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Retrospective @ 1/2017: Beginning-of-Year Posts (“As I’ve Been Saying, Since 2009”) and an Update or Two

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Retrospective @ 1/2017:  Beginning-of-Year Posts (“As I’ve Been Saying, Since 2009”) and an Update or Two (<=this post title with case-sensitive shortlink ending “-5wN”)

This is from the juicy center of “Dear Readers (2017 Themes, Ongoing Concerns)” post. It’s here as temporary scaffolding to work on the structure, but may end up putting down roots separately, and I’ll provide a skywalk (link) back to the original construction site (post).  It is referenced as a major section there, but when both are published, probably will be found here.


Retrospective: Beginning-of-year posts, since 2009:

(Inside the sky-blue borders.  Below this is more text, written first under this title).


February 28, 2016 postCredentialing and Schooling Psychologists (speaking of MN and the Grazzini-Rucki case) (My second in 2016).  Definitely a thorough and interesting read, even more relevant today in showing the proliferation of for-profit education, schools of professional psychologists, and who’s been investing of them, as well as connection to major (as in NYS) “Centers.”  They just want to improve lives — and courts — according to a mutually shared model…


2015 — no posts published all year.  It was a “busy” year…

2014, with an “Update” below.

2014 – 8 posted in January, I picked this one as typical:  How many “governments” are there?  What do they do?  What’s the Collective Cost?  Example, funding of NFLG (Nat’l Fatherhood Leaders Group, in DC) and others.  [appearance/para. breaks of this post not the most stylistic..]

2013, two posts, with a second “Update” below.

For 2013 – I’m picking two (I also considered well-developed draft.  Maybe later…)  

Somehow (in later revisions) I got into AFCC again, so there is a brief section with its tax returns and a few annotated images mixed into previewing the second chosen post for 2013, (“Hardly Breaking News .. Black People and the Tavistock Institute”) .. These are complicated to annotate and insert/label, and having put that section in as part of the natural flow, I’m going to just leave it in place…. The felt connection was of having had one’s family life, essentially, violated, and children alienated from their origins, trained to discredit and deride them.  

There are very real connections to population control as exercised in South Africa a century (plus) ago, and our current, USA, social services (welfare) system, in fact the overall systems of population control and management, complete with the “separate but unequal” and inbred caste systems — while an ongoing insistence that anyone helped should just accept the patronizing attitudes of those who condescend to do so.  Apart from a felt similarity in the operational “DNA” of the current “family court systems” (and related ones), there remains also the historic developments of the same. 

At this time I was blogging in html-only mode (I remember why – it was during a lean time, and related to the input device),.  The posts lack logos or images, and some of the tables didn’t hold their position over time. I’m not real proud of the formatting,  but I am of the information and points made which did not coast downstream on existing currents, but continued observing and looking for an anchor to others’, more publicized interpretations of the problems with the family courts vis-a-vis domestic violence and child abuse.  A quick cleanup [using techniques learned since] of the better earlier posts would be helpful, but I don’t see it happening soon.

2013 posts tended to quote extensively from websites (links provided) which links may have dissipated since.  They are one form of historical chronicling of this field. Another place to look is the Wayback Machine (internet archives), but it’s only as good as the web pages of which it takes snapshots, and only on those specific dates.

(1) Jan. 9, 2013, STILL Too Hot to Touch with a Ten-Foot Pole?  Supervised Visitation Racketeering (Shockome/Viola Stroud case) and Professionalization (SVNetwork.org) etc. [publ. Jan. 9, 2013]  [This post has two comments from a mother in Arizona [username “stillhere”], with whom I later had extensive conversations, and re: whom I also checked out the criminal docket referenced on her ex..She had also attended the 2012 Broken Courts Conference (which was in Arizona).  We lost touch in last year or so.  A nearby post continues the theme of people who just didn’t want to talk about that financial fraud which continued to surface in this grants-sponsored/non-profit administered field.

FYI the “Don’t Ask|Don’t Tell” approach to system-wide abuse of power doesn’t work. Bad idea..]

(2) Jan. 16, 2013, Hardly Breaking News, But Still True:  “Black People and the Tavistock Institute” (2009 post)  (about 10K words, and wide-ranging, but to the point.  Someone else wrote the 2009 post is one written another which spoke to current issues…

Excerpt:  Imagine that a stranger broke into your home, robbing it, leaving it in ruins and then kidnapped your children to work as servants within his home.  This stranger, fearing an eventual retribution from these kidnapped children will find it necessary to implement systems for ensuring that these children remain loyal.   The stranger may do so by routinely showing the children pictures of their ruined former home while falsely retelling the details of the event (and) that he merely rescued them from their ruins, and that their parents didn’t want them.

In effect (though the “breaking, entering, taking, and alienating” took different forms) many of us do not have to imagine this.  While this is referring to at least the previous African kidnapping for intercontinental slave trading when it started and continued in previous centuries — with subsequent plans to integrate and acculturate the subjugated population at the appropriate level, only, in society — that paragraph also accurately describes what IS happening now, individually  but in a widespread fashion to independent and self-sufficient, law-abiding women and mothers .

And the systems in place to make it happen made NO specific media attention during the recent US Presidential campaign, transition time, or most recently, inaugural speeches or celebrations.

This also happens I’m sure to men and fathers, but the difference is when there has been violence, threats, terrorism, and destruction already within the family unit, public institutions which virtually worship “the family” endanger women by minimizing the abuse, and setting up a “separate and unequal” system of courts for us as parents.

Commentary: Breaking, Entering, & Taking Children, Lives, Property…”Legally.”

A sudden losing of contact with his children, for a period, by a father who engages in violence towards the mother and/or children, particularly with children witnessing it, deserves to lose that contact with them because of his behavior.  If the criminal law enforcement, including local district attorneys’ offices responsible to prosecute crime refuses carte-blanche for decades to deal with this standing problem as crime, and civil restraining (protective) orders with kickouts were put in place potential stop-gap, it is still not battered women’s fault that this same system may catch innocent of abuse men improperly.  After all, the institution of “marriage’ caught some of us into abuse improperly, too.

And the proper social response is not to institute national policy stigmatizing OR patronizing single mothers as a sort of “suspect” demographic.

No one can deny that federal funds for fatherhood-positive custody outcomes are in place and are targeted at the family court system, which is itself spearheaded by one something of a “lead” organization (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) and its membership’s cult-like behaviors.  Once in a place of power, members show up activist and attempting to restructure courts administratively if legislatively doesn’t work; once in place they also tend to invite their friends and colleagues on the same private mission, and with missionary zeal, into positions where power and profits may be distributed FROM the targeted parents (and blended with public money) TO the attending professionals.

I’ve been looking at this and researching it for several years now (approaching eight), and that statement is meant with all the authority of that research (much of it in this blog), my witness of impact on others locally and as communicated with electronically (but with many times, a view of the related court dockets), and experientially, close to home.  As to my networking and my experience, while they exist, they may be easier to discredit (especially from afar), which is another reason I go to such pains to post tax returns, historic corporate filing patterns, and federal grants (and private) targeted at family matters. It is an overview, but that overview is with consistent “drill-downs” as well.

AFCC (for short) legal domicile IL, HQ Wisconsin:

it is not even registered to do business as itself IN Wisconsin…A chapter of itself is, but their HQ being in Wisconsin, AFCC under its own name was not listed there last time I looked.

