Texas Church Mass Shooting
16 Nov

Psychiatric History Leads to Another Mass Shooting

Texas Church Mass Shooting

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas (Image Source: MGN)

Recently, former psychiatric patient Devin P. Kelley opened fire on churchgoers in Texas murdering 26 innocent people and injuring another 20. Kelley had a long history of psychiatric drug use, beginning as a teenager when he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and then medicated in high school. One of his classmates revealed that Kelley had complained about the medication he was taking.

Kelley had been suspended at least seven times in school, and his record revealed a series of disciplinary offenses. These included drug use, profanity, dishonesty and insubordination.

Kelley’s history of problems did not end with graduation. While in the Air Force in 2012, he escaped from a psychiatric hospital. He was caught by the local police, who had been told he’d made death threats against his superiors and had attempted to smuggle weapons onto his base.

Kelley had a history of violence, having assaulted his wife and badly injured his baby stepson, leaving him with a fractured skull. He had also been investigated by a Sheriff’s Office on a rape and sexual assault charge in New Braunfels, Texas in 2013.

After moving to a recreational vehicle park in Colorado Springs, four witnesses told the police Kelley had chased down his dog, punched it, yelled at it and dragged it into his camper. He was charged with animal cruelty, and pleaded guilty.1

The man repeatedly manifested symptoms of violence against people and animals.

Psychiatric Drugs linked to Violence

 It is not speculation that psychiatric drugs can lead to violent and sometimes homicidal behavior. In a Time online article, it was revealed that “certain medications — most notably, some antidepressants like Prozac — have also been linked to increase risk for violent, even homicidal behavior.”

The article then states. “A new study from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices published in the journal PloS One (a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science) and based on data from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System has identified 31 drugs that are disproportionately linked with reports of violent behavior towards others.”

The drugs included in this list are several antidepressants, two ADHD drugs and Chantix, an anti-smoking medication. 2

There is an acknowledged link between violent behavior and psychiatric drugs. The fact that no one knows who will snap while taking these drugs adds an element of terror, like a game of Russian Roulette on a societal scale.

Increase of Psychiatric Drug use = Increase in Mass Shootings?

Not all psychiatric drug users become homicidal maniacs. But obviously, those that do murder on a smaller or a massive scale are indistinguishable to the psychiatric profession. There has been no responsibility taken for these tragic incidents by either the drug companies manufacturing them or the psychiatrists prescribing them.

The random nature of mass shootings reflects the massive prescribing of these drugs. At least one in six Americans now take a psychiatric drug. In 2013, 17 percent of adults reported filling a prescription for a psychiatric medication. 3

If only a small percentage of those patients have a reaction resulting in homicidal behavior, the ramifications for society are massive.

For those experiencing mental distress, there are alternatives to psychiatric drugs. With what is known now about the violent side effects possible in susceptible people, there is no excuse for the continuing prescribing of these drugs.




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Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida, presented the 2017 CCHR Humanitarian Award to Jacksonville attorney Mr. Justin Drach
16 Nov

CCHR Florida Presents Humanitarian Award to an Attorney Dedicated to Stopping Mental Health Abuses

Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida, presented the 2017 CCHR Humanitarian Award to Jacksonville attorney Mr. Justin Drach

Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida, presented the 2017 CCHR Humanitarian Award to Jacksonville attorney Mr. Justin Drach

A prominent Florida attorney was presented with the CCHR Humanitarian Award during a banquet held at the historic Fort Harrison in downtown Clearwater for his work to expose and prevent fraudulent involuntary psychiatric examinations known as Baker Acts.

Hundreds of guests attended the 2nd Annual Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Humanitarian Awards Banquet for the purpose of honoring the many dedicated volunteers and supporters of CCHR for their work in the field of mental health reform.

The guest of honor, and recipient of the 2017 CCHR Humanitarian Award, was Jacksonville attorney Mr. Justin Seth Drach for his work to end unlawful Baker Acting of men, woman and children in Florida.

