Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Psych News- Oregon Psychiatrist Sabotaged Mountain Bike Trails

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Former Jackson County psychiatrist accused in bike trail sabotage expected to plead guilty
April 30, 2013

MEDFORD — A psychiatrist is expected to plead guilty to charges alleging he tried to hurt mountain bikers by setting booby traps on national forest trails shared by bikers and hikers outside Ashland.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office says Jackson Dempsey is due in court in Medford on Wednesday morning to change his not guilty pleas.

Deputy District Attorney Alisa Ray says Dempsey has reached a plea agreement, but the charges and recommended sentence will not be disclosed until the hearing.

Dempsey was a psychiatrist for Jackson County when he was arrested last July. He has since resigned.

He was charged with assault and three counts of reckless endangerment. Authorities say he strung nylon cords across trails and threw nails and small trees in the path

Parental Rights- Second Opinion? We're Taking Your Child

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April 30, 2013
Second Opinion? We're Taking Your Child
One would think having the approval of a doctor and even clearance from the local police would be enough to protect a parent from having their baby taken away over cries of “medical neglect.” In this case, one would be wrong.

Anna and Alex Nikolayev of Sacramento lost custody of their 5-month-old son last week when they decided to seek a second opinion before having the baby undergo heart surgery. Though a second doctor found it safe to release the boy into their custody, and though an investigating officer also cleared the family to go home, the child was taken the next day.

Timeline of Events
Little Sammy has had a heart murmur since birth, which the parents have been closely monitoring along with a doctor at Sutter Memorial Hospital. So when Sammy developed flu-like symptoms a couple of weeks ago, his parents took him to Sutter again as a precaution. During his stay, a couple of incidents occurred that concerned the parents (such as administrating an anti-biotic to fight his virus). So when Sammy was put in the pediatric intensive care and talk turned to heart surgery, the parents wanted a second opinion.

Unable to secure release from the doctors at Sutter Memorial, the parents took Sammy from the hospital anyway – prompting an automatic call to Child Protective Services and the Sacramento Police – and drove straight to neighboring Kaiser-Permanente Hospital.

Doctors there determined that Sammy was healthy enough to go home with his parents. The doctor noted in his report that he saw no cause for concern in leaving Sammy in Anna and Alex’s care. (Corrective heart surgery is in Sammy’s future; the parents do not dispute this fact.)

Police met the family at Kaiser, checked out the smiling baby, read the doctor’s report, and agreed that Sammy was in no danger. The Nikolayev family was free to go.

That was April 23, 2013. The following day, a CPS worker and Sacramento Police arrived at the family’s home and removed the baby, carrying him back to Sutter Memorial, where he was held in “protective custody.” Though the parents got to visit Sammy to feed him three times a day for one supervised hour, they had to wait until Monday for a hearing.

By then, coverage had gone international, with media outlets in Germany and in the family’s native Russia paying close attention. Ominously, local ABC station KXTV reports, “CPS said they were overwhelmed with the amount of attention by the media into the case, and could therefore take longer than usual to render a decision on Sammy's fate.” (emphasis added)

How Would the PRA Help?
Traditionally, the Supreme Court has recognized the “fundamental liberty interest of natural parents in the care, custody, and management of their child,” found in the Fourteenth Amendment’s “Due Process” clause. Santosky v. Kramer, 455 U.S. 745 (1982) This protection, however, has been lost on Sacramento CPS. It is also being weakened through judicial erosion in the courts.

Passage of the Parental Rights Amendment will provide parents an explicit constitutional protection; otherwise, they’ll have to rely on the courts, hoping they will continue to interpret the Fourteenth Amendment as they traditionally have (but increasingly no longer do). And the PRA will allow organizations like CPS to know exactly what the rules are that they must follow.

The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their child is a fundamental right. Neither the United States nor any State shall infringe this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.

These two sentences would make clear that CPS cannot take a child away unless it is prepared to prove that the child was in danger caused by abuse or neglect. In this case, it would increase the chances that common sense would prevail and baby Sammy would have gotten to stay home safe and sound with his mom and dad.

Action Items
Yesterday the county and the family's lawyers reached an agreement to return Sammy to his parents' care, but with stipulations limiting their choices in medical treatment. (See video here.) CPS will continue to be a part of Sammy's life at least until the next hearing, set for May 28. While we rejoice in the reunification of this family, we grieve over the unnecessary loss of liberty this couple has suffered for no reason. We must make sure such abuses do not continue unchecked. Here is how you can help:

1. Share this email and the story of Sammy with everyone you know. Encourage them to support the Parental Rights Amendment and to sign on here.