Looking (word-search on name) again brings up only two other states with this name — NJ (which is “application pending” and no other results under the EIN#), California chapter — which a separate EIN# search brings up two more results — because the name on the IRS return is “Association of Family Conciliation Courts….” (the word “AND” is notably missing) and, as they are filing a Form 990EZ, no “Date of origin” is asked on that short-form.  But, as to the Wisconsin one — you can see it’s a small organization (Assets under $5M) with only 9 employees:

Total results: 5Search Again.

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts WI 2015 990 32 $3,562,368.00 95-2597407
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts WI 2014 990 27 $3,281,248.00 95-2597407
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts WI 2013 990 26 $3,046,642.00 95-2597407
New Jersey Chapter of The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Inc. NJ 2002 990 8 $0.00 22-3792393

And, its tax returns (the ones seen via 990finder.foundationcenter.org, which we are told at that site are obtained from the IRS, as I recall) is not an IL but a WI legal domicile entity, which neither the state of Wisconsin (which does NOT show it registered) nor the state of Illinois (which DOES show it registered) agree with.  I annotated an image as a reminder, and have also just noticed something “off” with the California chapter:  its name!


Click here to see annotated image full-sized. Red annotation shows header info which conflicts with info. available on both IL and WI Secretary of State business entities search (this org. is legal domicile IL). Orange refers to name discrepancy with “the mother ship” here on Calif Chapter, and filing type discrepancy (main or. doesn’t file as an “EO” but this chapter does?)

It not only co-publishes the Family Court Review with a private university (Hofstra) in a different state (NY), it also works hard to have law professors at law schools (who are sometimes also editors on the Family Court Review) promote the same policies (i.e., mentoring new generations of professionals).  Some members have reached state-supreme court justice level (Texas, and I believe, Florida).  California Administrative Office of the Courts — and we are a LARGE state court system taken as a whole — has had several members in positions of power over the years. Come to think of this:  Texas, California, New York, Chicago, IL and Florida are major coastal states (Chicago with its access to the Great Lakes and major transportation and political hub).


Regarding the “Association of Family Conciliation Courts – California Chapter” — or is it the Association of Family AND Conciliation Courts — California Chapter?” Also, is it filing as a 501©3 or not?  Well, it depends on where you look.  Face sheet from California Registry of Charitable Trusts (“RCT”) includes the “AND” and clearly associates it with the EIN# which just as clearly, does NOT.  Also, the Forms 990 uploaded on the California RCT website  do not all include the “AND,” making an internal contradiction: (colors will not match those on the website):

Organization Name Registrn Type Registrn Status Registrn Number  Applicant Number FEIN City State

Annotated screenprint for the same image showing the “AND” in its name.  However, I just went back and opened every single IRS form (2004-2015) available on this site, and noticed that some have ‘AND” and others do not…. and that not one seemed to have a “IRS-received” stamp even when they were not showing as electronically filed.  One thing they do reveal is a board of directors with the typical mix of judges, attorneys, and PhD, LCSW and mental health  professionals, in short (some of them well-known in the field):


Click HERE to read full-sized (above image showing Dir & Trustees for Year 2013)


afcc-ca–showing-ein770238347-org-name-with-and-registr-current-2017-01-23pmCLICK to see Full-Sized



This odd search result isn’t for a state chapter, but an earlier (1981) version of the main organization. CLICK HERE to see (Screenprint filename ends with date&time “2017-01-23pm.pdf”) I can connect this info only because the Detail” page there gives an Entity# searchable at the SOS website. But this phrasing of the AFCC name (minus the “AND”) calls into question the variations within the regiitered CA Chapter Forms 990EZ which mimic the “no “AND” — but not all the time.



Add to this in Minnesota for many reasons relating to keeping women in their place (i.e., “managing” domestic violence protests); Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) in Duluth, MN, since has played right alongside the AFCC “refer to private service providers when divorce or custody modification, or even conflict, arises“).


Ironically, later that same year, published by the Tavistock Institute is a report on their “Action Research Project on how to incorporate sensitivity to African/Caribbean healers practices into mainstream mental health — the point is, the “umbrella” category is still mental health— but by engaging cultural sensitivities, more patients or people could be reached.  That’s typical of the approach.


This came up while I was looking for a replacement link to the one on my post, which has been compromised.

Under that search string, there were: other versions of the same report; reports on Tavistock implying that they ran the Black Panthers (some sources on the Tavistock Institute, criticizing it, i.e., it’s an evil, globalist influence, also have some disturbing racist overtones; and I found a 2013 report which rates this whole thing as the second update on the post.

Ironically, later that same year, published by the Tavistock Institute is a report on their “Action Research Project on how to incorporate sensitivity to African/Caribbean healers practices into mainstream mental health — the point is, the “umbrella” category is still mental health– but by engaging cultural sensitivities, more patients or people could be reached.  That’s typical of the approach.


and, a lookup from that document, Footnote 1, in fact, which is:

[doc’t footnotes]:  1 Department of Health (2005) Delivering race equality in mental health care: An action plan for reform inside and outside services and the Government’s response to the Independent inquiry into the death of David Bennett,

So, the second part of that link would appear to be this December 2003 publication:

From the UK Guardian, and from the "Independent inquiry into the death of" document, at http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Society/documents/2004/02/12/Bennett.pdf

From the UK Guardian, and from the “Independent inquiry into the death of” document, at http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Society/documents/2004/02/12/Bennett.pdf

Though my update below is  in and regarding the UK, the topics are universally relevant:  National Health System (NHS) attempting to mainstream community health systems, and in the process, making sure they are more diversity-sensitive; disproportionate drugging of young African-origin males, atypical antipsychotics for schizophrenia, and a timeline of how prevalent this was in the 1980s, and 1990s (and likely, still).  Population control by ethnic demographics.  The Tavistock Institute strategies for system change, and more.  Again, what’s pilot-tested on minorities WILL be used on the rest of the population sooner or later, and in the case of many of these issues, it already is.

I do believe the Tavistock Institute is a negative influence, but specifically, it is set up to institute systems change — strategies for work in almost any subject area, by certain tactics.  No way is it an institute to ignore — and it’s still up and running reports.

So, look for these images below as the second major “UPDATE” section.

Moving on to Sample post from 2012:


I’m clocking in — as a Woman and for our Protection — on the Iowa Caucuses, in the Post-Bush-Family-Theocracy Regime(s).   Screenprint from the original (I did update this one significantly in preparation to linking to it here):

From my 1/1/2012 post "Clocking in Again -- as a Woman --..."

From my 1/1/2012 post “Clocking in Again — as a Woman –…”

2012, another, with its descriptive section:

Title  and shortlink ending “-101”, published January 22, 2012: ABA, APA, AFCC, AAML, . . and others:  Reconceptualize This!  [Some Ohio Councils, Commissions, and Headlines, Incl. Basic Links][Chosen to represent 2012 in my 2017 Retrospective, includes its own]  [words in italics added during 2017 update (adding an intro with images)/formatting cleanup.].  This one itself took its own retrospective in Language Shift” in the matter of domestic violence, with a focus on “alternative treatments and fatherhood engagement” as the solution.  I clearly document the participation of Ohio’s Domestic Violence Network and who’s been paying them off and working THROUGH them (besides the usual cast of characters getting back to the NCFJCJ and the Green Book it is just  SO proud of…)

I’ve been working on this update for almost a week now, delaying publication of THIS post.

