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    Filed at 10:38 am under by dcobranchi

    More on the “compulsory” mental health screening.

    This past spring, the Illinois General Assembly passed a new bill requiring compulsory mental health screening for children and pregnant women; it was signed into law by Governor Blagojevich. This program will require all pregnant women and children through the age of 18 be tested for mental health needs.

    Doesn’t anyone bother to read the law? Nowhere in the text of the bill are the words “mandatory” or “compulsory.” “All” shows up only once in reference to “all State agencies.” “Shall” is in there a bunch of times but none seem to apply to citizens. I just don’t see anywhere in this bill where anyone is compelled to do anything Where is all this coming from?

    4 Responses to “TINFOIL HAT ALERT”

    Comment by
    July 28th, 2004
    at 2:06 pm

    It may not be compulsory at this time, but I can foresee it happening in the near future. The Act states that the Board of Education will develop and implement a plan for school learning standards and educational programs. The schools already have a social agenda and they will use this Act to further their plans along. This isn’t a good thing. Parents should be aware that even if their children don’t have to take a mental health screening, the plans are there to indoctrinate their children into what the schools deem fit.

    Comment by
    J Aron
    July 28th, 2004
    at 2:06 pm

    Seems to me if the State agencies are compelled by this law to come up with protocols, recommendations, and an overall Children’s mental Health plan.. sounds like that plan will be incorporated universally – including putting in place funding and people in charge
    sounds mandatory and compulsory enough for me..

    The law says to come up with a plan and implement it..

    Comment by
    July 28th, 2004
    at 8:06 pm

    hmmm…I wonder if there is some cool psychological term for constant refusal to be tested for mental health through compulsion? makameseeashrinkaphobia? I have no issues with the field of psychiatry but seeking medical care is a personal choice.
    So this bill is somehow some vague bill signed into law that states the need and not actually providing anything?

    Comment by
    July 29th, 2004
    at 11:30 pm

    I think that by implying that the testing is compulsory they hope that most people will automatically assume that it is and will go “voluntarily”. They will then probably use high “volunteer” numbers to justify making the testing mandatory.