2. Donate to support ParentalRights.org as we fight to protect the rights of parents like Anna and Alex. Help us make stories like Sammy’s a thing of the past.

3. Stay vigilant. Word is that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be back in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this month. Watch for alerts letting you know when and how to focus your energies on stopping that dangerous treaty. Click here for the current appeal to call your senators today.


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Friday, April 26, 2013

NCALP- News Summary

April 26, 2013

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NATIONAL: “Same-Sex Marriage Cases Before Supreme Court Put the Spotlight on Children Raised by Gays”
By: Associated Press

Currently, the federal government does not recognize same-sex unions under provisions of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which is now under review by the Supreme Court of the United States. The recent legal battle over this issue has also put spotlight on children raised by gay parents, because the impact of law has many consequences for children adopted by same-sex couples. If same-sex marriage is recognized by the government, adoption by same-sex couples must also be permitted. The White House, along with many big corporations and a host of political and legal heavyweights, has expressed its favor of same-sex marriages to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Washington Post, April 20th, 2013

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ARIZONA: “Arizona House Votes to Allow Foster Parents to Skip Kids’ Vaccines”
By: Associated Press

Legislation allowing persons to become licensed foster parents, even if they choose not to vaccinate their biological or adopted children, passed the Arizona House and is heading to Governor Jan Brewer’s desk for her signature. Some argue the bill will allow foster children to be placed into at-risk homes, while others argue the bill will allow children stuck in foster care to be placed into loving homes. Under the bill, Arizona will still hold the authority to determine in which homes foster children are placed and foster children will still be required to get their immunizations. Governor Brewer has not indicated whether she will sign the measure.
ABC15, April 23nd, 2013

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MICHIGAN: “A Supreme Court Case about a Little Known Law Could be a Big Deal for Michigan’s Kids”
By: Sarah Alvarez

With recent scrutiny of the Indian Child Welfare Act by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court’s decision could throw a wrench into Michigan’s progress on the issue. The Act seeks to ensure that Native American children in the child welfare system stay connected with their tribes. Since Native American children are still over-represented in Michigan's child welfare system, many people worked for years on the stronger state version of the law which passed in January with almost unanimous bi-partisan support.
Michigan Radio, April 17th, 2013

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OHIO: “Cleveland Native Antwone Fischer Describes Foster Care Traumas to U.S. Senate Committee”
By: Sabrina Eaton

The childhood suffering that Glenville native Antwone Fisher endured under Ohio's foster care system has already been the subject of a book and Hollywood film. On Tuesday, it was the subject of a U.S. Senate hearing on ways to reform the child welfare system. Fischer spent 12 years living with a foster family who physically, sexually, are verbally abused him. During his testimony, Fischer described the trauma he experience during his time in care and the vulnerability he felt after transitioning out of care to members of the committee in hopes the members will reexamine and work to change the system.

Cleveland.com, April 23rd, 2013

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KANSAS: “Kansas Eliminates 30-Day Wait on Adoptions”
By: Caitlin Doornbos

Historically in Kansas, adoptive parents would have to wait up to 30 days after their adoptive child was born to finalize the adoption. But under the newly signed Kansas House Bill 2205 the mandatory 30-day has been eliminated. Across the country, state laws have set varying waiting periods across the country ranging from 12 hours to 12 months before adoptions are affirmed. This period gives the biological parents time to change their minds and time for the child to acclimate to his or her new home. The new law in Kansas allows the adoption hearing to occur anytime within 60 days of the petition filing.

The Topeka Capital-Journal, April 19, 2013

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Overlawyered: Chronicling the high cost of legal system

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Overlawyered : Chronicling the High Cost of Our Legal System

The Cato Institute is proud to announce its affiliation with one of the most respected law blogs around: Overlawyered.com. Founded and run by senior fellow Walter Olson, the blog explores an American legal system in dire need of reform, showing how litigation is used as a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, new laws erode individual responsibility, and law firms enrich themselves at the public's expense.

Walter skewers American litigiousness with a careful eye and sharp wit. If you haven't been following Overlawyered, here's what you've been missing:

Jude Fines Self for Cellphone Violation

Colorado Jury Awards $11.5 Million to Family in Helmet Lawsuit

Seller Sues Customer over Accurate eBay Feedback

Man Stranded on "It's a Small World wins $8,000 from Disney

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Child Trends- 5 Ways to Improve the Quality of Early Care and Education

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April 26, 2013

President Obama's early learning initiative proposal includes strategies to increase access to high-quality preschool and expand the Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership program serving infants and toddlers. While Congress will debate plan funding and implementation, research provides solid guidance for bolstering quality across the diverse array of early care and education settings and programs. As the country considers a historic expansion of early care and education opportunities for young children, Child Trends offers a list of five ways to improve their quality: 


Focus first on children's safety, health, and happiness. 
Regardless of setting, children's safety, health, and happiness are the non-negotiable elements of quality care and education. Minimizing risk and maximizing children's opportunities to engage with teachers, caregivers, other children, and the world around them are essential strategies for promoting physical health and social-emotional, language, and cognitive development. Rigorous licensing regulations and regular monitoring of programs are essential. Yet a review of existing state regulations indicates that current protections for children are inadequate. 