I may re-post it, but will repost its concluding section (which is a retrospective) “Progressive Language Creep” as a new post, with an expanded introduction and update, particularly, on the Ohio IPV Collaborative (which is looking more and more like simply a “racket” but involving powerful public and private partners who know how to work the federal grants, and the rhetoric, while hoping people won’t figure out when one or the other of the crowd is speaking through some “mask.”

Such as, for example, technically legitimate, but functionally odd “The Ohio HealthPath Foundation” (a 501©3 spinoff– looks like, characterized as instead a “supporting organization” of the Greater Cinncinati Foundation) as funding (among other things aligned for specific causes) what turns out to be a USPTO registered trade name for an entire private, nonprofit university (“Capital University”) in Columbus, Ohio,  “The National Center on Adoption Law & Policy,” at least from 2004-2010.  BWJP.org just “loved” and (posted) on this in 2011, seven months after that trade name was cancelled, as (“the cat’s pajamas” so to speak).

Why would a whole university wish to take on a registered trade name dealing in significant federal and state funding for the purpose of accomplishing, allegedly, authorized purposes of government, and then feature a noncompliant (filing annual reports regularly enough for its multiple entities) program service model which itself features taking it “internationally” ? And thereafter, change the functional name one more time (or at least start posting as though it had, legitimately), to “The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University”? Each of them with its unique logos….

I’ll throw in here eight annotated images (and eight corresponding links “pdfs” so they can be seen full-size), but I wouldn’t expect to comprehend them on the first time through.  It took me doing the drill-downs to get the larger picture, or a bigger chunk of it.  These will be posted on the “Progressive Language Creep” post soon.

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For one indicator — an entity mentioned in some of the screenprints above (3rd image, Ohio IPV Collaborative showing several icons (and arrows, rectangles, etc.) references “The Ohio HealthPath Foundation” — granting to the (“dba”) of Capital University (first image) in the form of a grant to “NCALP” (2nd image that looks like — and is – part of a tax return). (The last image refers to a David Mandel & Associates, LLC web page featuring his LLC’s international violence prevention connections, and “suite of tools” including “Safe & Together(™)” and “FathersPlus” etc.)

So, the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio is a 1999 formed and controlled entity (while calling itself a “supporting organization” to justify the tax-exempt status, as it has, literally in several recent years, not one ounce of contributions from the general public, or any program service revenues of its own) of The Greater Cinncinati Foundation (formed in 1963).  Although I just learned this today (Feb 18, 2017), I see among the things I cautioned people about regarding powerful community foundations, that it is making viewing of its (FY2014, top row) $69M of grants to Domestic (US) organizations hard by spitting them out one per page.  Then, after all that, at the very last pages of the return, you may read its Schedule R acknowledging its controlled entity.

Total Results 3: website http://GCFDN.org

Greater Cincinnati Foundation OH 2014 990 1102 $539,121,684.00 31-0669700
Greater Cincinnati Foundation OH 2013 990 144 $512,365,697.00 31-0669700
Greater Cincinnati Foundation OH 2012 990 76 $463,136,435.00 31-0669700

Taken from a Year 2002 explanation of Program Services (this level of funding seemed to occur every year, but is dwarfed by the amount of other grants, including donor-advised ones, which could range anywhere from $28M to $69M/year, and in amounts from under 200 to over $1M).

The identity and operations of “HealthPath Foundation of Ohio” (formerly called “Anthem…”) is key to the development of the state-wide Ohio IPV Collaborative and the statewide “DV” organizations involved in it.  However not within scope of this post.  But, take a look at the screenprint from Year 2002.  Also remember that this “community” foundation refers to itself as a tri-state (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky) area:

2002 IRS from Greater Cinnci Fndtn showing "Four Program Purpose" statements (see #2 -Click for Full-sized). But, no mention is made of the $28M capital (income-producing) SOMEONE, probably this foundation, gave "The Anthem Foundatn of Ohio" to set up the DV statewide collaboratives and for 2 other purposes, year after year until is 2010 name change, and still has around $25M assets (no employees, no program service revenues). See next screenprint (!)

2002 IRS from Greater Cinnci Fndtn showing “Four Program Purpose” statements (see #2 -Click for Full-sized). But, no mention is made of the $28M capital (income-producing) SOMEONE, probably this foundation, gave “The Anthem Foundatn of Ohio” to set up the DV statewide collaboratives and for 2 other purposes, year after year until is 2010 name change, and still has around $25M assets (no employees, no program service revenues). See next screenprint (!)

2002 Statemt 12 from Greater Cinnci Fndtn showing two related entities, one of which is connected to Robt B Sathe (connex to Bank of Kentucky, MCFAdvisors LLC (financial mgmt) & Corporex Family of Companies (privately held investmts). A Sathe Family Foundation is identified, as no EIN# given, it may be a diff't entity of same family line.

2002 Statemt 12 from Greater Cinnci Fndtn showing two related entities, one of which is connected to Robt B Sathe (connex to Bank of Kentucky, MCFAdvisors LLC (financial mgmt) & Corporex Family of Companies (privately held investmts). A Sathe Family Foundation is identified, as no EIN# given, it may be a diff’t entity of same family line.





Compare Table of Form 990s above to the smaller entity started up in 1999, and with overlapping board of directors paid by the main one above (Form 990s table, below):

Website: http://HealthPathOhio.org (formerly “The Anthem Foundation of Ohio,” with the name change only happening between 2009 and 2010 (first time new name, 2010).

The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio OH 2015 990 44 $23,591,699.00 31-1645836
The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio OH 2014 990 40 $26,186,423.00 31-1645836
The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio OH 2013 990 30 $27,279,419.00 31-1645836

Some more images and annotations on them, I will not further narrate here, however the first one (A Year 2003 Schedule A image — Schedule A shows sources of funding by category for the past 5 years for nonprofits) shows the original $28M funding of this entity which has hidden under the larger one for years while “doing its thing” to centralize and control the “domestic violence prevention” function at the state level, making sure to incorporate the post-PRWORA “Federal Designer Families” and “increase behavioral modification programming for major private profits” factors. 1999 was a key year for this country, as in 2017, and I believe it’s time to STOP this funding, as all it seems to do is encourage the concentration of crooks at higher and higher levels in government, to run the federal funds (along with private sponsorships such as exemplified by the privately controlled community foundations, like the one in Cinncinatti above) and with this collective cloud, affect due process at all levels of the courts and social services. (!!).


Anthem Fndtn of Ohio (now “HealthPath of Ohio) Schedule A, Year 2003 shows handwritten work, missing info (Total for the past several years — top right) and the initial amount of $28,000,000 scrawled in under year “1999”


And a Program Purpose summary compared to the same year’s Grants Statement showing total grants of $771K (two images + two corresponding pdf links to see annotations full-sized):

On Year 2002, also hand-scrawled throughout, an amount claimed for grants said “Statemt 2” (the amount being over $1M) but Statemt 2 was a blank page (while Statmts 1 and 3 were included).  This and many other “anomalies” just do not smell right regarding the entire situation.  But it would take significant effort — which someone, apparently doesn’t believe anyone is about to take — to assemble all the evidence and then DO something with it to expose the origins of the purpose to centrally control an entire state’s “Family Violence Prevention” options, thereby restricting funding for individuals and organizations who might not go along with the “CCR” (Coordinated Community Response) breakdown of govt/corporate boundaries and obfuscation of where public money is actually goin — and how much private money influences the same.

