facing?

TMAP: Players Part I

TMAP Sells psych drugs, and among those psych drugs are Neuroleptics/Atypical Antipsychotics. Children Consume those psych drugs.

The Bonkers Institute has:

Average rate of gray matter loss: evidence of neuroleptic drug-induced brain damage.
The more drugs you've been given, the more brain tissue you lose. What exactly do these drugs do? They block basal ganglia activity. The prefrontal cortex doesn't get the input it needs and is being shut down by drugs. That reduces the psychotic symptoms. It also causes the prefrontal cortex to slowly atrophy.
~ Dr. Nancy C. Andreasen, New York Times, Sept. 16, 2008

Both the older and the atypical neuroleptics shrink brain tissue during routine clinical exposure.
~ Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry (2008)

From: Allen Jones Full Whistleblower Report
Directly below their names follows Mr. Jones brief summation.

TMAP: The Players

Charles Currie SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
"Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency - SAMHSA: Charles Currie, a key official in Pennsylvania when TMAP was adapted there, heads the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency. In Pennsylvania Currie endorsed the TMAP agenda and permitted employees to solicit “educational grants” from drug companies who had a vital interest in TMAP. Currie has lauded TMAP in SAMHSA speeches and SAMHSA documents. He had a $500,000 budget in FY 2002-2003 for the express purpose of expanding TMAP.
2005: SAMHSA Backs away From Teen Screen & TMAP

2005: Has Charles Currie dropping a corrupt mental illness program, which links to:

2005: Government Accountability Project: which covers Whistle Blower Related Issues

2006: AHRP: Debate At The National Acadamies Of Science
"The Oct. 17 meeting was held a few weeks after SAMHSA awarded $92.5 million over five years to seven states. The money will be used to restructure state mental health programs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published a Mental Health Action Agenda that laid out possible means toward that end. The Action Agenda, in turn, is influenced by the recommendations of President Bush's New Freedom Commission, ..... "

Steve Shon

2001, e-Texas Recommendations
"The newer medications used in TMAP cost more than older drugs but have *fewer negative side effects. A preliminary MHMR evaluation of TMAP demonstrated improvements in patients’ conditions. TMAP has been nationally recognized, and has received a grant for more than $300,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the education of other states’ mental health agencies.

MHMR will report on TMAP’s clinical outcomes by the end of 2000, and it will report on its cost outcomes in Spring 2001. This study is one of the most extensive of its kind with more than 1,400 participants. Dr. Steve Shon, MHMR’s medical director, believes TMAP could be used to treat mentally ill offenders upon release and reduce their recidivism rate. Correctional systems in other states, including California, Ohio, and Missouri, recognize TMAP’s value and are working toward constructing similar systems.

* (the newer atypicals do not, after all, have fewer negative side effects, and Claiming that Risperdal (1,935 Adverse Side Effects) has, now has J&J over a possible $1 Billion dollar barrel in Texas (backstory) alone)

2003: U Texas Austin Pharmacy Prof's Efforts Presented To Pres. Bush

"The program was directed by Dr. Lynn Crismon, a faculty member in the university's Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies, Dr. John Rush, professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Dr. Steve Shon, medical director of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation."
Asian And Pacific Islander Americans, Cultural Competence Panel Members

SAMSHA Cultural Competence

2004: Hogg Foundation 2004

Michael F Hogan PhD
"Hogan is the president of the NASMHPD Research Institute, an entity heavily supported by Janssen and other pharmaceutical company grants. Hogan was the Mental Health Program Director in Ohio when TMAP was implemented there.

Hogan participated on a Janssen advisory Board along with Steven Karp, the Pennsylvania Director who implemented TMAP. He serves with Steve Shon in NASMHPD."
2004: Ohio Dept Mental Health Kids News: Building Ohio's Future

2006: Michael F Hogan Bio

Teen Screen Truth Key Players

Universal Mental Health Screening for Everyone

"What is Hogan’s personal stance on mental health screening? He would have preferred universal mental health screenings for the population, but he has stated that "science and public opinion" have not advanced to the point where universal mental health screening is acceptable. Hogan has expressed his frustration that implementations of the NFC recommendations have not proceeded faster. He "conceded that 'we in the field' would have an easier time convincing the public of the need for at least broader, if not universal, screening if the CMHS (Center for Mental Health Services) had published the NFC Action Plan that has been delayed." CMHS is the federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that is charged with the efforts to implement the recommendations of the NFC.

