Learning of this earlier today, having posted about it a few weeks ago prior, was just upsetting to hear. Not only do the needs of the few sometimes screw the needs of the many, there is a vindictive and brutally damaging agenda by those who think they not only will win, but just crush any further efforts at challenges.
Having watched what Social Services did to one family I was treating 15 years ago, and what they did not do for another that the C&A program I was working alongside had to endure, well, sorry, but Child & Protective Services are a shitty government program as a whole until proven otherwise in my experiences these past 15 years. Frankly, the only way they as a government program will honestly and effectively make changes to do (what I respect is outwardly a difficult and unappreciated job) is for an outraged parent(s), who was irrevocably mistreated and ruined in having his/her child ripped from their home for less than overt examples of abuse/neglect/malfeasance, to create major fallout for these agencies from said parent(s). And for the sake of caution on my part what I write here, I am not talking about law suits. You all fill in the blanks you feel necessary to complete.
Real change in America seems to only happen when real pain is felt first. Being preemptive and accountable is lost in government agencies today, and a disgruntled and outraged citizenry will do what they have to do, and I cautiously and hesitantly have to say, I respect people do what they have to do, until proven inappropriately otherwise, if they take responsibility for it at the end.
The reason for this post?
I know the judge at least partially ruled this way as the father violated the gag order by going public on Fox News a few weeks ago, and boy, does that term “GAG order” fit here not only for what transpired before this ruling yesterday, but by the lack of following standards of care by providers involved in ripping custody from these parents. No hesitation writing this, I am glad I don’t live in Massachusetts, and if you do and are responsible and attentive, you should be beyond frightened and outraged! Your state’s protective services and legal system are beyond hideous and insensitive. It borders on what Fascism is based on, plain and simple.
When the dust settles on this case, I hope not only people lose jobs, but I really believe something will happen that will make people outwardly pause and take note of what government can do without fear of retaliation to people without respectable accountability and responsibility.
If this child dies, well, I don’t even know what to offer after such a tragic and irresponsibly handled situation may play out…
And someone else writes something a bit similar too:
“What’s really interesting here is that Children’s Hospital and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are doing precisely to Justina, for sure, what they theorize her parents were doing: They have deprived Justina of her rights. They have made of her a permanent patient. They have decided that her theoretical psychiatric disorder should change the course of her entire life. And they have done it, despite other experts telling them they are just plain wrong.”
Just remember the hallmark defenses of the characterological beings we live among: denial, projection, minimization, deflection, and pathological rationalization. Seems to be illustrated just perfectly by the CPS and judge here, EH!?!?
Addendum March 27: wow, read this:
in there this: ““Some child-protection doctors, whose field has recently been elevated to a board-certified specialty, are beginning to draw criticism – even from some unlikely quarters,” explained Boston Globe journalists Neil Swidey and Patricia Wen.
They cite Dr. Eli Newberger – the very pediatrician who founded the child protection team at Children’s Hospital in 1970 running it for three decades – cautioning that “doctors in this new specialty have enormous and really unchecked power.”
Swidey and Patricia Wen explain that as an expert witness in cases around the country, Newberger said he’s seen a tendency for state child-welfare agencies to be “overly credulous to hospitals” and for some child protection teams to show a “reflexive willingness to label and to punish,” especially educated mothers who are perceived as being too pushy.5“
and then just later, “Pollack did not mince words when it came to his criticism of the psychiatric ward:
As reported in the growing number of cases in which allegations are becoming public, Bader 5 healthcare providers, including Gary Gosselin and Colleen Ryan, along with an in-house counsel named Ellen Rothstein, appear to favor hasty accusations of medical child abuse or the like against parents who challenge them. Based on allegations by multiple families, Gosselin and/or Ryan have even taken harsh stances to avoid second opinions that parents wish to seek from other facilities. In my view, one of Gosselin’s Ryan’s, and Rothstein’s biggest weaknesses appears to be an unwillingness to consider the possibility that they have made mistakes, which is a major deficiency in professionalism. A former Children’s Hospital nurse and whistleblower, Katie Higgins, has publicly reported these sorts of problems at Bader 5. As a result of, among other things, arrogance, professional mediocrity, and/or a rush to judgment, Bader 5 appears virtually synonymous with abuse for many children. While Gosselin, Ryan, and Rothstein may deflect blame for malpractice and abuse onto parents, Bader 5 emerges as a serious risk of abuse.
