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Privatization, Functionalism, the Complete Mental Health Archipelago.  It’s Here, So Why Should We Still Care? (May, 2020).

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ANY post (or page) may be further edited (copyedited, condensed, or expanded, or all of the above) after publishing. Blogger’s privilege!  THIS one should be: I tired of working on it amid so much else to blog. Publishing, “as is” but still worth reading, I say.  Another consideration:  I’m not paid for writing  — this blog isn’t an adjunct to a consulting career; it comes from the heart, mind and efforts of a family court (and domestic violence-) survivor parent and aggrieved U.S. citizen whose own government institutions (with all the private conflicts of interests so involved) trashed a family, my career, and didn’t even leave me a safe place to stand after our children turned adult.  Instead of restraining the worst in humanity, it seems to bring out and amplify that worst (greed, economic corruption, selfishness, arrogance, and dishonesty).  Re: this blog, I am looking for more efficient formats to communicate this information in, or ways to “index” what’s been researched (including the “drill-downs”) on here into key — but documented — topics.  

It’s actually a database technology issue.  I continue learning, but can’t produce at the same pace as I learn, or anything close to it. //LGH

You are reading:

Privatization, Functionalism, the Complete Mental Health Archipelago.  It’s Here, So Why Should We Still Care? (May, 2020) (case-sensitive post short-link ends “-cmj, about 7,300 words”).  See also nearby (and just-[re-]published May 13) “The Giant APA and ABA Typify The People’s Problem…” which this came from)..

Others have applied the phrase “Gulag Archipelago” to prison and other institutions across the US, or used the word “archipelago” with other adjectives [1] but my usage here is “Mental Health Archipelago.”

[1] EvoS Journal (The J of the Evol’ary Studies Consortium) | …Human Behavioral Archipelago (Dept of Pshych SUNY New Paltz, 21013) Rachael A Carmen )(&9 others)_-Vol5Iss1 | 20pp 2020May8 (Click a second time on blank page icon to load the pdf)  Almost amusing.. An NSF grant (2009) helps promote the integration of “evolutionary psychology” into all academic disciplines, and comments on how the idea of “shifting the theoretical underpinnings of psychology” is meeting resistance.  Psychology (its representatives, including the APA) is ALWAYS seeking more prestige and r.e.s.p.e.c.t. when compared to other academic fields.

I just re-posted and updated (again, The Giant APA and ABA Typify The People’s Problem <~link) [2] on the size and extent of at least three American “psych” organizations (for psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, with the even larger legal association, the American Bar Association).  All of “[2]” is added the day after I published this post and relates more to the previous one, except to show how late filing and/or posting of tax returns enables the “chameleon corporation” activity.  Where is the concern for the public in all this?

[2} After posting May 13, 2020, what had puzzled me about the APA Services, Inc. entity, my own related post (WordPress generates these and shows at the bottom of posts) from two years ago confirmed by a shared EIN# that a name change had taken place.  The D.C. business filings do not provide uploaded, viewable pdfs to see actual images of any filings, so I was in looking there unable to see that fact.  Some states do (Massachusetts, California, Florida) to varying extents, but the District of Columbia does not.  That topic is another post and project (“feel free,” anyone… to take it on).  As I quoted the APA website on my recent post (but not in this color scheme)

APA is positioning our field to play a leading role in addressing the grand challenges of today and the future. In February 2019, APA’s Council of Representatives adopted a new strategic plan that provides a roadmap to guide and prioritize the work of the organization for the next three to five years. The implementation process will be transformative and comprehensive, with the association realigning itself and refocusing its work in concert with the new APA/APA Services, Inc. strategic priorities.

