Georgia- Tommy made good grades in the first grade, and his teacher
said he was a big help and a delight to have in the classroom. Soon after
this report card was sent home, Tommy’s toddler sister drowned in the
bathtub while Tommy was watching her and his other siblings. Tommy’s
parents were arrested, the surviving children entered foster care and
Tommy’s early successes and hopes for the future began to fade.
Today, Tommy is 13, living in an expensive restrictive institution and on
multiple psychotropic drugs for his behavior, some of which are not
Federal Drug and Administration approved for use by children. These drugs
come with side-effects like involuntary jerking motions and fatigue, hard
for any teenager. His parents are now out of prison but have left Georgia
and taken Tommy’s sibling with them. No adult outside of government
caseworkers and its contractors are connected to Tommy. He has few
visitors. And yet, Tommy is still making good grades, and he hopes to be
placed in a loving home with real parents soon.
Tommy is a real child, although Tommy is not his real name, and his story
is one case reviewed during Georgia’s
Cold Case Project, a project sponsored by the Supreme Court of
Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children charged with improving
the legal process for children in the courts as result of abuse and
With federal Court Improvement Project funding, the committee, chaired by
Justice Harris Hines, and in full partnership with the Division of
Families and Children Services, first identified children who have
lingered in foster care for many years, with multiple placements, and no
connection to their original family.
The committee hired attorneys to work as “Fellows” to the Supreme
Court, reviewed in detail 214 cases, and with a specialized research firm
have made recommendations for improvement for both for these particular
children and the system. The full report on the yearlong Cold Case Project
is available at www.georgiacourts.gov.
One of the 15 recommendations from the Cold Case Project’s report is for
Georgia to provide independent oversight of mental health treatment,
specifically that children’s medications be routinely reviewed by an
independent psychiatrist. Case reviews have detailed tragic consequences
of prescribing multiple psychotropic drugs, and this issue has received
national attention, based both on what is adequate medical care and the
Children as young as 12 in the review were observed to be on more than
four psychotropic drugs simultaneously. Research is clear that over
medication can result in negative symptoms, can be used for discipline or
control issues, and is particularly a problem for children in foster care
where there is no loving family member who advocates for, or is connected
to, the child and to his or her future.
I pre-filed HB 23 this week, which requires DFCS to implement rules
creating a process for independent medical review of mental health
treatment programs for foster care children. While Georgia’s child
welfare system has much improved during the past 10 years, there are still
specific, complex problems that must be addressed and not merely endured.
The most vulnerable children in our state’s foster care system deserve
nothing less, and specifically Tommy deserves a home.
Who should decide and oversee psychotropic medications for children in
foster care where there is no loving or competent parent? This is an
important question for Tommy and hundreds of other children, and they
deserve our response.
State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a Democrat, represents a portion of
middle DeKalb County in the Legislature.
CHICAGO - More than 45 million Americans, or 20 percent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, and 11 million had a serious illness, U.S. government researchers reported on Thursday.
Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest level of mental illness at 30 percent, while those aged 50 and older had the lowest, with 13.7
percent, said the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or
....The survey also found that 23.8 percent of women had some form of mental illness, compared with 15.6 percent of men.FULL STORY
could write a book about this. Suffice it to be said that those
judged as "mentally ill" are the same people who have been romanticized
as "victims" by the politically correct crowd for the past 40
years. And the least "mentally ill" are people over 50
and male are the ones cast as "perpetrators". Isn't that
interesting? Over the past 25 years, when the wife or one of her
boys lands in the institution again- the first question the mental
illness clinicians asked me is "What
are YOU doing to make these people mentally ill?"
It really gets old. Even now, as I am elderly and ill, living on a
hospital bed, everything is still somehow twisted around to be my fault
and blamed for whatever direction the wind blows. Look- just
because you are mentally ill doesn't mean it's my fault.
Schmidt said her teen years were a blur, and if you ask the now
21-year-old what movies or bands she liked, she draws a blank.
But Schmidt quickly remembers a different kind of list that marked her
adolescence, the names of the nine psychotropic drugs she was once on as
a foster child.