Nurse Katie Higgins wrote a letter accusing the Children’s Hospital of medical child abuse.
Former Boston Children’s Hospital nurse Katie Higgins, who has followed the case from the start, wrote a scathing letter on January 8, 2014, addressed to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche.
Higgins’ letter charges that Children’s Hospital is guilty of committing “medical child abuse” by pulling Justina off most of her previous medications for mitochondrial disease. Higgins also asserts that Justina’s health has deteriorated as a result.
Higgins wrote: “As advocate for the family, I informed Department of Mental Health licensing director, Liz Kinkead of the breach of law regarding Justina’s commitment to a locked psychiatric unit and was told that DMH was deferring to the medical expertise of Boston Children’s Hospital.”
Higgins continued on to explain that:
From the perspective of the teen whose life has been derailed, she is the ward of a state devoid of compassion and conscience, prohibited from contact with every facet of her life that holds meaning for her. I am submitting this information, which has been made public, in the form of a complaint against Judge Joseph Johnston, Dr. Colleen Ryan and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for the emotional and medical abuse Justina Pelletier has suffered for nearly a year. It would be far more accurate to call the “treatment” forced on Justina by its more proper term, “torture.”
“Acute psychiatric hospitalization is intended as an emergency intervention for a child at risk of harm to self or others. Judging from the article, Justina has never fit this description. She should never have been moved to a psychiatric ward,” Marion Freedman-Gurspan explains in a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe published on December 22, 2013.”
and the link ends with this other vignette:
“The tragic story of young Chelsey Cruz was well detailed by the Hartford-Courant.
“When Kimberly Castro buries her only daughter next week, she’ll do so with a clear conscience, but with fury in her heart,” wrote Courant staff writer Hilary Waldman.
Chelsey became embroiled in a series of events involving Boston Children’s Hospital that remarkably mirror those of the Pellitier and Wray families, suggesting the possibility that part of Boston Children’s Hospital’s modus operandi may be to target families from out-of-state.
Her mother testified before a Connecticut committee investigating its own department of social services on December 18, 2008, detailing her experiencewith Boston Children’s Hospital, saying:
We sought help from the Boston Children’s Medical Center. And at first, they agreed and began to wean her off the medications. She began to look and feel better. However, one fatal visit occurred when a chief doctor came on the scene. He demanded that Chelsey be put back on the experimental medications and threatened to call DCF if I resisted. I asked to seek a second opinion and was immediately dismissed. My daughter was forcibly admitted and guards were placed outside her door, keeping me from my child.
Massachusetts Department of Social Services and the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut worked to entrap us, and an order of temporary custody was obtained in Boston. I was told by the Boston Department of Social Services that I was no longer able to make any medical decisions for Chelsey. I went to the local newspapers with my story, sharing my pain and my hope to gain justice.
The Boston Globe explains with respect to the Pellitier family that: “When the judge decided to maintain temporary custody of Justina with the state, the Pelletiers were furious. They took their complaints to every authority they could think of: the district attorney, the attorney general, the governor’s office, even the FBI.” No one intervened to help the family.
According to Kimberly Castro’s submission to the committee, she contacted Drs. William Harmon and Nancy Rodig – both nephrologists at Boston Children’s Hospital – Clarissa Lebron, a supervisor at the Department of Children and Families, as well as Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General of Connecticut at the time. In addition, her daughter wrote a letter to the judge presiding over her case pleading for his intervention on her behalf.
It was all to no avail. On March 12, 2008, the Hartford-Courant reported that Chelsey had died of kidney failure – precisely the condition that her mother had sought to prevent.
Castro said she will never believe that her daughter died of lupus or kidney failure. “I’m 100 percent sure that my daughter died of adverse side effects of the drug called Cellcept,” Castro said. “Regardless of that, they had no right to force her to take a drug she didn’t want.”
