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Alaska Says Children Cannot be Protected from Drugging


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March 31, 2009

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Jim Gottstein
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Alaska Admits It Is Incapable of Protecting Children and Youth in Its Care from Harmful Psychiatric Drugging

Today, responding to the State of Alaska’s admission in PsychRights v. Alaska that it was incapable of protecting the children and youth in its care from improper and harmful psychiatric drugging, the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®) told the court it must step in.

PsychRights v. Alaska was filed last Fall to halt the State of Alaska’s practice of administering and paying for psychiatric drugs being given children and youth without safeguards being in place to make sure proper decision making occurs. In trying to get PsychRights v. Alaska “thrown out of court” the State admitted it was incapable of protecting the children and youth in its care as follows:

A reading of the Complaint makes obvious that the true subject of plaintiff’s grievances is not the Department, but prescribers of psychotropic pharmaceuticals, the pharmaceutical companies which produce and market them, and the overall culture of pediatric psychiatry. The implication that the Department possesses meaningful authority and control over these matters-or is in any realistic position to administer the relief requested even if the court were to order it-is a fiction.

“The point is the State has the responsibility to properly care for the children and youth in its care regardless of the ‘culture of pediatric psychiatry,'” according Mr. Gottstein. Today’s court filing tells the court, “It is shameful the State is abdicating its responsibility when it should be working to correct the problem.”

In the absence of the State being willing to address the problem without court intervention, the lawsuit seeks to solve it by obtaining a court order prohibiting the psychiatric drugging of children and youth by the State unless and until

(i) evidence-based psychosocial interventions have been exhausted,

(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 of the risks and potential benefits, and

(iv) close monitoring of, and appropriate means of responding to, treatment emergent effects are in place.

Practically every day brings revelations that pediatric psychopharmacology is the result of illegal drug company actions to improperly influence psychiatrists to prescribe extremely harmful drugs to children and youth, in spite of there being no real evidence of their efficacy. “Rather than meeting its mandate to properly care for and protect these children and youth from harm, the actions of the State are reprehensible,” Mr. Gottstein declared, adding “The State is also trying to hide its complicity by stopping the discovery process.”

The defendants in the lawsuit are the State of Alaska, its Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), and responsible officials, Sarah Palin, Governor, William Hogan, Commissioner of DHSS, Tammy Sandoval, Director of the Office of Children’s Services (OCS), Steve McComb, Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Melissa Stone, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), Ron Adler, CEO of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API), and William Streur Deputy Commissioner and Director of Medicaid. All of the substantive filings in the lawsuit are available on the Internet at http://psychrights.org/States/Alaska/PsychRightsvAlaska.htm.

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm devoted to the defense of people facing the horrors of unwarranted 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/.

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Filed under: child endangerment, courts, CPS, drugging children, PsychRights, ,

AbleChild’s Matthews to Testify In DCF Investigation Hearing

From Sheila Matthews:

It would be great to post as many comments asking that a non 
psychiatric vendor, A MEDICAL DOCTOR, have access to the CHILDREN in 
the Psychiatric WARDS for Complete MEDICAL EXAMS.

http://www.wfsb. com/family/ 18214489/ detail.html? rss=hart& psp=news

Senator Harris ASKS….The Fundamental Question….

Are children and families better off because of their interaction  
with DCF?”

Senator Harris’ 3 LESS THAN powerful INSIDER closed investigative  
hearings into Connecticut’s Annual Billion Dollar FAILED Department  
of Children and Family Services, where they are very successful in  
producing dead children, is covered in the below article.

The Committee Chair, Senator Harris, that has funded the agency for  
years now asks….the fundamental question is “are children better  
off having been a part of DCF, the agency?

http://www.wfsb.com/family/18214489/…=hart&psp=news

December 18th, Ablechild plans to tell the Senator in the only time  
available to the public “3 minutes” testimony, The answer to your  
question is NO CHILDREN ARE NOT BETTER OFF, they are actually dying.

I ask for your suport, I am willing to go it alone up there where the  
entire committee KNOWS exactly what is going on in DCF and have all  
ignored it for years. I just want you to know on December 18th for 3  
minutes a woman will try and tell Senator Harris the answer to the  
question he asks but already knows.  It’s a Behavioral Health monopoly.

Think for 3 minutes of Children LOCKED within State Psychiatric WARDS  
with NO EXIT on Demceber 18th and wish me God’s Speed.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Filed under: CPS, ,

No Due Process For Parents, Children When CPS, Psychiatry Involved

Don’t Mess With Texas CPS

CPS Has More Seizure Power Than Police

Filed under: CPS

CPS Abusers Accuse Mother of Munchausen For Seeking Proper Medical Care for Lyme Disease

1000 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SAVE A CHILD!

http://www.letssavemarc.org/YouCanHelp.htm

The eyes of the nation are on San Antonio, Texas. An influential opposition has, with malicious intent, lined up to make the following a benchmark case against right to treatment choice where multiple protocols exist. A loss will be devastating not only to this family, but also to the future of medical care access to everyone suffering from a disputed medical condition and especially to those, present or future, suffering with Lyme disease.

Marc, a nine-year-old Autistic child with confirmed Lyme disease, and his mom are under attack by San Antonio Child Protective Services (CPS) because the mom sought competent medical treatment for Marc. When she contacted us for help, she pleaded, “Please help me to save my son – he is dying!” In fact, without knowledgeable medical care, he was losing his vision and had already lost 30 pounds.

Uninformed physicians supporting the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) position on Lyme disease instigated the report to an equally uninformed CPS

CPS has interfered with the legal medical care of this special needs child without any due diligence. Their first intervention was an invasive confrontation indicating no desire to understand or resolve conflicting and debatable medical opinion widely known to be suspect [Findings by Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal, Reported May 1, 2008].

The child is now subject to removal to institutional care with an equal lack of understanding and skill and Marc’s mom is being pursued for criminal charges. Texas CPS, the foster care system, and contracted physician services have a documented history of questionable actions and deadly results [Ramshaw, E., Dallas Morning News, August 17, 2008].

CPS and the San Antonio district have been in the spotlight for a number of missteps, the most recent being their mishandling of the abusive FLDS polygamist group situation in West Texas. San Antonio CPS needs to regain credibility. The local County District Attorney needs to recover from a series of strong criticisms in preparation for a 2010 reelection campaign. Such self-promotion of authority makes their prosecution of this matter highly questionable. The protectors from child abuse have become the abusers.

1000 people making a gift of $10 or more to this cause can provide the support and legal assistance to defend this egregious insult to the right of all parents to choose medical care for their children.

Please visit http://www.letssavemarc.org for more information and to see how you can help. This effort is sponsored by Child Protection and Safety (CPAS, http://www.childprotectionandsafety.org), a Nonprofit Association dedicated to providing resources to children and their families placed in duress and legal jeopardy by authorities interfering with proper medical care. CPAS is directed by a Board of patients & patient advocates known for their work in their own states and nationally.

Only $10 to thwart this attack -

SAVE A CHILD’S LIFE – and ultimately, OUR OWN RIGHTS.

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Filed under: CPS, Medical Rights, Munchausen

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