The bad and the ugly

NY “SAFE” Act – the first new profiling law, rushed through the NY legislature by Governor Cuomo even before the White House released its proposals: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/s2230-2013

White House: “Now Is The Time” – proposals for legislation and executive orders for more profiling and aggressive screening in schools:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/wh_now_is_the_time_full.pdf

Senate Judiciary Committee hearing January 30, 2013:  http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senate-Committee-Investigates-Solutions-for-Gun-Violence/10737437674-1/

Senate HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) hearing January 24, 2013: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=b2048a10-5056-a032-529c-340d7ae5f237

Do you think only the Soviet Union used psychiatry to shut up political dissidents?  Read this:  http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/12/nypd_tapes_upda.php

Ron Manderscheid approach to profiling: screening tools for expressed or intended violence toward self or others, to be developed with assistance of mental health professionals, and duty to report “expressed or intended violence” extended to a wide range of designated professionals: http://www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/advocates-say-gun-screening-duty-protect-proposals-could-miss-mark

Mental Health First Aid: promoted by Manderscheid and the organization he heads as Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, MHFA is a mass screening and intervention program that enlists ordinary people as well as a variety of professionals to discover signs of mental illness and send their neighbors, friends, family and clients to the mental illness system including by coercive and quasi-coercive referrals. Special course on youth. http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview/  MFHA already has statewide programs in several states including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland and Missouri, see http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-governments-discover-mental-health-first-aid.html

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