Monday, January 15, 2018

Good conversation

Many people wonder why I spend as much time and attention as I do, for no money, in state psychiatric “hospitals”. Well... maybe I’ll get paid someday, and maybe I’ll contribute to abolition of psychiatric slavery. But meanwhile, there are occasional entertaining moments.

I spent a couple hours at Chicago Read Mental Health Center last week, meeting with our second plaintiff (new lawsuit, to be filed in Federal District Court Wednesday) alleging sexual abuse under a guise of “mental treatment”, against pervert social worker Christy Lenhardt, her psychiatric enablers, bureaucratic collaborators, and clueless apologists. This case actually involves even more blatant corruption of psychiatric “diagnosis” and “medication” than the previously filed Hurt case does, although it doesn’t quite feature as much sex. (Less sex doesn’t matter legally, though there was only a bit less in this instance, because any sex at all between staff and a patient brings felony charges against the staff, no mitigating circumstances are possible, no issue of “consent” is allowed.)

After I’d been there about an hour, I was approached by my client’s psychiatrist, Dr. Goyal.  He and the treatment team social worker Rex, and the psychologist Dr. Stiava, wanted to have a private conversation with me (meaning without my client, their “patient”) before I left. No problem, but slightly weird...

The four of us ended up conferring for about twenty minutes. It was quickly apparent that they wanted my client to take more psychotropic “medication”, and they hoped either I would help talk him into it, or at least not oppose it. The most specific reason why they had come to the recommendation for a higher drug dose was an incident that occurred about a month ago, details of which they only knew from reading others’ reports, but which of course they had never witnessed, investigated or confirmed, themselves. The only other conceivable reason is that this “patient’s” Muslim prayer habits make them uncomfortable.

I did point out to these guys that I’m a lawyer, not a mental health clinician. I need my client to be a credible plaintiff for our civil suit, not constantly in trouble, etc. The civil suit involves events and individuals out at Dick Suck Hospital in Elgin, not anyone at Chicago Read, at least not for the time being. So in theory, I have a common interest with the people who are currently “treating” him... if (but there’s no way this contingency can be taken for granted!) they intend and are capable of making him better.

I also admitted that under almost all circumstances, I’ll be the guy who defends involuntary “patients” against forced drugging, so if they want to increase my client’s meds, they’ll need to get his agreement rather than coerce him. Dr. Stiava spoke of my client’s “remarkable amount of self-restraint,” but speculated about potential situations of unpredicted or unusual stress that could set him off and make him dangerous to himself or others. The significant thing about that is, it’s an implied admission that he’s not dangerous to himself or others now. Which of course means that under the law, he shouldn’t be subjected to involuntary treatment on an inpatient basis; which of course is why they are currently recommending him for conditional release; which of course is their main problem — they don’t want to have to reverse course on that, and change all the paperwork; which of course would make them look like they don’t know what the hell they’re doing (which of course they don’t!).

I responded to Dr. Stiava with the prospect that coercion of psychiatric drugs might become a stress factor very quickly. But social worker Rex and psychiatrist Dr. Goyal quickly insisted that such an idea would not be “debated” in this meeting. There was another idea that these guys flatly refused to “debate”: their own assertion that, of course, their views of what drugs should go into my client’s body are more valid than his own, because he is mentally ill and they are mental health professionals. The law does not support them on that: they should be more willing to “debate” it, so they can predict that it’s a clear losing argument in court.

Ultimately, this conversation reconfirmed my understanding that so-called “mental health professionals” who work for the state and get their “patients” by police force can never be benevolent doctors in proper hospitals, but only overseers on plantations. They are the scum of the earth, and the public will shortly see the rampant sex slavery in this Illinois system as the ugliest crime since Auschwitz.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Medicine v. psychiatry

I had brain surgery last month. Specifically, a craniotomy and excision of a golfball-sized right frontal lobe meningioma. It was the first major surgery of my life, and the only general anesthesia since a tonsillectomy at age five or six. Here I mean to brag, and maybe relate a couple of things learned.

The brain is not special. It's a boring hunk of meat, utterly malleable. Healing of neurological tissue apparently occurs more efficiently than muscle or bone. On the other hand, the shutting down of an individual's intimate, direct organization and communication lines within his body, and the taking over or appropriation of these life activities by little machines, is a brutally disturbing and traumatic thing. It's the anesthetic that hurts most, not the saw or the knife.

The tumor had begun to debilitate me. It apparently had been very fast-growing. I knew I had started to shuffle, and my attention was unsteady. Left to my own devices, I suspect I would have waited too long and ended up in far worse trouble. Thanks to the stern insistence of people close to me, I got an MRI in the nick of time.