The following indicates what has happened in Ohio under Hogan’s watch and what might happen in other states if Hogan, Laurie Flynn, NAMI and the drug companies achieve their aims.

Drugging Babies in Ohio—$65.5 million for kids' mental health drugs

In a Columbus Dispatch article dated April 25, 2005, the headlines read, “EVEN BABIES GETTING TREATED AS MENTALLY ILL; Prescriptions on the rise even though they haven't been tested on children”.

The Dispatch reported, “Nearly 40,000 Ohio children on Medicaid were taking drugs for anxiety, depression, delusions, hyperactivity and violent behavior as of July [2004]. For the entire year, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services paid out about $65.5 million for kids' mental-health drugs.” They also reported that 696 Ohio children, ages newborn to 3 years old, received sedatives and powerful, mood-altering, mental-health drugs through Medicaid in July of 2004."

Mr Hogan was then singled out for Another State with 'Incurably Mentally Ill' kids, ...... to get Them the 'Mental Health' They need.

2007: New York State Office of Mental Health
"Albany, NY (March 15, 2007)

The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Michael F. Hogan, PhD, as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) on Wednesday, March 14, 2007. The Senate also confirmed Diana Jones Ritter as Commissioner of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and David J. Swarts as Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.

Prior to joining OMH earlier this year, Dr. Hogan served as Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, a position he held since March 1991. He previously was director of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health from 1987-1991.

Dr. Hogan chaired the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002-2003. He also served from 1994-1998 on the National Advisory Mental Health Council, and as President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors from 2003-2005. He has co-authored a book and several national reports, and written over 50 journal articles or book chapters.

In 2002, Dr. Hogan received the Distinguished Service to State Government Award from the National Governors’ Association and the Distinguished Service Award from The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. In 2006, he was received a Special Leadership Award at the first national meeting of the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, and the SPAN USA Allies for Action Award from the Suicide Prevention Action Network.

A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Hogan has also received an M.S. from the State University College at Brockport, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University."

2009: Conditions At King's County Hospital Are Highly Dangerous

Stephen Mayberg

"Mayberg was the California State Mental Health Program Director when California implemented TMAP. Mayberg is a past president of NAMHPD and the NASMHPD research institute.

Mayberg participated on a Janssen advisory Board along with Michael Hogan and Steven Karp. He serves with Steve Shon in NASMHPD."
2001: Is Napa State Hospital Safe?

2002: President's New Freedom Commission On Mental Health: Roster

2005: California Statewide Law Enforcement Association
"I don't know if Mr. Mayberg is flat out lying or completely in the dark as to what is going on right under his nose," said Tim Fries, chief legislative advocate for CAUSE Statewide Law Enforcement Association, which represents the state's hospital police officers now under siege from the growing violence at the hospitals. "We've known for years about the drug violations, beatings, rapes, and assaults that go on at all the hospitals, but our officers have been prohibited from fully investigating them. If the public safety crisis at all 12 state hospitals were not such a serious matter, Director Mayberg's response to the federal investigation would be as laughable as the scene in Casablanca when Claude Rains expresses shock to find there is gambling going on in Rick's nightclub as he is pocketing his winnings for the evening."
2009: California Dept Of Mental Health Director.
"Stephen W. Mayberg, Ph.D. Director,
California Department of Mental Health

"As a longtime advocate for the mental health system, I firmly believe that working together, the state and local government providers and our constituencies can meet the needs of adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances."