"In my opinion it was like they just wanted you to remain in a
state of, I don't know, just where you weren't a nuisance to
anybody," Schmidt said.
After entering foster care at age 15, Schmidt was in essence raised by
psychiatrists, case workers and staff members of residential treatment
"They made us do mouth checks and stuff like that to make it a
point we took our meds," she said.
Psychotropics are drugs that change brain function and can have severe
side effects. Schmidt said they made her feel sleepy, anxious and unable
to concentrate. Her grades dropped from A’s and B's, to D's and F's.
And according to Schmidt, the drugs didn't really treat her bipolar
disorder; they only masked it.
"Maybe if it had been a good difference, it would have been
better, but seeing as how it made me feel like a complete zombie, I
guess. I lost track of time," she said.
...."It angers me we go through what we go
through, and it's not our choice," she said.
volley in Rx probe
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa continues his investigation into doctors
who prescribe large numbers of drugs -- a move sparked by a Miami
BY MAR CABRA AND JOHN DORSCHNER
October 21, 2010
Forest Labs (FRX) appears to have initially
underestimated how much it needed to pay the feds to go away: In 2009, the
company said it had set aside $170 million in case it needed to settle a
Department of Justice investigation of the kickbacks it paid in its
marketing of Celexa and Lexapro, two antidepressants. Today, the company
paid $313 million to wrap up the probes.
Forest’s management is used to lavish spending,
however, as the whistleblower complaints behind the settlement allege.
The meat of Forest’s wrongdoing is that the
company promoted Celexa for children even though the FDA had specifically
rejected the drug for kids, and even though European data showed it was
not useful in youths. The company did something similar with Lexapro —
one pharmaceutical sales rep recommended crushing up Lexapro into apple
sauce in order to make it more palatable to children.
Forest overcame resistance to the pediatric use
of its antidepressants by bribing doctors with cash and gifts, the
lawsuits alleged. Among the goodies Forest handed out were: FULL
This is a video story. When
I saw the headline, my head screamed-
"You bet your ass! And CPS is in it to their necks!"
battling abuse of Rx drugs
$100,000 grant helps OSU program provide tool kit to warn adults about
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 02:53 AM
By Marla Matzer Rose
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
The statistics are grim: Prescription-drug abuse has surpassed auto
accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. More
than 6 million people in the U.S. have abused prescription medications
in the past month.
To try to turn that around, Cardinal Health has thrown its support
behind a drug-abuse education program created by the Ohio State
University College of Pharmacy.
The Cardinal Health Foundation has provided a $100,000 grant to further
work in the Generation Rx program started by OSU in 2007.
The program is being used by educators, pharmacists and counselors to
raise awareness about the issue among adults, who often don't consider
it a big deal to use attention-deficit drugs as a "study aid"
or to get a powerful painkiller such as Vicodin from a friend. It's seen
as the latest step in an ongoing program that includes outreach to young
people, for whom the issue is a particular problem.
A focus of the program is to combat misperceptions that prescribed drugs
are perfectly OK and legal to use in any situation - and are
"safer" and less addictive than street drugs.
"We've become a drug-using culture. We expect quick fixes. We
see them on TV," said Larry Hale, assistant dean for
professional and external affairs at the OSU College of Pharmacy.
Hale said the United States is the only country other than New Zealand
that allows direct advertising of prescription drugs to consumers. He
sees this as contributing to the problem of prescription abuse.
Young people have grown up not only with drug ads but also with
family members who take prescribed medications. And they're also more
likely than past generations of children to have taken prescription
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®)
announces the unsealing of the first Medicaid Fraud case for prescribing
psychiatric drugs to children and youth by someone other than PsychRights
using PsychRights' model
Qui Tam Complaint.
Ms. Nicholson's daughter was given psychiatric drugs that were not for
a "medically accepted indication," constituting Medicaid Fraud.
"The evidence is overwhelming that these drugs prescribed to
children and youth are ineffective, even counterproductive, and extremely
harmful to children", said PsychRights' president, Jim
Mr. Kretchmar, the attorney handling the case said, "People need
to wake up to the huge amount of harm these prescribing practices are
inflicting on our children. I am very pleased to follow the lead of
PsychRights in addressing this problem and hope through this lawsuit we
can help bring the practice to a halt."