The key factor is honest acknowledgement and conceptual understanding of the vital difference between help and control in human relations. I have been enormously helped by brilliant medical professionals and my loving family.

However there sure were moments when I obeyed orders, period. I regret that my wonderful wife had to nag and gradually wear me down just to get agreement for the initial doctor's appointment. I need to pay her back for such trouble, which she should have been spared.

The physically forced appropriation of breathing, urination and other functions was control. It was necessary for my surgery and it was done spectacularly well, but it was not itself loving. Any pretense that such brutal assaults were helpful to me as a person would have multiplied the trauma. People who need to pretend that force is help are liars and cowards.

My first post-op awareness actually did include some experience of help, however. I was in extreme panic, and I said, "You guys have to get some of this shit off me, right now!" Someone standing there actually understood, and mercifully removed something (no idea what) from my nose. I felt like I’d had some positive, even if de minimis effect, from exercising my own will. There was a future, the panic subsided. The point is it took understanding between me and another person. Not much, just a tiny bit. I'm sure there were protocols and best practices and competencies and clinical data, all about whatever the thing was that was removed from my nose, what the thing was doing in my nose, why it should be there, etc. In that moment, all such explanation would have been experienced as hated machinery. My salvation lay in the quick, live communication alone.

There were a surprizing number of medical professionals in the hospital whom I liked and admired.  A couple days after I came home, I ended up back in the emergency room during a really bad day. It turned out nothing was actually wrong, and I probably shouldn’t have been talked into going. Once you’re in there though, you end up having to follow orders again. I was not willing to have an I-V inserted. Once I knew my blood pressure and EKG were normal, and I had no fever, I told people I was leaving. They were not happy because they wanted to do some blood work, and I just said I didn’t care, I was leaving. The nurse had been unable to get any blood out of my arm after a couple tries, anyway, so just forget it!

Well, this started to look like an impasse, and I figured I’d just sign an AMA form and walk out the door. Then one of the doctors who had actually done my surgery showed up, a very bright lady in her thirties, I think. She listened to my explanation of why I wasn’t sticking around for blood work, and responded that they really, really wanted to check my sodium levels, and carefully explained why. Then she looked at me rather beseechingly and said, “Please..?

Of course, it was my decision. I liked this doctor and I believed her. She talked me into it. They got an ultrasound machine so they could find a good vein, and they got three vials of blood in no time, and sent me home. Everybody was happy.

I can’t help comparing my very positive experience with these real brain doctors... with what would likely have resulted had I gone another month or two without finding out I had a tumor, and started showing emotional symptoms, and landed in the clutches of the fake “brain doctors”, the psychiatrists that I deal with out at Dick Suck Hospital in Elgin. I’d be dead by now, for sure!

My doctors helped me. They actually cured what was wrong. People like Corcoran, Kareemi, Javed, et al., never cure anyone of anything. They never have, and they never will. They don’t talk their patients into any beneficial or prudent treatment. They bully and coerce and force their slaves into compliance. Even Vik Gill, a Dick Suck Hospital psychiatrist whom I actually like, seems to believe that his patients can’t ever know anything about themselves that could be anywhere near as important as what he knows about them, merely because he’s a psychiatrist.  Psychiatry is not help, it’s brutal, cynical, arrogant, lying control.

People use medicine to repair their bodies, and often get good results. Society uses psychiatry to feel better about getting rid of people. It should stop.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Save Elgin! Save the mental health profession!

A couple months ago I wrote an article about how bad a group can go when its members fail to insist upon and enforce a standard of ethics among themselves.

Why does Christy Lenhardt still have a license as a social worker?

The Assoiation of Social Work Boards (ASWB) publishes a “Guildbook For Social Work Disciplinry Acrions” which includes the following section, subtitled, “Summary Suspension”:

It is recommended that social work boards be authorized to summarily suspend a license before a formal hearing should extraordinary circumstances exist which require the immediate protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public.  Under such authority, the board may summarily suspend the license of a practitioner without a formal adjudication. However, a formal hearing must be held within a short period of time specified by the statute (e.g. thirty days).  It is in this formal hearing that the individual will be afforded due process rights.

Isn’t it time?? Christy took confessed child molestor Angelo to O’Hare airport and put him on a plane out of the country! So a pedophile has been walking the streets for eleven years, no way to know how many victims! Christy might well decide to effectively abscond from Illinois herself, at any moment now, with her social worker’s license fully intact! That means she can get a job somewhere else that will enable her to start sexually abusing black men with impunity, all over again. There are dozens of credible people at Elgin Mental Health Center now, who can make sure this does not happen. File a complaint with the proper authority! Don’t just sit there and pretend you know nothing. You might end up being very sorry.