Attachmt to Yr 2005 "Grants statement" shows the amount cited in Program Purposes was in fact ALL grants (with some returns, etc.) Notice grantees

Attachmt to Yr 2005 “Grants statement” shows the amount cited in Program Purposes was in fact ALL grants (with some returns, etc.) Notice grantees


Yr 2005 Program Purposes showing #1 is FamViolencePreventn & Dental Health (amt - 771K, no grants referenced)

Yr 2005 Program Purposes showing #1 is FamViolencePreventn & Dental Health (amt – 771K, no grants referenced)


Click here to see how $1.2M of Grants (just went “MIA” for a certain year’s (2002’s?) filing — Statemt 2 missing.


Anthem Foundation (later “HealthPath Fndtn”) of Ohio, FY 2004 Grants Statemt showing $1,287,692 includiung $238K to “ODVN” I profiled ODVN.org (some) in my 1/22/2012 post.


FURTHER BELOW, This image gallery starting with a color-coded (by region) map of Ohio on top left, comes from a post which covers more ground than “Ohio.Fatherhood.Gov,” how it came to be by legislation (1999), how it’s run, how it was set up.  See more at my 1/22/2012 post and its associated follow-up, about to be published Feb 20, 2017 (“Progressive Language Creep”) which is the annotated/expanded bottom section of the earlier post.

2011 (two posts, published back-to-back).

More on “Veni, Vidi, Vomiti” at BMCC [published Jan. 18, 2011].  The short-link ends “-Cy” and I added the “published” phrase later.  “BMCC” in this context stands for Battered Mothers’ Custody Conference.” Minimal updating has kept this post at under 3,000 words, best read in conjunction with the one published the day before in 2011 where (alas?) it had more than minimal updating on one organization I was flagging at the time (which later went “underground” letting its IRS exemption lapse, while it continuing “honorable mention” from some of the largest, mutually-coordinated networks around, community and otherwise.  This one I like because of its simplicity and empathy for the absurdity of the programming but for many years, the other one (“Happy New Year: What Rhetoric Are You?”) had been a favorite.//LGH @ 2-20-2017.

AND: Happy New Year: What Rhetoric Are You? Father, Mother, or Mediator <=Title, post published 1/17/2011 with its case-sensitive, WordPress-generated short-link ending “-Cc”  This post has some updates but it still only 6,050 words.  “BMCC” in this context stands for Battered Mothers’ Custody Conference.”


New Year’s Day, published 1/1/2010:   Thrusting Abstinence Education on an Unwary Public:  the Bush Push Exposed. (This one has a large TAGG.HHS.gov grant at the bottom; I may go back and clean up some formatting).


See also 1/30/2010:  The Profit in Non-Profits: Phoebe Factoids and 2 Men in Albany, Georgia (Published 1/30/2010)

2009, Blog start-up Year. First post, 3/4/2009:

Opening Salvo  This is a quote from it. As a reminder, the final words in big print were “Let’s Talk.  It Matters.”

(reciting how many people this all affects, one by one..  we’re up to “nine” here):

The ninth person going through those doors will have learned that the majority of the English language is entirely context-specific, kind of like a Mac.  Until you “get” this — that the words are not spoken or written in these parts for their meaning, but for their EFFECT.  As such, you will quickly learn the buzz words (whether by having them sting your situation, or I hope not, by using them yourself to sting someone else).

As such, the ninth person is going to be alienated from sense of self, reality, and that the world operates according to certain principles.

Of course the real cure for that is simply to know that you fell down a rabbit hole.  And you will not emerge intact.  It’s a virtual religious experience — transformative.

Which, of course, was the purpose.  Every good oligarchy needs a Family Court, lest the rabbits stop breeding, hopping, getting snared, and nibbling the same low-cut grass jobs (or going underground) in the same geographic areas, generation after generation of market niches and material for the next set of pharmaceuticals or animal behavioralists.  The bait is money, custody, and social respectability.

After all, if they all went “Watership Down,” who would serve?  Without enough servants, landscapers, nannies, fast-food retail workers, and the multitude of unseen people that make the infrastructure “go,” how would all the certified specialists come up with the theories, and where would THEY self-propagate?

What would they do down on the non-ethereal grass, floors, garages, at the foodbanks, or for that matter shelters, prisons, and so forth — with the rest of us?

Label?  Write a report?  And then stand alongside “Street Sheet,” charge a $1.00 and see if that will buy dinner?


2010 links, and 2009 post, I’ll correct after publishing.  I want this Retrospective published NOW!

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2014 – How many “governments” are there? What do they do? What’s the Collective Cost? Example, funding of NFLG (Nat’l Fatherhood Leaders Group, in DC) and others.

For this 2014 post, I’m adding now, January 2017 (as quotes from 2014 post and current commentary from 2017) some follow-up on two organizations mentioned: National Fatherhood Leaders’ Group (“NFLG,” a “coalition” of prominent (at least in this field) fathers’ rights leaders and their associated nonprofits [each of which might be and several have, been receiving federal HHS grants] and the Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization (Charles and Frances Ballard,; I see others called it “IRFFR.”), both in DC, and one of them having become IRS-status-revoked after being acclaimed by many others in the field, and prominent people in that created field, resulted in broken links/disappearing domain-names with no redirects provided by the organization.

The second one, a government/private experiment apparently, only ever filed ONE tax return that I could find during its brief existence and until I double-check, will not know if the first one ever (since) filed a tax return, including potentially a Form 990-N (Postcard only claiming assets under certain amount — earlier, $25K/year, currently under $50K/year).

See also “FRPN” — yet another university-based “Fatherhood Research and Practice Network”

NFLG, the first non-compliant organization’s existence is still being promoted and referenced at Temple University in Pennsylvania under a joint-steering committee (with a Denver, Colorado association whose leadership has AFCC ties) “network” — Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN.org) which is itself, at a minimum  ALSO receiving grants from HHS.  I’ve seen but DNR if published a post on this, and the related grants, yet.

Had these grants been directed to the Denver nonprofit, they’d have been easier to trace (connect the dots), however they were instead directed to Temple University itself. See image, and the pdf is a screenshot (taken 8/2016) of the website, but names at least one of the HHS grants directed towards FRPN, but the grantor was the university.  Also notice it was from a different (OPRE) HHS OpDivision.  “CPR” alluded to is “Center for Policy Research, Inc.” (Jessica Pearson, Nancy Thoennes, both PhDs, et al.)

FRPN Homepage | Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (1pg) [HHS Grant 90PR0006 from OPRE to Temple Univ funds. See also CPR in Denver)

See FRPN.org for current view, link provided, or HERE (same link also provided under its full filename above) for image as it appeared 8/13/2016.

FRPN Homepage | Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (1pg) [HHS Grant 90PR0006 from OPRE to Temple Univ funds. See also CPR in Denver)

This award (Basic search) shows as $3.7M starting only in 2013.  Notice (screenprint below, or click this link for tinyurl, probably to a saved search, not necessarily saved results (if the data changes later) that the AWARD title reads “Responsible Fatherhood Research Network” which if an acronym, would go “RFRN” but the website — and this would be the same purpose of the funding — adds the word “Practice” and omits (appropriately?  … just kidding…) the word “Responsible” so it reads “FRPN as you can see to the left.

Grant title:  Responsible Fatherhd Research Ntwk.


Website and PR:  Fatherhood Research & Practice Netwk.

Kinda obstructs a basic word-search, eh?


Basic Award Search for 90PR0006 at TAGGS.hhs.gov  (done 1/19/2017).  Click this HHS-generated Tinyurl to see full-sized.