– Dr. Stephen W. Mayberg

Dr. Stephen W. Mayberg was appointed Director of the California Department of Mental Health in February 1993. Since his appointment, he has embarked on an ambitious agenda that includes a philosophical and directional shift from a state-based to a county-based system of service delivery, as envisioned by legislation passed in 1991, and a complete reorganization of the California Department of Mental Health to become more "user friendly" and accessible. He has served as a staunch advocate for interagency programming and planning and has worked with advocacy groups and stakeholders to design nationally recognized programs for the homeless as well as culturally competent and appropriate services that reflect the diversity of the state. A staunch believer in transparency and accountability, Dr. Mayberg has made performance outcomes a priority in every aspect of service delivery and provision of care.

Dr. Mayberg received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota. He completed his internship at the University of California, Davis, and has worked in the California mental health system since that time. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director of the Yolo County Mental Health Program.

During his public service career, Dr. Mayberg has been responsible for most aspects of care in the mental health services arena, including supervision and administration of crisis service programs, outpatient services and children's services, and program design, implementation and monitoring. As a licensed psychologist, he has continued to provide clinical services throughout his professional career.

Dr. Mayberg is a nationally recognized expert on public mental health systems. He has held offices for many national, state, and local organizations, including serving terms as president for the California Mental Health Directors Association, the California Conference of Local Mental Health Directors and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. He was appointed to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002. He has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his achievements."

Rodolfo Arredondo
"Arredondo served on the board of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation during TMAP’s development. He was a member of the TMAP steering committee and is currently working with TMAP to develop algorithms for disorders co-occurring with schizophrenia and depression."
President's New Freedom Commission On Mental Health: Roster

NAMI Multicultural Strategic Summit Schedule

Henry Harbin

"Harbin is a past Director of Mental Health Services in Maryland, another state listed in TMAP literature as having adopted TMAP. Harbin is now the CEO of Magellan Health Systems, the world’s largest Managed Care Agency. As early as 2001, Pennsylvania officials met with Magellan to pitch TMAP as a model program. Magellan’s interest in the administrative structure of TMAP is manifest."
2002: Testimony Of Dr Henry Harbin M.D

March 13, 2002

Good Morning, Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee. I am Henry Harbin, Chairman of the Board of Magellan Health Services. Thank you for the opportunity to speak today about the importance of mental health parity.

Today I am representing my own company, Magellan Health Services, as well as the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association (AMBHA). AMBHA is an association of the nation’s leading managed behavioral healthcare companies. AMBHA member companies, of which Magellan is one, are collectively responsible for managing mental health and substance abuse services for over 110 million individuals across the country. Approximately 170 million Americans who have either commercial or public insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse have this coverage through a managed behavioral healthcare organization (MBHO). Most managed care organizations and employers subcontract with MBHOs to provide the mental health and substance abuse component of their health insurance benefit package. ..... , "

2002: Dr. Henry Harbin - New Freedom Initiative Commission
WH: Dr. Henry Troutman Harbin is the Chairman and CEO of Magellan Health Services in Columbia, Maryland...

David, SCI,

Magellan owned Charter Behavioral until its [final] liquidation on Oct. 4, 2000. Magellan's principal owner is Richard E. Rainwater, a personal friend of Bush, (who invested his own money in the Charter Hospitals.) To simplify the business relationship referred to in the following articles, Crescent owned the real estate, (buildings and land), and Magellan owned the franchise, i.e. the right to use the name "Charter Behavioral". while Rainwater owned BOTH Magellan and Crescent (and made millions on commissions from selling himself things he ALREADY OWNED.) Draw your own conclusions about Troutman's association with the company.

Three articles and a brief quote follow.


Hartford Courant
Thursday, October 15, 1998


Gagging the mouths of patients was standard procedure during restraints at the Charter Greensboro psychiatric hospital.

This ``homegrown'' practice, which was included in no training manual, led to the death last March of 16-year-old Tristan Sovern. He suffocated after being restrained face-down by seven staffers who wrapped a towel and a bed sheet around his head to prevent him from biting or spitting.

"I cannot understand how, when they heard my son screaming that he couldn't breathe and that they were choking him, not one of those people said, `Stop,' '' said Jean Allen, Sovern's adoptive mother. ....... ,

2003: President's New Freedom Commission On Mental Health: Subcommittee Chairs and Reports.

