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Florida attempts sensible change to mental health law — so Scientology goes on attack

[CCHR Florida President Diane Stein]

Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology various front groups for us, and once again he’s got the drop on CCHR…

Scientologists receive regular legislative updates from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), Scientology’s front group that lobbies against the mental health industry. This week, Scientologists are receiving a flurry of requests from CCHR Florida President Diane Stein urging them to write their representatives to oppose bills in the Florida legislature that would allow physician assistants and advanced registered nurse practitioners to execute certificates under the Baker Act. CCHR is against the Baker Act entirely, which allows for a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric examination of a person who may be in danger of hurting themselves or others. It is one way Scientology is fighting the “psychs.”

Under the current law judges, doctors, law enforcement officers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, and licensed marriage and family therapists are authorized to execute a Baker Act certificate. The new bill would clarify the status of physician’s assistants, who are not specifically named but are being treated as authorized under the Baker Act by a 2008 opinion from Attorney General Pam Bondi. Scientology usually counts Bondi as an ally, and she has been a guest of Scientology at the Fort Harrison Hotel.

 

[portion of the Baker Act certificate]

The bill would also authorize advanced registered nurse practitioners to execute a Baker Act certificate. An ARNP is a registered nurse who has also completed a master’s degree in nursing. They can perform many duties usually performed by a doctor, such as writing prescriptions and making referrals to specialists. ARNPs specialize in disease prevention, wellness and patient education to help them avoid hospitalization or frequent emergency room visits.

It may seem like a small change in the law, but Florida Senator Daphne Campbell is adamant that the change is needed. She has introduced this bill in the past six sessions of the legislature, but it has never passed both houses to become law. That failure seems to be due to legislative gridlock. Sen. Campbell tells us “The bill passed the House without opposition every year, it passed committee in the Senate only to fail on the floor. It’s a simple bill, and Florida is the only state where ARNPs cannot commit someone. Most of the time they work by themselves, particularly in emergency rooms in urban areas. If you have a patient who is so depressed they come to the ER and they say they want to commit suicide, that nurse cannot do anything other than call the police. They may take hours, or if they have other calls to respond to so they may never arrive. In that time the patient may commit suicide, or they may kill the nurse and themselves.”

 

[Sen. Daphne Campbell]

 
Sen. Campbell has never received any communication from CCHR or anybody else in opposition to the bill. “I never heard of them before, and I never received anything from them. I guess they don’t understand mental health. The Baker Act is to help someone who wants to commit suicide. Only one time there was a legislator who said the sheriffs were against it. I asked the sheriff’s department in her district, and they were not against it. My question is why is the ARNP left out? They pass a board to be a nurse, then they have more training, and have to pass another board to be an ARNP. They work on the front line, and they don’t have this tool they need to help people. Are people saying the police have more education about mental health than the ARNPs?”

CCHR included a sample email for Scientologists to send to their senators and representatives…

 

 
The statistics included in the email are pulled from an annual report prepared for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration by faculty at the University of South Florida. “The numbers they used are accurate, but the word ‘astounding’ didn’t come from our report,” says Annette Christy, the primary author of the report.

She tells us, “The number of certificates is going up, and that increase cannot be explained by the increase in the population of Florida. We’re probably going to exceed 200,000 for this year. Higher doesn’t necessarily mean bad. Some counties are instituting diversion programs from the criminal justice system like Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, also known as the Memphis Model. It trains law enforcement to de-escalate incidents involving mental health to avoid booking people into jail when they can be Baker Acted instead. It helps avoid all the bad incidents that can happen with untreated individuals in jails.”

CCHR highlights the increase in the number of minors examined under the Baker Act. A December, 2016 article in the Tampa Bay Times quotes Dr. Myrna Hogue, supervisor of school social work services for Hillsborough County.

The numbers could be reflecting the emphasis on mental health training available to staff within Hillsborough County schools thanks to several federal grants the district received in recent years, said Dr. Myrna Hogue, supervisor of school social work services. With nearly 215,000 students, Hillsborough’s school district is also among the largest in the country.
Students can present symptoms of needing help in several ways, Hogue said, from coming forward to a teacher or making a remark that raises red flags in a homework assignment.

Parents also alert the school their child might be at risk. A suicide hotline recently called the district that a student made suicidal comments in an online chat room. The IT department tracked down what school computer was used and the student received help, Hogue said.

“We’re doing a lot of prevention and awareness,” she said. “Just because the number is big doesn’t mean that we’re doing something wrong in Hillsborough County. If anything, it means we’re trying to do something right.”