Castro told DCF that this would happen. “I tried to warn them,” she said.
“And they never listened.””
You know why this story has me focused? Because it is about government run amok, allowing cretins who unfortunately have “MD”s after their names be henchmen, and then agencies like DSS/CPS who are thugs do disgusting things as alleged “policy” and standards of investigations.
Kids die from this bullshit lack of credibility or accountability. I have met “social workers” who are anything but social and trained. They are truly antisocial cretins who crave power, control, and vindictive opportunity. May this hospital in Massachusetts burn, figuratively mind you as a comment, but, outrage can have other consequences, and that is the point here, when people of responsibility and integrity realize there aren’t fair options.
Read other links, people admit if it were them having their child taken from them by people who claim to know better but are just clueless and ruinous, how long would it take for the victims to have to be harsh and abrupt.
That is why grizzlies are quick to attack, eh?
further addendum: the family web site, visit it!
addendum March 27 PM: Seems others agree with my perspective:
“Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA, stated: “The reasons given in Judge Johnston’s most recent ruling expose the vengeful nature of Massachusetts DCF. They are purposefully punishing the Pelletiers for daring to question their authority and for speaking out on behalf of their daughter. This is a blatant abuse of bureaucratic power that should be concerning to any American.”
Gag order indeed, this is what happens when antisocials try to run society.
oh, and then this too:
In there is this story to show again what CPS, in here a different state, is Gestapo in attitude and interventions, and boy is it a sad commentary of my profession!:
But, in the cchrint.org article is this: “While “reckless endangerment” charges are usually directed at parents neglecting or putting their child at risk, Massachusetts legislators should be looking at revising the law to ensure State “guardianship” of a child and psychiatrists treating under that guardianship are not immune to such charges, where the child is put at “substantial risk of serious bodily injury” or “impairment of a function of a body member, limb or organ.”
As I have said in earlier posts, when my own colleagues start to get sued and perhaps even charged with felony crimes for their arrogance and paternalism gone amok, maybe then some will act like doctors, and not like tyrants. Oh, I have seen the tyrants in my travels, starting with my residency program experience, and these guys who think being a psychiatrist is akin to being a god, is not too far off in an interpretation. What scares the F— out of me these days is how quick my “colleagues” are to defend and justify these ongoing insults and injuries to patients. Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs now going on in most states, while honestly well intended in theory, are equally if not greater just making care punitive, and making providers the defacto villains until proven otherwise.
Our purpose as doctors are to help and heal, not coerce and condemn. Think about it!
last addendum today: Finally, from this, http://www.salvationandsurvival.com/2014/03/why-justina-pelletier-case-should.html
“1. Psychological and clinical evaluations of Justina’s parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier, are “necessary.” It is horrifying to see how easily the State can cast aspersions on the competence of parents. Do you really think the Pelletier family is any different than your own?
According to the family’s spokesperson, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, the parents of Justina are being punished for not going along with DCF’s analysis of their daughter’s medical condition. “DCF, the courts, and everyone else involved is sending a message,” Mahoney said. That message, he said, is if you question these entities, they’re going to say, “‘Guess what? We’re going to take your child and not give them back to you.’
Although the Pelletiers can file a motion in court again in May to regain custody, they plan on appealing later this week. Wouldn’t you turn over every stone to find a way to rescue your child from State custody? This case represents the intrusion of an over-reaching government into our families’ lives and, I fear, is just the beginning of relegating parents to a subordinate role. We must pray that the Pelletiers stay strong and in the fight. They represent all of us.”
I once had a “colleague” tell me right after I got out of residency that the court cannot be challenged in decisions and that what is ordered has to be done without dissent. Thank god I don’t deal with that loser any more. People who not only deny the concept of the need to challenge authority, but are just rote defenders and apologists of poor choices and interventions deserve to be screwed in future idiocy. Unfortunately, this lack of instinct to challenge and fight for what is right and responsible is seemingly becoming epidemic in this country. Hence the leadershit we have across state and federal representation in government.
