Crack-Addled Crappery on the Taxpayer Dime (Guest post)

Courtesy of Thaddeus, aka Pseudo-NIMH, who says no one ever visits his blog. He says he’s from Paris, but no one believes him.

Is this another sub-radar, grant-sucking cabal with a pointless mission and nothing to show for itself, or just what America needs? Meet…

The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control was assembled by the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH) with a grant on the order of $600,000 from the Centers for Disease Control. Its purpose is to reduce tobacco use and cancer among people with mental and substance use disorders, presumably because no one’s ever tried it and the prospects for success are good.

By establishing the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control, the National Council is helping to address health disparities identified by CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health and the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. The National Behavioral Health Network empowers and prepares a wide range of stakeholders — including public health, behavioral health, primary care, and education — to prevent and reduce tobacco use and cancer among adults with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.


We concocted NBHNTCC to make riches.

We will find out what the National Council for Behavioral Health is all about. Who outside grant-sucking circles has ever heard of them? I examined their site internet and found they are occupied with lobbying the Americans’ Congress for comprehensive healthcare services needed by “people who have mental health and substance use problems.” I follow Dr. Lieberman on Twitter. Based on what he asserts, I am fairly certain that is every person in America over six months of age with arms long enough to deliver drugs to the mouth.


They’re in possession of $14M; they took in $22M in 2013. This is bad, mes amies. They also operate SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, which touts three core beliefs that are not well supported by reality, if they are talking about people who fall into their sphere of influence:

Prevention Works     •     Treatment is Effective     •     People Recover

I should clarify myself. People do recover, but not usually while they are being mental-healthed to death by oddly motivated hair-dos such as the individual depicted above, to whom I will introduce you tout de suite.  By now you presume as I do that NCBH grew from a spore of MKULTRA? Indeed, NCBH is also behind Mental Health First Aid, the notorious fink-on-your-friends program willed into existence by people who are far more concerned about maladapted male adolescents with weapons caches than anyone’s emotional suffering or their problems finding mental health services.

President Obama calls for Mental Health First Aid training to help teachers and school staff [and cops] [and students of all ages] [and their parents] recognize the signs of mental health disorders in young people and find them appropriate care.  (Isn’t he the president so fond of marihuana that he was depicted in high school as a member a marihuana-smoking club, the choom buddies? Or was that his predecessor? All of the American presidents, perhaps.)

The government and the media should have acknowledged by now that prescribed antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics drive the typical teenaged or twenty-something mass murderer to his insensible actions. He is typically  just starting or just ending a course of chemopsychiatry, deranged by his “medication” or by withdrawal from it. Treatment-induced loss of reason doesn’t always culminate in mass killing, but it’s nonetheless ubiquitous in rampage-killer circles. That is, antidepressants are not sufficient to cause horrific and meaningless crimes, but they seem to be necessary. Even if no one has received funding to undertake a study of the role of psychiatry in the mass murder phenomenon, it is nonetheless clear that killing oneself is more likely when the drugs of psychiatry have addled the mind. The FDA has found that the young people Mental Health First Aid would send for “treatment” are the most susceptible to antidepressants’ most notorious side effect, suicide. And I wish to point out that death is not the only terrible outcome. If they’re susceptible to suicide, they’re undoubtedly susceptible to every aversive emotional state leading up to it, too: grief, dread, misery, angst, paranoia, rage. Too many to name, really. By all means, let’s get more young people on psychiatric  drugs.

What is “behavioral health,” anyway? I honestly do not know and cannot find a definition, but it seems to be a subculture that operates like Big Brother’s little helpers. We have only stuck a toe into their unfamiliar realm with our visit to the NCBH site. (We’ll know a lot more when the Mental Health First Aid Act of 2015 is implemented in 2016. [Ed. God only knows what happened to that bill, but we have just been cursed with the 21st century cures act, which had the notorious Murphy bill shoved into its bra just before it was trotted out for a vote.]

Oh! That reminds me that this started with the tobacco/cancer crusaders whose name and acronym I’ve already forgotten. They want to reduce cancer rates by prying cigarettes from the hands of those they deem incapable of figuring out smoking is bad without orchestrated intervention. If that’s what blows their skirts up, why shouldn’t they? It seems okay, but, no, it is not okay.

  • Failure is the modal response to all quit-smoking treatments, and it should be no different in reducing-smoking treatments. Targeting unwell people with an induced failure experience is an insupportable self-indulgence.
  • Cancer-prevention messages will add new worries on top of the problems those deemed mentally ill already face. Smokers work on their denial for years until it’s nearly impenetrable. These do-gooders would tear all that down, for no reason. In any case, the side effects of psychiatric drugs hasten the demise more surely than smoking causes lethal cancers.
  • If their programs offer incentives for quitting, the targets will merely drink to excess and smoke marihuana from dawn to dawn to beat back relentless, demonic nicotine cravings. They will white-knuckle until the moment the study ends, and then stampede the nearest Stop ‘n Shop for relief.
  • If they advocate Wellbutrin (bupropion) or Chantix (varenicline), they’ll invite some extremely difficult adverse events of the inexplicable/felony type. If you believe a word of any study that’s found Chantix perfectly safe, please leave a comment with your home address and I’ll contact you shortly. The FDA removed the “black box” warning not long after Robert D. Califf took the role of director. I do not recommend a home visit, but I suggest you email him if you had adverse experiences while using either drug for smoking sensation; mention whether you currently smoke or not.
  • C’est gauche.

