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Bill Would Require Mental Health Assessments For Schoolchildren
Hart\ford Courant ^ | March 8, 2013 | DANIELA ALTIMARI

Posted on 03/09/2013 5:42:02 PM PST by Daffynition

MIDDLETOWN — Lawmakers are considering a measure that would make Connecticut the first state in the nation to mandate universal mental health assessments for school-age children.

Senate Bill 374 — one of several relating to mental health policy in the aftermath of the Newtown attack — would require all public schoolchildren in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 to undergo a behavioral health screening. The law would also apply to home-schooled children ages 12, 14 and 17. It makes no mention of private or parochial school students.

The assessments would be confidential, the bill says; the results would be shared only with the child's parents.

Public schools already conduct vision and hearing screenings and school nurses periodically check spines for scoliosis. This bill would add mandatory behavioral health assessments to the list.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: homeschool; mentalhealth; oversteps
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Welcome to the state of Commuecticut!

Someone should just pull the plug so we can be quietly annexed by New York. :(


1 posted on 03/09/2013 5:42:02 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

And here we go....


2 posted on 03/09/2013 5:44:27 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Daffynition

We are now Nazi Germany. Are they going to be photographed to calipers measuring the cranial, facial anomolies like back in “the day”?


3 posted on 03/09/2013 5:47:35 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Daffynition
The assessments would be confidential

No they won't.

4 posted on 03/09/2013 5:49:28 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Time for Zee Learning Helmet!!!!

Doesn't this violate a bunch of existing medical laws etc...

5 posted on 03/09/2013 5:49:48 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Daffynition
The assessments would be confidential, the bill says; the results would be shared only with the child's parents.

Yeah right. It will all be on a database easily accessed by the federales just like our medical histories.

6 posted on 03/09/2013 5:50:38 PM PST by Slyfox (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness -G Wash.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Class action lawyers salivating.


7 posted on 03/09/2013 5:51:45 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

We are now Nazi Germany. Are they going to be photographed to calipers measuring the cranial, facial anomolies like back in “the day”?

Thought Crime is a Hate Crime!!!! As is thinking different...


8 posted on 03/09/2013 5:51:59 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Daffynition

Administrators, Counselors, and Teachers first!


9 posted on 03/09/2013 5:53:23 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Daffynition

Oregon has a similar bill in the legislature.


10 posted on 03/09/2013 5:53:44 PM PST by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
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To: Daffynition

11 posted on 03/09/2013 5:55:09 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

12 posted on 03/09/2013 5:56:08 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: aimhigh

My sympathies....we have the coasts covered.....now the rest of flyover. :(


13 posted on 03/09/2013 5:57:52 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: JoeProBono

14 posted on 03/09/2013 5:58:43 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: JoeProBono

Yep, I’m furios!.....off the charts!


15 posted on 03/09/2013 5:58:53 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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16 posted on 03/09/2013 6:00:55 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
Are they going to be photographed to calipers measuring the cranial, facial anomolies like back in “the day”?

No, they'll use face measuring software like in an article I saw the other day.

Some police chief was using it to determine whether or not the department applicants were racist.

17 posted on 03/09/2013 6:01:19 PM PST by MamaTexan (To follow Original Constitutional Intent, one MUST acknowledge the Right of Secession)
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To: Daffynition

Yikes.


18 posted on 03/09/2013 6:04:13 PM PST by Slyfox (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness -G Wash.)
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To: Daffynition

When my kids were in elementary school, the principal told me that children in families that the parents were actively involved in their education were suspect for mental evaluation.
I told her if they see a psych without my written approval I would own her till the end of time.
Loathing is to good a word for what I feel about teacher unions and public schools.


19 posted on 03/09/2013 6:05:25 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Slyfox
Poor Connecticut. We are on the verge of implosion [in more ways than one].


20 posted on 03/09/2013 6:07:19 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition
the results would be shared only with the child's parents

When did the government start giving a damn about the child's parents?

21 posted on 03/09/2013 6:07:41 PM PST by mykroar (Sig is pending a Conservative party.)
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To: svcw

Have you experienced your kids’ pediatrician asking your kid, if *there are guns in the house?* , yet?


22 posted on 03/09/2013 6:09:06 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: mykroar

Mom’s in jail and there has been no dad since conception took place. Good luck with that.


23 posted on 03/09/2013 6:10:13 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

Don’t worry; if your kid doesn’t “pass,” the government will have some medicine for him to take... quietly... in a little room somewhere... with cameras, and “caretakers,” and bars...


24 posted on 03/09/2013 6:10:24 PM PST by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: svcw

That principal needs a psych herself if she says whacked-out and bizarre things like that.


25 posted on 03/09/2013 6:23:33 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: Daffynition
This ought to make you feel a little better:


26 posted on 03/09/2013 6:23:59 PM PST by Slyfox (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness -G Wash.)
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To: Stillwaters

ping


27 posted on 03/09/2013 6:24:13 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Daffynition

“JoAnn Eaccarino, president of the board of the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers, backs the bill. But she said the mandatory assessments should start even earlier than the middle school years. “Our suggestion would be to start these assessments with their first entry into school,’’ “

Then what? Mandatory drugs?


28 posted on 03/09/2013 6:26:34 PM PST by Selene
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To: Daffynition
Mandate universal mental health assessments to hold political office.
No? Why not? What are you trying to hide, Senator?
29 posted on 03/09/2013 6:27:55 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Daffynition

These control freaks are the mentally imbalanced ones. I think all people in public office should be required to earn only a meager salary with no “extra” monies outside of that salary. Punishable by imprisonment only. Controls on the control freaks is the only way to achieve balance.


