pharmaceutical company marketed four drugs to doctors. The drugs had
been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for specific
medical conditions—like rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and
neuropathic pain—but the company promoted the drugs for other uses as
well—like post-operative pain, dementia, and migraines—and sometimes in
larger doses than the FDA allowed. In some cases, the company even paid
kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the drugs for these other uses.
What this company did is known as
off-label marketing of prescription drugs, and it’s both illegal and
potentially harmful to consumers. After an investigation involving the
FBI and our federal and state partners, the company pled guilty to
misbranding the drugs and agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle
criminal and civil violations…the
largest U.S. health care fraud settlement ever.
At the FBI, we take our health care
fraud responsibilities seriously as the primary investigative agency
with jurisdiction over both federal and private insurance programs. But
with total health care expenditures in the U.S. expected to reach $2.26
trillion by 2016 according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services, the opportunity for fraud will continue to grow—so will our
workload. That means we have to find ways to leverage our resources.
Partnerships are key.
A tried-and-true method of leveraging resources is establishing
partnerships. And we’ve done just that—with federal agencies like the
FDA and the Drug Enforcement Administration, various state and local
agencies, and private insurance groups like the National Health Care
Our most recent joint endeavor? Our
participation in the Department of Justice/Health and Human Services’ (HHS)
Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team, or HEAT, and
its Medicare Fraud Strike Forces located in several major metropolitan
The HEAT initiative includes senior
Justice, FBI, and HHS officials who are focusing their efforts to reduce
Medicare and Medicaid fraud through enhanced cooperation. And the strike
forces, which use a data-driven approach to identify unexplainable
billing patterns by health care providers and then investigate these
providers for possible fraudulent activity, are a vital part of the
initiative. As a result of strike force efforts, more than 300 cases
have been filed and close to 600 defendants charged.
care fraud facts:
Health care fraud schemes come in
all forms—fraudulent billings, medically unnecessary services or
prescriptions, kickbacks, duplicate claims, etc.
Schemes target large health care
programs—both public and private—as well as health care
beneficiaries. (Medicare and the Medicaid are the largest programs,
so they are targeted more often.)
Schemes are committed by health
care providers, owners of medical facilities and laboratories,
suppliers of medical equipment, organized crime groups,
corporations, and even sometimes by the beneficiaries themselves.
FBI health care fraud cases
sometimes cross over into other investigative areas, like organized
crime, gangs, and cyber crime, where we see criminals beginning to
use the proceeds from health care fraud schemes to fund their
Tips to help
avoid being victimized:
Protect your health insurance
information card like a credit card.
Beware of free health
services—are they too good to be true?
Review your medical bills, like
your “explanation of benefits,” after receiving health care services
and ensure the dates are services are correct.
And if you suspect health care fraud,
contact your local FBI office.
2009 DOJ/HHS health care fraud report (pdf)
schemes and scams:
As part of its health care fraud
program, the Bureau is looking at various fraud schemes involving:
Home health care;
Infusion therapy; and
Durable medical equipment.
We’re also focused on other
health care fraud-related crime problems impacting public safety,
Off-label marketing of prescription
Drug diversion (prescription drugs
diverted from legitimate supply sources for illicit distribution and
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a
non-profit, public benefit organization dedicated to
investigating and exposing psychiatric violations of human
rights. It also ensures that criminal acts within the
psychiatric industry are reported to the proper authorities and
CCHR was founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and the
internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor
Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York
Health Science Center, Syracuse. At that time, the victims of
psychiatry were a forgotten minority group, warehoused under
terrifying conditions in institutions around the world. Because
of this, CCHR penned a Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights
that has served as its guide for mental health reform.
Institute for Psychological Therapies is a private
practice of clinical psychology. IPT's primary work is related
to allegations of child sexual abuse, but also deals with cases
of sexual harassment, claims of recovered memories of childhood
abuse, accusations of rape, allegations of improper sexual
contact by professionals, forced and coerced confessions, false
confessions, personal injury claims, mitigating factors in
sentencing, custody, and medical and psychological malpractice.
- Learn, Share, Grow
Manufacturing Victims-This book is written by a licensed
psychologist who has abandoned her clinical practice, and in her
book she "relates in detail how the psychological manufacturing
of victims takes place. She differentiates between real victims
and the ones manufactured by the Psychology Industry, which
involves a blurring between the two and spreads a net to include
virtually everyone. She concludes her book by saying:
Industry can neither reform itself from within nor should it be allowed
to try. It should be stopped from doing what it is doing to people, from
manufacturing victims. And while the Psychology Industry is being
dismantled, people can boycott psychological treatment, protest the
influence of the Psychology Industry and resist being manufactured into
of America's Children- A Report
Drugging Children-An informative blog on the use of
pharmaceutical drugs for our children. One must always keep in mind
that there are normal developmental processes for children and that
the use of such medications should be constantly monitored. Any
death of a child and/or teenager is totally unacceptable. http://druggingchildren.blogspot.com/
Drugging Foster Children
-Read these stories and listen to the videos please, and consider
the tragedy, the harm befalling these precious and innocent
This website is a
collection of 3200+ news stories with the full media article
available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared
in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) or that were
part of FDA testimony in either 1991, 2004 or 2006, in which
antidepressants are mentioned. http://www.ssristories.com/
Foster-"Guinea Pigs": A System of Perpetrators, Not "Protectors"
Gary Null- Your Guide to Natural Living
December 9, 2009 3:19 p.m. EST
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Motherhood is NOT a Medical
An article in TIME Magazine
about the "Mother's Act"-- Federal legislation that
would require screening all women who give birth for
sparked a cyberspace debate.
Douglas Bremner (psychiatrist at Emory University)
joined those of us who
challenge the promoters of such legislation by
flaw in their reasoning:
article, "Motherhood is NOT a Medical Disorder"
Third: "I am
opposed to mandatory screenings of the
Teenscreen, which are bonanzas for the
pharmaceutical industry, but a major
intrusion into the privacy and autonomy
of American citizens."
