Why this name?  Because King County has a levy proposal by this name that has psychiatric components, one of which is to screen all the children in King County for mental illness.

The rub on mental health screening is that it is a conduit for mental health diagnosis and labeling, all without any objective medical test to show that there is anything wrong with the toddler, child, adolescent’s brain.

This is a government plea for early intervention – at great taxpayer expense, about $392 million over 6 years for their whole program.

This ordinance goes on to include psychiatric treatments as follows:

“Prevention and early intervention are also the most effective and least expensive ways to address serious future problems such as chronic disease, mental illness, substance …” (Section 8 of ordinance)

“Build resiliency of youth and reduce risky behaviors through: Prevention, screening, early intervention and, where needed, treatment, that addresses depression, other mental illnesses …”

(2015-0177 Best Starts for Kids Report to King County Council)

“Screening youth for early onset of mental illness…”

(2015-0177 Best Starts for Kids Report to King County Council)

“Increase infant and early childhood screenings, including:  i. Mental health screenings…”

“(2) Support pregnant and parenting families with health and nutrition guidance, substance abuse prevention, and screening and linking to services for post-partum depression so that healthier babies are born across King County regardless of location, the age of their parents, their race/ethnic background or family income.” (King County Youth Action Plan – P55)

“Collaborative school-based mental health and substance abuse services. Provide effective prevention and intervention strategies, screenings, referrals, individual/group/family work, after school activities, assemblies, classroom presentations and school support in middle schools for those most at risk.” (King County Youth Action Plan – P108)

And they are looking through a psychiatric lens which turns behavior into illness, without any objective medical testing, while saying they are using the latest brain development theories promoting mental health solutions. These solutions are mostly psychotropic drugs (mind altering drugs) that are rather – addictive – as people can’t seem to get off of them or away from them once started. Sounds like addiction.

While this site is not a medical site, we are not doctors or lawyers, we are concerned citizens. Who live in King County.

Let us know your thoughts about psychiatric drugging of toddlers, pregnant mothers, children aged 1-5 and adolescents.

If you have information on how the Best Start For Kids Levy would impact you, let us know


Thank you,

CCHR Seattle


FB – CCHR Washington


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