Support the early care and education workforce. 
The administrators, teachers, and caregivers working with young children each day are at the center of creating high-quality early care and education. The current workforce has a low education level, and average annual incomes for some workers are under the federal poverty level for a family of four, despite efforts to promote higher qualifications and access to professional development. Further efforts should target improvements in the quality and content of early childhood education preparation programs; opportunities for supervised internships and student teaching; ongoing professional development that is rigorous and relevant; compensation parity; and coaching, consultation, and mentoring that facilitates the application of new knowledge to everyday practice.  

Use observations and assessments to support every child's needs across all developmental domains. 
High-quality programs regularly collect information about children's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. The National Research Council has published guidance on choosing and using child assessments that are appropriate for children's developmental, cultural and linguistic characteristics. The results of assessments should guide communications with parents, teaching strategies, curricula, and activities to help each child learn and develop in the way that works best for him/her. Ideally, such assessments would also align with states' guidelines on what children should know and be able to do upon kindergarten entry.  

Create a culture of continuous quality improvement. 
High-quality early care and education programs never stop improving. Continuous improvement starts with program leaders who engage themselves and staff in reflecting on strengths and growth areas through self-assessments, feedback from colleagues and parents, and data collected about the quality of their program, classroom, or child care home. Professional development and technical assistance can be linked to growth areas, and programs as a whole can annually update goals, objectives and strategies for improving services. State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems offer quality standards, professional development supports and incentives to guide the quality improvement process.


Build partnerships to support quality.
Quality early care and education programs are supported by a larger
early childhood service system that includes access to health care and medical homes for young children, social-emotional development and mental health services that focus on prevention and intervention, comprehensive parent engagement that is responsive to parents' needs, and family support services to help families access resources and build their capacity to support their children's development. An effective early childhood system is dependent on strong partnerships among early childhood settings and across service-delivery systems; coordination of resources; and alignment of standards, which are critical for promoting quality early care and education programs that can meet the full range of children's and families' needs.  

Contributors: Nicole Forry, Kathryn Tout, Tamara Halle and Sarah Daily
4/2013, Publication #2013-22

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The abortion industry has an extremely powerful ally.

Today, President Obama will become the first sitting president in American history to address Planned Parenthood at its annual conference.
That's right; the President of the United States is addressing the nation's largest abortion provider, the leader of the death industry, just weeks after it argued for the right to kill a child born after a botched abortion.

He is addressing Planned Parenthood even as it attempts to profit off abortionist Kermit Gosnell's trial for murdering babies born alive, arguing for even less regulation of abortion clinics.

President Obama is sending a message.

Let's send our own.

Stand against infanticide. Stand against an abortion industry that will permit no limits on its reach and influence. Stand with us as we fight Planned Parenthood in court and in Congress.
Sign the Petition to De-Fund Planned Parenthood.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

UN Disabilities Treaty on the Move

UN Disabilities Treaty on the Move

Contact Members of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We are hearing from multiple sources that the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee is gearing up to hold hearings on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The plan is to hold the hearings sometime next month.

The Senate needs to hear from you immediately that this already defeated UN treaty must not be ratified by the U.S. Senate. The United States Senate must not surrender our domestic sovereignty and the care of children with disabilities to unelected, unaccountable UN bureaucrats. Parents know best how to care for their children with disabilities. U.S. law is the gold standard for ensuring that people with disabilities are protected and able to participate in all areas of U.S. society.

The U.S. Senate will be in recess next week, which means that your senators are back in your state meeting with constituents. Please do three things:
  1. Call and email your two U.S. senators and urge them to oppose the UN CRPD. The Capitol Hill Switchboard is 202-224-3121, and you can use this link to email your senators.
  2. Find out if there is a constituent meeting in your area, or see if you can visit your U.S. senators while they are on recess. You can visit HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox, click on your state, and then click on your senators to find their personal webpage.
  3. Please forward this email to your friends and family, and educate them about the dangers that this UN treaty poses to parental rights, homeschool freedom, and our nation’s sovereignty.
Your message to your senators can be as simple as the following:
“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect Americans with disabilities. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families by giving bureaucrats the power to decide what is in the best interests of a child with disabilities, not the child’s parents.”
To find out more about the CRPD please click here. To read the text of the CRPD please click here.
Thank you for joining with us in this battle to protect our children and our children’s future. You defeated this treaty last year. Standing together, we can defeat this treaty once again.