As controversial as the increase in Baker Act certificates is in Florida, Scientology’s opposition to it is visible only to its membership. Lawmakers and policy-makers do not receive CCHR’s objections, and the issue is certainly more complicated than they make it appear. Scientology continues to fight the psychs in the eyes of its membership while legislators, police and school officials continue to refine a system that is intended to prevent violence and suicide. If the bill to allow physician’s assistants and ARNPs to issue Baker Act certificates fails for the seventh consecutive session of the legislature, it will be hailed as a great victory by CCHR. The truth is that their efforts are invisible and the bill will probably fail the way it always has – without opposition, because of legislative gridlock or indifference.

 
— Rod Keller

 
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Irish people watch ‘Orientation’

Pete Griffiths sent us this link, and we think we can now see why Ireland has been such a tough land for Scientology to plow.

Also, it reminds us that Larry Anderson, who stars in the film, has been under the weather and is recovering and we wish him a speedy recovery.

 

 
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HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25. Go here to start making your plans.

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,675 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,778 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,272 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,312 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,024 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 491 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,609 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,779 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,099 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,074 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 430 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,732 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 839 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,241 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,114 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 695 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,200 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,444 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,553 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on February 26, 2017 at 07:00

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  • allioops

    thanks for the adorable Irish Lads & LASSIES! i needed that!

  • Liberated

    Viola Davis wins supporting actress…yeah!

    • Frodis73

      I really like her. That was a great speech too.

  • flyonthewall
    • daisy

      Soo so cool!!!

      • flyonthewall

        Thnx you guys! She is loving the feedback

    • outraged

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      Bravo to Fly and daughter! Excellent mega set. YOu win the Oscar for Best Lego At the Bunker!!

    • Frodis73

      How fun! Wouldn’t that be just the cherry on top if you won too? So cool that you guys did this together. Another friend of mine and his daughter also built lots of Lego stuff together. Lego are the bomb for everybody!

      • flyonthewall

        It really would. We had a great time building and now have an awesome set to play with so winning would just be a bonus

    • This is great. Hope you guys win.

    • Jimmy3

      I thought you were banned from the Heartlake City Playquarium

    • TexasBroad

      Fly and Hafsa…brilliant! So impressive! How many hours work?

      • flyonthewall

        20 hours spread over 3 weekends I think

        • TexasBroad

          Hi Hafsa – fantastic work… Good luck on the contest!

    • Juicer77

      So terrific! The dolphin peeking over the wall! XD

  • madame duran

    The Iranian film “The Salesman” won Best Foreign film despite the director not being allowed into the U.S. due to Trump’s travel ban.

    ETA: after the ban was lifted, the director refused to attend out of principle.

  • Liberated

    Gael Garcia Bernal made a comment, opposing “any wall” to divide people.

    Second comment against trump’s policies.

  • FredEX2

    Best Oscar Show ever tonight. IMHO

    • daisy

      It is funny about taste, I think it isn*t that good. I am enjoying the Trump slams though.

      • Frodis73

        Yeah, I like Jimmy, but he is playing it very safe. If I remember Ellen was funnier last year.

      • FredEX2

        It’s the wine talking Daisy girl… 🙂 I guess I’m just really enjoying the pretty dresses and the people seem to be having a good time.

  • FredEX2

    This is great! They brought in a bus load of tourists into the Oscars.

    • Tony Ortega

      I didn’t have the sound on, but that looked like it went on at least twice as long as it should have.

      • daisy

        It wasn*t at all funny either .

        • FredEX2

          It did appear like they knew what was going on, not as surprised. It did go on a bit too long.

    • Frodis73

      I liked that. I would auction those shades she got from Aniston on Ebay tomorrow though.

  • Robert Eckert

    An SP on my FB feed shared this gem:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxFxx8fOiw

  • Liberated

    Running joke of the night…”oh that Meryl Streep, so overrated.”

    • FredEX2

      And she’s a good sport and taking it all in stride…

      • Liberated

        Aww… hell yeah, she loves it!

  • Harpoona Frittata

    How about giving us a $cn joke, Jimmy? Tom Cruise isn’t anywhere to be found, so let one fly!

    • Jimmy3

      He did at the beginning

      • FredEX2

        Encore!

      • Harpoona Frittata

        Shoot, I missed it!

  • FredEX2

    Oscar for the Best Original score goes to….Justin Hurwitz for “La la Land”

  • FredEX2

    Oscar for Best Song goes to Justin Hurwitz & Benji Pasek & Justin Paul for “La la Land”.

  • Jimmy3

    Here we go, In Memoriam. See you on Tuesday.

  • FredEX2

    Touching memorium to the actors and film artists & producers etc that we lost this last year.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Bill Paxton? 🙁

    • EmmaDaoust

      Just today.

    • Tony Ortega

      Too soon. They’ll have him in next year.

      • I hope so. I liked him as a movie watcher. Seems his co-workers loved him. May he rest in love.

