February 5, 2007

Parenting Skills More Scary Than Mental Health Issues

Parenting Skills Should Trump Mental Health Screening:

Mental health screening of all children is the goal of legislation introduced into many state legislatures this year. Typical of these controversial bills is the Missouri bill that would require every Missouri school district, in collaboration with “the office of comprehensive child mental health,” to develop “a policy of incorporating social and emotional development into the district’s educational program.”

The Missouri bill requires schools to “address teaching and assessing social and emotional skills and protocols for responding to children with social, emotional or mental health problems.” The bill also requires the Missouri State Board of Education to set “social and emotional development standards.”

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Pregnancy behind bars – Inmates suing after miscarriages

Inmates are suing after miscarriages, alleging a lack of medical care.

Female offenders aren’t so rare anymore. Yet once they’re suspected of a crime, offenders who are pregnant confront a justice system designed years ago with men in mind.

And the outcome isn’t always good.

Recently, Sofia Salva sued Kansas City and its police department over the premature birth and death of her son. Salva alleged that arresting officers and the city jail staff ignored her repeated requests for medical attention after she told them she was pregnant and bleeding.

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