In accepting the award, Mr. Drach said, “Today, in Florida, one of the greatest evils is fraudulent Baker Acts. I make no bones about it, there is an epidemic of greed and abuse in medicine, especially the treatment of mental illness.”

While the original intent of the Baker Act was to ensure patient rights and prevent abuse, the Annual Report of Baker Act Data, revealed in March that in the 15 years from 2001 to 2016, involuntary examinations more than doubled, a 105.50% increase, and that 32,475 of these initiations were on children. Even more disturbing is that the mental health law allows for a child to be Baker Acted without parental knowledge.

Spearheading a campaign at the beginning of 2016 to put an end to this violation of parental rights, CCHR Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog working to expose human rights violations in the field of mental health and dedicated to the protection of children, has worked to educate families on their rights under the law at hundreds of community events reaching almost 150,000 families in the Tampa Bay area in addition to calling upon Florida lawmakers to eliminate the unjust Baker Acting of children.

“It should not be legal for a child to be taken into custody and sent for involuntary psychiatric examination without parental knowledge when the child does not meet the criteria for a Baker Act, yet this is what is happening in Florida,” said Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida.

Stating that Florida is a target-rich environment for corporations looking to squeeze profits from filled beds and that the mental health act is weak, Mr. Drach called upon those in attendance to empathize with the mother, father, son, or daughter who has been locked behind steel doors because they have good insurance, or because the state of Florida will subsidize their bed and asked them to contribute to the legacy of putting an end to the atrocities of mental health abuse.

For more information on CCHR’s campaign to eliminate inappropriate Baker Acting of children please visit 5 Simple Steps to Help Protect Your Child, or contact CCHR at 727-442-8820 or visit the center at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave in Clearwater, Florida.

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Suicide Noose
27 Sep

CCHR Calls for Investigation into Link between Antidepressants and Teen Suicides

Suicide NooseGalvanized by reports showing suicide to be the third leading cause of death for ages 10-24[i], the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children, is calling for an investigation into the link between antidepressants and teenage suicides.

In 2016 the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition reported suicide as being the third leading cause of death for teenagers in Florida[ii] but what they didn’t report was that the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) had previously reported in a study on teen suicide a link between suicide and psychiatric treatment.[iii] According to the JAMA study 55% -77% of the teens that developed suicidal behavior did so after being treated with psychiatric medication.

Psychology Today reports that psychiatrists have known for years about something they call “roll back” which is when antidepressants give depressed patients the energy to follow through on suicidal impulses[iv] and unfortunately there are 2,165,279 children between the ages of 0-17 on antidepressants in the United States[v] alone. This is despite the fact that the majority of antidepressants given to children are not only ineffective but potentially dangerous.[vi]

“We keep hearing cries for more mental health funding yet the facts show a definitive connection between psychiatric drugs and suicides,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida. “The link between antidepressants and suicides needs to be investigated especially in the case of children and teens.”

To learn more, please call 727-442-8820 or visit for more information.

[i] Suicide: Florida 2016 Facts & Figures




[v] Number of Children & Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the U.S.

[vi] Most antidepressants don’t work on kids and teens, study finds

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20 Sep

CCHR Florida Calling for Investigation into Psychiatric Billing Fraud

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog that exposes human rights violations and is dedicated to the protection of children, is demanding answers as to why for-profit psychiatric hospitals currently under investigation for fraud are still operating as designated receiving facilities for those sent for involuntary psychiatric examination under the Baker Act.

The mental health law in Florida, commonly referred to as the Baker Act, allows for citizens to be sent for involuntary psychiatric examination at 127 public and private psychiatric wards designated as receiving facilities. These Baker Act Receiving Facilities are funded in part by the State of Florida and are contracted by Behavioral Health Managing Entities through the Department of Children and Families to receive and hold involuntary patients under emergency conditions for psychiatric evaluation and to provide short-term treatment.