In the public interest of verifying that public resources (such as federal grants from any agency) are indeed being spent for the purposes intended, and for legitimate purposes, connecting the dots from grantor (federal agency) to at least grantee (here, a university), let alone any sub-grantees, is an essential part.

(I did this search earlier on discovering FRPN and its HHS grant above).  A “Basic Search” at Taggs, as far as I just tried today, specifying 90PR0001, 0002, 0003, 0004, 0005, 0007, 0008, 0009 and 0010 — brought up a “No results” answers.  I did not see any other filters (such as year) checked which might account for this, and three “000s” plus a single digit is an easy grant# to fill in.  Checking the same grant numbers, but under “Advanced” — this time, we do get results.  I chose the column headings this time (Basic Search, they are chosen for you)…

90PR0004, look who it is, and notice it was about 16 years earlier, though in the same series. A single grant of $85,000 — right after welfare reform passed. Notice the category is “Social Services” not “93086” (I don’t know when CFDA 93086 was instituted offhand).  And, no DUNS#.  It’s possible the DUNS# field was added later to the data — or that this group just didn’t have one…

Showing TAGGS Adv. Search keyword Award# "90PR0004." Results show well-known DC organization with "staying IRS-compliant" problems, $85K in the 1990s only, under "Social Services" CFDA93647, but clearly "Fatherhood" in purpose.

Showing TAGGS Adv. Search keyword Award# “90PR0004.” Results show well-known DC organization with “staying IRS-compliant” problems, $85K in the 1990s only, under “Social Services” CFDA93647, but clearly “Fatherhood” in purpose.

In fact, on my 2014 post, I see from a Taggs Search on this entity it was taking HHS grants under many different categories (for “Fatherhood” purposes) over several years, in substantial amounts, but only ONE *year 2002″ tax return was found.  A comment also indicated that you could key in an EIN# search over at TAGGS at the time.  Since then, only a few years later (maybe someone saw this site and decided this option should be deleted now?) there IS no “EIN#” search option.

And, as flexible and more advanced as the site seems, several options have been made harder to use (like, scrolling the drop-down menus for the filter categories:  year, CFDA, OpDiv, etc.).  Anyhow, this screenprint from my 2014 post is not active (it’s just an image) but on the original post, it still is, and you’ll see several “90PR000#” grants to this one entity — and years before the ones above to FRPN (by way of Temple University) above.  Why the 15 year gap in a certain numbering system, and why don’t the other ones show up in a basic “Award” search?  I DNK.

It was written up well enough the first time at   How many “governments” are there?  What do they do?  What’s the Collective Cost?  Example, funding of NFLG (Nat’l Fatherhood Leaders Group, in DC) and others

TAGGS search of IRFFR From an older FamilyCourtMatters Post (Chas, Frances Ballard, Alan Inman)

TAGGS search of IRFFR From an older FamilyCourtMatters Post (Chas, Frances Ballard, Alan Inman)

Basic Principle: Universities of any size, private (like this one) or public, tend to be large.  If they are public and produce CAFR reports, finding a Center or Institute’s within it is difficult.  Therefore groups with potentially things to hide, but who want to retain the reputation, and in this field I’ve noticed, often “set up shop” within universities.  Another issue:  Which private entities are buying political influence through funding university centers which then pay staff to promote the particular agenda?

Named parts, with associated websites, of universities within schools or interdisciplinary would naturally be harder to find on either a large CAFR or a large nonprofit tax return which some universities and/or their supporting foundations, produce instead.  Or even their “Annual Reports” which tend to be written more as advertisements and business promotions (photos, graphs, lists of accomplishments and donors, logos, etc.).  Or audited financial statements.

Overall, this status-revoked behavior reflects on the entire (“responsible fatherhood”) field, as well as it would appear, internal accounting controls at the federal level.  I said in 2014:

…in the context of If we don’t even know who government is, how can we know where the money goes?

And, I added some more examples to the “certainly aren’t staying incorporated” factor of certain groups. While I’m hitting pretty hard (it’s appropriate) on the “IRS tax-exempt status involuntarily revoked” pattern of KEY and STILL-CITED fatherhood groups, resulting in “lost funds” (public is clueless where they went–into pockets, for kickbacks or other bribes, or for ???), […] I literally searched the IRS Select-Exempt Organization Site (nationwide), checking “Involuntarily Revoked” list option, keyed in the word “fatherhood” (and no other words) and stood back in awe at just how many groups there were.  Whether or not they all got funding, or never got funding, it still is a message to the fad of forming such groups, then dropping their status!  However, groups are coaching other groups in how to form up such nonprofits to go after the grants.

Who’s minding the shop, then once they turn that waterspout of federal fountains ON?

 The question:  Who’s minding the shop?” continues as after its May 2010 revocation (which the IRS generously didn’t publish for another two-and-a-half years (until 11/2012) was followed by, it seems, a 2013 re-institution of “National Fatherhood Leaders’ Group” “ruling date 2013” per Guidestar.  From that same, January 2014 post and on this group, specifically:

IRS Select Exempt Organization Check [read intro paragraphs carefully, they are self-explanatory on the three categories of data you can search] shows it didn’t file tax returns for three years in a row, to get to this “Revoked” status!  more similar organizations listed below:   First date is effective revocation, second, the date it was published by the IRS on their “involuntarily revoked” list:

[[2017 update: The logo doesn’t display because “NFLGonline.com” isn’t a current link.]]

45-4542131 NATIONAL FATHERHOOD LEADERS GROUP WASHINGTON DC 20001 US 00 15-May-2010 12-Nov-2012

ALSO listed on the board of this NFLG (see list); in fact, this habit is a character trait of the entire field, as I have pointed out before on this blog, and demonstrate again by an expansion of “Fatherhood” nonprofits who got their IRS status revoked within the last few years — which means over 5 years of non-filing.   Whether the last name is Haskins, Ballard, or Stoica (California Healthy Marriage Coalition) or some of their spouses, or famous-female-friends, such as those on WIFI (Women In Fatherhood Inc).

So, when you get the next paycheck (if the shoe fits, i.e., you have a job that issues some!) or buy something at the store which has a “tax” category — remember that, where it goes — nobody knows (unless — they find out! = learn how to find out and follow through!).    Happy New Year 2014, yours truly, Let’s Get Honest

And, some “in hindsight, further follow-up” of NLFGonline.com — putting together when did it incorporate, and for how long it did NOT file in order to get IRS-revoked by May 2010, at which same date, a PRNewswire featuring a certain psychologist (Jeff Gardere) working with fathers, listing the other organizations involved in this “coalition,” who would be partnering with it (possibly because, fiscally, it could not stand alone at the time, at least legally?), and confirming that the website which now looks like this (i.e., no redirect to a functional website — in English, or English and Spanish, or something which would work for mainstream USA):

https://www.thestreet.com/story/10761202/2/vh1-teams-up-with-the-national-fatherhood-leaders-group-for-watch-parties-surrounding-may-31-premiere-of-new-original-series-dad-camp.html  This is a dynamic website at newsletter (?) “The Street” but the announcement is PRNewswire.  A lot can be learned about fatherhood group networking from this (typical) article taking place in 2010 (which was about the time NFLG’s IRS status got revoked — but they’re still quoting it anyhow).