Jim Gottstein continued, "People should expect more of these cases
until this pervasive type of Medicaid Fraud stops. The Nicholson
case is the first of such cases brought by someone other than PsychRights.”
The lawsuit is brought under the federal False Claims Act, which
authorizes private parties to bring fraud actions on behalf of the United
States Government and share in the recovery, if any.
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public
interest law firm devoted to the defense of people facing the horrors of
forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock. PsychRights is further
dedicated to exposing the truth about psychiatric interventions and the
courts being misled into ordering people subjected to these brain and body
damaging drugs against their will. Extensive information about these
dangers, and about the tragic damage caused by electroshock, is available
on the PsychRights web site: http://psychrights.org/
406 G Street, Suite 206, Anchorage, Alaska 99501 ~
(907) 274-7686 Phone ~ (907) 274-9493 Fax http://psychrights.org
Sixteen months after 7-year-old Gabriel Myers
committed suicide while taking psychotropic drugs, the state of Florida
has banned allowing any children in the state’s custody from
participating in clinical drug trials.
It is unclear if Gabriel was involved in any
clinical trials. The doctor who prescribed the medicines to him was
conducting clinical trials involving psychotropic drops and the Food
and Drug Administration sent him a warning letter earlier this year about
overdosing children who were involved in those trials.
The Florida ban was imposed after the state tried to
find out from the FDA if Gabriel or any other foster care child in Florida
was a participant in such trials, and the FDA said it could not disclose
such information and that mostly they know participants by only coded
Though Florida officials had suggested that,
under such circumstances, the Federal Food and Drug Administration ban all
foster care children from participating in such trials, the agency
refused, saying the children might benefit from the drugs.FULL
..." So I was surprised at the FDA's response when
Sheldon wrote to ask how many Florida foster children were involved in drug
studies as they bounce from foster family to foster family.
Jill Hartzler, an associate FDA commissioner, responded
that the FDA -- which oversees the studies to make sure children's involvement
is approved and understood by parents or guardians -- didn't have an exact
number. Or even an estimate. The FDA, in fact, doesn't have the slightest idea
how many Florida foster kids are or have been involved in its drug studies.
But that wasn't the weirdest part. Hartzler and the FDA
also urged that Florida not bar foster kids from drug trials, arguing that
benefits can outweigh risks.
I'm happy to say Sheldon is not taking that advice. But as
he explains his reasoning more tactfully than does Richard Wexler of the
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, I'll quote Wexler, who says the
FDA's position is absurd.
"I would love to ask Associate Commissioner
Hartzler," Wexler said, "if she'd care to let a total
stranger decide if her children should be enrolled in a trial for a potentially
WASHINGTON – A new government study finds a 400 percent
increase in the number of people admitted to treatment for abusing prescription
The increase in substance abuse among people ages 12 and
older was recorded during the 10-year-period from 1998 to 2008. It spans every
gender, race, ethnicity, education and employment level, and all regions of the
The study was released Thursday by Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee),
director of the White House office of drug control policy. Kerlikowske says prescription
drug abuse is now the second-most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the
country, and the nation's fastest-growing drug problem.
Justin Snegirev mostly remembers feeling nauseous, tired and alone during
the more than seven years he spent in state foster care.
Placed in a foster home when he was 8, Snegirev says it wasn't long before he
was prescribed Ritalin, a drug used to treat attention deficit disorders. Next
came an antidepressant and then a sleeping pill. Between ages 8 and 15, Snegirev
says he was given at least seven different types of psychiatric drugs.
But he wasn't mentally ill, says Snegirev, now 20. "I was in an abusive
situation and was a kid who simply was expressing symptoms of abuse -- and
nobody was listening to me." FULL
Yay whoopie! Justin
Snegirev's story finally makes the paper! I am so happy about that, I
am forgetting to bother tearing up the very premise that foster kids need dope
In 2009, the increase of prescription drug use among
children was nearly four times higher than in the overall population, making
children the leading growth demographic for the drug industry.