As a mental health watchdog organization, CCHR has consistently received reports of alleged abuse or fraud committed in Florida’s Baker Act Receiving Facilities and as a result is demanding answers as to why private psychiatric facilities that are currently under investigation for fraud are still contracted and being paid to hold people on an involuntary basis.

An egregious example is the psychiatric and mental health facilities owned by Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS). UHS runs the largest network of private for-profit psychiatric hospitals in the United States with more than 200 psychiatric facilities across the country and has annual revenue of $7.5 billion dollars – a third of which comes from Medicare and Medicaid.[i]

Currently 26 of UHS’s behavioral-psychiatric facilities are under federal investigation by the Department of Justice Civil and Criminal Divisions, the Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the FBI for alleged fraudulent billing practices under Medicare and Medicaid.[ii] [iii]

Four of the facilities under investigation, Central Florida Behavioral Hospital, River Point Behavioral Health, University Behavioral Center and Wekiva Springs, are Baker Act Receiving Facilities in Florida and all are still open and being paid to hold citizens for involuntary psychiatric examination.

Even more concerning is that despite the complaints about UHS’s behavioral/psychiatric facilities and federal investigations into them, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration approved UHS to open a new facility, Coral Shores Behavioral Health an 80-bed mental health facility in Stuart, Florida which is also a designated Baker Act Receiving Facility.[iv]

As a result, CCHR is calling for an investigation into the designation of UHS facilities as Baker Act Receiving Facilities and is asking for anyone employed in the mental health profession, families of people who have suffered abuse in a psychiatric facility or any staff or former staff of such facilities with knowledge of healthcare fraud or psychiatric abuse to please contact CCHR with full particulars and any documentary evidence at 727-442-8820 or online at





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ECT Machine
18 Sep

ECT: Psychiatrists Admit Harmful Effects but aren’t Worried About Them

ECT MachineDictionaries define “harmful” as coming from the word harm, which means “causing or likely to cause physical injury, especially that which is deliberately inflicted.”

In the alternate world of psychiatry, “harm” becomes a good thing, where intentionally firing 70–150 volts of electricity through a person’s brain and causing a grand mal seizure is a “a safe and effective therapy.”

But the harm doesn’t end with this traumatic physical experience (which can last up to 30 minutes and can include repeatedly induced seizures.) [i]

Proven Memory Loss from ECT

Here is what the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry says about the “possible memory side effects” from this procedure:

“Memory loss is one of the greatest concerns of people who receive ECT. Two different kinds of memory loss may occur during the course of ECT treatments. The first is the loss of short-term memory during the period of time that you are having ECT treatments. Some examples of short-term memory loss include forgetting what you had for lunch or not remembering talking to someone earlier in the day. Your ability to remember new information will generally return to your normal level within a few weeks to a few months after the treatments are finished.

“The second type of memory loss that may occur involves memory loss for past events. Recent past events (2 to 6 weeks before treatment) are more sensitive to ECT. However, some patients may describe “spotty” memory loss for events that occurred as far back as 6 months before beginning ECT. This memory impairment is potentially permanent…” [ii]

British Psychiatrists Rave about ECT but Patients Not Thrilled

The Royal College of Psychiatrists report that when researchers analyzed experiences with ECT, those who found the procedure helpful ranged from 30% to 80%. This breaks down to only 30% of patients finding ECT helpful compared to 80% of psychiatrists who have a positive attitude about the treatment.

This Monty Python-like statement was made by the psychiatrists without a trace of humor.

Continuing in this same vein, the Royal College of Psychiatrists also admit that “Some memory problems are probably present in everyone receiving ECT. Most people feel better after the course of ECT has finished and a few weeks have passed.”

These British psychiatrists also state that “some people do complain that their memory has been permanently affected, that their memories never come back.”

Finally, “It is not clear how much of this is due to the ECT, and how much is due to the depressive illness or other factors.” [iii] Really? This genuine inability to observe cause and effect is why psychiatrists have not been able to cure anything in over 200 years.

How Exactly does ECT Work?

