“The Last People Who Should Be Defining What is Normal…..

……..and abnormal are Springfield politicians, including myself!

Those were wise words from Illinois Senator Chris Lauzen back in 2004.  But somehow Illinois is looking at SB-15, which mandates mental health screening for all pregnant and new moms.  And here’s the only thing that’s stopping it, according to Republican Senator Althoff:

Senator Pamela J. Althoff
1 North Virginia Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Thank you for your letter/email concerning Senate Bill 15, I appreciate hearing from my constituents regarding this and other important matters.

Currently, the sponsor Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park, is holding this legislation on 3rd reading as he works on an amendment to address the concerns of the medical Society, ISMS and American Academy of Pediatrics.

If you have specific recommendations and/or concerns, please contact Senator Harmon directly.  You have until April 16th to make your position know.

Best wishes,

Senator Pamela J. Althoff

I didn’t see anything about parental concerns?  My (Republican) Senator Brady’s aide told me it was just a matter of filling out a form in the doctor’s office.

“Limited Power” “Less Government” is a joke in Illinois

Last Monday, concerning our neighbors to the east, Indiana House Representative Walorski introduced an amendment to repeal a law enacted in 2005  that authorized a plan to develop mass mental screening of Indiana’s kids.    See the VIDEO of the Indiana House discussion of the amendment.  It’s very telling about the state of political and legislative affairs.  Representative Brown’s ‘joke’ about the Representatives likely not reading 90% of the bills could have been heard in Springfield. The whole conversation sounded eerily familiar to the passing of the 2003 Illinois Children’s Mental Health Act.  From the Illinois Leader on August 17, 2004 :

State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Wheaton), a co-sponsor of the original legislation, spelled out some concerns with the plan to IllinoisLeader.com in a prepared statement:

After reviewing the Children’s Mental Health Task Force recommendations from the preliminary report, I have serious reservations about some of the ways the partnership is translating the intent of the bill. There is considerable misunderstanding about the intent….

I have strong objections to some of the recommendations:

1. I do not agree that all women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and following the birth of a child up to one year postpartum. I also do not agree with extending the Medicaid coverage beyond the 60 days postpartum. There is no mention of pregnant women in SB 1951 at all.

2. I do not agree that all children birth to age five receive periodic developmental screens. I also do not agree with a data reporting state system to track who is screened. This is a violation of privacy.

3. I do not agree with requiring social-emotional development screens with all mandated school exams (K, 4th, and 9th) or a major transition time.

4. I do not agree with report cards on children’s social-emotional development, either.

State Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora), who along with all 59 members of the Illinois Senate voted for the final version of the bill, said today, “If this negative interpretation of the Act is accurate, it is personally discouraging to me that this bill could have gone through the hearing process with everybody voting it forward, and none of the true implications of what this bill was all about were understood by many of voting on it.”

Lauzen added, “I believe that the last people who should be defining what is normal and abnormal are Springfield politicians, including myself!”

And in Indiana,  Representative Behning "confessed" that he is the "culprit" who came up with the language in the controversial law. 
He now says the plan has "gone too far" and asks: "How can we fix this problem?" 
His solution should have been to Not Legislate Screening Children for Mental Health.  But he said that he’s rather not "throw it out".  Go figure….
The Indiana amendment to repeal the law failed.  But at least Indiana had a Representative Walorski who tried.  Illinois has not one. 

Let’s Kill Bill SB-15 (Mandated Mental Health Screening)

Contact your Senator

Contact all the Senators (well, all those with email addresses anyway).  Wanna make a phone call instead?  Here’s the Illinois Senator contacts.  Go for it!  Here’s the email addresses for most Senators.  Thanks, Ken!

clayborne@senatedem.state.il.us, crotty@senatedem.state.il.us, danrutherford@danrutherford.com, deleo@senatedem.state.il.us, DonneETrotter@juno.com, drighter@consolidated.net, halvorson@senatedem.state.il.us, hendon@senatedem.state.il.us, hunter@senatedem.state.il.us, illsen26@aol.com, ilsenate20@aol.com, info@michaelbond31.com, info@senatorbrad.com, info@senatordavesyverson.com, jacobs@senatedem.state.il.us, john@senatorcullerton.com, johnojones@sbcglobal.net, Lightford@senatedem.state.il.us, nanamom62612@yahoo.com, palthoff@mc.net, sandoval@senatedem.state.il.us, senator@jschoenberg.org, senator@kdillard.com, senator@link30.org, senator_bomke@yahoo.com, senator_meeks@ameritech.net, SenatorCollins@sbcglobal.net, senatorcronin@aol.com, Senatordahl38@yahoo.com, senatorharmon@donharmon.org, SENATORRISINGER@YAHOO.COM, sendavel@midwest.net, senhaine@cbnstl.com, sentws@geneseo.net, silverstein@senatedem.state.il.us, sullivan@senatedem.state.il.us, susan@garrett98.com, viverito@senatedem.state.il.us, watson51@mcleodusa.net

Lab Rats

I wanna know….

TeenScreen Information from Across The Pond

From our neighbors who are copying us in Illinois…..


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