From (https://www.apa.org/about/apa/strategic-plan)

“APA Services, Inc.” is in fact at this time NOT new; the DCRA.DC.Gov record (I posted images) shows that entity dates back to 2000.  The wording is tricky:  the “strategic priorities” shared by BOTH organizations is new, so technically, the statement is true.  But it provides no links (or financials) to show APA Services, Inc.  And at first, as stated on the post,  I couldn’t find its EIN# from a name search (because the name had changed!)  Such situations irritate me…  However, after I published the post and saw WordPress’ auto-generated “related” posts, I did find the EIN# and about the name change…

That post:

Do You Know Your…ABA, APA (Founders, History, and via their Forms 990/O and Financial Statements, As Nonprofits?), Or How the ABA from its start maneuvered around Membership Admission for “men of color” despite existing suffrage and qualified men until long after women also got the vote? If Not, Then You Also May Not Yet Know Your [the Public’s] Assigned Place in the Tax Continuum Pecking Order. (Oct 2014 update, Pt. 3A) (Post title with case-sensitive shortlink ending “-76j”)

(I THINK this is the answer at least, as of now): Former name:  “APA Practice Organization.”  It’s a 501©6, purpose “To promote the mutual  professional interests of psychologists.”  There’s already an APA PAC (presumably 501©4)…NEW (trade)name, APA Services, Inc.

From my July 7, 2017 post on this, here’s a FY2015 Form 990, as uploaded there: APAPO EIN#522262196 FY2015 (45pp) (Sched I of Grants only Grants were USD 471 268 Other Exps (mostly Paymts back to the APA) USD 3 687 269 (<~link to entire return posted there).  NOTE: My FILENAME has a typo in the EIN# (click through shows it to be: EIN# 52-2262136).  The link is a pdf and will require a second click on blank page icon; I have some annotations on its page 2).   The IRS only has (latest return) FY2017 (calendar year), not 2018, or 2019 (and I’m writing in May), obviously not reflecting the name change.  IRS FY2016.  The website shown there is “http://www.apapracticecentral.org&#8221;   Likewise my “Candid.org” search of that EIN# shows only up through FY2017 (Year End, December 31) and under the old name.

APAServices.org viewed May 18, 2020

A NEW WAY TO HELP PSYCHOLOGY:  Meanwhile, if you’re savvy enough to find it (or know a psychologist who will tell you), here’s a discussion of actions taken at the August 2018 meeting transforming the relationship between APA and (the former) APAPO, namely membership in either IS membership in both and only 40% of APA dues are to the 501©3 and hence deductible.  60% goest to the 501©6…

On this website a “financials” page created, it says, Feb. 2019) does post financials|IRS Form 990 for FY2018 (which neither the IRS nor Candid show yet) — however, there’s no “IRS-scanned” date and time stamp (all electronic) and the “date  signed” [electronic signature?] by CFO Archie Turner (APA salary, $750K) is Nov. 13, 2019 for FY2018.

APAServices.org viewed May 18, 2020

APAServices.org viewed May 18, 2020

It seems to me that despite the entity being deliberately separate (so it could lobby) it was making APA members feel obligated to pay dues.  A class action? lawsuit by members was filed, and now APA Services, Inc. has worked hard to re-characterize itself as NOT the bad guys — while re-writing their laws to dedicate more APA dues to supporting their lobbyist entity.


[LATE FILING OF TAX RETURNS, and the DISCREPANCY between what IRS uploads and the “as yet unannounced unless you already know it new website posting tax returns later than available to the general public…not nice either…]

(If you want links I have so far, submit a comment and ask).  [This para. added post-publication 18May2020//LGH).

This declaration (post) emerged as I was writing the introduction when I recalled how the organization “NASMHPD” fits into the mix, which I’ve also discussed before.  The acronym stands for “National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors” and its home page references a forty-one-billion-dollar ($41B) ‘”public mental health service delivery system.”

About Us: [http://nasmhpd.org/content/about-us]

As a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization, NASMHPD helps set the agenda and determine the direction of state mental health agency interests across the country, historically including state mental health planning, service delivery, and evaluation. The association provides members with the opportunity to exchange diverse views and experiences, learning from one another in areas vital to effective public policy development and implementation. … together with the NASMHPD Research Institute, Inc., a partner organization, apprises constituents of the latest in mental health research in administration and services delivery …

NASMHPD has an affiliation with the approximately 195 state psychiatric hospitals located throughout the United States. The facilities include hospitals for children, adults, older persons, and people who have entered the mental health system via the court system. In addition, NASMHPD has helped establish the following regional organizations, each of which meet annually: the Southern States Psychiatric Hospital Association (SSPHA) and the Western Psychiatric State Hospital Association (WPSHA).

