“TeenScreen” Directors Resign – Collusion with Pharma cited
Columbia University, known in some circles as the “psychiatric mafia” and home of TeenScreen is mum on the resignations of TeenScreen’s Director Laurie Flynn and Co-Director Leslie McGuire.
Doug Levy, Columbia University Medical Center, Office of Communications & Public Affairs tells us: “I’ve checked into this and cannot provide any information because it is a personnel matter. Thank you for contacting us.”
Our source tells us to “keep an ear to the ground”, so stay tuned for developments.
TeenScreen Directors Resign
July 9, 2012
By Ken Kramer
PsychSearch.net has just learned from an unnamed source that TeenScreen’s Director Laurie Flynn and Co-Director Leslie McGuire have parted ways with TeenScreen. The resignations have now been confirmed with a TeenScreen administrator but calls for an explanation to TeenScreen’s PR office have not been immediately returned.
TeenScreen is a very controversial so-called “diagnostic psychiatric service”, aka suicide survey; done on children who are then referred to psychiatric treatment. The evidence suggests that the objective of the psychiatrists who designed TeenScreen is to place children so selected on psychotropic drugs.
“It’s just a way to put more people on prescription drugs,” said Marcia Angell, a medical ethics lecturer at Harvard Medical School and author of “The Truth About Drug Companies.” She said such programs will boost the sale of antidepressants even after the FDA in September ordered a “black box” label warning that the pills might spur suicidal thoughts or actions in minors.
Previously, Flynn served as head of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill which received millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies. She left in December of 2000 after a no-confidence vote from the board. She was then hired to direct the TeenScreen Program by Columbia University, known in some circles as the “psychiatric mafia”.
McGuire, in an audio recorded presentation obtained by PsychSearch.net, revealed that TeenScreen attempts to bypass parents and entice children with video coupons. McGuire also was concerned about “uprisings” against screening and urged NAMI folks to write letters to the editor and attend school board meetings.
TeenScreen was originally investigated and exposed by PsychSearch.net when sparse information was available, after Sylvia DeWall, a Clearwater businesswoman contacted us about an alarming TV news report she saw of the Florida Mental Health Institute attempting to implement TeenScreen in Pinellas County schools. DeWall’s perceptions were spot-on as the Pharma-connected-Flynn had her sights set on Pinellas kids. This was revealed in one of Flynn’s emails to a Florida official, which PsychSearch.net obtained in a public records request: “I’m looking for a horse to ride here!” and “I need to get some kids screened”.
PsychSearch.net’s resulting expose’ led to a firestorm of emails to Pinellas County school district officials from concerned citizens protesting TeenScreen. This resulted in Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times stories and the Pinellas County school board booting TeenScreen out. See video here: