Psychiatry: A fraudulent and dangerous practice.
4-Part series in the Boston Globe
by Patricia Wen
A legacy of unintended side effects
A Globe investigation has found that this Supplemental Security Income program - created by
Congress primarily to aid indigent children with severe physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy,
Down syndrome, and blindness - now largely serves children with relatively common mental, learning
and behavioral disorders such as ADHD. It has also created, for many needy parents, a financial
motive to seek prescriptions for powerful drugs for their children.
A coveted benefit, a failure to follow up
Government data show that Social Security officials have, over the past decade, fallen far shortwhen it comes to conducting the regular case reviews required by statute. A typical SSI
disability case is supposed to get a full medical review every three years, but from 2000 to 2008
the agency examined, on average, only 10 percent of the children on SSI.
Read the full article here: http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/12/13/follow_up_process_lacking_in_ssi_disability_program/?page=full
Brown calls for hearings on disability program
US Senator Scott Brown called yesterday for Senate hearings to examine a $10 billion federaldisability program for indigent children, a response to a three-part Globe series published this
week that alleged troubling incentives that pose risks to children.
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