Of note, the
"Mother's Act" was ostensibly prompted by the
suicide of Melanie
Blocker-Stokes, who leaped to her death from her
hotel room in Chicago three
months after the birth of her daughter. However,
what is ignored by the
promoters--most notably industry funded
psychiatrists and industry
front groups (who call themselves "advocates") is
that Melanie Blocker-Stokes had already been treated
with multiple courses of
psychotropic drugs and electro-convulsive therapy.
So, how exactly would her life
have been saved by "screening"??? See:
This is but an
example of stealth marketing: the pharmaceutical
industry with the help of an
army of industry supported medical lackeys are
medicalizing normal stages of life--including
childhood, adolescence, and
motherhood. They are promoting public health
policies that would vastly
increase the size of the market for psychoactive
drugs--even as these drugs
toxic, life-threatening hazards require Black Box
To whit, TIME
quotes University of Pittsburgh psychiatrist,
Katherine Wisner, MD stating
""Postpartum depression is not a benign, uncommon
thing.... Why don't we screen women for
this?" What TIME failed to disclose
is that Dr. Wisner is listed on the speakers
bureau for Pfizer and Lilly,
makers of the antidepressants, Zoloft and
Prozac--drugs that carry Black Box
label warnings about increased risks of
Doctors who serve on pharmaceutical speaker's
bureaus give "promotional
talks" on behalf of the company that pays them--the
service they render for pay is
to advertise drugs to other doctors--despite the
confirmed evidence of these drugs serious
Most of such
market-driven prescribing violates medicine's first
principle, "First, do no
harm." Indeed, such prescribing does far more harm
than good, as individual's
best interest is ignored.
error in the original TIME article--the one that hit
experience as becoming seriously suicidal and
homicidal following the birth of her child.
In fact those
violent feelings emerged AFTER being prescribed
having suicidal and homicidal thoughts, which got
stronger when another doctor
raised her dosage. Eventually, Philo says, she
weaned herself off the drug, and her violent
on the TIME website states:
version of this article stated that after Amy
Philo's newborn suffered an
accidental choking incident, Philo's preoccupation
included fear of hurting her baby herself. However,
Philo says that particular
feeling did not intrude until later, after she began
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as it is
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worth getting as much information and support as you can, and
involving your doctor wherever possible. You will find
withdrawal information here:
finds antidepressant doesn't help autistic children
Nationwide research finds that citalopram is no more effective than a
placebo and that its side effects are twice as bad. About a third
of autistic kids take the drug, known as Celexa in the U.S.
By Karen Kaplan
June 2, 2009
An antidepressant commonly prescribed to help autistic children control
their repetitive behaviors is actually no better than a placebo,
according to a report published today.
Roughly a third of all children diagnosed with autism in the U.S. now
take citalopram, the antidepressant examined in the study, or others
that are closely related. The results of the nationwide trial, published
in Archives of General Psychiatry, have some experts reconsidering the
appropriateness of antidepressants and other mind-altering drugs used to
treat children with autism spectrum disorders.
"There are tons of things being advocated as treatments for autism, some
with appropriate caveats and careful explanations, others without any of
that," said David Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism
Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who wasn't involved in
An estimated 1.5 million Americans have autism, a group of poorly
understood developmental disorders characterized by problems with
communication and social interaction. One of the hallmarks of the
disorder is obsessive, repetitive behavior such as flapping one's arms
or hands or memorizing car makes and models. When those routines are
interrupted, severe tantrums can result.
Only one medication -- the antipsychotic drug risperidone -- has been
approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of
irritability and aggression in children with autism. But doctors,
frustrated by their limited options, haven't shied away from giving
other pharmaceuticals a chance. Worldwide spending on drugs to treat
autism is estimated to be $2.2 billion to $3.5 billion annually.
Because very few medications have been tested on autistic children in
large, rigorous studies, doctors have looked to drugs that treat similar
symptoms in other conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder
or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
That's what led physicians to a class of antidepressants called
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, that help adults with
obsessive-compulsive disorder. Their repetitive rituals, such as
counting, cleaning or hand-washing, are reminiscent of the behaviors
seen in autistic patients.
Doctors were also hopeful about SSRIs because the serotonin system is
known to function improperly in people with autism.
But the medications will work only if the root causes of obsessive-compulsive
disorder and autistic repetitive behavior involve the same biological
pathways in the brain. The new study strongly suggests they do not.
"It just begs for a more careful understanding of the neurological
underpinnings of the disorder," Mandell said.
Dr. Bryan King, director of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at
Seattle Children's Hospital and leader of the study, said he was shocked
to find that citalopram didn't help patients. Not only was the placebo
slightly more effective, but the drug's side effects -- such as
impulsivity and insomnia -- were at least twice as bad, the study found.
"I personally would have a healthy dose of skepticism about" prescribing
citalopram or other SSRIs, King said. Citalopram is sold in the United
States under the brand name Celexa.
In the study, King and his colleagues from six academic medical centers,
including UCLA, enrolled 149 autistic children ages 5 to 17 whose
compulsive behaviors were classified as moderate or worse. After 12
weeks, 33% of the 73 patients who took citalopram had improvements in
repetitive behaviors as measured by clinicians and parents, versus 34%
of the 76 patients who took a placebo.
If there hadn't been a control group for comparison, King said he would
have been impressed by the improvement seen in the children who took the
drug. "The decision would most definitely have been made to continue
them," he said.
The study underscores the value of evaluating drugs in randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, which are considered the gold
standard of medical research, Dr. Fred R. Volkmar, director of the Yale
Child Study Center in New Haven, Conn., wrote in a commentary that
accompanied the study. In such studies, neither patient nor doctor knows
who is getting the drug and who is getting the placebo until all the
results are in.
"We need more studies of this kind to advance research and guide
clinical practice," Volkmar wrote.
Placebo-controlled studies are especially important in evaluating
medications to treat behavior and mood because patients are typically in
a crisis state when they enroll in a clinical trial and could improve on
their own in time, Mandell said.
What's more, the attention focused on children when they are in a trial
tends to improve their behavior all by itself, Volkmar said in an
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. King and
several of his colleagues have received research grants and other
funding from pharmaceutical firms, including Forest Laboratories Inc. of
New York, the maker of Celexa.
