Warning: A Psychiatric tsuNAMI is Upon U.S.

Well, our government is at it again.

It is not clear if this is the last stop, or where in the process we even are, but as best I can tell: happening any moment, Congressman Tim Murphy (R, Pennsylvania) will be making another speech at another hearing about the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) which is now part of a new bill, H.R. 34.

H.R. 2646 was the controversial legislative package that did everything from increasing and sanctioning state-sponsored forced and court-ordered psychiatry to the re-organization of SAMHSA. There was not a group that went unscathed: babies, pregnant and lactating women, children, teens, adults, and veterans. The mixing of drug experimentation, programming, payments, delivery, tracking systems, prison systems, psychiatric systems, medical systems, educational systems—everything accounted for in 996 pages.

This new bill, introduced on the day after Thanksgiving, November 25, 2016 is part of a pattern of the government trying to slip controversial psychiatric policy through when no one is thought to be watching. We recently saw this with the FDA’s shock treatment regulation for comment being released days before the new year and due the day after a celebrated holiday.

This bill, H.R. 34, the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015 [21st Century Cures Act] is the subject of a hearing at the Capitol, in H-313, tonight on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 5:00 PM. Among the most problematic issues this bill presents are multiple provisions for forced psychiatry not limited to IOC/AOT, ACT Teams, and Prison Psychiatry.

H.R. 34 also includes: SAMHSA reorganization, condoning of HIPPAA violations, electronic health records, a study of peer support specialists for future controls of the field, multiple attacks on young people and veterans, and a host of other potential human rights violations. Psychiatry is a fraud and this bill perpetuates it.

Tell your legislators to VOTE NO on H.R. 34!

Demand that your legislators stop sneaking controversial, damaging bills into other bills at the last minute. What is being called a “simple parliamentary procedure” seems rather shady to me. The legislature has not been able to pass some version of Murphy’s bill for years, and now they are going to try to sneak it in merged with the 21st Century Cures Act under the title Education, Research and Tsunami Warning Act of 2015. These actions further problematize our legislative processes.

It is urgent that people realize that no child will grow up without psychiatric evaluation. All people will become, in a generation or two, acclimated to being psychiatrized; psychiatry and its arms of drugs and institutions will become even more standard in our society.

At the very moment that people are becoming more vocal about the need for equality, eliminating racism and racist practices and systems, calling out sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and other forms of structural oppression, and addressing the outright fraud and other structural problems of psychiatry and its subdivisions, the government will solidify psychiatric practice in our society. This includes a great expansion of psychiatric reach into the prison industry and court systems.

Do not be fooled, this is a one way path that will allow the new administration the type of reach they want to keep us contained as they break down the existing structure, creating greater disparities, and further subjecting us, as a people who are already often oppressed, into further social control and subjugation to psychiatry.

Follow up with your legislators, and all legislators you can. Inform them about the dangers of psychiatry. Inform them about the dangers of this bill. Tell them that a bill that has been combined with multiple other bills totaling 996 pages (and involving who knows how many billions of dollars in taxpayer resources)—a bill that was introduced 3 business days prior to its hearing and 4 days prior to its assumed vote, under the name of a bill that has already passed, but has been deleted and replaced by this mess that has not been able to pass on its own for years—is not acceptable.

I am sure analyses of what the bill entails need to be made and many are working on making them. For now, take action. Call your elected officials today, tonight, tomorrow, and continue to do so to make your voice heard. The pro-psychiatry, pro-forced psychiatric treatment advocates are launching campaigns against us. We need to speak out, once again, for ourselves. No one else will. Make your calls now.

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H.R. 34 Bill Text

H.R. 34 Hearing Information

Those who want to take a closer look at this bill, please read on:

Even a cursory glance at the Table of Contents and the twenty-five titles it encompasses makes one have to take a deep breath to get the scope of how this bill can fundamentally transform our society—and not for the better.