One in four insured children, and nearly 30 percent of
adolescents, took at least one prescription medication to treat a chronic
condition in 2009.
"Over the past nine years, the most substantial
increases in the medicating of children were seen in drugs for conditions not
typically associated with them, such as for type 2 diabetes and antipsychotics
... Some long-standing childhood maladies also saw large increases, such as
Star investigation Hearings order release of children found not to have mental
Published On Wed Jul 07 2010
RICHARD LAUTENS/TORONTO STAR
Just around the corner from the Eaton Centre, a
psychiatric facility is locking up youngsters who don't belong in secure
custody, provincial documents reveal.
In one case, a 15-year-old girl's “moderately eccentric
interests” in origami and the study of bugs were cited by a psychiatrist at
Youthdale Treatment Centre as examples of a possible mental disorder. Another
teen's admission of having unprotected sex was taken as evidence of a suicide
wish because such behaviour could lead to AIDS.
“Secure treatment is not a placement substitute
for child welfare,” a provincial appeal board ruled in ordering the
release of a 14-year-old boy with a learning disability and limited school
A Toronto Star review of 32 cases over the past two years
where a youth formally appealed the lock-up decision found that nearly half (14)
were overturned after an emergency hearing by the Ontario Child and Family
Services Review Board. Most of these children were ordered released on the
grounds they didn't even have a mental disorder. FULL
FLORIDA- Well, it's been more than a year since the
suicide death of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers, and what have we learned? What do we
know now to prevent this sort of tragedy from ever happening again? Lest we
forget, on April 16, 2009, little Gabriel hung himself with a shower hose in the
bathroom of his foster home in Margate, Florida.
Gabriel had been the victim of sexual abuse and neglect,
which resulted in him being placed in Florida's foster care system. While in
foster care, he was regularly "medicated" with multiple
psychotropic drugs to deal with his escalating behavioral problems,
which were in and of themselves predictable if anyone was paying attention.
In August 2009, the Gabriel Myers Work Group, appointed by
DCF Secretary George Sheldon, issued its first report, confirming what most
children's advocates had known and decried for years, that the state routinely
used mind altering psychotropic drugs, most
not tested or approved by the FDA for pediatric use, to
control and manage unruly foster kids rather than treat their
underlying problems. While it was good for some light to finally be shed on
that abhorrent practice, it only exposed half of the problem.
That is until last Friday, when the Gabriel Myers Work
Group issued its second report, confirming another longtime complaint of
children's advocates. The task force found that the state failed to provide
adequate treatment to little Gabriel for the sexual abuse he had suffered and
failed to prevent him from acting out sexually against other children, something
it is common for child victims of sexual abuse to do.
Sadly, little Gabriel was not alone as all too often the
child welfare/foster care system fails to provide child victims of physical and
sexual abuse with adequate treatment, if any at all. If they did, not
only might the victim children recover as fully as possible to become productive
members of society, and other children be spared the same victimization, but in
Gabriel's case, he very likely would still be alive.
The question for us now is what is the state of Florida
going to do about it? FULL
The United States has become the
psychiatric drugging capital of the world for kids with children being
medicated at a younger and younger age. Medicaid records in some states
show infants less than a year old on drugs for mental disorders.
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®)
announces the unsealing today of a major Medicaid Fraud lawsuit against
psychiatrists, their employers, pharmacies, state officials, and a medical
education and publishing company for their roles in submitting fraudulent claims
....The Complaint walks through the lack of science
supporting the practice and the methods used by the pharmaceutical industry to
induce psychiatrists to improperly prescribe these drugs."Even
though the drug companies have been using these methods to induce psychiatrists
to prescribe these drugs, it is the psychiatrists' responsibility to base their
decisions on the facts, not drug company marketing,"said Mr.