30 posted on 03/09/2013 6:33:25 PM PST by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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To: All

Let me guess, it will be with a school union employed psychiatrist.


31 posted on 03/09/2013 6:34:46 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: mlizzy

****Don’t worry; if your kid doesn’t “pass,” the government will have some medicine for him to take...****

Unless you have the means to make all the unpleasantness go away.


32 posted on 03/09/2013 6:40:12 PM PST by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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To: ResponseAbility

This is just more evidence that we are being taken over by Nazi like thugs who will extort monies from everyone they can once they have the “laws” in place to buffalo everyone.


33 posted on 03/09/2013 6:45:54 PM PST by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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Yep. The lunatics are in charge of the asylum.

My relative is an administrator for a school system in the NE. When the day of 9/11 the schools in the district lowered the flags to half staff. The superintendant had a FIT and she ordered them back up. Relative says she’s a real b#tch and hates him (particularly because he’s a ‘southern boy, originally).


34 posted on 03/09/2013 6:49:34 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Selene
JoAnn Eaccarino, president of the board of the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers, backs the bill. But she said the mandatory assessments should start even earlier than the middle school years. “Our suggestion would be to start these assessments with their first entry into school,’’

What type of mental illness do these idiots think they will diagnose for a 5 or 6 year old? Parents need to be up in arms. No way this should pass for any school age. This is very dangerous territory.
35 posted on 03/09/2013 6:55:45 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Daffynition

Not yet, now I am in grandkid territory.
Fortunately, my kid are as “crazy” as I am.
Their children do not even know, plus it is not the docs business.


36 posted on 03/09/2013 6:58:25 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Girlene

When you label normally functioning individuals with “disorders” they don’t have, that could be considered anti-social behavior.


37 posted on 03/09/2013 6:58:50 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: darkangel82

After several years, she actually advanced to superintendent of the entire unified school district, we moved to a more reasonable place.


38 posted on 03/09/2013 7:00:39 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Daffynition
Bill Would Require Mental Health Assessments For Schoolchildren

The problem with this is that many of the problems encountered in children are caused or exacerbated by the same system that wants to do the testing. Want an immediate improvement in mental and emotional health? Don't start kids in school until they've passed their 6th birthday and then have the boys start one or two years later than that. Behavioral problems and learning difficulties are over-represented in boys. Instead of recognizing the innate differences between the sexes in personality and rates of physical, mental, and emotional maturation and adjusting the school to fit the reality, the boys are treated as problems because they don't fit into the program like most of the girls do. But then, most of modern education was never about the child but about the socio-politico enterprise that uses him to perpetuate itself.
39 posted on 03/09/2013 7:12:11 PM PST by aruanan
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To: mlizzy

If we had laws like this [and others proposed] we [the people of CT] would have been protected from the likes of adamlanza.


40 posted on 03/09/2013 7:13:41 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

Something tells me a schoolchild who says they are really another gender won’t be considered mentally unhealthy. Kid who pretend to be cowboys or Superman, however, will be.


41 posted on 03/09/2013 7:31:43 PM PST by ClearBlueSky
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To: Daffynition

Well isn’t this about the most awful thing ever. I think they need a good old-fashioned protest over in Conn. I doubt there will be more than 100 brain-dead supporters of this disgusting bill.


42 posted on 03/09/2013 7:32:43 PM PST by rudabaga
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To: svcw
A few years ago, I started explaining to my GD, about how many people consider shooting sports/hunting as evil, and what to expect. I despised doing this but was planning to *save* her from the inevitable.

As fate would have it, her dad [who was raised around guns and shooting] had her in to the doc for her annual physical. Without any warning, the doc asked her *if there were any guns in the house?* GD told me later she said: *Not that I would notice.* and that was the end of that.

Her dad, who was in the examining room at the time, told the doc ...it was none of his GD business. They had to change docs, which is unfortunate, but necessary in this day and age.

Later she said, when he asked that, the first thing that popped into her 8 y/o mind was...maybe *they* will come to take away my BB gun. I think she handled herself brilliantly. She knows I carry on our outings, and where a loaded 12g. sits for our home protection.

43 posted on 03/09/2013 7:35:29 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Slyfox

Spewing coffee..................................... Dang it. Now I gotta clean the screen. 2 funny!!!!


44 posted on 03/09/2013 7:52:11 PM PST by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: rudabaga

The more I think about this, it’s a shell game. My observations of the PS: Vice-principals [who are normally hired to oversee discipline in the school] do not do so any longer. They pull down salaries of 100K+ for their trouble.

Now the schools have this task shifted to the social worker, psychologist, and Safe School Climate Team Specialists [WTF?} to deal with discipline issues and reduce in discipline referrals.

These sweep it under the rug programs do not address the root cause of PS problems. It’s a shell game b/c no one will step up to the plate any more.

Please pray for us.


45 posted on 03/09/2013 7:56:37 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Slyfox

LOL... since when has Maine become the *new Texas*? I love it!


46 posted on 03/09/2013 8:00:13 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Girlene

“a 5 or 6 year old?”

3 or 4 under to BO plan of universal preschool


47 posted on 03/09/2013 8:20:14 PM PST by Selene
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To: darkangel82

it’s abuse.


48 posted on 03/09/2013 8:42:34 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Selene

It’s cmpletely wrong at any age.


49 posted on 03/09/2013 8:43:55 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Daffynition

How about a mental health evaluation for all Connecticutt (sp?) state legislators?


50 posted on 03/09/2013 9:39:55 PM PST by Elsiejay
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