First, to confirm who-all was involved


UPDATE #2 to 2013 Post on Tavistock and Black People (and UK NHS, and community mental health services and diagnoses (including diversion from prosecution for criminal behavior), psychiatry, and such things as:

  • Clopizadine, Risperidine, Haloperidol, Sulpiride, Sodium Valproate, BNF (British National Formulary dosage limits)
  • SOADs and consulting psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and wards… and
  • (2013 Tavistock report) outreach to “practitioners from the African healing traditions” might help increase all of this, but less “disproportionately” and with more sensitivity to cultural practices.

Alternate title — alternate forms of population control, especially of young men, especially young black men who might otherwise be resistant to being authoritarian treatments, racism, use of mental diagnoses and other labeling to justify high-dosage, long-term, multi-le-drug applications leading, sometimes, to early death? (How many professionals does it take to house, control, and minorities?).

David Bennett on the last evening of his life while in Norvic Clinic, Drayton Ward, and while on multiple medications, consistently, did apparently start an incident over a phone, may have throne the first punch, but then was punched back — hard, in addition to racist insults from another male patient (DW).  It’s not that he wasn’t violent — it’s just the whole story which “got to me.”

There’s a section “The Last Months of David Bennett’s Mental Illness.”  His “Mental Illness” stopped when he died while under physical restraint at the Norvic Clinic having been transferred to “Thorpe ward” after an incident in the other ward. He’d had medication (not “Haloperidol” after the incident and didn’t seem to have a problem going to the other ward, but even reading it the first time (the inquiry, that is), you could see that sending away the black man who’d been insulted, attacked, and also bloodied, while letting the white man (male patient) stay in place, seemed to be a trigger, and may not have been wise in the situation.

Even after his death the focus is on his “Mental Illness.”  It takes a live person for that live person to have “Mental Illness.”  That section (and section title is on every footer within the section) title would have better read “The Last Months of David Bennett’s Life.” 

Here are some images from that part, “October 1998” is only half the title:


(Note, developed properly, this can be used also on women, and has been….) It was only 1980, 1985, when the consulting psychiatrist to David Bennett was calling it “cannabis-induced psychosis.”  Eventually, the schizophrenic diagnosis was accepted as he cycled in and out of institutions after the initial in-patient treatments (between 1980-1984, “records lost due to passage of time”), after which, here comes the Rx…. As of 2003, the comment (post-mortem inquiry by regional? (three jurisdictions named) health authority wrote:

In 1998, people used to be on slightly higher doses of Clozapine than one would routinely use now (p.13, bottom, after listing a string of drugs he was on)


But, first I looked at the 2013 report.  Am getting ahead of the timeline here….

Tavistock_Reports_Traditional-Healers-Action-Research-Project_2013  (The report is dated May, 2013, but the url uploads seem to indicate Dec. 2012, or at least “/2012/12/” I included an image of the authors with affiliations, and to the right is a text-to text (not image) quote from the “Introduction.”  The entire thing is 106pp:


This is a 106-page uploaded doc’t I just discovered, and have scanned (read for an overview — there is also a TOC) for point of reference in this blog. Link provided above. I am interested in the themes, players, and processes represented as it relates to similar but not identical practices throughout any “service delivery” system. The language framing the purposes of the studies is important. The overall umbrella (“anchor”) is mental health, framing the question. That concept is unmoveable; however, what is underneath the canopy of “mental health” and how administered is to be adjusted with the goal of expansion. Remember the British health system =/= the American one (yet…) Contrast with the “Black People and Tavistock Institute” blogger, above.//LGH


Teal-colored=quote. My comments are inbetween.

1. Introduction

This report is an account of a project that was set up [to] explore the potential for improving the understanding of community mental health care between ‘mainstream’ NHS health practitioners and practitioners from African healing ‘traditions’.

Missing word in first sentence — why?  (Another “to” is missing further on).  INnate avoidance of clear statements involving the infinitive form (“To be, or not to be…”).

Language deliberately vague:  the goal is to pilot-test how …”IMPROVING THE UNDERSTANDING OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH BETWEEN PRACTITIONERS [X]  and [Y], where X=NHS and Y= those from African healing “traditions.” (Why in quotes?).

(notice the goal is stated in passive voice– which omits any actors, thereby omitting also direct statement of responsibility or intent, and with it justification of the intent by said actors.).

The vague language of the purpose itself is evasive Statement of why this goal is important — omitted (not even referenced).  What kind of understanding (understanding of WHAT?) is to be improved?  The grammar reveals that it doesn’t even say, in the same introduction, before launching into how to achieve the (vaguely-defined) goal:

Typically it is people (when not referring to, say, animals) that understand things.  Therefore there should be a possessive noun:

“To improve NHS health and African healing “tradition” practitioners’ understanding of mental health care.”

But this would imply that NHS practitioners don’t understand it, when (in context) the problem seems to be “disproportionate representation” on the NHS people’s part, and avoidance or simply not using it on others’ part. At all points of that framework.  With the moderators framing the language, the problem, and the desired solution, this is essentially “community mental health outreach.”

This was to be achieved by engaging practitioners from those different healing traditions and service users in an action research project that would foster intercultural dialogue. A key aim was to promote an increased understanding of different explanatory models of mental health and well-being, in order [to] create new ways forward for improved patient centred care, particularly for members of African and Caribbean communities in East London who were experiencing mental health problems.

1.1. Background to the original proposal:

There were a number of starting points for this project, but one of the main ones was the concern at the over-representation in mental health services of people from African and Caribbean communities. There was also the hope that support from  [**] healing and spiritual traditions of African and Caribbean origins and a better understanding of the support that these could provide, by mainstream services, might help to address this issue [**] (Department of Health, 2002)1 .

[**]  “Support from the traditions” would support the NHS practitioners who were prone to over-referring people of certain ethnic origins or cultures into mental health services?  Why no quotes around “traditions” this time?  Support generally means something involving people, but no reference to supporting persons in that paragraph.   “This issue” — the disproportionality (i.e., racism) issue?

We deliberately started from a loose definition of what healing traditions would be included in this project. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines ‘traditional’ medicine ‘as including diverse health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal, and /or mineral based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises applied singularly or in combination to maintain well-being, as well as to treat, diagnose or prevent illness.’ (WHO,2002)2. The WHO has been for some years promoting the value of mainstream (biomedical) health services working with ‘informal’ mental health services such ‘traditional’ healers, families, self-help groups and volunteer workers.’ as part of a strategy of supporting the development of community based mental health care services, and ensuring care is integrated into the wider context of life.

Eventually — certainly not up front — the purpose is revealed to be expanding and integrating “community based mental health care services” throughout society, i.e., “the wider context of life.”   For the words “supporting the development of mental health care services…” as well as “integrating it” into the wider context of “life” (whose lives — EVERYONE’s?)

Tavistock, as the “research and action institute” is going to do this, but as the document shows, had to jump through some hoops to do so, including connect with a clinical partner, and get ethical clearance, too.

In East London, we were aware that there were a number of different spiritual and religious traditions operating which drew broadly from an African and Caribbean origin, many of which had some kind of ‘healing’ practices or ministries. Some of these drew from African ‘traditional’ healing practices, as defined by the WHO, above, while others were aligned to mainstream religious groupings, such as Christianity, or Islam, but which incorporated some specifically ‘African’ elements, linked to the wider cultures and religions of the countries from which they derived. We were also aware, from previous (unpublished) research undertaken by members of the research team, that such practices often provided a valuable resources, and source of support, for people experiencing life difficulties, and mental health problems.