Stop Medicaid Fraud
go to this site, I thought I would explain why I am even listing this as
a link in our NFPCAR website. First in these Economic times, health care
is taking more and more out of our stretched budget. Secondly, we are
asking everyone that they need to be responsible for their actions.
Believe it or not, in most states, the agency has guidelines to follow,
and actually are quite good. However, so many times, many individuals
either don't bother to follow them and/or make up their own rules.
Medicaid funding is designed to help those who can not afford and/or
need a reduced rate in services. So any services fraudulently reported
hurts all of us. And many times the agency itself is just a fraudulent
in reporting these services.
We as care
givers, parents, etc. are expected to do the right thing. So why
shouldn't those who administer many of our programs be expected to do
the right thing?? So with these basic ideas in mind, please proceed to
the site and learn more. Link:
To Other Thoughts
An Impossible Operation
To Other Thoughts
HEALTHCARE | DR. FERNANDO MENDEZ-VILLAMIL
Miami psychiatrist defends his record over prescriptions
A state senator said a Miami psychiatrist `should be a poster boy' for
while the doctor says he's been unfairly targeted
A Miami psychiatrist who wrote 284,908
prescriptions over the past six years has cost Florida taxpayers $43
million, and a state senator said Friday that ``he should be
boy'' for a legislative inquiry into whether ``tougher enforcement
provisions are needed.''
The practices of Fernando Mendez-Villamil, who has
an office on Coral Way, came to light last month when Sen. Charles
Grassley, R-Iowa, complained about him to federal
writing prescriptions at a rate of 150 a day, seven days a week.
Grassley, like many in Congress, is concerned about reducing America's
high healthcare costs to reform the system.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
has released data showing that those prescription-writing practices were
expensive, too -- since the patients had Medicaid, the state-federal
insurance for the poor.
State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Destin, chairman of the
Senate healthcare committee, told The Miami Herald on Friday that the
Legislature has ``a tough law already on the books'' that requires state
regulators to investigate outliers like Mendez-Villamil, who writes
twice as many anti-psychotic drugs as any other doctor in the state. But
his case may mean the law needs to be tougher.
Mendez-Villamil prepared a lengthy response to
Grassley, defending his record. He said he is a dedicated doctor helping
many poor patients, often working 11 or 12 hours a day, six days a week.
``I may be an oddity as a physician because I do
not play golf, I do not have a boat and I seldom leave my practice for
extended vacations,'' Mendez-Villamil wrote in the letter provided to
The Miami Herald by a publicist. ``That is not to solicit sympathy or to
appear `noble.' I am simply committed to my patients, profession and
enjoy what I do and do not seek distractions.''
Mendez-Villamil also disputed earlier Herald
stories, which said that he was under investigation by state regulators
and that Medicare, the federal program for the elderly and disabled, had
stopped paying his claims because of the investigation.
``The information received from this agency [AHCA]
advised that I am not under any sort of investigation,'' Mendez wrote in
a letter dated Monday, Jan. 11.
However, AHCA on Friday forwarded The Herald a
letter sent Thursday to Robert Pelier, the doctor's lawyer, stating ``an
agency investigation is underway.''
Pelier told The Herald on Friday that AHCA was
sending out mixed signals. He pointed to the first Herald story on the
doctor, published Dec. 17, in which an AHCA spokeswoman said the high
prescription rate does not ``indicate that there is anything improper
regarding his prescribing.''
A day later, the state told The Herald there was
indeed an investigation.
Mendez also wrote: ``I was very surprised to read
in The Miami Herald [in a Dec. 18 story] that Medicare had supposedly
stopped payment for my services; and I am very pleased to confirm with
Medicare officials that this was NOT true.''
Pelier, Mendez's lawyer, said Friday that the
doctor as late as Dec. 21 had received a Medicare payment.
Medicare spokesman Peter Ashkenaz said Friday,
``When I said he wasn't being paid back in December it was because we
were reviewing all of his claims. It's likely that he received a
Medicare payment, but nonetheless, we are continuing to review all of
his claims because he has not been excluded from Medicare by the OIG,''
the Office of the Inspector General.
The Mendez-Villamil case comes at a time when
reformers are seeking to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, which are
twice as much per capita as in European countries. Reformers believe
these costs can be reduced without affecting quality of care.
Grassley has pressured the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, which provides Medicare and Medicaid funding,
for an explanation on how one doctor could write so many prescriptions.
So far, HHS has yet to respond to the senator.
On the state level, Sen. Gaetz said he has long
been concerned with Medicaid expenditure patterns that seem to make no
sense -- such as the average Miami patient getting five times as many
home healthcare visits as a similar patient in Ocala.
Gaetz said he views the Mendez-Villamil case as a
way of revealing whether the present law is adequate of if it's an
``enforcement problem and the state agencies are not doing enough.''
If the law needs tightening, ``then we will
tighten the screws as many times as necessary'' because ``providers like
him should not be draining money out of the pockets of taxpayers,''
Pelier, the attorney, said that the state was
wrongly preoccupied with saving money on the atypical anti-psychotics,
which can cost more than $800 for a month's supply per patient. He said
that only 1 percent of the doctor's patients are hospitalized. If they
weren't taking the drugs and ended up in the Jackson psych ward, for
example, the cost to taxpayers would be far higher.
State records indicate that Mendez-Villamil was
paid $46,238 by Medicaid to see patients in 2007 and $31,735 in 2008. He
received $14,579 in the first quarter of 2009, but then payments dropped
down to $3,472 in the third quarter.
``I want you to know that I take very good care of
my patients,''' the doctor said in his letter. ``My top priority is to
improve their conditions. In more then 10 years of practice I have
worked with thousands of afflicted individuals.''
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English Doctor Who First Linked Vaccine with Autism (in 1998) Has
Medical License Revoked
The English doctor who initiated public concern about vaccines
potentially causing autism had his medical license revoked for
"dishonesty and irresponsibility." Dr. Wakefield and his supporters
maintain the validity of his research. Read more about this incident and
whether or not children should receive vaccines at all.