    • Liberated

      When Jennifer Aniston presented the segment, she announced him first…”and Bill Paxton, who we just lost yesterday.”

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Yeah, I didn’t know he died until Jennifer said so. I was shocked and had to Google to make sure I heard it correctly. Damn.

    • Jimmy3

      They tried to add him to the segment, but pulled it as the last minute when they realized they put in Bill Pullman.

  • iampissed

    Sara killed it.
    ETA…poor choice of words.

    • iampissed

      In case you don’t know her you should look her up, Sara Bareilles. I played her song Brave
      as I drove around the block during the SMP protest.

    • Jimmy3

      Odd choice of words.

      • iampissed

        True

  • FredEX2

    Oscar for Best Screenplay goes to Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea”.

  • FredEX2

    Oscar for Best adapted Screenplay goes to Barry Jenkins and Teryl M. for “Moonlight”.

  • Watching a movie with Melanie Lynskey on Netflix.

    • Liberated

      Is it the one w/Kate Winslet?

      • “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore”. With Elijah Wood.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Anyone see a CO$ commercial on the Oscars yet?

    • FredEX2

      No! I was just going to mention that too! Telepathy works LOL 🙂

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        IIRC last year it aired in the local commercial break after the end credits scroll (in LA).

    • Liberated

      I didn’t.

    • Jimmy3

      No but in our market we just got a quick promo that said, “Using hugs to treat babies born addicted. Tomorrow on Good Morning Cleveland!”

      ….what? That’s not gonna fucking work.

  • FredEX2

    ~Best Director goes to Damian Chazelle for “La la Land”…

  • FredEX2

    Is it just me…or is it that there really aren’t any Scientologist actors in the crowd tonight. At least none that I’ve spotted so far. No Travolta, Cruise, Alley, or other known Scientologists.

    • Liberated

      No, it’s not just you.
      They think the cult helps their careers, but it actually destroys them.

  • FredEX2

    And….the Best Actor in a leading role is Casey Affleck

  • FredEX2

    The Oscar for Best Actress in a leading role this year belongs to Emma Stone.

  • FredEX2

    And finally…the Oscar for the Best Picture this year goes to….”LaLa Land”…errrrr wait a minute! Oh no! Big error !

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Nope. Moonlight…

      • FredEX2

        Yep…they are correcting Warren Beatty’s mistake…he read the card wrong…or read the wrong card…either way….this will be all over the news in about 60 seconds

  • Liberated

    WTF????

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      How long before POTUS tweets about Oscar voter fraud?

      • Liberated

        Oh yeah …..he’ll have a ball with this!

      • TheKremlinCandidate

        Russian hacking?

  • SLIM

    Are you Kidding…
    Confusion is all around us lately..

  • Jimmy3

    Was that scripted or is Warren Beatty the worst presenter since Jorm Tramolta ???

  • FredEX2

    Wait a minute! WOAH!!!! They read the wrong card for Best Picture! The Oscar actually goes to “Moonlight”…

    WOW! Warren Beatty…or someone made a big mistake! Oh my.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      If it said “Emma Stone, LaLaLand” as he says it did, then they gave him the wrong envelope.

  • iampissed

    WTF

  • Liberated

    He had the wrong envelope.

  • Jack99

    The Lobster was robbed!

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      It was quite a film but it came out in 2015.

  • iampissed

    Awkward

  • daisy

    That was an upset , kinda anti-climatic . I do enjoy the screw -up*s though

  • FredEX2

    I blame OSA…they must’ve switched cards and gave the wrong one to Warren Beaty…to wreck the grand finale and embarrass everyone for laughing at Jimmy Kimmel’s Scientology joke. 🙂

  • iampissed

    I don’t think that will play well come tomorrow.

    • daisy

      Like Jimmy said it is just an award show.

  • SLIM

    I blame anti psychotic medication…
    Obviously Warren and Fay were under their influence…
    Said every Scientologist everywhere..

  • FredEX2

    How embarrassing…the folkes from “LaLa Land”…thinking they had won…were already deep into their ‘acceptance’ speeches…

  • Jimmy3

    Does this mean my award for Best Male Performance in an Adult Film is questionable because Warren Beatty gave it to me ?

    • FredEX2

      Yes Jimmy. That’s exactly what it means.

    • daisy

      You are always the winner for that every year , Jimmy Hunghorse .

      • Jimmy3

        They fucked up the card! It’s Jimmy Horsehung!

        • daisy

          I am going to launch an investigation into voter fraud .

    • Missionary Kid

      What kind of a macro lens did they have to use?

  • FredEX2

    This has never happened in the 89 years of the Oscar’s history.

  • iampissed

    It’s happened before to price Waterhouse

  • Missionary Kid

    Warren Beatty actually made a bigger mistake than Travolta in announcing an Oscar winner.

