TeenScreen school psychotropic program handily defeated

“TeenScreen is dead, according to a recent announcement by Researcher Ken Kramer of PsychSearch.net. An “important announcement” posted on TeenScreen’s website — current as of November 15, 2012 — would bear this out. TeenScren explains:

We are sorry to inform you that the TeenScreen National Center will be winding down its program at the end of this year. Accordingly, we will no longer train or register new programs.

We will provide updates on the TeenScreen website for a limited time with respect to any other screening programs of which we become aware.

“TeenScreen was a huge program for psychiatrists,” Kramer explains. He describes the TeenScreen effort as a “massive plan intended to infiltrate every school and mentally screen every kid in the United States.” TeenScreen was a “huge program for psychiatrists, Kramer notes, adding that it was “their massive plan intended to infiltrate every school and mentally screen every kid in the United States.”

According to the “Our Leadership” web page in TeenScreen’s web site:: “The Teen Screen National Center leadership team – working with a National Advisory Council of advocates, physicians, researchers, and policy experts – provides tools and resources for clinicians, parents and community leaders seeking to build awareness for the compelling need for adolescent mental health screenings.”

The Teen Screen National Center also explains that the organization’s members “collaborate with colleagues nationally to advocate for comprehensive and inclusive adolescent mental health policy.”

“TeenScreen was a very controversial national so-called ‘diagnostic psychiatric service,” aka suicide survey; done on children who were then referred to psychiatric treatment. The evidence suggests that the objective of the psychiatrists who designed TeenScreen was to place children so selected on psychotropic drugs.”

TeenScreen was originally investigated and exposed by PsychSearch.net at a time whem there was absolutely no negative information about TeenScreen to be found on the web.

“We were informed about TeenScreen by Sylvia DeWall, a Clearwater event promoter who was alarmed after seeing a TV news report, in which the Florida Mental Health Institute was attempting to implement TeenScreen in Pinellas County schools, writes Kramer. “DeWall’s alarm was justified,” he explains. “TeenScreen’s pharma-connected Director Laurie Flynn had her sights set on expanding the screening program. This was revealed in one of Flynn’s emails to a Florida official, which PsychSearch.net obtained with a public records request.

TeenScreen Executive Director Director Laurie Flynn had clearly her sights set on Pinellas’ kids: “I’m looking for a horse to ride here!” and “I need to get some kids screened,” wrote Flynn by email to Jim Mcdonough, Director of the Florida Office of Drug Control.

Mcdonough is listed as an “advisor” to TeenScreen on its website, and according to Kramer: “TeenScreen gifted McDonough’s office with $180,000 to get TeenScreen set up. PsychSearch.net investigated further, and the resulting expose’ led to “a firestorm of emails to the Pinellas County school district officials from concerned citizens protesting TeenScreen.” This, in turn, resulted in The Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times publishing critical atcles regarding the program. The Pinellas County school board terminated the screening program, booting TeenScreen out of its school system.

The Psychsearch teem reveals also that a company-paid psychiatrist, David Shaffer, is a “consultant” with TeenScreen. He has frequently ligated on behalf of his prestigious clients – giant pharmaceutical companys.

The controversy “was then off to the races” as it “exploded on the World Wide Web and spread across the country spawning media across the country as school after school rejected TeenScreen,” Kramer said.

Kramer managed to gain some strong allies. U.S. Senator Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to several pharmaceutical firms, asking for specific information with the respect to “off label” uses on children. Grassley is also well-versed on the inappropriate medication of excessive numbers of foster children.

According to the June 9, 2008, Congressional Record, Senator Grassley put it on the record that the pharmaceutical firms were not entirey forthcoming to Grassley’s continued requests, saying that big pharma GalaxoSmithKline had “bamboozled” the Senate. Grassley went on summarize, saying: “We cannot live in a nation where drug companies are less than candid, hide information and attempt to mislead the FDA and the public.”

The hearings resulted in the 2010 passage of the “Physician Payments Sunshine Act,” written by Grassley and Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin). The act requires that drug and medical device manufacturers report gifts and payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals. As of November 2012, the Act had yet to be signed into law, according to a prepared press release from Senator Grassley.

Kramer’s patience, persistence, and tenacity ultimately paid off. Pushing the press to do its job, thus bringing about enough awareness of the program to cause angry parents to protest. Efforts to integrate it into any school system at all will likely bet met with similar resistance.

“We dealt TeenScreen various fatal death blows from which it never recovered and that ultimately led to its demise, Kramer writes. On Google, he explains, “we never relinquished the top 2 or 3 spot when searching for TeenScreen.” The group also “worked with the press across the country and had a massive number of stories published.” In turn, the group informed schools, who thereafter blocked the TeenScreen program.

Kramer offered thanks to the legal team at the Rutherford Institute, writer Evelyn Pringle, the Eagle Forum and “all those groups from many walks of life, nationwide, who fought this.”

For more information, see: psychsearch.net..