Wasn't sure if I should post this to group or not, but I wanted to pass
it along to all of you.
Helping Traumatized Children: Tips for Judges and
it lists all the "child traumatic stress reactions" by age group. The
web page says "NCJFCJ and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
have been collaborating for several years on training, publications, and
other resources to help judges and other professionals learn about the
importance of trauma in the lives of at-risk children and families". I
thought maybe we could use their own publications against them to prove
how much harm is being done in unnecessary removals because of ASFA and
Expert warns of revisions to
psychiatric 'bible' DSM
As Dr. Allen
Frances read through the list of proposed
changes to psychiatry's bible of mental
sickness, alarms started ringing in his own
"I was surprised," the
renowned U.S. psychiatrist says, "that the
proposals managed to be much worse than my
most pessimistic expectations."
By the time he was
finished reading, Frances had calculated
that the recommendations contained within
the first draft for the fifth and latest
revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders -- a hugely
influential book used daily by doctors
worldwide, psychiatry's official
classification of all the ways humanity can
go "mad"--could unnecessarily trigger
wholesale "epidemics" of mental illness and
expose millions more adults and children to
potentially harmful psychiatric drugs.
Dr. Frances, more than
most, knows the kind of surprises that may
be lurking. He chaired the task force that
wrote the current edition of the manual --
referred to as DSM-IV -- which he says is a
book that unintentionally contributed to
vast and sudden increases in the diagnosis
of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder,
autism and childhood bipolar disorder (manic
depression), after it made changes in those
definitions. Rates of bipolar disorder alone
jumped 40-fold in the U.S. after the
definition was broadened to suggest that
children don't have to experience the
typical manic symptoms seen in adults to be
diagnosed bipolar -- and that depression in
kids can be a persistent irritable mood.
"Most of this was not our fault," Dr.
Rather, he blames "a
runaway fad led by thought leaders and
pushed by drug companies and advocacy
"We were remarkably
conservative and very careful. We laboured
very carefully not to have surprises, not to
have unintended consequences," said Dr.
Frances, former chair of the psychiatry
department at Duke University's School of
But once a diagnosis
gets out of the bottle, he says, "it spreads
like wildfire in ways you could never
bible is in the midst of its first major
rewrite in 16 years, coming at a time when
have become the second most-prescribed drug
class in the country, second only to
cardiovasculars, according to prescription
drug tracking firm IMS Health Canada. Across
Canada, pharmacies last year dispensed 61.2
million prescriptions for
psychotherapeutics, worth nearly $2.4
Increasingly, some of
the most potent, mood-altering drugs are
going to children. Between 2005-09, the
number of prescriptions forsecond-generation
antipsychotics for children under 13 more
than doubled, according to IMS data. Last
year, nearly 700,000 prescriptions for such
antipsychotics were dispensed for kids under
changes being proposed for the manual of
mental illness -- whose sales since 2000
have topped $40-million -- would create even
more patients for whom psychoactive drugs
can be prescribed.
FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION - A Catalyst for
Public Debate: Promoting Openness, Full Disclosure,
Two front page articles in
today's New York Times are of particular significance to
those seeking to reform US healthcare - addressing
quality of care and expenditure.
Book on Disorders of the Mind" by Benedict Carey,
reveals that the bipolar
diagnosis for children and the prescribing
antipsychotics for children will be delegitimized in the
revised diagnostic manual in psychiatry, the DSM-5.
http://www.nytimes. com/2010/ 02/10/health/ 10psych.html
The foremost revision to
psychiatry's diagnostic manual (in the forthcoming DSM-V)
overturns current American psychiatric practice
"diagnosing" children with bipolar and then mis-prescribing
toxic antipsychotics for children. These practices have been
aggressively promoted by leading child psychiatrists, most
notably by Dr. Joseph Biederman of Harvard / Massachusetts
General Hospital .
revised DSM-V diagnostic criteria, "Far fewer children would
get a diagnosis of bipolar disorder."
This revision is clearly the
result of documented evidence brought to public attention.
The evidence shows that children have become
psychiatry's commercially driven, drug-centered, clinical
practices. Adding fuel were the revelations about those
financial ties to psychotropic drug
"'The treatment of bipolar
disorder is meds first, meds second and meds third," said
Dr. Jack McClellan, a psychiatrist at the University of
Washington who is not working on the manual. 'Whereas if
these kids have a behavior disorder, then behavioral
treatment should be considered
the primary treatment'."
Children have been
misdiagnosed, then targeted for abusive prescribing of toxic
drugs, endorsed by American child psychiatrists at leading
academic institutions and the American Psychiatric
Association. "The misdiagnosis led many children to be given
powerful antipsychotic drugs,
which have serious side
effects, including metabolic changes."
psychiatrists now admit that most of unruly children were
misdiagnosed as bipolar:
"One significant change would be adding
a childhood disorder
called temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria, a
recommendation that grew out of recent findings that many
aggressive, irritable children who have been given a
diagnosis of bipolar disorder do not have it."
diagnoses of bipolar disorder have been in children as young
as 2, and there have been widespread reports that doctors
promoting the diagnosis
received consulting and speaking fees from the makers of the drugs."
Of note, psychiatry's
leadership - those who are largely responsible for the
meteoric rise in the labeling of normal children as
who led the way by lending the appearance of
legitimacy to the illegitimate prescribing antipsychotics
for young children - which rank among
damage-producing drugs - are retreating from their stance.
David Shaffer, a child psychiatrist at Columbia, a strong
proponent of using psychoactive drugs for children;
psychiatrist responsible for the design and promotion of
TeenScreen - a mental screening dragnet designed to
the number of school children labeled with mental disorders
requiring immediate intervention; has now conceded
current practice of labeling misbehaving children as bipolar
has been wrong.
Dr. Shaffer is quoted by the Times
stating that he and his
colleagues on the APA panel working on the manual "hope the
people contemplating a diagnosis of bipolar
patients would think again'."
