Government Accountability Office Criticizes Federal Mental Health System

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The US Government Accountability Office says it is “in the dark” about the effectiveness of federal mental health programs, according to Psychiatric News.

Only nine of 30 federal mental health programs run by the Department of Health and Human Services had completed evaluations, states the report. “More critically, there was no formal interagency coordination of the programs, in part because the Federal Executive Steering Committee for Mental Health has not met since 2009.”

GAO Wants Better Coordination, Evaluation of MH Programs (Psychiatric News, February 11, 2015)

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6 COMMENTS

  1. To The US Government Accountability Office:

    In regards to the effectiveness of federal mental health programs, the ADHD drugs and antidepressants create the symptoms of “bipolar.”

    And the antipsychotics create the symptoms of “schizophrenia,” via the central symptoms of anticholinergic intoxication syndrome.

    Please end the fraudulent eugenics deluded psychiatric stigmatization of human beings with today’s DSM scientifically “lacking in validity” mental illnesses.

    And please stop the psychiatrists from creating the serious mental illnesses in their patients with their drugs. Thank you.

  2. I think this could be very helpful to us. If the GAO creates some pressure, and the federal “mental health” system has to account for what it does, it might raise HUGE questions in the mind of government officials who pay for this terrible system. As we know, the fact is, overall, typical psychiatric interventions cause more harm than good. Yet more and more taxpayer money goes to pay for them.

    One of the most illuminating studies of all was reported on in MIA recently about the connection between degree of exposure to psychiatry and the likelihood of committing suicide. This Danish study showed that people were FORTY-FOUR TIMES (not percent, times) more likely to commit suicide if they spent some time as an inmate on a psych ward in the past year..

    Imagine what would happen if the GAO looked at this kind of research and reported it to Congress.

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