[doc’t footnotes]:  1 Department of Health (2005) Delivering race equality in mental health care: An action plan for reform inside and outside services and the Government’s response to the Independent inquiry into the death of David Bennett
2 World Health Organization (2002) WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002-2005 World Health Organization Geneva

Looks like someone of color died under suspicious circumstances, causing questions about the service delivery system, to say the least.   The response is to keep the services in place, keep them coming — but more culturallly sensitive? I looked it up.  See below this quote.

(cont’d from p. 6 above) A number of policy documents3 have advocated the valuing of the diverse cultural needs of mental health service users and for assessments that lead to the establishment of care plans to include religious, cultural and spiritual beliefs.

(Paragraph break added here and a second break after the next sentence). Notice, this is finding another application of an existing public policy  stream, or at least intent (“advocated the valuing of ….   and for assessments that lead to care plans to include…”).  Many say, value diversity — but what about THIS sector?

However, in practice there is little information available for mental health professionals concerning spiritual and religious practices of a specifically African or Caribbean origin.

Many conventional health practitioners are either unaware of the community support networks linked to spiritual or religious practices, or view them with considerable suspicion, particularly when they have little knowledge or understanding of them. The psychiatrist, Dr Andrew Powell, speaking on a DVD created by Croydon Mind on spirituality and mental health4, suggests that only one third of psychiatrists and psychologists hold spiritual beliefs, substantially fewer than the population at large, which, he suggests, can lead to difficulties in them appreciating the significance of the spiritual dimension in the ‘patient/service user’s world’. This may contribute to patients slipping out of main stream care, becoming seriously at risk or in danger of being exploited by healers with a limited understanding of their health problems or the support available within conventional health care systems.

Wow.  Read this (!!)  (Link is in image caption).   Please read the Introduction and Panel Management Pages imaged at top.

Published by the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority

Victoria House Capital Park Fulbourn Cambridge CB1 5XB

Tel: 01223 597500
Fax: 01223 597555
Web: http://www.nscstha.nhs.u

From the UK Guardian, and from the "Independent inquiry into the death of" document, at http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Society/documents/2004/02/12/Bennett.pdf

From the UK Guardian, and from the “Independent inquiry into the death of” document,” Dec. 2003, http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Society/documents/2004/02/12/Bennett.pdf

Independent Inquiry into the death of David Bennett















(Pt. 1) As a young man David Bennett was a talented footballer. He was offered a trainee post with a football club shortly before his mental state first deteriorated but because of his illness he was unable to take it up. He was also a good musician, playing the drums. He was a Rastafarian. It is known that in 1980 he set up a club for the Rastafarian community in Peterborough.

In about 1980 he first showed signs of mental ill health. His sister, Dr Joanna Bennett said:

“David developed problems in April/May 1980 when he was just 20 years old. He had problems with his behaviour and his emotions. He saw his general practitioner who prescribed sleeping tablets for him but did not seem to be concerned about anything else. They did not work. We saw a spiritualist in London and that did not work. I took him to the local psychiatric unit at Peterborough General Hospital and he eventually saw the consultant psychiatrist Dr Feggetter. Dr Feggetter was dismissive. He said that maybe it was cannabis intoxication. We took David home. We continued to take care of him. At one stage he became paralysed down one side of his body. Eventually he was referred to The Gables, the local psychiatric hospital ward in Peterborough General Hospital. I again remember Dr Feggetter’s attitude. He said that David had some kind of mental illness which was induced by smoking marijuana. At that stage I do not remember anyone telling us David had schizophrenia. Mental illness is not something that the every day person understands. Nobody explained anything to us. It would have been so useful in those early days if somebody had just said, “This is what is hap- pening to him. This is what the family could do to help him.”

Next thing you know, court-ordered treatment, courtesy Dr. Feggetter the psychiatrist who still claims the problem is cannabis intoxication.  After two in-patient treatments 1980-1984, David Bennett runs into some minor criminal offenses, and (I guess being on the radar now?) is sent away for some more — only it turns into prison, not treatment:

In November 1984, David Bennett was convicted of minor criminal offences. Before he was sentenced, at his solicitor’s request, Dr Feggetter wrote a report to the Court rec- ommending that he be made subject to a probation order with a condition that he received psychiatric treatment.

Diversionary services, alternate sentencing.  It’s widespread today, and major foundations are pushing for this, particularly for juveniles.  Somehow, the connection isn’t made between “Kids for Cash” (Luzerne Co. PA) and the practice of referring to psychiatric, behavioral health modification institutions, or forced attitude-adjustment classes.

The sentencing Court made this order. On 20 December 1984 the records show that, having been admitted to Peterborough District Hospital for psychiatric treatment as a condition of his probation order, he discharged himself. This was a breach of his Probation Order. He was arrest- ed and remanded in custody at HMP Bedford. He was brought back to Court. That Court had a further report from Dr Feggetter, again suggesting that they made a probation order with a condition of treatment.

The man has Rastafarian background and is considered a leader at times, shows ability in music and sports, and not particularly fond of authoritarian treatment, being a Jamaican in England. The consulting psychiatrist (again, 1980s) isn’t into cannabis, says it’s the problem, but wants to treat him anyhow.

But in January 1985 he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, which he served predominantly at HMP Stafford. Dr Bennett [sister] visited him at Stafford Prison and was horrified at his appearance and behaviour. He appeared to be very unwell and to have been picked on and bullied by those around him. We attempted to obtain prison records from both HMP Bedford and HMP Stafford. In each case we were informed that, due to the passing of time, the records had been destroyed

It goes on, and here come the anti-psychotics…. several pages later, Dr. Fegetter is still there (as the young man rotates in and out of institutions, showing resistance to taking medication, and increasingly violent institutions.  This is also after formal diagnosis of schizophrenia in 1985, with the (corresponding?) medication:

Dr Feggetter was the consultant psychiatrist who had charge of David Bennett from 1980 to 1990. Dr Feggetter told us that he was reluctant to make a formal diagnosis of schizo- phrenia because he found that David Bennett did seem to get better reasonably quickly with treatment by anti-psy- chotic drugs. He described David Bennett as a nice young man who kept his personality and did not lose it as chronic schizophrenic patients tend to do. He had a sense of humour and when he was well he managed well for himself. He was treated with the standard drugs of the 1980s, namely Droperidol and Haloperidol and subsequently Depixol.

In 1990, a different consulting psychiatrist, also a woman, “Dr. Sagovsky.”  She preferred Clopazine — one of his relatives was doing well on it (??)…

Other West Indian patients would look up to David Bennett and see him as their “mascot”. He was very good at foot- ball and used to play the drums. In many ways he was very able. She [Sagovsky] said that she did not doubt that he had chronic schizophrenia. You did not have to scrape the surface very far to find that his thoughts were quite disordered. She said that when he went to The Norvic Clinic in 1995, she was hopeful that the drug Clozapine would improve his condi- tion.  ….

Staff found his approach to them very difficult as he might be very friendly one day and the next day could be aggressive. She was aware that one of his relatives had mental health problems and was treated with Clozapine and did really well. Dr Sagovsky conse- quently anticipated that David Bennett would also do well on Clozapine. David Bennett was very conscious of being black. There was no way he could hold a job down. He did not have that level of concentration. “He was a lovely bloke but quite a handful”.

Dr Sagovsky told us that, at times, the levels of medication that David Bennett was on were higher than almost any other patient she had known. He was sometimes on as many as three anti-psychotic drugs at one time. He was not given these because he was perceived as being dangerous.

Well, then why WAS he being given them, and why the next sentence talk about his unpredictable aggression?