Division A – 21st Century Cures starts off with Title I, NIH Innovation Projects and State Responses to Opioid Abuse. Title II includes Innovation Projects and includes privacy protections for human research subjects—a section called “High Risk, High Reward Research” is included here, as is the development of a “Taskforce specific to pregnant and lactating women.” These need to be read carefully.

Title III is Development and includes provisions such as patient-focused drug development, advancing new drug therapies, and a host of other sections designed for research on physical health.

Title V addresses Savings and this looks at issues of Medicare and Medicaid, and affects the Affordable Care Act.

Section VI looks at Leadership and Accountability and this is where the re-organization of SAMHSA is laid out and the provisions for the establishment of the “Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee” can be found.

Title VII is designed for “Ensuring mental and substance use disorders prevention, treatment, and recovery programs keep pace with science and technology” and has both regional and national goals.

Title VIII is for “Supporting state prevention activities and responses to mental health and substance use disorder needs” that work on block grants.

Title IX is for “Promoting access to mental health and substance use disorder care” and these include grants for “treatment and recovery for homeless individuals”; “jail diversion programs”; “promoting integration of primary and behavioral health care”; “National Suicide Prevention Line” and other types of programs that track and turn in people to the system, acting as a pipeline to psychiatry. Section 9014 is “Assisted outpatient treatment” and Section 9015 is the Assertive Community Treatment grant program. It is important for people to specifically speak out against Sections 9014 and 9015 as inherently problematic for protecting human rights.

Subtitle B of Title IX is focused on “Strengthening the Health Care Workforce” and this includes education and training programs. Subtitle C targets college campuses.

Title X is for “Strengthening mental and substance use disorder care for children and adolescents” and increases pediatric access, programming, treatment, and interventions for young people, “screening and treatment for maternal depression” and Section 10006 is particularly worrisome, “Infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment.”

Title XI is the loss of privacy rights under HIPAA (you may recall issues around Matsui’s bill that was basically incorporated into the structure).

Title XII further strengthens “Mental Health Parity” which works on the premise that psychiatry is as legitimate a science as physical health medicine, and perpetuates the fraud of the pharmaceutical and psychiatric industries, ensuring also that training, education, information and awareness of eating disorders are covered under these processes.

Title XIII is for “Mental Health and Safe Communities” Subtitle A includes the expansion and over reach of Law Enforcement and Psychiatry working hand in hand through Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (torture) “Assisted Outpatient Commitment” (as a second section in this same bill, here Section 14002. Title XIII also includes “Federal drug and mental health courts”; “mental health in the judicial system”; “Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Initiatives”; “mental health training for Federal uniformed services”; “school mental health intervention teams”; “Active-shooter training for law enforcement”; “Improving Department of Justice data collection on mental illness involved in crime”; and “Reports on the number of mentally ill offenders in prison”, further attempting to discriminate against people with psychiatric histories. In this section, the limited patients’ rights for the Department of Veterans Affairs are noted, and this of course is and continues to be a concern; for example, we know veterans and their fetuses are being subjected to shock treatment.

Subtitle B focuses on “Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health” in prisons and jails, local and federal law enforcement training, and GAO reporting and needs to be looked at very carefully in the future.

Title XV addresses Medicare Part A and reimbursements. Title XVI, Medicare Part B and treatment/payments/ and Continuing Access to Hospitals Act of 2016; all of which need thorough review.

Title XVII includes other Medicare provisions and XVIII still other provisions around employer health reimbursement.

Division D is “Child and Family Services and Support” and includes Title XIX, “Investing in Prevention and Family Services”, restructuring prevention services, programs, and payments as they relate to foster care, and perhaps one of the few sensible things, Section 19032, “Development of a statewide plan to prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities.”

Title XXI looks also and securing support for foster families and children and Title XXII addresses “reauthorizing adoption and legal guardianship incentive programs.”

Title XXIII is for “Technical Corrections” for data and programming and “Technical corrections to State requirement to address the developmental needs of young children.”

Title XXIV is for “Ensuring states reinvest savings resulting from increase in adoption assistance” and like “Title XXV, Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results” and the extension of the TANF program and other types of social supports, this needs to be read and understood.