Gottstein, continuing, "the
uncritical acceptance of pharmaceutical company hype represents a massive
betrayal of trust by the psychiatrists prescribing these drugs to children and
Twenty-two years after the US marketing of Prozac, which changed the
marketing, prescribing and widespread consumption of psychoactive
drugs--a meta-analysis of six large studies published in the Journal
of the Medical Association (JAMA) confirms that industry's
blockbuster drugs, SSRI antidepressants were unable to outperform
placebos for moderate symptoms of depression. Just like
the older, much cheaper tricyclic antidepressants, SSRIs show a clinical
value only for severely depressed--i.e., clinically dysfunctional--
In other words, antidepressants are worthless for most of the people
for whom they are prescribed. FULL
They are especially worthless
for all the kids that CPS has put on dope in order to make them
complaint and make them "medically needy" in order to
fraudulently collect their Medicare money. Also
the Kids- The Pharmacaust
(NaturalNews) Research from The National Institute
of Mental Health has revealed that popular Attention Deficit Disorder
(ADD) drugs like Ritalin are responsible for causing sudden death in many
children. Study numbers indicate a 500 percent increased risk in childhood
death from taking such mental health drugs.
For years, many experts, scientists, and health
practitioners have speculated that ADD drugs are dangerous and can cause
serious injury and death. Etta Brown, a licensed educational psychologist
and author of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the Problem and
Managing the Challenges explained in response to the study that drugs like
Ritalin actually destroy the neural function in children’s brains. As a
result, children who have undergone treatment with Ritalin will actually
have a much more difficult time processing information and learning new
Brown also notes that Ritalin is responsible for
causing a permanent tic in the face, neck, and head of many of the
children who have taken or are taking it. Ironically, Ritalin is
responsible for causing far more serious neurological damage than the
problems it is alleged to treat. Comprehensive studies over the years have
revealed that while drugs like Ritalin visibly calm children, these drugs
destroy their delicate, developing nervous systems and can permanently
cripple their ability to function as normal human beings. FULL
Straight Talk About Child Development
by Jean Mercer, Ph.D.
Published on December 12, 2009
According to research discussed in the New York Times this
morning, children whose family poverty makes them eligible for Medicaid are four
times as likely to be given antipsychotic drugs than children whose families
have private health insurance, and the drugs are more likely to be given to the
Medicaid children for less severe mental and behavioral conditions (Wilson,D.[2009,
Dec. 12]. Poor children likelier to get antipsychotics. New York Times, p. A1,
p. A11). Concerns about this are related to the known potential side effects of
such drugs, including serious weight gain and metabolic changes which do not
disappear when the medication is stopped. Because of these worries, a group of
state Medicaid directors has started a project called "Too Many, Too Much,
Too Young" (sorry, I cannot find any web site discussing this project; can
Whether the differences in treatment of Medicaid-covered
children and privately-insured children are a good thing or a bad one is a
question that only appropriate empirical work can answer. It's conceivable,
logically, that in spite of the adverse side effects, the "Medicaid
children" are receiving benefits that are denied to the privately-insured
children. In this post, I am not going to make any attempt to guess at the
answer to this question or to recommend how medication OUGHT to be used.
Instead, I am going to speculate on possible causes for the situation as it
appears to exist. Readers of these speculations should keep in mind two
important points: a) that there are differences other than simple income level
between the population of families who are eligible for Medicaid and those who
are privately insured, and 2) there are treatments for mental illness and
behavioral problems that do not involve medication.
So, here are some possible reasons behind the differences
in prescription of antipsychotics to different groups of children: FULL
New federally financed drug research reveals a stark
disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic
medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private
insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for
less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts, the data shows.
Children and Antipsychotic Drugs Those findings, by a team
from Rutgers and Columbia, are almost certain to add fuel to a long-running
debate. Do too many children from poor families receive powerful psychiatric
drugs not because they actually need them — but because it is deemed the most
efficient and cost-effective way to control problems that may be handled much
differently for middle-class children?
The questions go beyond the psychological impact on
Medicaid children, serious as that may be. Antipsychotic drugs can also have
severe physical side effects, causing drastic weight gain and metabolic changes
resulting in lifelong physical problems.
On Tuesday, a pediatric advisory committee to the Food and
Drug Administration met to discuss the health risks for all children who take
antipsychotics. The panel will consider recommending new label warnings for the
drugs, which are now used by hundreds of thousands of people under age 18 in
this country, counting both Medicaid patients and those with private insurance.