If the worst happens, it will be because everything I’ve ever said about EMHC being a slave plantation, NOT a hospital where anyone is ever helped by “medicine”, is understatement. The longer it takes for you guys to get honest and straight, the worse the fallout will become. For my own abolitionist puposes, so much the better! You may think you’d be “defecting” to my side and betraying your peers by coming forward. But in fact, you betray your supposed profession by remaining silent! 

The nice plaque in the public reception area of EMHC’s forensic Treatment Building reads, “This is a hospital dedicated by the State of Illinois to the welfare of its people for their relief and restoration; a place of hope for the healing of mind, body and spirit where many find health and happiness again.”

If that message is anything but an obscene irony, I would think that somebody within the organization of such a benign institution would choose to stop the ugliness created by Christy Lenhrdt! If nobody does, the message is a very evil lie, and you guys will just have to live with that, every day when you walk past the beautiful plaque.

Such weirdnesses always end. Well or badly, but always. For godssakes guys, at least get 
Christy Lenhardt’s license suspended!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Banish Christy Lenhardt to Alabama

Today’s Chicago Sun-Times includes Phil Kdner’s column, “Alabama’s forgiving view of child Molesters”. I sent the email below. If I receive any response, I’ll blog about it here.
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ILLINOIS’ FORGIVING VIEW OF CHILD MOLESTERS

It’s easy to talk about Alabama... Those people are Southern redneck Bible-thumpers, right? Do you think Illinois voters are more enlightened, more liberal, less tolerent of child molesters? But we are responsible for the actions of government officials and employees. One such government employee, a social worker named Christy Lenhardt, was a perpetrator of sexual abuse of a disabled person on a daily basis for three years  in a state institution (Elgin Mental Health Center, a world-renowned psychiatric hospital). And various individuals, including several administrators and MD psychiatrists) who were required by policy and law to report  any slightest hint of such abuse within four hours failed or neglected to do so (for three years)! How much better are we Illinois voters than the people who elect Roy Moore, if we do nothing? Christy Lenhardt has not been arrested fo the class 3 felony which she obviously committed and has incriminated herself by her own emails  to the victim, and she retains her state license as a social worker. In fact, the state paid her over $27,000 after her crime was reported, well known and under active investigation by the State Police. And by the way, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has not seen any urgency in revoking her social worker’s license; nor has the Joint Commission seen any urgency in awking Elgin Mental Health Center why they should retain their accreditation in the face of this scandal.

The complaint in a federal civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Benahdam Hurt v. James Patrick Corcoran, et al, No. 14 C 5987, is. Public document that should be read in detail by anyone tempted to feel superior to Alabama voters in regards to tolerance of child molestation.

One of the darkest details of the Hurt case is the allegation that Christy Lenhardt effected the escape of an admitted child molester from Elgin Mental Health Center eleven years ago. That individual has remained a fugitive from justice since 2006, walking the streets and probably finding more young victims. How much better are we than those backward, racist Alabamans? Where is evidence of our disgust and outrage? Why doesn’t Christy Lenhardt wear the scarlet letter of pedophilia? Why hasn’t she been sent to Alabama, instead of being defended and protected at Illinoistxpayers’ expense? The years of civil litigation will be expensive, but the loss of public faith in our so-called “forensic mental health system” will be the most lasting legacy. At least, we have to hope there will be a loss of faith.

S. Randolph Kretchmar
Wilmette
(Counsel for Plaintiff Benahdam Hurt)
847-370-5410

Thursday, November 9, 2017

James Patrick Scared-and-Angry-Little-Boy Corcoran

WONDERFUL staffing today, for my friend’s Son Trevor! He Thiems out in a couple weeks, becoming yet another proof that the Illinois forensic “mental health” system is a useless waste of resources (When a patient Thiems out, “treatment” has obviously failed, because its purpose was to get the patient out sooner.)

This began today with a dispute over how many people can attend a monthly staffing.


Section 2-102 of the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code [405 ILCS 5/2-102]... is the authority on this....

The relevant language is: ”The treatment plan shall be periodically reviewed with the participation of the recipient to the extent feasible....”