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168 COMMENTS

  1. Lauren the way the law increases the role of law enforcement agents in MH is really scary. The law keeps stating increased training so the cops can take on a greater overall role…Yet their track record has been to shoot and kill us. We need less, not more cop participation/screwup in our lives.

  2. Yes, we need to oppose this. But part of the problem is that there is no Anti-Psychiatry Movement, none. Instead we have a Therapy, Recovery, and Healing Movement, and this legitimates psychiatry, and it also silences abuse survivors.

    So we must oppose psychiatry, without in anyway abusing the survivors. This means we must never utter a work of support for Therapy, Recovery, or Healing.

    And we must make it clear that the entire psychiatry, psychotherapy, and FixMyKid industry are just continuations of child abuse, and that this is being done to support eugenics, to maintain work force discipline in our capitalist system.

    Nomadic

  3. Hi, I’m back, hopefully the break will make my fingers and brain more coordinated. (And I just got the “tsuNAMI” pun in the title, good one.)

    This is some of the most complex (and sleazy) legislative maneuvering I’ve seen, not that these are my usual stomping grounds.

    As I read it (if I’m wrong somebody please correct me asap), HR 34, the original bill about tsunami warnings, has already been passed and is awaiting Obama’s signature. In the interim, the Senate apparently tacked on an amendment related to the original purpose of the bill. THEN someone in the House proposed an amendment to the Senate amendment, which is the 21st Century Cures/Murphy package; THIS is what is being voted on Wednesday. (I assume that if the attempt to append the Murphy/Cures package is defeated then HR 34 will still be signed into law on its own without the medical and “mental health” language.) So technically we’re not trying to defeat HR 34, we’re trying to defeat the amendment the House is trying to attach to it, if that makes sense. Still, saying you oppose the 21ST CENTURY CURES legislation should be understandable enough, so don’t let all this gibberish intimidate you. Like I said before, it took me less than 5 minutes and no one asked me for my name, address and life history.

    Another thing — I believe that this version of “Murphy” may not be a direct lift from HR4626; Jaffee mentioned “language” being taken from HR4626 and the “Cures” bills, but he also mentioned AOT “funding,” and funding was NOT part of the Murphy bill passed last summer — only provisions for AOT if funding is provided later. If this is accurate it means that this bill is even WORSE than the version of Murphy we were originally facing.

    Anyway, glad this discussion has begun and hope Lauren & others will stick around for the duration, to the best of their ability.

    And there’s still time to call your congressional reps Wednesday morning, especially if you do it early.

  4. Hey you guys, Elizabeth Warren just put out a MoveOn petition saying that Big Pharma has hijacked this bill. Well this is what we have been saying all along, of course. She says the following, copied and pasted:

    “Legalizes fraud: It’s against the law for drug companies to market drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. You can’t sell a headache pill as a cure for cancer. Drug companies have paid billions in penalties for “off-label marketing.” Instead of following the law, they’ve cozied up to Congress to have the Cures bill shoot holes in it.

    “Covers up bribery: Currently, drug companies have to disclose the buckets of money, gifts, giveaways, and free trips they give doctors and hospitals as kickbacks to use certain drugs. Once again, drug companies cozied up to Congress to gut that disclosure rule, allowing any gift related to “medical education” to be exempt.

    “Hands out special deals to GOP donors: A major Republican donor to Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC has big business plans to sell dangerous, unproven stem cell treatments before they have been approved by the FDA as safe and effective. Now that donor is collecting on his investment. The Cures bill creates a special deal so people can sell these treatments without meeting the FDA gold standards for protecting patient safety, undermining the integrity of the FDA and the safety of untold numbers of desperate patients.”

    Well, gee, maybe they are finally catching on, eh? Her petition is with MoveOn. It’s very easy to sign. You just click. I didn’t even realize i had…until I did. Here it is: http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-congress-dont-let-2/

    Julie

    • This is encouraging, as it’s possible that Murphy could get caught in the crossfire of these other issues even if it’s not her major concern.