It depends who you ask. Here are some theories expressed by mental health experts:

  1. “The theory goes like this — depression isn’t caused by too little brain activity. It’s actually caused by too much brain activity, an overactive brain that has accidentally “hot-wired” multiple brain networks together. (How and why this hot-wiring occurs is still a mystery.) So how can ECT undo this hot-wiring? It’s theorized that ECT may undo this hot-wiring, and return the brain’s neural networks to normal functioning…” – Dr. John M. Grohol , Expert and Researcher for mental health online[iv]
  2. “It clearly rejigs the electrical wiring of the brain in some way…when somebody’s having a heart attack and their heart stops, you get them going again by putting the paddles on their chest…ECT is the kind of cerebral version. But why it is that electricity rejigs the wiring of the brain is [not totally known].” – Edward Shorter of the University of Toronto, a social historian of medicine[v]
  3. “No-one is certain how ECT works. We do know that it can change patterns of blood flow through the brain and change the metabolism of areas of the brain …” – Raj Persaud, Royal College of Psychiatrists[vi]

These child-like comments made by men who are influential in their field would be humorous if the treatment were not so potentially devastating. It is doubtful that any of those commenting would willingly undergo ECT to “rejig” their brain’s electrical wiring or “undo the hot-wiring.”

What ECT Really Does to the Brain

Linda Andre for the National Head Injury Foundation reported the actual effects of ECT in a detailed paper:

“Another common claim of shock doctors and publicists, that ECT “saves lives” or somehow prevents suicide, can be quickly disposed of. There is simply no evidence in the literature to support this claim. The one study on ECT and suicide (Avery and Winokur, 1976) shows that ECT has no effect on the suicide rate.

“Case studies, neuroanatomical testing, neuropsychological testing, and self-reports that remain strikingly similar over 50 years testify to the devastating effects of ECT on memory, identity, and cognition.

“Recent CAT scan studies showing a relationship between ECT and brain atrophy or abnormality include Calloway (1981); Weinberger et al (1979a and 1979b); and Dolan, Calloway et al (1986).

“The vast majority of ECT research has focused and continues to focus on the effects of ECT on memory, for good reason. Memory loss is a symptom of brain damage and, as neurologist John Friedberg (quoted in Bielski, 1990) points out, ECT causes more permanent memory loss than any severe closed-head injury with coma or almost any other insult to or disease of the brain.” [vii]

That psychiatry continues to promote this devastating “treatment” is reason enough to question  their sanity and block them from access to patients, young or old. The fact that they are now promoting ETC for treating children and the elderly has outraged many.

Victims of this abuse continue to speak out; when their voices reach a crescendo, perhaps this barbaric treatment will finally be outlawed.








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Child Abuse
18 Sep

CCHR Calling for Investigation into Violations of Law Meant to Protect Children

Child AbuseThe Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog that exposes human rights violations and is dedicated to the protection of children, is calling for an investigation into apparent violations by psychiatric hospitals of a law passed by Florida lawmakers in 2017 that is meant to better protect children under the mental health law.

CCHR applauded Florida lawmakers earlier this year for taking action to protect children during involuntary psychiatric examination when the lawmakers amended the mental health law and as a result potentially reduced the length of stay for a child being held for involuntary examination. The amendment requires that the examination for a minor be initiated within 12 hours of the child’s arrival at a psychiatric hospital also known as a receiving facility.

The Baker Act currently allows for the initiation of involuntary psychiatric examination of children without parental knowledge and according to the Annual Report of Baker Act Data, 32,475 minors were sent for examination during fiscal year 2015/2016.[i]  The change to the law in 2017 could reduce a child’s stay by over 80% thereby greatly reducing the trauma of having been transported by law enforcement to a psychiatric ward.

However parents of children who have been Baker Acted since the change to the law are reporting to CCHR that the psychiatric facilities entrusted with the examination of children are refusing to follow the law.

“This law only went into effect about two months ago and we have already received reports from parents that 7 different facilities are refusing to follow the law,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.  “These receiving facilities are violating the rights of these children.”

