Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Someone needs mental health screening, and I don't think it's the children.

Highlighted in today's City Paper is the fight over screening children for mental health issues.

“What is happening now in several states, they are proposing mass screenings,” Effram said. “It is a mental health screening evaluation using very vague and objective questions.” [Dr. Karen Effram, a pediatrician from Minnesota who lobbies nationwide for laws preventing mandatory screenings of children]

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has entered the fight, warning that parents should decide what’s best for their children and not a school official.
It's SB545 and the state's webpage for its current status is here.
Contact information for Sen. Fowler is here.
Contact info for your legislators can be found at , left margin click on the appropriate body and click on members. It's a convoluted navigaton system that isn't very accomodating to mere citizen input.

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