For liberty,

Michael P. Farris, J.D., LL.M.
Chairman, HSLDA

P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support enables us to defend individual families and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>
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I wonder how many psych patients turn in their meds to this.


Contact: DEA Public Affairs
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Who: DEA, local law enforcement and community partners, and the American people
What: Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Where: Collection sites across the country.  Visit dea.gov and click on the “Got Drugs?” icon for a site near you
When: Saturday, April 27th.  Collection sites are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.
Why: To prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.  Local law enforcement agencies in thousands of American communities partnered with the DEA to take in over 2 million pounds—almost 1,018 tons—of expired prescription drugs since September 2010.  Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to surveys of users. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CCHR Tampa investigator Joel Voss gets up close and personal with psychiatrists

CCHR Tampa investigator Joel Voss gets up close and personal with psychiatrists.

He takes photos and videos psychiatrists at Florida Department of Health disciplinary hearings.

What he sees should not be described in front of children.

If you dare - proceed to his videos and his photos: http://www.psychsearch.net/?s=voss

Click on all the videos to see what he has done.

Can you imagine videographers rolling in every state like Joel joelvoss@tampabay.rr.com ?

Now, that would be some exposure! (If you grab a video camera and do this-  let us know!)

Florida Psychiatrist Ronald Kurlander Fined $30,000.00 - Deerfield Beach, Florida psychiatrist Ronald Kurlander was disciplined by the Florida Department of Health. He was accused of prescribing drugs to people he had never examined or even met and keeping false records. The father of one of Kurlander’s patients gave testimony as to the extensive damage caused by these drugs to his son.


Psychiatrist Perez Beauvil – “one of his competency exam scores was zero” - Florida psychiatrist Perez Beauvil had a hearing before the Florida Board of Medicine. Beauvil’s medical license was suspended in 2011 by the Board of Medicine. The complaint against him stated he prescribed addictive painkillers and psychiatric tranquilizers in inappropriate and/or excessive amounts to a patient who was trying to withdraw from a drug addiction.

Psychiatrist James Yelton-Rossello to accept Chaperone Requirement? appeared before the Florida Board of Medicine charged with sexual misconduct with four female jail inmates.

 Jacksonville’s “Most Bizarre Shrink” is Disciplined - psychiatrist Mohamed Saleh appeared before the Florida Board of Medicine accused of having plead guilty in Nevada to conspiracy to commit unlawful dispensing of controlled substances, withholding the conviction from the Board and failing to update his Department of Health online profile to reflect the conviction.


AHRP- Doctors Treating Premature Infants in Oxygen Experiment Were Intentionally Deceived

Advancing Honest and Ethical Medical Research


A legitimate research question: what is the appropriate amount of oxygen an essential therapy for fragile premature infants? Too much oxygen therapy could cause blindness and to little death?

An illegitimate research protocol: the extremely low weight premature infants—whose mortality rate is 20% if treated with the best current practice--were randomized to be maintained at either high oxygen saturation SOP2 (91-95%) or low (85-89%) oxygen saturation, whereas normally the full range of oxygen saturations was used. 
The level usually selected to be maintained based on trying to give the minimal oxygen necessary to prevent blindness while maintaining adequate oxygen delivery so the neonate will survive.

The researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine:

"our data suggest that there is one additional death for approximately every two cases of severe retinopathy that are prevented.
Update: The most disturbing fact that has emerged about the neonatal SUPPORT trial design--described in the PROTOCOL-is that the pulse oximeter readings of oxygen levels that treating neonatologists rely on to determine an infants’ need for supplementary oxygen, was deliberately altered to give either false high or false low oxygen saturation levels.

I’m not making this up! See the SUPPORT protocol: http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/foia/library/Protocol.pdf 

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 5 infants against the University of Alabama, the lead medical center among the 23 at which the experiment was conducted.

Experiments such as SUPPORT—and similarly designed experiments conducted on critically ill patients in intensive care units—represent an extreme breakdown in medical research ethics.

This case sheds light on the profound chasm between the patient-centered objectives of practicing critical care specialists, and the objective of research whose protocols are not guided by ethical principles and patient / subject’s best interest.

Read the details:   http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/918/9/