THREE DISASTROUS BILLS TO BE VOTED ON THIS MONDAY IN TX LEGE – HB 10, HJR 5, HB 18

Apr 13, 2019 by

“Three Disastrous Bills To Be Voted on This Monday in TX Lege – HB 10, HJR 5, HB 18”

4.13.19

EMERGENCY MESSAGE — THREE REALLY BAD BILLS TO BE VOTED ON IN THE TEXAS HOUSE THIS COMING MONDAY (4.15.19) —  HB 10, HJR 5, HB 18

**PLEASE CALL YOUR TEXAS HOUSE MEMBERS AND ASK THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON HB 10, HJR 5, HB 18

PLEASE CALL YOUR TEXAS SENATE MEMBERS AND ASK THEM TO VOTE “NO’ ON SB 10.  SB 10 (HB 1448) is the Senate version of the three House versions (above) that create the mental and behavioral health project.

Internet link to reach your Texas Legislators, track the bills, read the text of the bills, find out who has authored the bills, etc. —  https://capitol.texas.gov/

TALKING POINTS AGAINST HB 10, HJR 5, HB 18, AND SB 10

Much of the wording in SB 10 (and the House versions) is taken straight out of the Democrat Platform, which is why so many Senate Democrats joint-authored SB 10.

Republicans care about mental health issues and recognize that we need resources for schools, students, and families in crisis; but we also believe in the principles of limited government, the proper role of government, parental rights, and the privacy rights of students.

 
HB10 creates a psych research institute consisting of medical schools that already have close ties to drug companies and agenda-driven non-profits that may have agendas of their own. WE DON’T NEED MORE KIDS ON DRUGS. WE DON’T NEED TELEPSYCHIATRY IN OUR SCHOOLS.

HB10 does not restrict what kind of research can be done on our children. We do not want hallucinogens or brain devices tested on children. NOT NOW, NOT EVER.

HJR 5 provides up to $3 Billion in Bond funding for psychiatric research. Why should Texas taxpayers foot the bill for insurance that may benefit drug companies and device makers but is unlikely to benefit Texans? Why should Texans foot the bill for psych research for the whole world?

HB18 creates a framework for more mental health training, more mental health focus in our schools — including teaching our children about mental illness. We do not want drug-company influenced “education” campaigns being run on our children. We do not want anybody teaching them to be sick.

Texas has already invested billions of dollars on mental health, and what have we gotten for our money?  The number of teen suicides has gone up instead of down.  


SB 10 creates a massive state government program. It establishes a framework for a Texas Mental Health Consortium using twelve university health-related departments and redefines our schools as “Community Centers.”  The Senate promise of “monitoring” this massive consortium is an empty one. We may have a very different Senate with each biennium; and many Texans have great concerns as to how this promise will be carried out, if at all.

Initially, $100 Million will be sent to liberal academia psychiatry departments in order for them to develop standards on who is mentally fit or unfit. These departments will have access to our school children in order to have “expanded training and development opportunities.”  There are far better avenues to help our children by improving existing mental health programs.

Currently, Texas already spends $2 Billion on mental health programs. Why not use one of the agencies already in place? A consortium comprised of a new un-elected quasi-governmental agency spending millions of taxpayer dollars is not the answer. Use of taxpayer funds should go to programs and agencies that must come under the provisions of a Sunset Review. How about working with educators (where “the rubber meets the road”)  through allocating more resources to local ISD’s for full-time, on-campus school psychologists and licensed school counselors. Parents and educators know their local campus and students’ needs best.

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SOLID RESEARCH TO USE:

Dr. Karen Effrem is a highly regarded pediatrician who has written fact-based, medically based articles about the dangers of invasive mental health screening of children in the public schools: 

4.1.19 – “Multiple States Seek to Expand Invasive Mental Health Screening in Schools” – by Karen R. Effrem, M. D. – The National Pulse — https://thenationalpulse.com/commentary/multiple-states-seek-expand-invasive-mental-health-screening-schools/


10.10.18 — “Recommendations for the Federal School Safety Commission”  – by Karen R. Effrem, M. D. – Ed Liberty Watch — http://edlibertywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/School-Safety-Memo-to-Commission.pdf

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