      MoveOn is a very liberal dem sort of site; since both sides have their hands in this I don’t know what to conclude from that — however we should take advantage of all opposition

  5. Jesus, will this bill never die? Well, I guess it’s back on social media for me so I can try and convince these legislators (except for Rep. Murphy who’s banned me) NOT to wage psychiatric terrorism on Mad people. Thanks for keeping us posted, Lauren.

  6. Julie, I really think people need to focus on calling their Representatives about this horrible legislation. I fear if they get side tracked signing a petition, they will think their job is done when it isn’t.

    However, I do think there are great talking points from this petition that can be used when calling your Representative, particularly, the patient safety issue.

    Anyway, please call your Representative to oppose this bill as soon as you can.

    Thanks!

    • Well, it’s not an either/or. Calling is BY FAR the most important, and NO ONE should think they’ve “done their duty” by simply clicking a link to a petition, as the effect of online petitions is minimal.. Calling your rep to oppose 21st Century Cures being attached to HR 34 is the only thing that will have a true impact; in fact part of the value of the petition should be to motivate people to call their representatives.

  7. Yes but many people never make those calls. A petition is very easy, click of the mouse, and those folks that do not ever call, and won’t, will be adding their voices to our calls. Plus MoveOn;s email list and Facebook sharing reaches many people and Elizabeth Warren (she’s a senator) is a very prominent person taking this up. I figure it’s about time!

    • Julie,

      I haven’t seen great evidence that petitions are effective.

      Anyway, people need to call their representatives regarding this horrific legislation before they do anything else. If after they call and want to sign a petition, by all means so do. But calling your Reps should be the number one priority.

    • Yes but many people never make those calls. A petition is very easy,

      And if used with that reasoning a petition is an easy cop-out and a feel-good way for people to rationalize that they’ve done something, but if that’s all they do they’ve basically done nothing. AA is totally correct about this. What’s the big deal about making a phone call?

      Again it’s good that others like Stein are taking this up, we need all the help we can get. But Congresspeople don’t ask “How’s the MoveOn petition coming along?” They ask what their constituents are saying. And the congressional reps are the only ones who have the power to vote on this.

  8. I can’t begin to express my astonishment at how corrupt politics in the USA have become. This evil legislation represents merely the opening salvo of the new administration’s attack on the Affordable Care Act. What, of course, is their alternative to the Affordable Care Act? Obviously, it’s got to be an Unaffordable Care Act.

    These right wing millionaire congress jerks staple the Murphy bill, somebody’s lauded mental health “reform” package, a really repressive police state piece of legislation, to this bill to smooth the way for big pharma to rake in max profits at the expense of peoples’ health. You know rolling back civil rights is on the drawing board and their agenda. I think we’ve only got a foretaste here of the mischief ahead.

  9. BREAKING: “Cures” approved in voice vote, final approval postponed:

    From the Office of the Clerk, House of Representatives http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx

    “POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 34, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Senate amendment with an amendment and by voice vote, announced that the yeas had prevailed. Mr. McDermott demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.” i

    Maybe this is good — no idea how long this will delay things if at all (Congress hasn’t yet adjourned for the day); however we should look into “Mr. McDermott” and see if he can be considered an ally.

    • It’s hard to know whether they’ll get back to this Thursday. All it says on the legislative calendar is “Consideration of legislation related to 21st Century Cures” listed at the end of the day, so it’s unclear whether they’re just doing that roll-call vote to formalize its passage or whether people are trying to add/subtract things. It’s in our interest to delay it. So if you haven’t called already it’s still worth doing, until you hear one way or the other about the vote being completed.

  10. It is essential that we oppose Murphy and anything else like it, without even one word of legitimacy for Psychotherapy, Recovery, or Healing. And we must never ask for pity.

    The reason we have these things is to make societal scapegoats. We used to get these scapegoats from the immigrants and minorities who did low wage labor. But today there is just less need for labor. So now we get out scapegoats directly from the middle-class family.

    So we must make people understand that mental illness, ADHD, Autism, and Eating Disorders are just middle-class child abuse. And we must never endorse psychotherapy, recovery, or healing, only legal and political action to obtain justice.