Based on these reports and acting as a strong voice working to protect children from unnecessary involuntary psychiatric examination, the Florida chapter of CCHR is calling for the appropriate state agencies to investigate the psychiatric facilities that have been reported to have violated the mental health law.

One of the reports received by CCHR tells of a hospital refusing to acknowledge the new amendment telling the parents that they were going to keep the child in question for 72 hours regardless but when the parents, on the advice of CCHR, hired an attorney, the child was released in 15 minutes after the attorney threatened to sue the hospital for insurance fraud.

CCHR’s campaign to protect children from unlawful Baker Acting was launched in 2016 and centers around educating families on their rights while simultaneously working with Florida lawmakers to create amendments that prevent abusive use of the mental health law.  Families interested in learning more are encouraged to contact CCHR at 727-442-8820 or to visit the center at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave in Clearwater, Florida.

[i] The Baker Act The Florida Mental Health Act Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Annual Report, Released March 2017 – Prepared for the Florida Department of Children and Families by the Baker Act Reporting Center


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Stop Suicide
12 Sep

CCHR Florida Sheds Light on Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Suicide

Stop Suicide

According to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for teenagers in Florida.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog that exposes human rights violations and is dedicated to the protection of children, is holding a month long open house in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day in order to shed light on the link between psychiatric drugs and suicidal ideation.

September 10, 2017 marks the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day and in recognition of the more than 800,000 people who die by suicide each year, the Florida chapter of CCHR is holding an open house throughout the month of September for the purpose of educating individuals on the dangerous connection between psychiatric drugs and death by suicide.[i]

Thirteen years after the FDA issued their now famous warning that children and teenagers who were taking antidepressants might have increased suicidal thoughts and behavior, not only is the suicide rate increasing but one in ten people ages 12 and older are taking an antidepressant in the United States. The FDA warning was issued as a result of studies, which demonstrated that children and teenagers who take antidepressants were nearly twice as likely to think about, actually attempt or tragically in some cases commit suicide.[ii]

Despite the fact that suicide rates for adolescent boys and girls have been steadily rising since 2007, over 2.1 million children 17 years of age and younger are taking antidepressants in the United States.[iii] [iv]

“When suicide is being reported as the third leading cause of death for those age 10 to 24 in Florida it is important for parents and young adults to know that the side effects of antidepressants include suicide and suicidal behavior,” stated Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida.[v]

With prescription drugs having become an epidemic in America and in other parts of the world, CCHR feels it is vital for the general public to know that antidepressant prescriptions continue to rise right along side suicide rates despite the known side effects of these dangerous drugs.[vi]

The CCHR Florida World Suicide Prevention Day Open House runs daily through the month of September at their center located at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave in downtown Clearwater. To learn more, please call 727-442-8820 or visit

[i] World Suicide Prevention Day 2017

[ii] Do Antidepressants Increase Suicide Attempts? Do They Have Other Risks?

[iii] Suicide Rates For Teen Boys And Girls Are Climbing

[iv] Number of Children & Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the U.S.


[vi] Hooked on Pharmaceuticals: Prescription Drug Abuse in America

Latest prescription data shows consumption of psychiatric drugs continues to soar

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11 Sep

Cutting of Florida Mental Health Funding: A Blessing in Disguise

HoaxWhile those involved in Florida’s Mental Health System are reeling from the cut of millions of dollars from their budget,[i] many others are breathing a sigh of relief. After all, the psychiatric profession openly admits they cannot effectively diagnose or cure mental illness. Why should the taxpayer continue to support this failed profession with their hard-earned dollars?

Joe Herbert, emeritus professor of neuroscience at the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair at the University of Cambridge states, “Mental illnesses, as distinct from neurological ones, are diagnosed and classified entirely on symptoms. There are no objective tests, no blood tests, no scans, no recordings. There is no other area of medicine to which this still applies (at one time, all medicine was based largely on symptoms). A wide range of techniques are available and are used both clinically and as part of research on the brain. They are very useful; indeed, essential. But not in psychiatry. Psychiatry has tried hard to make the use of symptoms both reliable and consistent, with mixed success.” [ii]

Psychiatry: An Effective Hoax.