A second important revision
would retreat from the practice of presuming that children's
misbehavior signaled "risk syndromes"
for severe incapacitating mental illness which
justified interventions with toxic pharmaceuticals:
the most controversial proposals was to identify "risk
that is, a risk of developing a disorder like
or dementia. Studies of teenagers identified as at high risk
of developing psychosis, for instance, find that 70 percent
or more in fact do not come down with the disorder."
"I completely understand the
idea of trying to catch something early," Dr. First said,
"but there's a huge potential that many unusual,
semi-deviant, creative kids could fall under this umbrella
and carry this label for the rest of their lives."
the human tragedies that follow the mislabeling of 70% of
children as severely mentally ill, who are then
extremely toxic drugs that induce diabetes, cardiovascular
disease, and a host of other severe adverse
insult to injury, US taxpayers have been saddled with the
cost of drugs that undermine the health of
children who then
require life-long care for drug-induced (iatrogenic) chronic
front page article in
today's Times, "The
World of Long-Term Care Hospitals" by Alex
Berenson is an
investigative piece which
blows the lid on
unregulated, for-profit, long-term care hospitals,
such as the facilities run by
Sect Medical Corp, which
Medicare's reimbursement rules favor - no matter that the
quality of care provided at some (most ?)
facilities is sub-standard.
The Times reports: "Unlike
traditional hospitals, Medicare does not penalize them
financially if they fail to submit quality data."
Medicare payment rules, traditional hospitals often lose
money on patients who stay for long periods. So they have a
financial incentive to discharge patients to long-term
hospitals, which then receive new Medicare payments for
admitting the patients.
Both hospitals benefit financially.
Long-term care hospitals are
projected to cost taxpayers $4.8 billion this year compared
to $398 million in 1993.
http://www.nytimes. com/2010/ 02/10/health/ policy/10care.
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Far fewer children would get
a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. "Binge eating disorder" and
"hypersexuality" might become part of
the everyday language.
And the way many mental
disorders are diagnosed and treated would be sharply revised.
These are a few of the
changes proposed on Tuesday by doctors charged with revising
psychiatry's encyclopedia of mental
disorders, the guidebook
that largely determines where society draws the line between
normal and not normal, between eccentricity
between self-indulgence and self-destruction - and, by
extension, when and how patients should be treated.
eagerly awaited revisions -
to be published, if adopted, in the fifth edition of the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of Mental Disorders, due
in 2013 - would be the first in a decade.
For months they have been the
subject of intense speculation and lobbying by advocacy
groups, and some proposed changes
have already been widely
discussed - including
folding the diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome into a broader
autism spectrum disorder.
But others, including a
proposed alternative for bipolar disorder in many children,
were unveiled on Tuesday. Experts said the
posted online at DSM5.org <http://dsm5.
org/> for public comment, could bring rapid change in
"Anything you put in that
book, any little change you make, has huge implications not
only for psychiatry but for pharmaceutical marketing,
research, for the legal
system, for who's considered to be normal or not, for who's
considered disabled," said Dr. Michael First,
a professor of
psychiatry at Columbia University who
edited the fourth edition of the manual but is not involved
in the fifth.
"And it has huge implications
for stigma," Dr. First continued, "because the more
disorders you put in, the more people get labels,
higher the risk that some get inappropriate treatment."
One significant change would
be adding a childhood disorder called temper dysregulation
disorder with dysphoria, a recommendation
that grew out of
recent findings that many wildly aggressive, irritable
children who have been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
not have it.
The misdiagnosis led many
children to be given powerful antipsychotic drugs, which
have serious side effects, including
"The treatment of bipolar
disorder is meds first, meds second and meds third," said
Dr. Jack McClellan, a psychiatrist at
the University of
Washington who is not working on the manual. "Whereas if
these kids have a behavior disorder, then
treatment should be considered the primary treatment."
Some diagnoses of bipolar
disorder have been in children as young as 2, and there have
been widespread reports that doctors
promoting the diagnosis
received consulting and speaking fees from the makers of the
In a conference call on
Tuesday, Dr. David Shaffer, a child psychiatrist at Columbia
, said he and his colleagues on the panel
working on the
manual "wanted to come up with a diagnosis that captures the
behavioral disturbance and mood upset, and
hope the people
contemplating a diagnosis of bipolar for these patients
would think again."
Experts gave the American
Psychiatric Association, which publishes the manual,
predictably mixed reviews. Some were
relieved that the task
force working on the manual - which includes neurologists
and psychologists as well as psychiatrists
had revised the
previous version rather than trying to rewrite it.
Others criticized the
authors, saying many diagnoses in the manual would still
lack a rigorous scientific basis.
The good news, said Edward
Shorter, a historian of psychiatry who has been critical of
the manual, is that most patients
will be spared the
confusion of a changed diagnosis. But "the bad news," he
added, "is that the
scientific status of the
main diseases in previous editions
of the D.S.M. - the keystones of the vault of psychiatry -
To more completely
characterize all patients, the authors propose using
measures of severity, from mild to severe,
and ratings of
symptoms, like anxiety, that are found as often with
personality disorders as with depression.
"In the current version of
the manual, people either meet the threshold by having a
certain number of symptoms,
or they don't," said Dr. Darrel
A. Regier, the psychiatric association' s research director
and, with Dr. David J. Kupfer
of the University of
Pittsburgh , the co-chairman of the task force. "But often
that doesn't fit reality. Someone with
have symptoms of insomnia , of anxiety; these aren't the
diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia,
but they affect the
patient's life, and we'd like to have a standard way of
In a conference call on
Tuesday, Dr. Regier, Dr. Kupfer and several other members of
the task force outlined their
favored revisions. The task
force favored making semantic changes that some
psychiatrists have long argued for,
trading the term "mental
retardation" for "intellectual disability," for instance,
and "substance abuse " for "addiction."
One of the most controversial
proposals was to identify "risk syndromes," that is, a risk
of developing a disorder like
schizophrenia or dementia.
Studies of teenagers identified as at high risk of
developing psychosis, for instance, find
that 70 percent or
more in fact do not come down with the disorder.