    And we must make it clear that we will fight back, using ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Underlying all of this is a eugenics argument. Since people will allow forced treatment and be shunted into psychotherapy and recovery, then these people must be defective. So we must disabuse our society of this view, by fighting back. We must protect ourselves, those at risk for psychiatry, psychotherapy, and recovery, and we must demonstrate that we will do WHATEVER IT TAKES TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN OF TODAY, ESPECIALLY FROM THEIR OWN PARENTS!

    And we must make it clear that this is not a no fault campaign either, we want the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy practitioners behind bars. They are accomplice child abusers and the violate mandatory reporting. Both felonies.

    There is today zero anti-psychiatry movement. Those who would lead it refuse to look a the full picture. Most treatment is after all voluntary, and most of those most severely impacted are children, who are being severely harmed long before they are anywhere near any kind of a doctor.

    So those who claim to be anti-psychiatry are merely looking at this from a Libertarian Anti-Government perspective. And that is totally useless.

    Organize, Move From Talk To Action, Please Join:
    http://freedomtoexpress.freeforums.org/fighting-to-eradicate-the-mental-health-system-and-incarcerate-the-practitioners-f2.html

    Nomadic

  11. I am inferring the House vote is a done deal. According to this Daily Kos Blog entry which is referring to the general provisions of the Cures Act:

    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/11/30/1605782/-Elizabeth-Warren-Asks-Democrats-Which-Side-Are-You-On-The-Answer-May-Disappoint-You

    The Cures Act passed easily, 392 to 26—with most of the opposition coming from the right-wing of the Republican Party.

    But six progressives voted against it, and deserve to be commended for doing so:

    Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)

    Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)

    Raul Grijalva (AZ-03)

    Barbara Lee (CA-13)

    Jim McDermott (WA-07)

    Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)

    I am really dumbfounded as even without the mental health legislation in there, this is a horrible bill as the patient protections will go right down the drain.

    Anyway, call your Senators tomorrow to vote against this bill.

  12. You are correct about the vote, it wasn’t something we were about to change but our tactical concern was to delay it as much as possible. Of course no one even knew about this for the most part till yesterday, so we did about all we could. However thanks to Lauren Tenney, Phil Hickey and a growing number of others we are in a better situation now in terms of awareness, and hopefully pissed-off-ness, to exert some kind of effect this time around. Plus there is more opposition in the Senate, though none because of our concerns.

    More links, etc. can be found at the organizing forum. Surviving & Thriving posted this, which discusses the Senate debate: http://www.raps.org/Regulatory-Focus/News/2016/11/30/26280/House-to-Pass-Revamped-21st-Century-Cures-Bill/

    PS That Daily Kos article is pretty good too (e.g. “Harvard’s Daniel Carpenter calls it the ’19th Century Fraud Act’”).

  13. It seems those of us who are willing and able have a week to put pressure on the Senate vote
    What we need is an anti NAMI NAMI group that would start up from a grasswork level and rise up using the best Alinsky tactics
    This would mean all groups in the game and I mean all would have to colace around each other even if it means holding one’s nose!
    This is not the time to engage in sibling rivalry
    So let’s make and create an activist umbrella organization
    We won’t win but by doing the act of creation a paper trail and stone path and road map would be created
    If Standing Rock can do it so can we
    Email me at [email protected]

  14. This week is not the time for trying to start an organization; if the goal is to stop this legislation, what we need to do is keep expanding the networking that’s already being done, as our sole immediate goal is to inform people and get them to call their Senators to oppose Murphy/Cures.

    While the notion of an “umbrella activist group” sounds nice, but that’s what Mindfreedom supposedly is/was. You can’t force people to work together when their basic goals are different, even opposite; however even people who disagree sometimes have a common interest in uniting over specific issues, which is what networks and coalitions are for. What we DO need is an unabashed anti-psychiatry organization or network, with a secure website administered by trusted people, to provide leadership and coordination for the movement, and I believe the groundwork is slowly being laid for such.

