From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/7/2013 11:53:09 AM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Connecticut--Calls Needed to Defeat Bill Requiring Mandatory Mental Health Evalu

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Connecticut--Calls Needed to Defeat Bill Requiring Mandatory Mental
Health Evaluations

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

There is another threatening bill in Connecticut that needs your
attention. Your calls and emails are needed to defeat a bill that
would impose mental health evaluations on all children by the state.

Proposed Bill 169 would require that "local and regional boards of
education and health care providers assess every child for social,
emotional, behavioral and mental health to ensure the delivery of
necessary services and interventions." These evaluations would be
conducted even though there was no indication whatsoever that these
children were in need of services or intervention. Further, from the
wording of the proposed bill, it appears that these evaluations would
have to be conducted twice, once by the board of education and once by
an unspecified health care provider.

No free society should subject its citizens to forced mental health
evaluations for any purpose. This dangerous legislative proposal must
be stopped in its tracks before it gains any momentum.

Proposed Bill 169 is presently in the Committee on Children. We do not
know when this bill would be considered, so please contact members of
the Committee right away and express your opposition to it.

Action Requested:

1. Please call or email as many members of the Committee on Children
as possible with this message or a similar message in your own words:

"Please vote against Proposed Bill 169, which would require that
boards of education and health care providers assess every child for
social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health without any basis to
do so. These comprehensive, invasive evaluations would constitute an
unwarranted invasion of family privacy."

When emailing members of the Committee, we recommend that you put in
the subject line: "I oppose Bill 169." The members of the Committee
are as follows:

Sen. Dante Bartolomeo, Co-Chair (D-13)

Rep. Diana S. Urban, Co-Chair (D-043)

Sen. Bob Duff, Vice Chair (D-25)

Rep. Kim Fawcett, Vice Chair (D-133)

Sen. Art Linares (R-33)

Rep. Whit Betts (R-078)

Rep. Christina "Tita" M. Ayala (D-128)

Rep. Juan R. Candelaria (D-095)

Rep. Ernest Hewett (D-039)

Rep. Laura R. Hoydick (R-120)

Rep. Edwin Vargas (D-006)

Rep. Terrie Wood (R-141)

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the Committee.

View the text of this bill > >

Please call or email today!

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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