Notice that Many of the Key Players formulating the policy papers in President Bush's New Freedom Commission On Mental Health are Also TMAP players.

2003: National Foundation For Mental Health

Sharfstein, Nemeroff and David Satcher were on board here.

2007: Henry T. Harbin Profile -

Larke Nahme Huang

Huang was involved in the planning and formation of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA). Steven Shon who is a TMAP Director and major TMAP proponent heads this recently-formed group. Haung currently serves under Shon in NAAPIMHA.
In NAAPIMHA, ...... 1, that's right just 1, person's 'Mental Health' is SO important, that it should determine America's Immigration policy.


At the core of the current debate on immigration is the focus on quality of life. From this perspective, immigration is a mental health issue

The vast majority of those who immigrate to this country do so because they want to make a decent life for their children and families, they value having a job and want to be productive members of society.

Having a “merit system” that fails to take into consideration the importance of family is actually short sighted and counterproductive.

Family members play an invaluable role in the overall well being of an individual. Coming to a new country is in and of itself a stressful situation, but research shows that new immigrants actually have fewer mental health problems when given the support of their community which includes the extended family. If they continue to live in a supportive environment and receive quality services when necessary, the immigrant and future generations can become very productive members of society. They enrich the mosaic and add to the diversity that is a strength of this country. ..... ,

President's New Freedom Commission On Mental Health Background Information

This version/page appears to be in Vietnamese. We're not certain.

2008: Many Voices-One Goal - Minnesota Dept. Of Health
"Keynote speakers:

Dr. Larke Huang Senior Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)"

Continue reading:

TMAP: Players Part II

Saturday, February 14, 2009

LA FBI Encourages Your Help In Health Care Fraud Investigation

United States Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien
Central District of California

January 30, 2009


The former co-owner of a Los Angeles-area hospital was arrested this morning on federal charges of paying illegal kickbacks as part of a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal by recruiting homeless persons from Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

Robert Bourseau, 74, who maintains residences in Rancho Mirage and downtown Los Angeles, a former co-owner and top executive at City of Angels Medical Center, was arrested this morning without incident at his Los Angeles loft by federal authorities. Bourseau is expected to make his initial court appearance this afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

Bourseau and Dante Nicholson, a former City of Angels vice-president, were indicted under seal yesterday by a federal grand in Los Angeles. Also named in the indictment was Intercare Health Systems, the company through which Bourseau and his partner, Rudra Sabaratnam, operated City of Angels. The 12-count indictment, which was unsealed this morning following Bourseau’s arrest, alleges that Intercare, Bourseau, Nicholson and others conspired to recruit homeless people to receive unnecessary health services for the purpose of committing health care fraud.

Nicholson, 51, of Palmdale, will be summoned to appear for an arraignment in federal court in Los Angeles next month.

This is the second indictment brought in the investigation into health care fraud related to Skid Row residents. Last month, Sabaratnam, 64, pleaded guilty to paying illegal kickbacks for patient referrals (see: Sabaratnam’s co-defendant, Estill Mitts, 64, of Los Angeles, who operated a center that recruited homeless people to receive unnecessary health services, pleaded guilty in September 2008 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion (see: Sabaratnum is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8, and Mitts is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16, both by United States District Judge George H. King.

If convicted of the 12 counts in the indictment, both Bourseau and Nicholson would face maximum potential sentences of 65 years in prison. If convicted, Intercare could be fined as much as $6 million in fines.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.

The indictment unsealed today against Intercare, Bourseau and Nicholson is part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; IRS-Criminal Investigation Division; the California Department of Justice Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse; and the Health and Law Enforcement Team (HALT), a multi-agency task force which is operated by the Los Angeles County Health Department.

Anyone with information that could assist the ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact investigators with the Department of Health and Human Services by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS, or emailing

We, are a Blog, and we are Not: approved, endorsed, or authorized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and make No claim to be. But if you live in LA and know anything to help them out, give them a call.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Non Profit Hospitals: CHANGE?

