New Freedom has reared its ugly head in texas in the form of Representative Davis' HB 470, ostensilby an omnibus mental health restructuring bill, that has actually been designed to implement New Freedom, and proudly so!
Your rights and those of your children are under assault at this very minute by psychiatric vested interests in the Texas Legislature. Don’t make the mistake of thinking these are merely words – the threat is real and our response has to be swift and definitive. Here are the facts:
20% of ALL Children InTexasThreatened:
If the bills that are currently on the lines at the Legislature are passed, it could literally mean that 20% of ALL school children and teens are routed to a mental health “professional.” We are talking about 1 in 5 students referred to a psych. And we’re not talking about some long-term plan – this could all happen within a single year!
Make no mistake; this would be a psychiatric brave new world. And the only thing standing between the psychs and our children, our very future, is CCHR, our allies and you. This is a potential disaster of historical proportions as millions of people are threatened. They need our help – and we need your help.
We understand that you need to know the whole picture, so we’ve read through all the key documents for you and have summarized the key points you need to be aware of…
Enslavement to a Lifetime of Mind-Altering Drugs:
The So-Called “Freedom Commission”
You might have already guessed this is part of New Freedom Commission (NFC) or the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.
How does this work exactly? How could the Psychs get a hold of such a significant portion of the population? The answer is that the psychs want to turn our schools into psychiatric “recruitment centers” and “mental health clinics.”
According to the NFC:
§ [And this is a quote]“The mission of public schools is to educate all students… …Schools are where children spend most of each day. While schools are primarily concerned with education, mental health is essential to learning as well as to social and emotional development. Because of this important interplay between emotional health and school success, schools must be partners in the mental health care of our children.”
§ “Schools are in a key position to identify mental health problems early and to provide a link to appropriate services. Every day more than 52 million students attend over 114,000 schools in theU.S.When combined with the six million adults working at those schools, almost one-fifth of the population passes through the Nation's schools on any given weekday….”
§ One of the goals of the NFC is “Early Mental Health Screening, Assessment, and Referrals to Services Are Common Practice”. The recommendations to implement this goal are:
1. “Promote the mental health of young children,
2. Improve and expand school mental health programs,
3. Screen for co-occurring mental and substance use disorder and link with integrated treatment strategies, and
4. Screen for mental disorders in primary health care, across the life span, and connect to treatment and supports.”
Are You READY For This?
The Texas NFC Bills
There are three bills this legislative session that seek to implement the NFC recommendations: House Bill 470, Senate Bill 194 and Senate Bill 1703:
House Bill 470:
+ This bill seeks to restructure the mental health system in Texas and implement the NFC recommendations, making early behavioral health screening, assessment, and referral to services a common practice
+ It also includes promoting the “behavioral health” of young children
+ Improving public school system behavioral health programs
+ Screening for co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders and treating persons with integrated treatment strategies
+ Establishing formal partnerships between local behavioral health authorities and school districts.
Senate Bill 194:
+ Making early behavioral health screening, assessment, and referrals to services a common practice
+ Promote the behavioral health of your children
+ Improve public school system behavioral health programs
+ The Department of State Health Services to ensure individuated care for all adults with mental illness and for every child with a serious emotional disturbance or a substance abuse program.
+ The Department of State Health Services to examine and promote the solutions to challenges in the mental health care system that are identified by the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.
Senate Bill 1703:
+ This bill turns teachers and educators into psychiatric recruiters and establishes a new Office of Children’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse to deliver psychiatric services to Texas children
+ Requires that educators receive training in early identification of and referral strategies for students with mental illness and substance abuse problems to be included in the requirements for certification
+ Educators who are receiving continued courses and programs that fulfill educators’ continuing education requirements would undergo courses related to training in early identification of and referral strategies for students with mental health and substance abuse problems
+ Incorporation of information regarding substance abuse, mental health education and access to related services in school districts
+ Establishes a new Office of Children’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse to deliver mental health and substance abuse services to Texas Children.
Please, Act Now!
We need people to email, call and even visit their legislators and let them know that you are against mental health screenings in our schools and urge them to vote against these bills. If you have any questions or confusions about what to do, then please call or email us and we will be happy to help.
We need you to contact your legislators and have them vote against these bills. Tell them that you are against mental health screening.
Legislators really do listen to there voters. Your voice is important and can make a difference. Please, be heard.
This site includes postal and email addresses and phone numbers so you can write and call to tell them your opinion.
A personal visit is always the most powerful form of communication. People can come to Austinand visit their legislator at the Capitol or at their local district office, where their staff will relay your message to the representative. Contact us and we can help you with this.
Sec. 531.451. RELATION TO OTHER LAW. This subchapter
prevails over any other law related to the regulation or delivery of
services by health and human services agencies to the extent that the
other law is in conflict or inconsistent with this subchapter
The Department of State Health Services shall ensure
that local behavioral health service delivery systems further the
following goals: (3) making early behavioral health screening,
assessment, and referral to services a common practice by:
(A) promoting the behavioral health of young
(B) improving public school system behavioral health
(C) screening for co-occurring mental and substance
abuse disorders and treating persons with integrated treatment
(b) In providing assistance under Subsection (a) of
this section, the Department of State Health Services shall examine and
promote the solutions to challenges in the mental health care system
that are identified by the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental
Health in its July 2003 final report.
Sec. 531.461. LOCAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AUTHORITY RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN.
(a) A local behavioral health authority shall design system of care
resources for children with serious emotional disturbances that
(1) the unique needs of such children;
(2) the various programs in this state through which a child may be
directed to the authority for services; and
the various programs available to the child, the child's family, and the
authority through which the child and the child's family may receive
behavioral health services or other services. (b) A local
behavioral health authority shall develop formal partnerships and
coordinate with entities in the authority's local service region,
including school districts, state and local agencies, and service
providers, to ensure that a child with a serious emotional disturbance
receives the most appropriate and effective care and services to the
extent possible. As appropriate, the authority shall use teams composed
of representatives of public and private service providers and members
of the child's family to develop individual and family service plans
that encompass to the extent possible all appropriate services and
direct interagency and provider cooperation as
necessary to further the plans. (c) The authority shall
establish a system for integrating funding for a child's services from
various available sources to provide a spectrum of services to meet the
needs of a child and the child's family. In establishing the system the
authority shall consider the criteria and expansion plans developed for
the Texas Integrated Funding Initiative under Subchapter G-1. Here are
the committee members and phone numbers:
Rep Suzanna Hupp Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0684
Rep. Rob Eissler Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0797
Rep. John Davis Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0734 ***************Author of
this bill Rep. Alma Allen Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0744 Rep. Yvonne
Gonzalez Toureilles Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0645 Rep. Toby Goodman
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0562 Rep. Elliott Naishtat Capitol Phone:
(512) 463-0668 Rep. Ken Paxton Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0356 Rep.
Elvira Reyna Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0464