Universal preschool mental health screening is not based on objective medical tests, as advocates would have us believe. It assesses 'behaviors' and leads to inaccurate and dangerous labeling of children for normal childhood behaviors. It increases already excessively high over-diagnosis and over- medication of children, especially of boys and minorities.
In the meantime, EdWatch has discovered that, in spite of the unexpected defeat of mental health screening last year, the Minnesota Department of Education has forged ahead with mental health screening for preschoolers anyway. In the absence of the failed law that would have authorized preschool screening for socioemotional [mental health] development, the Department references an obsolete administrative rule as its legal authority. That rule is obsolete, because the statute authorizing it was repealed in 1989.
Relying on an obsolete state administrative rule, both the Departments of Health and Education have begun implementing universal preschool mental health screening, in spite of its legislative defeat last year.
If you live in Minnesota or know
others who do, they have an:
Call Minnesota's Governor (651) 296-3391 and >br>Commissioner Seagren (651) 582-8204. Tell them:
-Immediately stop the illegal and costly mental health screening of preschoolers;
-Hold those implementing it responsible;
-Urgently resolve this serious violation of the public trust.
Sharon Hughes - Sharon is the President of The Center for Changing Worldviews, and hosts Changing Worldviews TALK Radio which is heard on KDIA AM1640 San Francisco; KGDP AM660 Santa Maria, CA and WITA AM1490 Knoxville, TN, as well as online daily at Oneplace.com. Her column appears on several online news sites including CaliforniaRepublic.org, ChronWatch.com, Ediblog.com, chNews.com, NewsWithviews.com, RenewAmerica.us and others. For further information visit her: Website www.changingworldviews.com Blogsite http://changingworldviews. blogspot.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org