    • Liberated

      He was given the wrong envelope…wasn’t his fault.

      • Missionary Kid

        Thank you.

      • Missionary Kid

        Travolta’s mistake was self-inflicted because he didn’t wear his glasses. At a recent award show, I’m willing to bet the cue cards were huuuuge.

        • Liberated

          Travolta’s a mess….I’ll never forget that year, I said to myself “OMG…he’s finally lost his mind, the cult has ruined him.”

          • Missionary Kid

            Naw, he just is too vain to wear glasses. As an OT0, or whatever he shouldn’t need glasses.

          • Intergalactic Walrus

            The kicker was him going on Kimmel afterwards and blaming it on seeing a hot Goldie Hawn before he went onstage, for getting him all flustered. Psh!

      • Phil McKraken

        Not entirely off the hook. He knew something was wrong, and just handed it off to the nuttiest lady in the auditorium to handle the situation. He should have called out to the stage manager that “the card says Emma Stone what the fuck is going on here,” and kept Faye from blithely plowing ahead.

        • Shivani33

          Faye missed her cue. To me, it looked like Warren B. was trying to show her that the card made no sense, and he was hesitating and puzzled, but Faye wasn’t observant enough to see the situation and jumped the gun. At least it saved the best for last and put a bit of a damper on the La La Land pissing contest. Bravo, Moonlight!

    • Jack99

      Well, if he had said, And the Oscar goes to… Floonmight!

      • Missionary Kid

        Good name! I’m happy for both movies. I’m willing to bet it will help both pictures.

    • daisy

      Steve Hardy is cheering at home.

      • Missionary Kid

        I think you meant Steve Harvey. He owned up to it right away.

        • daisy

          You are right . I never say the right name. I also do not sing the right lyrics to any song either .

          • Missionary Kid

            Both of those can be fun.

    • lol BIG mistake

  • lori banister

    Oh my gosh! That was definitely the most awkward thing I have ever seen on the Oscars and I have been watching since forever! This made John Travolta look relatively intelligent. The Trump asides were pointed, but not offensively unkind and Meryl Streep was great, but this error was offensive, to say the least. That was their moment in the sun (the cast and crew of Moonlight) and it will go down in infamy as the Oscar that never was. No one was even sure if the win was real, including the presenters. It seemed to fit in with the crap that is going on right now and I am sincerely sorry this film did not get the respect it earned. Hi guys. Don’t say much because I can’t add much to the conversation, but I learn and grow every day, thanks to all of you.

  • iampissed

    If it was price waterhouse fault I wouldn’t let them balance my checkbook.
    ETA: it’s NOT the first time.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    The big winners tonight were…
    SPs everywhere – no CO$ commercial to taint the Oscar telecast!
    Thank you XENU!

  • daisy

    La La land people so gracious .

  • Missionary Kid

    What? No Joy Villa? [Thank goodness she doesn’t qualify to attend.]

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      She doesn’t qualify to attend the Grammys either. I think she probably buys her way in.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      How soon before she’s “EGOT Considered?”

      • Missionary Kid

        A sea org contract will run out before that/

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    But after he becomes OT8, the hair will grow back, right? 😉
    https://twitter.com/bertisagirl/status/836080215772303360

  • iampissed

    This happened at the ATA awards.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Awesome Thetan Awards?

      • iampissed

        Try again.

  • GrangerFX

    You would think by now that they would have the category written on the outside of the envelope in large enough letters that even the audience could read it. Then the presenter tears it open and reads what is on the card inside. If the card is wrong then it’s wrong but no one can say he or she opened the wrong envelope. This does seem to happen a lot at the Oscars. Perhaps they just enjoy the drama.

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  • One thing I never expected when I started commenting here was an introduction to the wilder shores of US politics, during a storm. I learned of disgusting characters like Milo Yiannopoulos and pondered the connection between right-wing revisionism and the cult mentality.

    Now, Milo has apparently been replaced as a ‘political’ speaker by someone who combines both. http://www.mutantfrog.com/2017/02/26/politician-from-japanese-cult-happy-science-at-cpac/ Incredible.

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  • AngryNotSoOldHippy .

    CCHR is against the Baker Act entirely

    I am also. Christofascist right wing fascists use the Act against society, using it to silence demonstrations by American citizens who take to the streets to oppose far right wing fascism.

    The Baker Act is to help someone who wants to commit suicide.

    No, the Baker Act was created to fuck American citizens, to give fascist assholes the legal “right” to commit human rights and civil rights crimes against American citizens.

    The fascist State has zero right to stop people from killing themselves. Nobody asked these fucking right wing assholes for “help.”

  • Khalil

    “a system that is intended to prevent violence and suicide” ?

  • pluvo