The NBHNTCC can argue against everything I wrote, above, but they’d have to rely on rhetoric, not data.

Why do these people inflict themselves on psychiatric patients? To prevent cancer, or because they’re self-important control freaks who’ve found a way to re-cast their megalomaniacal pathologies as job skills? Why not go after recent immigrants from Asian nations? They smoke like chimneys.



Perhaps their web presence will tell us. The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control (NBHNTCC) is run by Linda R., who…

brings news from the field that you, or your work, can’t live without.

Mon dieu. I have enough problems as it is. Because we can’t live without at glance at “Six Weeks until a New World Order,” let’s pull back the curtain and find out what we nearly lost our lives over.

Tick tock. Six weeks to go until State Planning Grant applications are due for states to move forward with Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, and, I believe, six weeks until we enter a New World Order for specialty behavioral health care.

I’m frankly terrified at this point.

The BHTNNCC web site looks like a three-fold pamphlet adhered to my screen. There’s a lot of pamphlety information, and some pamphlety-looking webinars and continuing education courses on offer. It occurs on me as I poke around that these people don’t do anything. They do a web site. The CDC gave $600,000 for that site? It was built in WordPress by someone who doesn’t know how to set a favicon! That’s the little decorative element in the tab of the web browser that displays the site. Theres is the proverbial blank page icon, which perhaps is fitting, and should be left alone.

A course they are promoting at the moment, “Cancer – What’s Alcohol Use Got to Do With It?” looks promising.

This webinar provides information on the linkage between alcohol use and cancer, and discusses ways that primary care and mental health treatment providers can collaboratively address alcohol use and cancer using an integrated care approach.

Watch the session to learn about cancer risk associated with alcohol use and evidence-based strategies to prevent and address alcohol use.

That was the same sentence, repeated. The fact sheets are similarly lacking in variety.

That NIAAA document was updated ten years ago from something letter-pressed when Benjamin Franklin was in Paris. If it wasn’t printed on acid-proof paper, it’s the color of rat teeth by now.

Let’s see if THBNNCC has anything to say without slides or handouts doing the heavy lifting. On their pet topic, not a lot. Very little under their “Did You Know?” section — nothing, now that I think of it — is accurate and worth knowing at the same time.

Did You Know?

CLAIM: More than 50% of patients with terminal cancer have at least one psychiatric disorder.

Oh. Because I had read…

Do Rates of Mental Disorders and Existential Distress among Advanced Stage Cancer Patients Increase as Death Approaches?

To determine if the prevalence of mental disorders and related factors increase as advanced cancer patients get closer to death…Closeness to death was not associated with higher rates of mental disorders.


Psychiatric comorbidity among terminally ill patients in general practice in the Netherlands: a comparison between patients with cancer and heart failure

There were no significant differences in prevalence of psychiatric disease and psychotropic drug prescription between patients with terminal cancer and heart failure.

The results demonstrate a high use of psychotropic drugs in terminally ill patients, often in the absence of a formal diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder…Increased psychotropic prescriptions are primarily related to the terminal stage of the disease and not to the background of cancer

CLAIM: The rate of tobacco use among people with a substance use disorder or mental illness is 94% higher than among adults without these disorders.


CLAIM: Approximately 50% of people with mental illnesses and addictions smoke, compared to 23% of the general population.

Please clarify. 94% or 117%?

CLAIM: People with mental illnesses and addictions smoke half of all cigarettes produced, yet are only half as likely as other smokers to quit.

Heavy smokers are less likely to quit than those who smoke less. Allow me to compose myself before commenting…

CLAIM: Among people with mental illnesses who received treatment in the past year, 37% quit smoking, compared to 33% of those who did not quit.

Treatment for what? Hammer-toe? And is that saying 37% quit, 33% didn’t quit, and 30% either quit or didn’t quit? A 37% quit rate is impossibly high, by the way.

I don’t know if there’s any reason to find all this as annoying I as find it. Perhaps it’s that the conspicuously coiffed colluders seem like they’d cower and sniffle if they ever had to talk to one of the people whose health they think they improve by paying themselves salaries with money stolen from the proletariat by elite scum such as themselves. For shame. It is constant money-stress that sent so many to the madhouse throughout history and still does in the present. Leave the money in the hands that earn it, and go out and find a way to make an honest living, contemptible harridans.

I worked all my bad feelings out in Photoshop. This depicts the
leadership of [acronym?] in a simulated Salvia divornum moment.

That’s it for me. Keep les bonnes choses coming, mind controllers. I’ll check back in a year or so if I haven’t been sent to the clinique psychiatrique. Tick tock!

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