"I completely understand the
idea of trying to catch something early," Dr. First said,
"but there's a huge potential that many
semi-deviant, creative kids could fall under this umbrella
and carry this label for the rest of their lives."
Dr. William T. Carpenter, a
psychiatrist at the University of Maryland and part of the
group proposing the idea, said it needed
"Concerns about stigma and excessive treatment must be
there," he said. "But keep in mind that these are
individuals seeking help, who have distress, and the
question is, What's wrong with them?"
The panel proposed adding
several disorders with a high likelihood of entering the pop
vernacular. One, a new description of sex
"hypersexuality, " which, in part, is when "a great deal of
time is consumed by sexual fantasies and urges; and in
planning for and engaging in sexual behavior."
Another is "binge eating
disorder," defined as at least one binge a week for three
months - eating platefuls of food, fast, and to
the point of
discomfort - accompanied by severe guilt
and plunges in mood.
"This is not the normative
overeating that we all do, by any means," said Dr. B.
Timothy Walsh, a psychiatrist at Columbia and the
State Psychiatric Institute who is working on the manual.
"It involves much more loss of control, more distress,
feelings of guilt and unhappiness. "
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Tardive Dyskinesia from Neuroleptics
National Association for
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Legal and legislative group for
civil rights, liberties and ending fotced treatment
New Drugs, Poorly Recognised Conditions, Genetic
Polymorphism & the Crisis in Mental Health.
Dr Yolande Lucire, Australian
Forensic Psychiatrist, website on these topics.
directory of dr.s not taking bribes
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A blog covering psychiatric faux pas
Side Effects of Psychiatric
Medications and Mind Altering Drugs
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Relatives & Allies of Psychiatric
Useful site for patients to rate, or
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Equally useful site for the
'patient' to rate the medication.
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Website of the late Dr Loren Mosher,
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CONSENT REQUIRED FOR MEDICAL CARE
Panda bear good job. I just learned something. Grandpa Chuck we need
to hang on to this
information. The 9th circuit Federal Court. Way to go Panda. Would this
come under this
ruling, since our friends CPS thinks that it puts the child in harms way
not be vaccinated, I
would think that they would challenge this. Rather than take a chance of
in the hot seat, a place where they never want to be and work very hard
to keep us there
instead. Then they'll blame the parent for stopping the vaccines when
the child catches
one of the diseases the vaccine prevents. marilyn fpls
Panda Bear wrote:
> I found what I was looking for! On my local FP board, one of them was
> whining about the Health Dept. not accepting a piece of paper that
> was purported to be placement papers. The office manager of the
> health dept. told her that it wasn't signed by a judge for one thing,
> but neither was it on official state letterhead, so no dice on
> getting vaccinations for the foster child. I applaude the office
> manager for her stance, but I had to send the foster parent the
> following information on why their stance was incorrect. I probably
> ruffled some feathers, but I hope I educated them too.
>> PARENTAL CONSENT REQUIRED FOR MEDICAL CARE
>> The medical provider needs your consent prior to treating your
>> child. This is true even if your child is in state care.
>> The 9th Circuit Federal Court recently decided a case which greatly
>> emphasizes the parental right to govern medical care, even when
>> children are in state custody:
>>  The right to family association includes the right of parents
>> to make important medical decisions for their children, and of
>> children to have those decisions made by their parents rather than
>> the state.
>> � it is in the interest of both parents and children that parents
>> have ultimate authority to make medical decisions for their
>> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
>> In the above case, the Wallis children were picked up and taken to
>> a clinic for an invasive vaginal and anal sexual abuse examination.
>> The court held such exams even for investigative purposes are
>> unlawful when administered without parental consent or a court
>> order. Parental consent is always required.
>> � the "Constitution assures parents that, in the absence of
>> parental consent, physical examinations of their child may not be
>> undertaken for investigative purposes at the behest of state
>> � the state is required to notify parents and to obtain judicial
>> approval before children are subjected to investigatory physical
>> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
>> State agents and foster caregivers do not have the power to consent
>> to medical care. Even if the parent refuses to give their consent,
>> the state agent must obtain a court order for medical care. In this
>> case, the parents have a right to go before the Judge and tell
>> their reasons for not wanting to give consent.
>> � unless a judicial officer has determined, upon notice to the
>> parents, and an opportunity to be heard, that grounds for such an
>> examination exist
>> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
>> Parents have the right to be present with their child during all
>> medical examinations and appointments.
>> Parents have a right arising from Fourteenth Amendment liberty
>> interest in family association to be with their children while they
>> are receiving medical attention, or to be in a waiting room or
>> other nearby area if there is a valid reason for excluding them
>> while all or a part of medical procedure is being conducted.
>> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
>> Children have a corresponding right to have their parents present
>> during medical exams and appointments.
>> Under Fourteenth Amendment right of family association, children
>> have right to the love, comfort, and reassurance of their parents
>> while they are undergoing medical procedures, including
>> examinations, particularly those that are invasive or upsetting.
>> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
It has been tragic what has happened with these shootings. But as we all
know, it is tragic that many drugs have been used on our children. There
be a need, however, each and every drug must be maintained and the
person taking said drugs watched closely. OR many have questioned, are
drugs really necessary?? Actually my doctor told me the other day,
that there is a pill for any ailment. But he, like so many others are
asking. Is it really
needed, or perhaps one could change their life
style... Just a thought.
So here is the links to a recent email for ones' consideration:
Read the disturbing
truth about psych drugs and violence right here:
The mainstream media
won't mention any links to psych drugs, of course. (It would anger their
advertisers.) At the same time, the Associated Press
has declared war on alternative medicine! Check it out here:
Mental health Trojan horse
By Richard E. Vatz and Jeffrey A. Schaler
The vast majority of Americans are unaware of most of what is included
in the Senate and House health care reform bills as they head for
reconciliation in the House-Senate Conference. They will be in for a
big surprise concerning parity mental health care coverage, covering
mental problems comparably to physical problems. In addition, the
arguments supporting the changes, rarely made public in order to avoid
rigorous debate, have revealed the shifting grounds supporting parity.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke on Dec. 16
to a friendly crowd of health care providers and others at Sheppard
Pratt Health System near Baltimore, a location for a broad array of
psychiatric services, concerning mental health coverage, and,
according to reports, she defended the expansion of such coverage with
all of the familiar shibboleths.