Meanwhile, a group of Medicaid medical directors from 16
states, under a project they call Too Many, Too Much, Too Young, has been
experimenting with ways to reduce prescriptions of antipsychotic drugs among
They plan to publish a report early next year. FULL
Too late for him -- the foster kid we addled with
anti-depressants and anti-psychotics without quite knowing the effects drug
cocktails might have on a 7-year-old.
One potential side effect of feeding Lexapro, Zyprexa and
Symbyax to a 67-pound child became grotesquely obvious. Young Gabriel coiled a
shower hose around his neck and hanged himself in the bathroom of his Miramar
Gabriel's death on April 15 roiled child advocates,
critics of the pharmaceutical industry, the media. But this week, a child's
suicide finally elicited a reaction where it matters.
``I tell you, we're going to do something. We're
going to do a full-court press,'' said State Sen. Tony Hill, a
Jacksonville Democrat, still shocked after members of the Senate Children,
Families and Elder Affairs Committee were briefed Wednesday by the Gabriel Myers
Task Force. FULL
TALLAHASSEE — Alarmed lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to push through
legislation next year to try to prevent overuse of mind-altering drugs by
foster children after the apparent suicide of a 7-year-old boy last April.
Members of the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee from
both parties said the state needed to toughen laws and rules for
prescribing psychiatric drugs to children in the wake of the hanging death
of Gabriel Myers and an ongoing examination by a Department of Children
and Families task force.
Jim Sewell, a former assistant commissioner of the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement and chair of the group, presented some of the task
force’s findings to the committee at a meeting Wednesday.
But even as they pledged action, committee members and officials with DCF
acknowledged that the state has tried before to get handle on the number
of children taking psychiatric drugs and how the state goes about getting
approval for those children to use the medications.
“It’s the same problem over and over and over again,” said Sen.
Ronda Storms, R-Valrico. FULL
You get what you pay for.
There's LOT$ of Money to be made from "Special Needs
Kids". We have heard up to $12,000 a month. This is
FRAUD upon the Federal Funding Streams by CPS and their colluding
The state's Department of Children and Families is under
fire again, and rightly so.
Recently, a task force issued its final report documenting
how weak oversight and lax compliance with guidelines fostered a culture where
officials often blindly doled out powerful drugs as chemical pacifiers to help
caregivers manage difficult children.
These troubling concerns aren't new to DCF. But in the
wake of the withering report, DCF Secretary George Sheldon concedes lapses and
vows to heed and fund task-force proposals.
Such accountability is encouraging. But we expected reform
before. In 2003, the
Statewide Advocacy Council report made similar findings, and concluded,
"...unnecessary dispensing of psychotropic medication remains a threat to
[foster children]. Until there is more information regarding the safety and
efficiency of these drugs, Florida's foster care children should be monitored
That report's proposals were largely ignored. Now, six
years later, only swift reforms and a strong mandate to comply with existing
rules that govern psychotropic drugs will shelve suspicions that this is déjà
vu all over again. FULL
care workers at all levels routinely ignored policies designed to protect
children in their care from being given psychotropic drugs without proper
consent or monitoring. These fascist thugs
are practicing "medicine" without a license.
That was the conclusion of a panel looking into the April
suicide of Gabriel Myers, a 7-year-old foster child who killed himself in
Margate, South Florida, while taking two psychotropic medications.
The 26-page report, released Thursday, highlighted a lack
of communication, inadequate supervision and inaccurate information in the
Department of Children and Families' handling of Myers' case. About 15
percent of foster children in out of home care are on at least one
psychotropic medication. The truth is probably
more like 90% are on dope.
DCF Secretary George Sheldon said he looks forward to
hearing the work group's recommendations. Among the options: a second-party
review of all foster children on psychotropic drugs regardless of the diagnosis.
Or alternatively, WHY DO CHILDREN NEED
DOPE? They just want to go home.
FORT LAUDERDALE - The head of the state's child welfare
agency is recommending stricter rules for prescribing powerful anti-depressants
and other drugs to foster children after a 7-year-old in state care committed
George Sheldon, the secretary of the Department of
Children and Families, said Thursday he might consider recommending additional
review for all children in state custody on such medications and the appointment
of a new in-house state medical director to keep tabs on cases.