  15. Bravo Lauren for staying focused on this in the midst of some serious distractions. I didn’t hear about further amendments. Will do the research if necessary, do you know what they entail and if a definite vote has been scheduled?

    We still have one basic demand, everyone: OPPOSE THE 21st CENTURY CURES AMENDMENT TO HR 34.

    Also remember it’s the Senate this time around.

  16. I’d say if you have time on your hands contact some extra senators, as representatives have no say on a senate bill.

    Anyway THIS IS GREAT! Lauren hopefully is posting this around, we should join her. This is relevant to many, maybe most, of the other topics currently being discussed in MIA blogs, as well as on other sites (CAT)?

  17. Call BOTH your Senators BEFORE NOON TODAY (Monday). Tell them to OPPOSE THE 2!ST CENTURY CURES ACT BEING APPENDED TO H.R. 34. FURTHER, tell them you want MURPHY’S SO-CALLED “MENTAL HEALTH” PROVISIONS FROM HR 4626 REMOVED from the “Cures” package.

  18. Looks like there was NO VOTE, just an “agreement to invoke cloture,” meaning that a limit of 30 hours has been set on future debate from what I understand. “Consideration” of Cures is scheduled for 10 a.m.

    SO IT STILL MAKES SENSE TO CALL TUESDAY MORNING IF YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN THROUGH YET. What to say is pretty much the same.

  19. Great artical! Thanks for posting, and keeping us up to date! Am stressed, but trying to contact people. Have gotten through this my representative, but doesn’t seem to help. It will take time, and there’s never any certainty of anything. Got through to one of the senators in my state. Trying not to let the idea it won’t make a difference effect my calls too much.

  20. PLEASE REMEMBER that this is a SENATE vote; representatives have no say here no matter what side they’re on.

    Thanks Lauren for keeping up with the play-by-play today. After 10 days on the computer staying up till 4 a.m. I needed to take a shower, do some housecleaning and think about things like food, rent, etc. for awhile. (Add “patch the roof” to that.)

    So they’re dragging it out I see. I will recall (wish I could actually, I mean re-call) my Senators and Sanders and maybe Warren too.

    Am staying tuned Lauren, as per your post.

  21. Heard on my car radio while driving in Eugene ,Oregon around 7 PM on the 6th of December by someone working for psychiatry and in power at Sacred Heart Hospital ,on “behavioral health” announcing that 1/3 of the people in Lane County have the S word and the other Ma,,,Dep,,,,,, word and serious MI words and that the solution for this is ” AGGRESSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT” then that 42 woman were held in jail cause there was no room in the hospital and that the conditions were terrible but the Sheriff said that the conditions were not so bad . I did make calls and filibustered Sen. Wyden’s aid for some time and was told they would send me a letter.I said I’d be willing to explain some more if they allowed me to .White House house phone # 202 456 1111 has been busy . Dec. 7 2016 .

  22. TODDLERS UNDER THE GUN

    From a speech by Cassidy (thanks to Better Life):

    Another thing this bill does is establish a grant program focused on intensive early intervention for children who demonstrate first signs that may evolve into serious mental illness later in life. Dr. Howard Osofsky and his wife Dr. Joy Osofsky did research after Hurricane Katrina and found that you can detect from ages 0-3 evidence of a child who may have a problem with mental illness later in life. This bill provides grants for early intervention for the infants and children that will address the effects of trauma and the adverse experiences that children under the age of five have.

    http://www.cassidy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/icymi-cassidy-speaks-on-mental-health-reforms-in-21st-century-cures-act-of-2016

  23. Where I live, local government is now building internment camps for the homeless. They are treating homelessness as a mental illness. And of course these have on site “services”, especially Mental Health.

    So they use this, to sanitize the streets, but also to breakdown what remaining dignity homeless people have, their privacy.

    Nomadic

  24. Time to SPEAK OUT AGAINST PSYCH in all forms. Last night at my Toastmasters meeting I gave a last-minute speech titled, “How to become a mental patient.” It seems as though I got the effect I wanted as I was told the speech was “humorous and poignant.”
    Pros to being mental patient:
    You don’t have to work anymore
    You get paid!!!
    You are relieved of adult responsibilities. No more changing the kitty litter!
    You are relieved of human rights. Oh, never mind…..