I hope this judge is tossed from the bench when the dust settles from this case. But, Massachusetts is a lost state, after all, they had Barney Frank and Ted Kennedy as representatives for what, 40 or more years? Why I still call that state “Mass-of-two-shits”, even though one is dead and the other retired. Yeah, rude on my part, but so were these jokers impact on the country!
Addendum March 28 PM: if this is true,
“For the past several months, the Pelletiers have met face-to-face with Justina once weekly in supervised visits of no more than one hour. Now, Massachusetts DCF is denying the Pelletiers visitation with Justina in another blatant act of vindictive punishment.
This new act demonstrates DCF’s unwillingness to reunite the family and exposes the agency’s lack of interest in the welfare of Justina or the Pelletier family. Instead, DCF is concerned with getting back at a family that spoke out against their heavy-handed custody grab.
By prohibiting Justina from seeing her family, DCF is treating her differently than all other minors at the Framingham facility where she is being held. Even convicted criminals in Massachusetts have more weekly visitation time than Justina Pelletier”
I have met Social Workers with this attitude, the “who the fuck are you to think you can fuck with me” holier than the law thinking. The only good thing about this is these characterological screw ups are digging such a deep hole for themselves and their agency, they can forget working on the East Coast when this is resolved.
And yet, we have colleagues out there who think we should rely on these sources to define who needs care. That is not only frightening, it borders on responsible physician organizations considering pulling licenses. But, that requires gonads and intestinal fortitude, and god knows 95% of physician organizations are eunichs and had complete colectomies!!!
If Justina’s dad loses it and does something regrettable, I would consider offering myself as a witness to claim he was not culpable for his actions against a monolith out of control like this case has revealed. Honestly! Where the hell are the regulatory bodies that monitor these agencies?! Oh I know, cowering in their offices or drunk at a bar!!!
addendum March 29: watch the video from the father per the second screen, and watch the whole 7 minutes, it is his opinion, yes, but, if it was your child, what would you do? After the duration of this insult, see the movie “John Q” per what I would do!
Again, the judge and Mass-a-2 shits’ CPS is beyond disgusting. People need to lose jobs from this incident, nothing less!!!
and then this video:
Isn’t anyone with a soul completely outraged what a state does to a family when this type of intrusion is putting people at risk? And to you apologists and defenders, enjoy that orifice you love to abuse! Frankly, every psychiatrist who knows better that you can’t diagnose Somatoform Disorders until you have exhausted a thorough medical workup first, and you certainly can’t arrive at that diagnosis in an ER visit, and you aren’t challenging these assholes at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, well, you disgust me for not being outspoken!
I genuinely hope people who have disrupted this child’s and family’s lives not only lose their jobs, but their licenses, and the word “ostracized” is a gross understatement what they go through hereon! And the judge here, totally complete asshole, and I can say that with authority because I have been front and center with judges who ruin peoples’ lives in court, and show no compassion, no respect, but instead tons of discrimination and disdain for these patients.
Again, psychiatry and the law are oil and water until proven otherwise. Forensic psychiatry, the way it is handled these days except responsible exceptions respected, go fuck yourselves!!! Sorry to regular readers who have forensic backgrounds who do know better!
Why do I sense this child is going to die if not have serious morbidity issues before it is resolved responsibly?
Addendum March 30: Found this, and while it is sad, I like it!
“The Massachusetts State Police have assigned investigators to look into several threats that have been made against staff from the state’s child-protection agency by people who are angry at its handling of the custody controversy surrounding 15-year-old Justina Pelletier.
David Procopio, spokesman for the State Police, confirmed Friday that the Department of Children and Families has given them about a dozen threatening communications to staff, which came through e-mail, telephone, social media, fax, or comments on news stories.
“We’ve compiled them and assigned them to a unit that specializes in threats, especially those sent electronically,” Procopio said
He said they will be assessed to see if they do pose a danger and if investigators can identify the source. He also acknowledged that state troopers helped escort Pelletier to her weekly visit with her parents Friday. That was done, said someone with close knowledge of the visit, after an individual contacted the transportation company that drives Justina to her weekly visit and threatened to kidnap her along the route.
