Ron Paul: No Mandatory Mental Health Screening for Children!

by Ron Paul

Maryanne Godboldo, a mother in Michigan, noticed that pills prescribed by her daughter’s doctor were making her condition worse, not better. So Mrs. Godboldo stopped giving them to her. That’s when the trouble began. When Child Protective Services (CPS) bureaucrats became aware that the girl was not receiving her prescribed medication, they decided the child should be taken away from her mother’s custody on grounds of medical neglect. When Ms. Godboldo refused to surrender her daughter to the state, CPS enlisted the help of a police SWAT team! On March 24 of this year a 12 hour standoff ensued and young Ariana was taken into custody. The drug involved was Risperdal, a neuroleptic antipsychotic medication with numerous known side effects. Ms. Godboldo had decided on a more holistic approach for her daughter. She is still engaged in a costly legal battle with the state over Ariana’s treatment and custody.

This is one example of how government’s increasing proclivity to medicate children with questionable psychiatric drugs violates the rights of parents. Just recently, the Government Accountability Office released a report on the astonishingly high rate of prescriptions for psychotropic drugs for children in the foster care system. It is absolutely astounding that nearly 40% of kids in foster care are on psychotropic drugs, some of them taking up to 5 different pills at a time. Some of these children are under one year of age – too young to safely take over the counter cold medication!

To fight this dangerous trend I reintroduced the Parental Consent Act of 2011, HR 2769, which prohibits federal funds from being used to establish or implement any universal or mandatory mental health or psychiatric screening program. The previous administration pushed hard for this type of federal intrusion into the medical decisions of families through its wildly misnamed “New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.” Everyone interested in parental rights and true health freedom must fight to make sure the commission’s findings and dubious psychiatric science are never used as justification to force mental health screening on American kids at school without their parents’ consent.

There has been a persistent lobbying effort, funded by pharmaceutical companies, to increase the number of these prescriptions to even more children. A universal screening program is the stated goal of these lobbyists. I would not be at all surprised to see the recent attention to the issue of schoolyard bullying used as a tool towards these ends.

Imagine the potential ramifications of a universal, mandatory psychiatric health screening program in a public school, considering how some bureaucrats are wont to behave! The diagnostic criteria for many mental illnesses remain vague and subjective. Therefore it is all too easy for a bureaucrat in a white coat to label a child with some sort of psychiatric syndrome simply because they were having a bad day, or behaving as a typical rambunctious child. That label could follow them around the rest of their school career and come with a number of prescriptions attached, which the state, as in the Godboldo case, may try to force the parents to administer, whether they want to or not.

I plan to continue the fight to ban federal funding of any universal screening program that imposes mental healthcare screening on children without express informed consent from parents.


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  • Prafulla

    I am on medicare and it is the only health insurance i have. When I heard Mr Paul say he would essentially eliminate this program I can’t support him anymore.

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  • WaningComa

    For those interested in learning the specifics of this topic I suggest you go and buy one or both of Robert Whitaker’s books on the subject: “Mad in America”, “Anatomy of an Epidemic”. In several of Dr. Paul’s videos one can see “Mad in America” sitting on the bookshelf behind him.

  • WaningComa

    Anyone interested in learning more about this topic should pick up one or both of Robert Whitaker’s books: “Madness in America”, “Anatomy of an Epidemic”. In several of Dr. Paul’s videos you can see “Mad in America” sitting on the shelf behind him.

  • Tony Wicher

    Ron Paul will not allow people currently dependent on Medicare to be cut off and has said so many times. Cutting Medicare and Social Security are NOT among Paul’s top priorities. The trillion he is going to cut out of the first year’s budget does not include entitlements.

  • Tony Wicher

    Thank you so much for your stand for freedom against the “mental health” police who are nothing but drug pushers. I have several friends whose perfectly healthy, sensitive and beautiful children were turned into lobotomized zombies by this disgusting system.

  • jewfacetrollah

    good thing /b/ is marking me down, there raid was so succesful

  • jewfacetrollah

    dont mark me down guys, just cuz he aint DEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAD

  • RayL

    Rest in Peace Ron Paul. I’m just glad capital punishment is still legal in New Hampshire

  • jewfacetrollah

    ruining ur raid. he isnt even dead you silly gooses

    • RayL

      @jewfacetrollah Wow have some respect for the dead…

  • jewfacetrollah

    trolololo /b/ y u lie so much, umad?

  • GWH

    Dr. Paul’s political morality seems to be based on the Golden Rule rather than “turn the other cheek”. The presidential oath of office mandates that he “preserve, protect, and defend” the US Constitution.

    As an M.D., Dr. Paul also probably took some form of the Hippocratic Oath, the essence of which is to do no harm to those in his care.

    I cannot think of any other person I would trust more as President than Ron Paul.

  • kabster

    Someone has edited Wikipedia to redirect to bogus results. Look down where it says Ron Paul wins N.H. Straw poll and click on the redirected link. I don’t have an account or know how to correct it.