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November 19, 2012 permalink
TeenScreen, the effort to test every American teenager for psychiatric disorders, has died. It was the subject of vigorous, and successful, opposition both on the internet and in the streets. Enclosed are the announcement from the TeenScreen organization, and an email from PsychSearch.
Important Announcement for Schools & Communities
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.
In addition, certain resources relating to teen mental health screening are available in the public domain and can be found at the links below:
- PHQ-9 – Depression Screen within the GLAD-PC Toolkit
- PSC-Y – Broad Mental Health Screen
- CRAFFT – Substance Use Screen
- NREPP – online registry of interventions
Additionally, licensed clinicians will be able to access these materials for a limited time on the TeenScreen Program website.
TeenScreen is dead, according to their website TeenScreen.org.
Their announcement: "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. This was their massive plan intended to infiltrate every school and mentally screen every kid in the United States. It was THE program the psychs were counting on to get their hands on every child in America - so that the next generation would all become their victims.
And now - it is dead.
We dealt TeenScreen various fatal death blows from which it never recovered and that ultimately led to its demise. We won the internet fight. On Google we never relinquished the top 2 or 3 spot when searching for TeenScreen. We defeated TeenScreen on YouTube by never giving up the #1 spot when searching for TeenScreen. We worked with the press across the country and had a massive number of stories published. We informed schools who booted it out. This all spawned coast to coast demonstrations link.
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 http://www.psychsearch.net/teenscreen.html by PsychSearch.net when there was ZERO negative information on the net. We were informed about TeenScreen by Sylvia DeWall, a Clearwater event promoter http://clearwater.patch.com/articles/downtown-business-owner-has-no-intention-of-failing?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001#photo-9854066 who was alarmed after seeing a TV news report, where the Florida Mental Health Institute was attempting to implement TeenScreen in Pinellas County schools. DeWall's alarm was justified.
TeenScreen's pharma connected Director Laurie Flynn had her sights set on Pinellas' kids. This was revealed in one of Flynn's emails to a Florida official, which PsychSearch.net obtained in a public records request: "I http://www.psychsearch.net/teen_screen_flynn_email.pdf 'm looking for a horse to ride here!" and "I need to get some kids screened". PsychSearch.net investigated and the resulting expose http://www.psychsearch.net/teenscreen.html ' led to a firestorm of emails to Pinellas County school district officials from concerned citizens protesting TeenScreen. This resulted in Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times stories and the Pinellas County school board booting TeenScreen out.
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 http://www.psychsearch.net/news.html as school after school rejected TeenScreen. We lost track of how many reporters we provided documentation and quotes to.
Recently we have been tracking the departures of TeenScreen's directors Laurie Flynn and Leslie McGuire. One source close to the scene said that Flynn and McGuire left with disagreements over policy issues. The source said that psychiatrist Mark Olfson was the "interim director" who we discovered only showed up once a week on Wednesdays for one hour!
What has been happening at TeenScreen has been hush-hush. Even one of TeenScreen's National Advisory Council members, psychiatrist Joe English told us. "Your e-mail is the first information I have on what may have happened here."
Thanks to all of those Clearwater area folks who were there in the beginning, went to battle and kicked butt! See Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HjEkh84rgLk
Maybe you can spot yourself or your friends in this photo:
Thanks goes 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.
Special thanks goes to those I call the TeenScreen Dream Team, Sandra Lucas in Salt Lake City, who offered public relations guidance and political strategy; Doyle Mills, Clearwater, Fl who commanded the Letters to the Editor Attack Force (LEAF) and wrote articles himself and Sue Weibert, Buffalo, New York, investigator and google-fu http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=google-fu master.
And a very special thank you to my good friends Michael and Teresa Rhoades http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6AFRhVe8aE, who fought with the fury you would expect from parents whose child was mentally screened without their permission.
We have never really tooted our own horn, but today, for your enjoyment, we solemnly play Taps http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WChTqYlDjtI . (wink wink)
To the psychiatric adversaries in our path - get a head start on your counterparts - surrender now!
I am not kidding.