    How is mental illness tested for? A brain test? Nope. A blood test? Nope. How you feel? Nope, because all humans have their good and bad days…..

    But if you totally determined, here’s how…..
    Easy three-step method:
    1) See a MH professional and get a diagnosis.
    Here, I added that diagnosis is a three-statement process:
    a) “You are.”
    b) “You can’t.”
    c) “You will.”
    Step 2) Use clinical language to describe everyday experiences. (grief, sadness, joy, etc)
    The most important step 3) Let everyone know you’re crazy.

    If they see you as a nut, you are a nut, you become one. Easy!!!!

    To punctuate the ending of my speech, I cracked an egg into a dish (broken brain). That’s when you die a nutcase and no one cares.

    I didn’t tape record this one. I enjoyed every minute of it, of course.

  25. Looking at those requirements for force are so scary. So many more will be roped in who would be better off without psych in their lives. Many are so young and don’t get a chance to know any other life, to know that another way is possible, better, more enjoyable, and you even get the rights, privileges, respect, and dignity we all deserve.

  26. Human Being,

    As one of those “evil” liberals, this is not a conservative vs. liberal issue. Our country has been stolen by a foreign government which even Republicans like Lindsey Graham realize.

    Anyway, I would be very happy if a sane Republican like Mitt Romney got chosen even if I disagreed with all his policies. But at least I would be able to sleep at night.

    You think this is a big fat joke but if Trump gets into office, all of us on this site will have alot greater concerns than the future of the Murphy bill.

  27. No matter how atypical a tactic it may seem, we need to encourage all Republican efforts to cut funding from “mental health” budgets left & right in the name of stopping wasteful spending, fighting “big government,” whatever it takes. And we need to make “psychiatric drug shooting” a public catch phrase in the vernacular of the Trump era (not that this has anything to do with Trump).

    • Agreed. I hear among the buzz of homeowners many complaints about “high taxes.” They need to know about the insane wasteful “mental health” spending that’s only ruining the lives of those the money is being spent on, money spent to keep people in System, including the Penal System, the Welfare System, the Child Protective (Foster Care) System, the Mental System. Taxpayers are paying to house Slaves within for thousands per day, while the money ultimately goes straight into the pockets of the drug companies. Meanwhile the average taxpayer rants about “fraud” that is by comparison, petty.

  28. There was a time when I would not have believed this type of legislation possible… I was 14, and honestly fell asleep that first night in an institution believing that the worst possible outcome for me would be not having time to find the absolute perfect dress for homecoming. It would be almost four years before I was even allowed to choose what I wore again, and by then, homecoming had been long forgotten. It would be nearly another year of being randomly re institutionalized and released over and over again before I finally saw a courtroom. The first three years, every new subjugation… every new level of dehumanization was utterly unimaginable to me. “God punishes us for what we can’t imagine.” And somehow I couldn’t imagine this, but I’m also not surprised.
    Additionally, are we seriously still attempting to toe the party line? When everyone gets paid by the same groups no matter what stance they mimed for the public, I think the illusion of a two party system is almost naive. Republican… democrat… I don’t see either of them being for us so their political agendas are rather moot. I’m not sure anyone won this election, but I am sure that we lose either way. Once these measures are in place, we are basically silenced by a system that is designed to keep us silent and compliant. I’m starting to wonder if we really can afford to maintain this quiet, unassuming presence or we need to start considering an organized and forceful stance…

  29. It still blows my mind that people refuse to see what should be obvious, that fact that people who end up in the mental health system and get labeled and get further incapacitated, are simply living in accord with the attitude their parents had towards them. So it is the parents who should be held accountable. Probably not by incarceration, but financially accountable.

    And then the Psychotherapists and Life Coaches, their job is to keep people stuck in the fog.

    I am blown away that people still refuse to see his.

    Nomadic