She argued, consistent with the administration's claim that expanding
health care in general to 30 million or more citizens would actually
save us money, that the vastly increased mental health parity program
would additionally, as the Baltimore Sun reported her message,
"improve care for millions of Americans who do not get all the mental
health services they need."
In the speech, Ms. Sebelius said, "One in 5 Americans will have a
mental health illness this year and almost half will have a mental
illness in their lifetimes. Yet 10 million people didn't get the
mental health care they needed last year, and 20 million didn't get
substance abuse services."
Ms. Sebelius proclaimed her own false analogy of mental health to
physical health by saying, "If 10 [million] or 20 million Americans
were walking around bleeding, we'd have alarm bells going off."
But if mental heath professions' own estimates of the current number
of people who are mentally ill are correct, Ms. Sebelius is way off in
her calculations. As Mark Twain quipped, "There are lies, damned lies
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) claims that more than 50
percent of Americans are mentally ill in their lifetime - and recent
APA studies dwarf that statistic. Moreover, the problems that qualify
as "mental disorders," all those listed in the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), are virtually without
Significantly, the new coverage of mental illness covers a vast array
of the "worried well," who have no neurological or mental disorders
but simply have problems in living. Support for mental health parity
in the new health reform bills relies on the public's false inference
that the prototypical mental disorder is dementia or some other
organically based brain disease, which constitute only a tiny
percentage and atypical sampling of the hundreds of "mental disorders"
listed in DSM-IV.
Typically, psychiatrists label those unhappy people they concede have
no physical illness as having "social anxiety disorder" or some other
equally benign "disorder." Such people can be in costly,
insurance-covered therapy indefinitely. As one psychologist told us,
"Anyone who comes in with any problem can be diagnosed as having
'adjustment disorder.' " (e.g., "with anxiety," DSM-IV Code 309.24).
There are many such diagnoses of easily applicable disorders,
including "antisocial personality disorder" (DSM-IV Code 301.7),
"avoidant personality disorder" (DSM-IV Code 301.82), and others vague
enough to be applied to almost anyone. This is one of the reasons that
the American Psychiatric Association claims that in a lifetime far
more than a majority of citizens will suffer from a mental disorder,
and the estimates are increasing.
In the December 2008 APA's Archives of General Psychiatry, there is a
report that "almost half of college-aged individuals had a psychiatric
disorder in the past year [emphasis added]," and this includes heavy
drinking, categorized as "alcohol use disorder" (DSM-IV Code 305.00).
When everyone is sick, what is normal? "What is healthy?"
On one strategy to deal with these issues, perhaps Ms. Sebelius and
mental health skeptics can agree: It is high time to let a national
debate begin - before mental health parity becomes part of universal
national health care insurance.
Richard E. Vatz, a professor at Towson University, is associate
psychology editor of USA Today Magazine. Jeffrey A. Schaler, a
professor at American University, is executive editor of Current
Psychology and author of "Addiction Is a Choice" (Open Court
Publishing Co., 1999).
David Rosenhan's THUD experiment
Well people were admitted to psych hospitals, telling only
one lie, that they were hearing a loud thud, but otherwise
they were to behave completely normal.
EVERY ONE was admitted!
Do not overlook the PUNCH line!
After it was exposed and embarassed the phychiatric
community in the USA, a psych hospital challenged him
to send more and they would spot them.
Later they reported that they had identified 41 fakes.
Rosenhan then announced that he had sent NO MORE fakes!
They were CAUGHT again! They have NO CREDIBILITY LEFT!
“I always knew my sister’s sudden death that was labeled suicide was
suspicious” Nothing made sense until NOW!
After almost 3 decades of being kept in the dark, I have the answer I
searched for my entire life since that tragic morning I found her in
her 1977 Buick with our father’s handgun in her lap. I promised her
that morning I would not give up until I found t
he “truth” about what
really happened to her. My sister loved her family and knew we loved
her. She would not of taken her life. So why did she?
Summary of my story:
My sister moved home to file for divorce in 1980.
I am her younger sister Lisa, and we spent the most time together when
she moved back home. I was thrilled to have the time with her. We were
She was a strong, smart woman and was determined to make it on her own.
She worked for the county that we lived in and was very well liked.
They were shocked as everyone was to hear about her sudden death. So
out of character.
The time she lived with us she was fine. Going to work taking one day
at a time to rebuild her life. Until Suddenly the last month to weeks
I listened, and I watched her suddenly turn into someone I did not
know. I could not figure it out. Why was she acting like this? Saying
these things to me? Finding it funny to scare me?
She started to talk about death and dying, and included me in her
on how I could help her end her life. (ways we could try)
Some examples: She would loop a belt around her neck and ask me to
as hard as I could until she stopped breathing, She would ask me to
come in the middle of the night and put a pillow over her face to
suffocate her in her sleep, she would lay still in her bed and when she
heard me coming she would pretend to be dead when I shook her to wake
her up… she would not move until she started to laugh hysterically, and
would say “I’m just joking Lisa..I just wanted to see what you would do
if I were really dead? and what it would really feel like to be dead? I
wouldn’t really do it …I’m too chicken!”
Soon another sudden change came about she started to say things like
“HE” is in your closet and going to get you. Will you sleep with me in
my room?! Never made sense. She also would go from laughing and joking
about something then it turned into anger and agitation and confusion
Something else happened shortly before she took her life. She was
very sick with the flu. She lost a lot of weight, she could not eat,
drink, or get up out of bed she was very pale and fragile looking. I
felt so bad I could not help her feel better.
She often fell asleep with her bible on her face she looked like she
was searching for a answer to something that was happening inside her
she did not understand.
I had to take the bible of her face when she finally was able to sit
still and take a short nap. Her sleeping pattern was all off as well.
