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Bush launches controversial mental health plan

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7462.367-a (Published 12 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:367
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

    President Bush announced on 26 July that his administration has begun implementing the recommendations of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health to “improve mental health services and support for people of all ages with mental illness” through comprehensive screening.

    The plan states that schools are in a “key position” to screen the “52 million students and six million adults who work at the schools” and includes recommendations for screening preschool children (19 June, p 1458).

    Mr Bush's announcement comes after new reports showing that increasing numbers of toddlers and children are being prescribed amphetamines, anti-depressants, and antipsychotic drugs. Concern that widespread screening will only increase the number of young people taking drugs …

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