WSJ has:

Grassley Would Add Hospital Scrutiny To Stimulus Bill

Multi Billion Dollar Hospitals and Hospital Chains were granted Huge Tax exemptions Decades ago on the understanding that those TAX exemptions would enable them to provide Charity Care for folks who were uninsured or underinsured.

WSJ's 1st link Eying Non Profit Hospitals brings us Lisa Kelly in Houston: who was presented with a demand for $105,000 UP FRONT to get into M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, ...... before, ...... they would begin her chemo therapy.

And that $105,000 UP FRONT was Despite the $37,000 of Health Insurance from AARP Ms Kelly was Already covered by. Senator Grassley had some thoughts to share on That one.

“The troubling thing about her story is that these were the actions taken by a hospital that’s funded through taxpayers’ dollars and charitable gifts.”

“As we talk about the tax incentives for health insurance, I want us to also consider the billions of dollars of tax benefits conferred to nonprofit hospitals.”

The Non Profit Hospital reality is $Million Dollar salaries for CEOs who Couldn't give a fiddler's fig for Anything but their Bottom Line, ..... while Cutting charity care, ..... and having Psychiatry Profitably cut people's health, and lives, to shreds.

Ohio Health Policy Review has:

Health Care Spending

Where: on January 16, 2009

Advocacy groups decry rising costs of health care

Recent reports by several advocacy groups illustrate the trouble many are facing given the current economic climate, combined with continued increases in health care costs.

A Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio study found that Franklin County families making between 200 percent and 300 percent of the federal poverty level (between $42,400 and $63,600 for a family of four) did not have enough money left over after paying basic living expenses to afford health care or insurance costs (Source: “Even middle class strapped by health-care costs, advocacy group says,” Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 14, 2009).

Those without a job are in even more trouble, according to a national study by Families USA that includes Ohio-specific data (Source: “Health costs rising with unemployment,” Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 15, 2008). That study found that COBRA premiums would use up most of an average Ohio unemployment check. The average monthly cost for COBRA in Ohio is $1,030, yet the average monthly unemployment check is $1,327.

And here in 2004, at:

Access To Children's Mental Health Services Under Medicaid And SCHIP we find: 1 in 10 kids needing to be 'Mental Healthed'.

U.S. NEWS from Feb 2009 has:

New SCHIP Law Gives Kids Mental Health Coverage

4 Million MORE Children will be Added to the 6 Million Already covered, ...... as disposable, Drug Co Guinea Pigs, ...... thanks to President Obama. Your Money - State And Federal - Will be peddling More PSYCH DRUGS, ..... To Children.

Thank GOD we voted for, ...... CHANGE.

Back At The WSJ:

Senator Grassley leans towards Tax Code Change to be tacked onto the enormous Economic Stimulus Package now groaning its way through Congress.

Provide Actual Service To Those In Need, You Non Profits You, or have your tax exemption, ..... redefined. Let's see. This is a tough call. $105,000 up front, ..... before you even get In, With insurance, ..... and cancer. $ Million Dollar CEOs closing out Charity Care, ...... as their army of Opinionated Ideates sell highly Addictive and highly Destructive Drugs to Everyone of Every age they can catch and label, ....... as part of their Non Profit portfolios.

Tax Exemptions?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cures For Our Economic Disease by Congressman Ron Paul

Congressman Ron Paul has some thoughts on economic policy. But 1st:

See this AHRP infomail from 2005.
"Was (19 year old) Traci Johnson driven to suicide by anti-depressants? That's a trade secret, say US officials."
Now on to Congressman Paul's Texas Straight Talk

A weekly column

Cures for Our Economic Disease

I have recently had several opportunities on various news programs to discuss the economy and what is wrong with the so-called economic stimulus package. I have said over and over what we shouldn’t be doing, and now I’d like to explain what we should be doing.

