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POLICYPROJECT  April 2005

POLICYPROJECT April 2005

Subject:

Re: letter

From:

Mollie Beth Moriarty <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Policy Project <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 22 Apr 2005 10:24:33 -0400

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text/plain

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right...I have lost my dry sense of humor this morning.


Quoting "Andrew R. Morton" <[log in to unmask]>:

> Oh I was kidding about the email...
>
> I'll make it look better and send everyone a PDF copy. I don't think I'll do
> it on UVM letterhead, there appears to be an extensive policy on using their
> letterhead for things like this and since our views are not necessarily the
> view of UVM...
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Policy Project [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mollie
> Beth Moriarty
> Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 10:11 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: letter
>
> I think we should send an actual letter.  The changes are good.  It is more
> well
> rounded with the numbers taken out.
>
> Mollie.
>
>   Quoting "Andrew R. Morton" <[log in to unmask]>:
>
> > Yes of course it will, or I could send an email to them. Anyone else?
> >
> >
> >
> >   _____
> >
> > From: Policy Project [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Nancy
> > J. Miller
> > Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 8:45 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: letter
> >
> >
> >
> > Here are my changes.(I assume it will typed up in "professional letter"
> > format?)
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Dear Chairman George Cross, Rep. George Schiavone, and members of the
> house
> > committee on education,
> >
> >
> >
> > We are a group of undergraduate social work policy students at the
> > University of Vermont. We have been studying House Bill 74, (An act.), and
> > we are in support of this bill for the following reasons:
> >
> >
> >
> > First, according to statistics provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency
> > (DEA), in 2003 Vermont ranked third in the nation for cumulative
> > distribution of methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin.
> >
> >
> >
> > Secondly, many psychologists agree that while ADD and ADHD do exist, the
> > current rate at which drugs such as Ritalin are being prescribed reflects
> an
> > over-diagnosis of these disorders.
> >
> >
> >
> > In addition, there is mounting anecdotal evidence that some parents have
> > felt pressured by some schools to medicate their child as a prerequisite
> for
> > continued admission.
> >
> >
> >
> > Finally,  as former Governor Philip Hoff stated in a letter addressed to
> the
> > Education Committee February 10th, 2005 "This bill helps to ensure
> children
> > are not being placed on Ritalin and other psychiatric drugs due to
> coercion
> > and a lack of information."
> >
> >
> >
> > Where there has been some concern that this bill would prevent school
> staff
> > from discussing problematic issues with parents, it should be noted that
> > this bill would only prevent school personnel from suggesting use of
> > medication: an area that educators are not trained in.  We urge you to
> pass
> > this proactive legislation.
> >
> >
> >
> > Thank You.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Nancy Miller
> >
> > BSW Student
> >
> > Title IV-E Partnership
> >
> > University of Vermont-Department for Children and Families
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Policy Project [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Andrew
> > R. Morton
> > Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:13 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: letter
> >
> >
> >
> > This is what we came up with yesterday.
> >
> >
> >
> > If people want to change, add, delete, pass it around until we get a draft
> > that everyone is comfortable with. Let's start with Nancy.you pick the
> next
> > person.
> >
> >
> >
> > Almost done!
> >
> >
> >
> > Andrew
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Dear Chairman George Cross, Rep. George Schiavone, and members of the
> house
> > committee on education,
> >
> >
> >
> >             We are a group of undergraduate social work policy students at
> > the University of Vermont. We have been studying House Bill 74, (An act.),
> > and we are in support of this bill for the following reasons:
> >
> >
> >
> > 1. According to statistics provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA),
> > Vermont ranked third in the nation for cumulative distribution of
> > methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin.
> >
> >
> >
> > 2. Many psychologists agree that while ADD and ADHD do exist but that the
> > current rate at which drugs such as Ritalin are being prescribed reflects
> an
> > over-diagnosis of these disorders.
> >
> >
> >
> > 3. There is mounting anecdotal evidence that some parents have felt
> > pressured by some schools to medicate their child as a prerequisite for
> > continued admission.
> >
> >
> >
> > 4. As former Governor Philip Hoff stated in a letter addressed to the
> > Education Committee February 10th, 2005 "this bill helps to ensure
> children
> > are not being placed on Ritalin and other psychiatric drugs due to
> coercion
> > and a lack of information."
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
> --
>


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