The department released a 55-page preliminary finding in
the case Thursday, four months after Gabriel Myers hung himself with a
retractable showerhead at his foster home.
"If you [prescribe psychotropic meds] there's got to
be a treatment plan in place, there's got to be an end date in place and there's
got to be ongoing dialogue," Sheldon told The Associated Press.
The new report found a lack of accountability and
inadequate supervision in every step of Gabriel's case. FULL
Or someone with common sense could ask
why kidnapped 7-year-olds need doped out of their skulls.
TALLAHASSEE — As Gov. Charlie Crist barnstormed the
state to boast about a record number of adoptions in Florida, two adoptive
parents urged him Tuesday to go a step further and stop what they called the
"chemical restraint'' of overmedicated children in state care.
Mirko and Regina Ceska told Crist that when they adopted
their two 12-year-old children last year, each was taking 11
pills daily, including the powerful antipsychotic drug Seroquel.
"These girls were overdosed and would fall
asleep right in front of us several times a day," said Mirko Ceska.
"It seems to be a prerequisite for foster
children to be on medication," he added. FULL
Florida Today Our
views: Foster kid alert
Sanction doctors, child workers who ignore rules in prescribing psychiatric
July 8, 2009
A new study of doctors’ and caseworkers’ compliance
with legal rules when foster kids in Florida are prescribed mental-health drugs,
such as antidepressants, is disturbing and demands action.
Among the glaring discrepancies the Department of Children
and Families report found:
...In 76 percent of cases, social workers didn’t give
parents information about medications prescribed for children.
The report — which looked at 6- and 7-year-olds — also
found workers frequently failed to talk with parents or guardians before seeking
a court order to medicate a child, or to inform the court if parental consent
...there’s no excuse for ignoring rules meant to protect
children who have already been abused or neglected from more harm.
After a final report is issued in August, physicians or
workers found to have knowingly broken the rules should face strong sanctions.
The disproportionate numbers of Florida’s 20,000 foster kids taking
mental-health drugs — more than 13 percent — must also be more deeply
Comment from AFRA NewsHawk-
These children aren't having their
legal rights represented and protected. This is the fault of the lawyers and
judges involved in these cases, until we realize that and demand judges be held
accountable for upholding the law- nothing will change.
TALLAHASSEE -- Child-welfare doctors (CPS
shills and colluders)
and case managers routinely failed
to complete legally required treatment plans (or
ANY plan other than make him a legal orphan) , share information or
can be sure they got the applications in for the Social Security Title IV
and XX and Medicaid done promptly) the prescribing of powerful psychiatric drugs for
children, according to a new state study of 6- and 7-year-olds medicated
in state care.
One of the 268 children was Gabriel Myers. The troubled 7-year-old,
medicated with an adult anti-depressant known to cause suicides in
a Federal Crime, but who's watching?), hanged himself in April in his Margate foster home.
But the state study, which documents how many times caseworkers and
doctors followed child-welfare rules and laws, shows that it would be a
mistake to blame Gabriel's death solely on the drug, Symbyax, said
Florida's drug czar, William Janes.
''It wasn't just the medications,'' said Janes, who sits on a committee
investigating ways to prevent cases like Gabriel's. ``It was the system
and his world. His environment just collapsed on him. And there was no one
there to really put their arms around him.'' ("In
the Best Interest of the Child" and above their pay grade. Too
over-worked and under-paid for that. Does it take a village full of idiots
to kill a kid?) FULL STORY
Florida- Amid a wide-ranging debate over the proper use of mental health drugs on
troubled children, the mother of a disabled boy who died in 2007 is
claiming in a lawsuit the boy was overdosed by a cocktail of psychiatric
drugs, including two powerful anti-psychotics.
Martha Quesada, the mother of 12-year-old Denis Maltez, filed a wrongful
death and medical malpractice lawsuit Monday in Miami-Dade circuit court,
claiming Denis' psychiatrist, Dr. Steven L. Kaplan, and the now-shuttered
Rainbow Ranch group home overmedicated Denis and failed to properly
monitor his condition.