But to improve the situation, you must first have a solid grasp of how we got here. Government policies and central planning created the housing bubble, now going bust. About a decade ago the government made expanded homeownership and affordable housing a public goal. Through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the secondary mortgage market the government incentivized creative, low down-payment, more widely available mortgage products, and discouraged the market-proven lending standards of the past. The Federal Reserve kept interest rates artificially low, which added more fuel to this fire. Many related sectors temporarily flourished because of this, and many people got into homes they otherwise could not have afforded. The increased demand for housing sent prices soaring until in many markets housing became even more unaffordable, necessitating even more creative mortgages, and impossibly leveraging homeowners. Many risky investment vehicles such as mortgage-backed securities, derivatives, credit default swaps grew out of this unsustainable situation. As the foreclosures began, the house of cards started to tumble. Too many people have confused the symptoms and the pain of the bust with the problematic policies that caused the bubble, which is really what needs to be treated.

First of all, just as the best cure for a hangover is not to drink so much, the best cure for a recession is a recession. It is time to sober up and return to free market sanity, risk and reward, supply and demand, without political intervention. Politicians are good at catering to the needs of special interests, but very bad at determining what needs to take place in the market. Government should stick to punishing fraud and enforcing contracts. When they use the tax code, bureaucratic departments and their manipulative rules and regulations to dictate social and economic behavior, we end up with distortions and malinvestments. Bailing out banks, continuing failed Fed policies and strapping the taxpayer with toxic debt will worsen the pain, and punish the innocent.

If Congress really wanted to do something helpful, it would cut taxes. Ideally, we would repeal the income tax altogether and get the IRS off the economy’s back, which would be a huge boon. We should also cut spending. Cut every unconstitutional department and program, every wasteful governmental encroachment on the people’s liberty and money, starting with our massive overseas empire. The cost of our empire is bringing us to our knees, just as the Soviets’ empire did to them. Congress should also abolish the Federal Reserve and take back its responsibilities to ensure sound money, safe from the manipulations of powerful banking interests.

These things would constitute real change, real economic stimulus. The plans being bandied about Washington are just more of the same. As long as no one seriously considers the cure, we are unfortunately destined to prolong the disease.

Our last post was on the antidepressant Cymbalta. Psychiatry with its "Opinions" is necessitating Hundreds of Billions of Economic Damage by putting people Into hospitals with Real, Life Threatening and Life Ending Medical Problems, Lost Productivity, and Ever Skyrocketing TAX FUNDED Health Care Costs.

Traci Johnson was not depressed. Traci Johnson was trying to make a few Dollars by volunteering for a Drug Trial. Traci hanged herself.

Are you ready, YET, to pick up the phone, write those letters, and tell Congress You've had Enough? People, ....... the Psychiatric hustle Can Not exist without Public Money to prop it up.

America is up to its Eyeballs in DEBT.

How many More Traci Johnsons do you want to buy, ..... on Credit?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cymbalta 2005: It Takes A Lickin' & Keeps On Tickin'

Red Orbit (back in Oct 2005) had:

Eli Lilly Expands Cymbalta Liver Warning: FDA

Now How in the Hell is your 'Mental Health' supposed to be improved by a Blown Out Liver?

But at least Here, we've Found One Truly Satisfied Customer Singing the Praises of This Marvelous Antidepressant, ..... despite its, ...... ahhh, ...... tiny, ...... little, ....... "Don't Worry About It, 'Cause Your Liver Isn't Really THAT Important to you, ..... is it?" (as compared to the $$ the Cymbalta prescribing Ideate stands to make, ...... by Blowing out Your Liver) issue.

Cymbalta's top 20 side effects reported to MedWatch between Jan. 2004 and Dec. 2006:

Nausea - 728 cases
Feeling Abnormal - 493 cases
Dizziness - 476 cases
Insomnia - 379 cases
Fatigue - 361 cases
Headache - 345 cases
Blood Pressure Increased - 324 cases
Somnolence - 285 cases
Depression - 278 cases
Anxiety - 259 cases
Hyperhidrosis - 253 cases
Vomiting - 248 cases
Alanine Aminotransferase Increased - 248
Drug Ineffective - 244 cases
Tremor - 239 cases
Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased - 220
Diarrhoea - 212 cases
Hepatic Enzyme Increased - 211 cases
Asthenia - 194 cases
Loss of Consciousness - 180 cases

Just Make Sure you know what you're getting into, .....

because this stuff is No pussycat.

Ask Susan at If You're Going Through Hell.