He could be very aggressive and impulsive and less predictable than other patients. Sometimes something would get on his nerves and he would just lash out. She said she did not think that being black had anything to do with it, only in as much as David Bennett might have perceived slights more readily.

Page 13 here, referring to a period in 1998 (the year he died) is titled “THE LAST MONTHS OF DAVID BENNETT’S ILLNESS” and includes a statement that levels of Clopazine were higher than is normal now (“then” meaning as recently as 1998) all the drugs were within “therapeutic limits” as a blood sample taken after his death and analysed by a “Professor Forrest” said.  No reference in this section to his actual death.  But look at the listing of drugs used!

She [Dr. Stanley, who took over from Sagovsky] did not recall meeting any members of his family before his death. She offered to do so but he did not want her to. He told her that two of his sisters had been in contact with his previous RMO. He received some financial support from his family. She considered that he suffered from hebephrenic schizophrenia. She considered that his symp- toms had been best treated when he was on Clozapine. Shortly before she took over his care, his medication had been altered to Risperidone. But, after a few weeks, it was clear to her that his condition was deteriorating. Consequently, in March 1998, he was again placed on Clozapine.

The dosage of Clozapine was gradually increased as his mental state continued to deteriorate.

Is it not possible some of this had to do with the constant drugging?  “Risperidone” (cf. “RisperDal”) from Drugs.com.  Notice all the warnings and disclaimers about side effects, and that it may be used (as an anti-psychotic) for other purposes than this diagnosis.

While you are taking risperidone, you may be more sensitive to temperature extremes such as very hot or cold conditions. Avoid getting too cold, or becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking this medication.” “Risperidone may impair your thinking or reactions..”

Read the comments (Wikipedia) on withdrawing from Risperdone — i.e., watch out!

She went on leave in the third week of October 1998, by which time he was on 650mg of Clozapine per day. The maximum BNF dose then was 900mg per day as a long-term option. He required intensive nursing intervention, which could only be offered in conditions of medium security. He was unpre- dictable. His stay at The Norvic Clinic had been far longer than was initially anticipated. She told us that there was a great deal of input into his care plan. During much of 1998, he was slowly continuing to deteriorate. ….

While Dr Stanley was on leave in October 1998, Dr Rudzinski was in charge of David Bennett. She was a Specialist Registrar in Forensic Psychiatry at The Norvic Clinic. She had been there for some years and knew David Bennett.

Inquiry into the death of David Bennett 13

On 26 October 1998 she increased the dosage of Clozapine to 700 mg. On 27 October 1998, she recommended that he took Sodium Valproate as an anti-epileptic agent. That drug could also be used as a mood stabiliser. Her main reason for introducing it as a prophylactic agent was to prevent epilep- tic seizures, not as a mood stabiliser.

She said that if she had been prescribing Sodium Valproate primarily for its mood stabilising effect, she would have needed a second opinion. She was aware that Dr Devine, the SOAD {{=”Second Opinion Approved Doctor”}}, had already consented to his treatment by two anti-psychotic agents, namely Clozapine and Sulpiride. She did not administer Sulpiride under Section 2 Emergency Procedure. She considered there was a legal basis for the administration of this drug as it was based on clinical need.

On 28 October 1998 David Bennett was receiving 700 mg of Clozapine daily, against a 900 mg BNF maximum and up to 30mg of Haloperidol, against a 200mg BNF maximum, and 200mg of Sulpiride, which is 17% of the BNF maximum. The combined dosage of these anti-psychotic drugs was high. After David Bennett’s death this intake of drugs was considered by Professor Forrest, who is a Professor of Toxicological Medicine {{WHERE?? ***}}. A blood sample was taken from David Bennett after death, which was analysed in a laboratory. The drugs in David Bennett’s blood were found to be of a concentration which was within therapeutic limits. Professor Forrest agreed with this interpretation of the analysis.

***Unfortunately this inquest doesn’t provide first names for doctors (except the victim’s sisters), but I feel fairly certain it was this A. Robert W. Forrest, based on subject matter, time, employment. Also interesting is BAC-Tracker International, where “BAC” stands for Blood Alcohol Content.  It’s based in Atlanta, Georgia and its advisory board spans more than one country.  Forrest is on the advisory board, and is also well-known I gather for his inquiry on the death of “Diana, Princess of Wales.”

Now that you’ve seen how much “Clozapine” occurs in the story, also from Wikipedia:







2004, from IRR (Institute of Race Relations) should also be read, about this incidence, the response to it, including failure to take responsibility for his death while under restraint and as of (date of this post at least) no commitment to reduce the restraint time in a prone position to only 3 minutes.  They write:

http://www.irr.org.uk/news/rocky-bennett-killed-by-institutional-racism/ (the post apart from its url, ends with a question mark).  “Rocky Bennett — Killed by Institutional Racism?”

Feb. 18, 2004 Written by Harmit Athwal

The NHS, and especially its mental health services, have been branded institutionally racist by an inquiry team set up to examine the care and treatment that 38-year-old Rocky Bennett received at the Norvic secure psychiatric clinic in Norwich before he died, in October 1998, after being restrained by up to five nurses

…OTHER DEATHS IN PSYCHIATRIC CUSTODY (para. out of order in my quote)

The Institute of Race Relations, which has been monitoring deaths in suspicious circumstances involving Black and Minority Ethnic people in psychiatric custody since 1970, has on its files 18 cases which give cause for concern. We list below twelve that have taken place since the death of Orville Blackwood in 1991.* …


Richard Stone, a member of the Bennett Inquiry panel who also served on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, told IRR News: ‘If the government does not respond to our recommendation that they acknowledge institutional racism in the mental health service they will get away without doing anything. Furthermore, my concern is that there will be more deaths resulting from restraint in the prone position unless recommendation nine – the three minute time limit for such restraint – is implemented as a matter of urgency. We can’t wait for more research. I am also very wary of cultural awareness training – millions have been spent on that in the police service [after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry]. It is not racial awareness training that has resulted in changes, it’s the behaviour of people who work in the institutions. In policing, random stops of black people are now eight times more likely than of white people compared with a few years ago when it was just five times more likely.’

“If the government does not respond to our recommendation that they acknowledge institutional racism in the mental health service they will get away without doing anything.” – Richard Stone

Errol Francis, a long-time campaigner on Black mental health, now at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, who gave evidence to the Inquiry, cynically asked at the report launch: ‘How much cultural awareness training does a nurse require before they realise that too much force will kill?’


The inquiry was, notice, Health Authority (not judicial) and more of a private matter, only five members of the public attended (the second part, or either part?) next image:



<==And, this account of the incident is shocking.

10 years later:  the Magazine “BlackMentalHealthUK” (Nov/Dec. 2014) features Dr. Joanna Bennett’s campaign on the cover, talking about limitation (or elimination) of restraints, and (separate article) encouraging the use of psychological services rather than disproportionate and racist over-drugging of African-Caribbeans.  The ACE-Notebook format I found a little hard to navigate, but it can still be read).

I see that the decade 2015-2024 has been proclaimed (by the UN):  


<==UN Proclaims Decade for People of African Descent:

<==10 years on from the David Bennett Inquiry Report…..

See also the 2005 (archived at UK government website) “DRE”

Delivering Racial Equality in Mental Health Care …. Action Plan & response to that independent inquiry. (light-green header, image below, you can see the date is 2005).

Here’s another pdf I believe to the same thing, perhaps easier to read (except those portions in other languages’ scripts!)












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February 19, 2017 at 8:51 pm

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