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|Texas Fends Off Mental Health Screening|
Grassworks efforts by EdWatch, Texas Eagle Forum and others persuaded legislators to withdraw the amendment during conference committee negotiations on the final weekend of the legislative session. Pyschologist John Breeding, founder of Texans for Safe Education, testified against the amendment and mobilized his members against it.
Dr. Breeding is now caring for Aliah Gleason, a 13-year-old Texas girl who was forcibly confined to a state mental hospital, drugged and denied parental visits for many months after a school screening.
The amendment, which would have cost billions of dollars, sought to:
Gun Owners of America issued a bulletin to its Texas members, stating, "The amendment calls for a mental health screening system that could potentially cover every child in the state with no guarantee that it won't be done over the objections of the parents."
For background on the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the Texas Medication Algorithm Project, see Education Reporter, Feb. 2005.