If one counts the large number of people duped by psychiatrist’s “authority” and their extremely damaging treatments over many decades, the unfortunate effectiveness of their deadly hoax is manifest.

Is there a final count of children permanently injured or even killed by psychotropic side effects, newborn babies damaged in the womb by their mother’s dependence on antidepressant drugs, victims of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) who have lost much of their memory, people disabled by Tardive Dyskinesia due to antipsychotic drugs plus other psychiatric victims?

Many find psychiatrists to be the natural descendants of Snake Oil Salesmen of the late 19th century, quacks who traveled through small towns and rural areas using showmanship to sell ineffective and sometimes damaging elixirs and powders to the unwary public.

Back then, the quacks would quickly leave town to avoid prosecution. [iii]

Are we less savvy than the gullible public of 19th century small towns? Instead of prosecuting or at the very least avoiding our modern “snake oil salesmen” we continue to pay whatever price they ask in the hope of easing our mental distress. The psychiatrist has capitalized on this gullibility.

History of Psychiatry Strewn with Torture, Permanent Disability and Death

In the early 1600s, psychiatric asylums used physical restraints such as leg-irons and manacles. Some keepers even adopted management techniques that were developed by Renaissance horse – masters to control stubborn horses.

By the late 19th century, things had not improved and the only way most patients left the asylum was in a coffin. Straitjackets, seclusion and sedative drugs were the order of the day for unruly patients.

In the first half of the 20th century, these mental hospitals were testing grounds for brain damaging operations known as lobotomy as well as the infamous ECT treatment. [iv]

Nazi Era Psychiatric Atrocities

The US National Library of Medicine has published this information on their site:

“During the Nazi era, for the first time in history, psychiatrists sought to systematically exterminate their patients. It has been acknowledged that the medical profession was profoundly involved in crimes against humanity during this period, with various publications describing this malevolent period of medical history. It is less known, however, that psychiatrists were among the worst transgressors…”

“The professional status of psychiatrists did not place any obstacle to their participation in Nazi crimes, and many demonstrated a profound commitment to the atrocities. Psychiatrists were instrumental in instituting a system of identifying, notifying, transporting, and killing hundreds of thousands of mentally ill and “racially and cognitively compromised” individuals in settings ranging from centralized psychiatric hospitals to prisons and death camps. Their role was central and critical to the success of Nazi policy, plans, and principles.” [v]

Moral Character of Psychiatrists Still Questionable

Despite psychiatry’s outrageously high public relations budget, the truth of their criminal behavior cannot be completely hidden.

Anti-psychiatry groups, patient advocate groups, anti-ECT groups and others have sprung up around the world; many have experienced the destructive results of this profession first hand.

The truth of psychiatry’s horrific treatment via drugs, brain operations and ECT is at last becoming common knowledge. When the support of psychiatry via tax dollars and government subsidies has expired, this fraudulent profession will do so as well.






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26 Aug


POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA – According to a Detective in the Polk County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of psychiatrist Robert Morgenthal for “Sexual Misconduct by a Therapist”. This comes on the heels of the “voluntary relinquishment with discipline” of his license to practice in Florida – his only choice other than a full investigation resulting in an inevitable revocation. In the words of the Final Order from the Florida Department of Health, “…relinquishment specifically provides that Respondent [Morgenthal] agrees never again to apply for licensure as a physician in the State of Florida.”