Denis, who was diagnosed with autism, died of serotonin syndrome,
according to a 2007 autopsy by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's office.
The rare condition, which can be life-threatening, occurs when a
combination of drugs -- particularly mental-health drugs -- causes the
brain to produce an excess of serotonin, a chemical produced by nerve
cells that regulates mood. The condition can cause rigidity and tremors,
as well as confusion and high blood pressure, said Dr. Carlos Singer, a
professor of neurology at the University of Miami's medical school. FULL
BOSTON - Already the target of a civil medical malpractice lawsuit, the
psychiatrist who prescribed the drugs that killed 4-year-old Rebecca
Riley is now the subject of a grand jury criminal investigation.
There's a "perfect storm" hailing little colored pills down on America's kids with the force of bullets.
As a clinical psychologist, I've been forecasting it for years, and now I'm issuing a warning to America's parents that it's here. This "perfect storm" was formed by the convergence of three "fronts":
In this lawsuit PsychRights is seeking declaratory and
injunctive relief that Alaskan children and youth have the right not to be
administered psychotropic drugs unless and until:
(i) evidence-based psychosocial interventions have
(ii) rationally anticipated benefits of psychotropic
drug treatment outweigh the risks,
(iii) the person or entity authorizing administration
of the drug(s) is fully informed, and
(iv) close monitoring of, and appropriate means of
responding to, treatment emergent effects are in place,
and that all children and youth currently receiving such
drugs be evaluated and brought into compliance with the above.
Marketing a Phony "Miracle" Drug
Zyprexa was created to treat schizophrenia, but
it wound up being used on depressed moms and misbehaving kids. How one of
the nation's biggest pharmaceutical companies turned a flawed, dangerous
pill into a multi-billion- dollar bonanza — and who paid the price.
Pill Created to treat schizophrenia,
Zyprexa wound up being used on misbehaving kids. How the pharmaceutical
industry turned a flawed and dangerous drug into a $16 billion bonanza By Ben Wallace-Wells
Jan 28, 2009
remembering back to 1999 when my witch CPS worker threatened me with a
Federal Charge if I had a problem with our misbehaving kid being on this
sort of dope. CPS totally destroyed him. And they tried to
destroy me too. Actually, they
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2. an irregularity: a disorder in legal proceedings.
3. breach of order; disorderly conduct; public disturbance.
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CONTEXT. Studies have revealed that youth in
foster care covered by Medicaid insurance receive psychotropic medication
at a rate >3 times that of Medicaid-insured youth who qualify by low
This is part and parcel of the
FRAUD upon the Federal Funding Streams by CPS and their colluding
contractors we complain about.
All of a sudden, it
seems, millions of American children are said to be afflicted with mental
illnesses. And they’re being put on strong medications—over periods of
years—as treatment. Isn’t it time we stopped and looked at what the mental
health establishment is getting us to do to our children?
on Friday, February 11, 2000 - 02:27 pm: Edit
I am a social worker in South - Africa. As most poeple know our
country has gone through various political changes since 1994,
with the fall of "apartheid." This has had various
consequences in our schools. Suddenly the number of children per
class was increased to about 40-50 per class. Suddenly all races
were also mixed in schools. At
the same time the basic policies underlying education was
changed to that of an outcomes based system like that of many
european countries as well as America. Physical
punishment, which was a very powerful part of our previous
education system and culture was also outlawed.This
created a problem. Most teachers were used to using physical
forms of punishement like spanking as a diciplinary method. Now
they may not, and this has led to chaos in schools. Never
before have we seen such discipline troubles in schools.
Part of the problems is the fact that teachers lack skills in
alternative methods of discipline. This has led me to working
with various teachers in order to find solutions. What other
methods are open to them? How do they learn these methods? What
works and what doesn't? I would enjoy any inputs or advice form
other socila workers or students.
Praetor... there's drugs. That's about it. Here in
America we are now charging kids with crimes and destroying
their future- and their parent's too, rather than spank them.
are the "alternative methods of discipline".