Procopio said the senders of the threatening messages did not say specifically what they would do, but suggested something along the lines of “retribution or consequences” for their role in the Pelletier case.
The threats have not been confined to DCF staff. In one online communication sent in the past week, a group listed the home address of Juvenile Judge Joseph Johnston and one of the physicians involved in the case, although it mostly urged people to write or call them. The group also said that the agency should know that “failure to comply will result in retaliation which you will not be able to withstand. Free Justina and return her home to her family.”
Noted here up front, violence is always a last resort, but, this situation is leading there. Where is the precedence this judge has to do what he is doing?
But, while I never condone vigilantism, I understand it. Umm, Massachusetts regulatory organizations, get your damn act together before the torches and pitchforks do it for you!!!
Addendum March 30 noon: watch the video at this blog post with Alan Dershowitz
Disturbing what this lawyer relates as being frankly inappropriate. Goes to my post today, March 30, about the pervasiveness of criminality and tolerance by the public.
addendum April 3 PM: more scum to reveal from the shit, er, state of Massachusetts:
“CCHR states that, “Clearly, in the hands of the Massachusetts Dept. of Children & Families and Boston Children’s Hospital’s psychiatric unit, the teenager’s condition is deteriorating, and it is her treating psychiatrists that are putting Justina at ‘imminent risk of serious harm.’ And while ‘reckless endangerment‘ charges are usually directed at parents neglecting or putting their child at risk, Massachusetts legislators should be looking at revising the law to ensure State ‘guardianship’ of a child and psychiatrists treating under that guardianship are not immune to such charges, where the child is put at ‘substantial risk of serious bodily injury’ or ‘impairment of a function of a body member, limb or organ.’ Surely, when a child’s life is at stake, even the governing bodies overseeing those institutions that claim to represent the best interests of children, would demand proof of the medical diagnosis.”
Read full article here.”
and this, “After months of fighting for the teenager’s freedom, the Pelletiers were dismissed by the Juvenile Court and denied custody of their ailing daughter. Juvenile Court Judge, Joseph Johnson’s reason for denying the Pelletiers’ right to decide their daughter’s medical treatment was his belief that the Pelletier’s will not comply with the state’s directives. The Judge further wrote in his decision that he believed Justina suffered from “a persistent and severe Somatic Symptom Disorder,” the very psychiatric diagnosis the Pelletiers have been fighting since first admitting Justina to Boston Children’s Hospital.[3”
Um, what the fuck does this judge know what Somatoform Disorder? He is a fucking idiot!
Addendum April 5: My instinct is this is the apologist and defender of Children’s Hospital:
This paragraph shows ignorance at least, pathetic minimization at its worst:
“Korson also accuses Boston Children’s of taking extreme measures: “[T]he team has demanded that Justina be removed from the home and severe restrictions imposed on contact with her parents. This represents the most severe and intrusive intervention a patient can undergo.” That statement is debatable, to say the least. Separating a child from her parents, although admittedly traumatic, is easily reversible and carries no risk of death. Installing a permanent port entails significant surgical risk, and such ports frequently become infected.”
“…carries no risk of death.” Really?! Gotta love people who use absolute terms in defining an issue. Oh, and separating a child from family is easily reversible. Yeah, idiot, let’s take your kids from you for a year and see how quick and easy things will be to reconnect.
This is the kind of rebuttal that makes one quick to look for associations that the writer most often desperately wants to hide or minimize.
The author ends with this: “It may be a long time before we know who was right in this case. Even then, it may be wrong to assign blame.”
Umm, easy for the writer to not worry about the time for this matter to be resolved. But, just like a defender or apologist to minimize the need to assign blame, after all, future incidents that benefit the transgressors can’t be lost, eh, if there is money/control/power to be gained.
But, blogs are opinions, I respect that point, and what are opinions like, we all know the adage.
Don’t want to smell some of them though, true?!
Addendum April 6 2014:
you have to watch Huckabee’s show tonight about what Mass-of-2-shits is STILL doing, and now trying to harass Huckabee for having the Pelletier family on his show ongoing!
Watch it all, and pay attention to what the judge and the governor of this lame state are still doing, or in this case, NOT doing.