CCHR Florida initially documented and filed a complaint regarding Dr. Morgenthal’s excessive prescribing of psychotropic medications to his patients. Yet the more grievous of his crimes came to light later on, when the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance issued 33 Emergency Suspension Orders (ESOs) and Emergency Restriction Orders (EROs) in June 2016 for serious violations, which could include the commission of crimes, violations of standards of care, drug use, impairment, drug diversion, sexual misconduct or student loan defaults. [i]

Included in this list was none other than Dr. Morgenthal, whose license was suspended on June 20, 2016 for gross sexual misconduct incidents that occurred between 2013 to 2015.[ii]

Scenes of the Crimes

The incidents occurred in two different facilities in Florida, at Peace River Center in Lakeland (Polk County), and at Central Florida Behavioral Health, which is in Orlando (Orange County), and part of a chain of for-profit psychiatric facilities owned by Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS). This facility is no stranger to controversy and criminal activity, shockingly still in business despite continuous reports of violations including:

  • Local attorney Mac McLeod wins settlement of more than $10 million in Orange County wrongful death case. Date: April 23, 2016
  • Feds widen fraud probe of Universal Health Services to include headquarters. Date: April 1, 2015
  • Questions surround man’s death while in care of Central Florida Behavioral Date: October 9, 2014[iii]

Meanwhile the fiscal report for Central Florida Behavioral Hospital looked like this in 2015:

  • They showed total assets of $39,854,335.58
  • Their General Revenue income for the year was only $7,121.75
  • But their Contract Income from Medicaid, The Dept. of Children and Families and the Juvenile Welfare Board was $80,429,807.50[iv]

However that’s the subject of another investigation…

Filing Criminal Complaints

After learning of the ERO, CCHR stepped up their filing of complaints on Morgenthal and immediately sent formal criminal complaints to the State Attorney’s Office Ninth Judicial Circuit, the State Attorney’s Office Tenth Judicial Circuit (Polk County), and the Orange County Sheriff’s office.  The result was that a Detective with the Polk County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations Special Victims Unit contacted CCHR and stated that he had been assigned to investigate the case.

After an extensive investigation the Detective reported to CCHR that a case was submitted to the State Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued for Robert Morgenthal’s arrest for Sexual Misconduct by a Therapist.

Meanwhile, in Georgia…

Morgenthal was not only licensed in Florida but also held an active license in Georgia. To ensure that he wouldn’t simply head north and continue to practice in another state, CCHR filed a complaint at the same time with the Georgia Composite Board of Medicine.

The Georgia Composite Board of Medicine accepted a voluntary surrender of Morgenthal’s license and as stated in the Final Order, “this surrender shall be considered to be and have the same effect as a revocation of my [Morgenthal] license, and I [Morgenthal] knowingly forfeit and relinquish all right, title and privilege of practicing medicine in the State of Georgia.” [v]

And that is how CCHR Florida is working to reform mental health and bring criminal psychiatrists to justice!



[ii] ROBERT JOSEPH MORGENTHAL License Number: ME86083 Data As Of 8/25/2017



[v] ROBERT JOSEPH MORGENTHAL, M.D. License No. 052221, Respondent

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21 Aug

Mental Health Stigma Created by Psychiatry

When $20.4 million in federal funding for mental health services in Florida expired recently, those tied directly to this tax-payer funded care began a predictable and loud outcry.

Stacey Cook-Hawk, CEO of Salus Care, a Mental Health and Addiction facility in Southwest Florida appeared on the “Gulf Coast Live” radio show. She used her temporary bully pulpit to her advantage, with a well-engineered tug on the shows host’s heart strings.

Five Year Old with Mood Disorder?

She emphasized the 800 children they would not be able to “serve”. She gave no details as to what Salus Care’s “service” consists of, but to those aware of psychiatry’s growing interest in drugging unhappy, unruly or overly creative kids, the implied psychiatric pharmaceutical treatment is obvious.

Cook-Hawk spoke of “children in crisis” from age 5 to 17 who are suicidal, depressed and have an “unmanaged mood disorder” who need a safe place to stabilize, see a psychiatrist and a treatment team. [i]

Many find her casual inference that a child barely out of diapers could have an “unmanaged mood disorder” either laughable, frightening or both. Does a 5 year-old need a psychiatrist, or a firm and loving parental hand? Fortunately, most parents have more sense than to turn their youngsters (of any age) over to the charlatans now posing as experts on “childhood disorders”.