The language is NOT (although they clearly wish it were), “The plan shall be periodically reviewed with all feasible convenience for the treatment team and their bureaucrtic bosses, and all feasible acknowledgement and respect for their unparalleled expertise, superiority and magnanimity.” It also does NOT say that Administrators may use the section to prevent anyone whom the recipient wants to attend, as retribution against people who have attorney Kretchmar representing them (Although this is really what they wish it said— they’d like to be able to say (depite how utterly contrary to the spirit and purpose of the law it would be, “ Well if the attorney comes, we won’t let your family participate!). They’d also love to pathologize any patient’s choice of attorney, if only “Agreeing with Kretchmar about psychiatry” were a listed symptom somewhere in the DSM (the closest they can get to that is probably under the Diagnosis, “Prodromal anosognosia - 295.001, a perfectly serviceable mental illness that I warned about, and actually  invented myself, several years ago.)

This statutory section is ostentatiously positioned under “Article I. RIGHTS”. Those rights are, of course, rights of recipients of services, NOT  rights of would-be human property owners (“rights” in human property ended 152 years ago in this country, by the outcome of a rather ultimate clarification, called the Civil War) who reside up in the big house on the psychiatric  plantation!

So Trevor has a right to participate to the extent feasible in the staffing today, which is the legally prescribed “periodic review” of his treatment plan. He made it very clear that he wanted both his father and me (as legal counsel) to be present. But in the event, Dr. Corcoran (Medical Director of EMHC) and Dr. Ingram (head of court services) met Trevor’s Father and me in the lobby and said only one or the other of us could be allowed ro attend. I asked why, and Corcoran said, ”It’s our policy.” I asked if the policy is formal or written anywhere, and he refused to answer, though he briefly let it slip that it was a recent policy handed down by the legal department (meaning, presumably, by General Counsel CorreyAnne Gulkewiz, whose office is certainly up in the big house, at 100 West Randolph, Suite 6-400, Chicago, IL 60601, 312- 814-4692. But Dr. Corcoran rudely refused to answer any questions from Trevor’s Dad or me, arrogantly asserting that he just didn’t have to talk to us, and insisting that we decide immediately which one would come in to the staffing. I ended up following him through security toward the conference room. I casually suggested that he discredits himself when he acts so afraid of answering simple questions.

This got to him! He didn’ quite squeeze his hands over his ears and go running down the hall screaming, “Blah, blah, blah, I’m not listening, I can’t even hear you...” the way an 8-year-old would — pretty close, but not quite (maybe next time). In any event, it was still pretty clear to me, and probably to several others, that he just cannot confront me AT ALL. He was an angry, scared little boy! I never saw this side of Corcoran before, I’ve only known he was a pathetic liar (even under oath!). I guess the traits are not independent of or unpredictable from, each other.

Shortly after the staffing began, Corcoran interrupted to ask me directly, “You’re not recording this, are you? I said no, but in fact, I did record every word, every facial  expresssion and every moment, with the smallest and most accurate device ever  (mentally).  

One extremely incriminating  statement was made by Wayne Boyer or Dan Malone (I’m not sure which, they might be kind of hard to tell apart  — if both  both are obese, bearded, red-faced, with a terrible attitude — Dan is the Social Worker inn charge of the case, and I don’t know why Wayne would have been in this staffing, except that he always shows up when talking. “Patient”y.  

Trevor was explaining that he finds Alcoholics Annonymous  to be le ss than “Helpful” because it is too much covert Chisistian evangelism. The objection is not uncommon or unreasonable, it’s more like an “everybody knows!”

The so-called “treatment” team wanted to get Trevor to do and believe according to their religion (psychiatry), and Wayne/Dan didn’t give up easily on AA. He began some formulaic disclaimer about it, but Trevor reiterated that he was not, and would not Erne, be willing to comply with that element of the recommendations. Wayne/Dan insisted the recommendations were only to help Trevor I interjected that if he really wanted to help, he should stop nagging about something that Trevor was very clear on.  The comment abt inspired was probably the mos incriminating thing said in thee whole staffing: “Well. I’m trying to help him with his perception of AA.” In other words, “ Trevor, don’t trust your own perception, mine is better, so just adopt it and pretend it’s your own.” Of course, this is classic brainwashing! Trevor, fortunately, has high enough integrity tha he won’t take that horrible invitation. He’ll remain true  to himself., and he’ll be much more able to stay straight with the world for that. 

But speaking of whose perception is better, it is the highest irony that the Delenda est, !   other person in the room, Faisa Kareemi, M.D., is the psychiatrist who failed miserably  to perceive three years of daily sexual abuse occurring right under her nose on her own clinical unit, With her supposedly superior perception, she yet failed to perceive that,at all!

And... I’m coming for you Jim.  Delenda estpsychiatro

Monday, November 6, 2017

How Could This Happen?

Almost everyone would automatically ask how the Ben-and-Christy incident could happen in a state institution. This divides into two questions: first, how could Ben have been kept in a “hospital” for years longer than he needed to be there? Second, how could the state’s best experts in mental illness and psychology have missed the fact that there was something seriously wrong with Christy?