The night before she took her life I remember so clear all the
I remember everything.. from how she kept rocking in our rocking chair
we had in the living room. She would n
ot stop. She also was talking
much faster than usual and walking much faster as well. When I asked
her to stop rocking so fast she just looked at me like she couldn’t
stop, or didn’t want to. It was like someone was pushing her to rock. I
thought it very odd at the time but soon overlooked it because her
behavior had been so altered lately that I almost was getting use to it.
Lori came into my bedroom late that night and stood in my doorway.
was talking to me.
The last thing she said was “Well I’ll see you in the morning!” and off
she went down the hallway and I heard the door slam as it always did
behind her. I did not know it then but that was the last time I would
see her alive.
On September 22 1981 I was getting ready for school. I went into her
room to borrow a shirt of hers and I quietly asked her if I could
She did not answer. So I took it and got ready to catch the bus.
As I walked out the front door down our driveway I had to pass her
From a distance all I could see was RED. My first thought was “here she
goes again, She is trying to fool me again, and this time she used
Well as I got closer..I saw my sister through the car window as she
on her side with her head on the headrest of the passenger side door. I
could see her face clearly. There was blood dripping from her bottom
lip onto the seat and still I was in disbelief.
Our father came out of the house broke the driver side window unlocked
the door got in the car reached across her body to unlock the passenger
side door ran around the car as fast as he could to then find out my
sister was not moving. She was not alive. She was gone.
My sister’s body lay across my fathers lap and he just kept repeating
My father’s spirit died at that moment he realized his daughter was
We had no answers, there was no evidence that somebody could of helped
her there was no clues left behind. So It appeared at the time
Decades later the truth has surfaced. Finally I was able to put it
together. I was going through my sister’s box of things I packed
almost 28 years
ago. I came across many things I remembered from the time… Including a
medicine bottle. We knew my sister was put on a medicine to help her
with stress from the divorce so it was not a surprise that I packed the
bottle off her dresser.
However..the shock came to me when I typed the name of the drug into
the computer just months ago.
Slowly…it all came together..and I mean all of it. From the things she
said to the things she did. To the rocking in the chair to the things
she was seeing that were not there ..and finally to the flu like
symptoms that come with theSudden withdrawl of the
The Black Box Warnings that today are on ALL antidepressant drugs
My sister was put on this drug Aug. 18 1981.
She stopped taking it as many people did due to the side effects.
She was in bed with the flu which turned out to be not the flu at all
but the withdrawl from this prescription drug that in the end killed my
I WAS 13 YEARS OLD
LORI WAS 25
PEOPLE ASK ME WHY NOW DOES THIS MATTER?
MY ANSWER IS…BECAUSE NUMBER ONE MY SISTER IS DEAD.
NUMBER TWO I AT 13 HAD TO LIVE MY ENTIRE LIFE WITH SUSPICIAN ABOUT
HAD HAPPENED TO HER!
I HAD TO LIVE WITH THE NIGHTMARES, I COULD NOT WALK BY A PARKED CAR FOR
YEARS DUE TO THE FEAR OF SEEING HER INSIDE AGAIN,
I WOULD GO TO THE CEMETARY FOR THE FIRST FEW YEARS RIGHT FROM SCHOOL
AND JUST SIT AND ASK..WHY..HOW..SOMETHING IS MISSING. I KNOW YOU DID
NOT DO THIS. YOU WOULD NOT DO THIS.
I WAS TORMENTED BY HER BECAUSE OF A MIND ALTERING DRUG..THAT WAS AND
STILL IS LEGAL IN THIS COUNTRY.
I COULD NOT SAY GOODBYE TO HER WHEN SHE DIED BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID TO GO
UP TO THE COFFIN DUE TO THE FACT I THOUGHT SHE WOULD JUMP UP AT ME AND
LAUGH LIKE SHE DID BEFORE.
I HAVE BEEN THROUGH HELL BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE THIS DRUG DID TO MY
SISTER..AND TO MY FAMILY.
AND I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER FAMILIES OUT THERE STILL IN THE DARK!!
I HOPE TO FIND THEM AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THEIR
LOVED ONE IF OUR STORIES ARE SIMILAR..AND THIS RX DRUG WAS INVOLVED!
Fixin' Health Care
To Other Thoughts
Intro to Medical Concerns
From time to time I may be introducing you to parts of our
NFPCAR Website. This site
is actual an integral part of the discussion group. The
this website is in an Open Format and is a never ending story. Here is
just one of the sections found on our Medical Concerns
Promoting Patient Safety
One key word today is Transparency. So keeping this in mind, this is
what the Organization presenting this avenue to present you medical
is all about. The name of the organization is
Empowered Patient Coalition and here is their introduction
Empowered Patient Coalition is a 501(c)(3) charitable
organization created by patient advocates devoted to helping the public
the quality and the safety of their healthcare. The coalition
feels strongly that the first crucial steps in both patient empowerment
and patient safety
efforts are information and education. The public is
increasingly aware that they must assume a greater role in health care
issues but they need
tools, strategies and support to assist them in
becoming informed and engaged medical consumers who are able to make a
positive impact on health care safety."
And part of this that they started is
a data base to report Concerns a Patient May Have.
Report a Medical Event
An Adverse Event -
A Health Care Provider -
A Hospital or Facility -
Medications or Medical Products
File A Privacy Complaint -
another bit of information. We as a team have a lot of winter work ahead
Development of Our Legal Section - Although we are not lawyers, we
are currently working on organizing our Statutes, Policies, etc.
first step is creating an outline of Organization of key Courts and
terms.. ie Admin. Hearings, Family Court, etc. Then we will be
taking advantage of the blog system to organize this information. If
there are any member who know the statutes in their state and/or
would like to become a member of our team, please let me know
Training and New Examiner.com Column by Marilyn aka momma bear - For
those who are not aware, Marilyn is actually one of the
members of this group. Many years ago, she was also Falsely Accused
as a foster parent, which led her to know more about
Admin. Law, and many, many other Life experiences.
FYI, Besides authoring "Standing
in the Shadow of the Law", here are more of her
thanks for listing to this ol' guy.
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