Absolutely No Medical Tests for Mental Illness

In her interview, Cook-Hawk repeatedly referred to mental health issues as being no different than diabetes or high blood pressure.[ii] Perhaps Ms. Cook-Hawk is unaware that there are absolutely no medical tests whatsoever to diagnose a “mental disorder”, unlike pathological tests widely available and known for the illnesses she mentioned comparatively.

This comes directly from the website of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Health:

“Unlike diabetes or cancer there is no medical test that can provide a diagnosis of mental illness. A health care professional can do a number of things in an evaluation including a physical exam and long term monitoring to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms.” [iii]

Perhaps Cook-Hawk has bought into the DSM psychiatric Bible propaganda, a tome loaded with descriptions of psychiatric disorders that are, despite their impressive sounding names, only creations that have been voted into existence by the psychiatric participants. A show of hands does not make an actual disorder true, much less an illness, despite the psychiatrists touching faith in their ability to make it so.

If actual medical illnesses and their treatment were merely voted on by physicians, an angry and disillusioned public would long ago have “strung up” the offenders and insisted on actual scientific studies and cures for those conditions.

Somehow, psychiatrists have practically hypnotized many into believing that they and they alone are capable of diagnosing without any biological tests whatsoever.

It is shameful that Ms. Cook-Hawk, for all her “do-gooder” appeal, is unable to cite a single test that validates her claim that mental illness is “no different” than any other physical illness.

Mental Health Stigma Created by Psychiatry

Another offensive topic promoted by Cook-Hawk is her insistence that mental health results in a “stigma” for the diagnosed. Where does that diagnosis come from? From whence does the stigma originate? Certainly not from that person’s family, friends or acquaintances.

Of course the stigma, label or “disorder” with which a child or adult is stuck comes solely from the offending psychiatrist. Many find it unbelievable that a psychiatrist can scan through a list of “symptoms” and, based on nothing more than opinion, choose a disorder he or she has decided fits. Unfortunately, a person saddled with such a label may carry it with him through life. He is indeed stigmatized…by psychiatry.

Promoting Category C Drug for Pregnant Mothers

Cook-Hawk is a big proponent for “helping” addicted pregnant mothers with doses of vivitrol, a category C drug.

No well-controlled studies have been done on humans, and nursing babies may have unwanted side effects, since this drug does pass into the breast milk. [iv]

However, Cook-Hawk is an advocate of “outreach programs” to encourage treatment with vivitrol. And she laments that the elimination of tax-payer funds to pay for vivitrol treatment will result in “babies being born addicted.”

Her reasoning is (to put it mildly) flawed.

Perhaps drugging the unborn (yes, vivotrol does cross the blood-placenta barrier) [v] is not particularly alarming to Cook-Hawk. After all, she is promoting psychiatric treatment for children as young as five. Her unconcern with the effects on a fetus of a schedule C drug is not much of a stretch.

Lawmakers must do their own Research

The moaning and crying of those in the mental health field is shameless. Unable to provide a service that is willingly paid for by the recipient, psychiatrists have no other recourse but government funding. When that is cut off, the loud outcry is a testament to their lack of actual ability to help those in need.

The citizens of Florida must stand firm in demanding that those in our state suffering from addiction are truly helped. There are drug-free programs that can change the course of addiction, and turn those trapped in the nightmare of drug abuse back into valuable, producing members of society.

There must be a demand that troubled children and adults have alternatives to psychiatric drugging available to them. Psychiatrists have said over and over that they are unable to cure mental illness. Perhaps we should at last listen to their words and pay attention to  the lack of results. Taxpayer dollars can be better spent. Lobbyists for psychiatric pharmaceuticals and other harmful psychiatric solutions should be ignored.

The addicted and troubled citizens of Florida deserve real help, not the barbaric drugging and confinement that passes for such in psychiatric circles.

When lawmakers research the actual results of the millions spent on psychiatric treatment, the need for alternatives to this so called “care” is self-evident.



[ii]   ibid




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