When someone is found NGRI for a violent crime, they become the effective property of forensic psychiatric authorities. NGRI acquittees are not subject to criminal law, because they aren’t culpable: their mental illnesss caused the crime, they didn’t do it on their own. Treating the mental illness is thus the only allowed project. Courts don’t do that, and they don’t tell anyone else how to. Part of the problem is there’s no test whatsoever to show that someone has a mental illness or to show that he/she doesn’t have it or doesn’t have it any longer. These points are totally subjective and up for grabs. They cannot ever be absolutely proven one way or the other, they can only be interminably argued. If a psychiatrist or a treatment team tells a judge, “Well, he’s somewhat better, but we think maybe he probably should go to another substance abuse group, and he did have a ‘verbally aggressive’ incident last month....” or “He’s not enthusiastic about medication, so we’re not really sure about his insight....” - Then the judge will easily go with the prosecutor’s view that there should be no official progress until those “problematic points” are remedied. They’re not really problematic points, though, they’re negative comments by people who may have motives outside of objective medical evaluation. We’ll find out in discovery how many times Christy inserted such things into Ben’s record, just to keep him around for motives that were illegal and discreditable as hell. (Those motives are disgustingly apparent in the many emails she sent Ben, some with pictures, in late 2016. Ben’s mother recalls various meetings wherein Christy offered frustrating excuses for no court date, no privileges, no progress. All the paperwork and bureaucratic processes were run by Christy. Nobody else wanted her job, so they let her do it. It was a piece of cake for her to make it seem as though Ben wasn’t quite ready to leave; other things, paperwork, etc., always had to be done first. And Christy did not want Ben to leave! She told him at one point that she was putting cash aside that her husband wouldn’t know about, so that he could buy a car when he left Elgin, and the two of them would still be able to get together. (Coincidentally, that $28,230 which Christy was paid by the state after she was fired, is a credible price for a serviceable new car.... And maybe her husband didn’t even know she’d been fired until the media started running this story after our press conference on Nov. 2!)

So the status of the project to treat Ben’s mental illness was left substantially in the hands of Christy, the trusted social worker. And why was she trusted? There certainly were people who had a responsibility to predict whether she might use her position to sexually abuse disabled people. They failed to pick up any clues or exercise the necessary precautions.It’s a related shortcoming to the complete lack of objectivity about whether any person is mentally ill, of course. Not only are state psychiatrists unable to truly identify what causes bad behavior and unable to reliably remedy it, they are equally incapable of predicting it among their own employees whom they see and  evaluate every day! So we, the taxpayers of Illinois, pay approximately a billion dollars a year for complete bullshit. And there’s another $100 Million or so that comes from Medicare and Medicaid, on the basis of Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) accreditation of EMHC, which stands for a (fraudulent!) guarantee of “evidence-based” behavioral and mental health care, as well as, of course(!) effective policies to prevent/stop sexual abuse of patients. Clearly, based on repercussions of Ben-and-Christy alone, EMHC should not be accredited. We, and JCAHO, have to fix this! We need to take all the money back!!)

And the public needs to come to a very unpleasant conclusion: Whaat is widely billed as an “investment in mental health” is in reality “juice” we pay to extortionists for “protection”. The American Psychiatric establishment, which is trying to rebrand itself but has been trusted for many decades, in our creations of the Illinois Department of Human Services and Elgin Mental Health Center, is a new type of mafia which is profiting from the plantation system we are all naively willing to call “mental health care” and “hospitals”. They have no idea what mental illness is, they can’t do anything about it, and they can’t even avoid putting dangerous, very sick people in inpositions of trust!

Friday, November 3, 2017

"Upset"

Apprently the N Unit Administrator of the Day called all "Patients" together this morning for an announcement. It was said that if anyone were to see snything "upsetting" on the news, they should talk to staff about it right away, and somebody will help them.

I told the individual who informed me of this that she should go to one of those wonderful helpful staff and tell them she was very upset by the WGN story of sex slavery at the Elgin plantation, and that she wants some counseling for her upset, right away!

I'll look forward to hearing about what such counseling consists of! How will they reassure people, "Oh, don't worry about these crimes that are being committed! It's alll under control and we're here to help you with modern psychiatry."

I imagine there were overseers on plantations along the route through Georgia, who had comparable announcements for the slaves they were in charge of, "Don't y'all worry none now, 'bout Sherman's Yankees. They ain't comin' here, cuz we got a strong Confederate army under General John Bell Hood just up in Augusta, and those boys in gray will look out for us all!