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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Last Day of Session Liveblog

The blog "I don't Hate America" live-blogged the last day of session.

Avidor will like this:

9:07 p.m. Oh great, just what we need. Mark Olson going off about International Baccalaureate and Mental Health Screening. I hope we get some good YouTube out of this. “There is no evidence that screening for suicide risk lowers suicide attempts or mortality, let alone in the public school setting,” he said. “This will create an environment where kids who have nothing more than behavior problems will be put in a chemical straitjacket with drugs. It’s a travesty. It’s destructive to the children.” Nothing really YouTube worthy, but just regular Olson rambling.

I thought the fear mongering was supposed to be done by the federal government!

I have to reword what I said earlier about those who fight against the funding disparity as using “divisive rhetoric.” Fighting for your district is certainly honorable. However, when guys like Dick Day throw around phrases such as “We are saying that a special ed. kid in my district is worth less than a special ed. kid in Minneapolis,” that IS divisive.

We need to look at who is really paying the freight - and who is benefiting.... And if you look at this, there's a great big sucking sound of Minneapolis and Hennepin County taxes being paid to subsidize the rural areas. Then rural legislators were perfectly happy to increase taxes on Hennepin County for a stadium.

Olson is parroting Michele Bachmann's non-profit affiliate Edwatch's rhetoric.


Concerned_Mom said...

Actually Olson is quoting the U.S. Government's Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

A) The USPSTF found no evidence that screening for suicide risk reduces suicide attempts or mortality.

B) There is limited evidence on the accuracy of screening tools to identify suicide risk in the primary care setting, including tools to identify those at high risk.

C) The USPSTF found insufficient evidence that treatment of those at high risk reduces suicide attempts or mortality.

D) The USPSTF found no studies that directly address the harms of screening and treatment for suicide risk.

Furthermore, The chairman of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, who is also the chief
medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, was quoted in the June 16, 2006 Washington Post:

"the panel would reach the same conclusion today... Whether or not we like to admit it, there are no interventions that have no harms... There is weak evidence that screening can distinguish people who will commit suicide from those who will not... And screening inevitably leads to treating some people who do not need it. Such interventions have consequences beyond side effects from drugs or other treatments...
Unnecessary care drives up the cost of insurance, causing some people to lose coverage altogether."