That is functionalism and privatization for a built-up field, well-networked and massive in influence.

In July, 2017, I did a series of posts (some with earlier origins) showing how conscious certain networks were of their influence in Washington upon state legislators, across all fields.

How’d I get here?  It doesn’t take long searching the subject matter of this blog to run across the local court-connected nonprofits and the more (inter)nationally-focused membership associations’ agenda — more mental health behavioral health and (mandated, privatized processes) for EVERYONE approaching the courts, and if possible their families too.

“Pass laws mandating it and funding it — lots and lots MORE of it.”

It’s the general concept behind the family court system — take a judge, the lawyers, and add counselors, mediators, custody evaluators — set up curriculum attracting profiteers, run the curriculum (typically through individuals under a trade name, or nonprofits set up to do just that by people who “pay to play” (sit through trainings) or have already some connection with individual courts. …. or the AFCC (<~basic link).

One of the more detailed posts on the organization which inspired (when I thought of it again) this one, had this subtitle, which is the question I still have to pose: Historically, Governments Fund Mental Health Offices and Programming, So why Not Look at How the Networked Nonprofits Previously Set to Coordinate, Expand, and Standardize the Field Actually Operate, and See which Drug and Insurance Companies FUND them?? (“-79i”).  (July 6, 2017) This one describes the “Big 7” nonprofits, whose names I recommend posting on any spare refrigerator space, assuming you have a refrigerator — somewhere you’ll REMEMBER they exist and REMEMBER that the converse of the income tax is the tax-exempt organizations, and (generally) what they do financially and, if not involved in the same schematic, you can’t.

Here, I say “archipelago” to help with the concept, but the real help (for any specific individual) starts the moment he or she looks for, opens up, and starts to think about tax-exempt organizations and their tax returns, and, behaviorally, continues looking for them as each new cause or corporation presents itself for public service/rescue/fix/transform operations.  Our economy involves the tax-exempt sectors ongoing interaction with individuals as a whole because of tax-exemption!  The tax-exempt sector is also by nature more private because NO one can monitor all of it (not even the IRS) and it’s not public-traded (nonprofit = nonstock; that’s part of the deal that goes with the privilege).

When you combine how many specific functions (including but not limited to violence-prevention (and treatment), fatherhood and marriage-promotion, etc.) have been privatized, while being public-funded, the awareness can be overwhelming, but waht it she alternative? No awareness of how many entities count on continued taxation and forced consumption of services (as in the family court systems) will and does result in dissociative or just plain dumb talk and efforts to protect the most basic concepts of liberty, or justice, or individual choice for which wars have been fought, again and again.

The other organizations (of more recent May 13, 2020, post: psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis) by name, obviously represent specific (controlled) fields, however, NASMHPD does represent a field of practice, but by its own definition civil servants — people in authority (i.e., over resources and grants-making) at the state governmental level, i.e., Mental Health Programs.  Both the four giant organizations (prior post) and the NASMHPD are, by their set-up, private, non-profit (= non-stock) entities.  Their relationship seems symbiotic — and drug companies of course are also involved when the field is “psychiatry” OR “state mental health programs.”

Collectively, these nonprofits exert influence and seek to direct public opinion and policy.  to accept, continue, and maintain the infrastructure (the “Mental Health Archipelago.”) We ought to become more aware of this “type” of nonprofits (it’s largely my category based on observation): specific ones that will be especially prone to taking resources (grants and contracts) from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (directly or indirectly)  and/or coaching, consulting, providing technical assistance in showing other groups (typically also set up nonprofit) how to access the same.

While I used the word “archipelago” in the title, keep in mind that the main topic is “Privatization, Functionalism” and how, gradually and incrementally, this undermines the rule of law, and how far back indeed it started – – – not “just yesterday.”  I spend some time on the vocabulary, but the main point is what’s happening — how tight is that network’s noose pulled on the public?

It’s beyond time to wake with a start from the “dissociative” state which current public policy seeks to induce/inculcate and maintain for the masses, with all the finger-pointing and partisanship periodically marked by calls for global unity in the face of each new, successive, global crisis, whether fiscal, social, medical, or all three, while almost no one opens up, thinks about and then posts and TALKS about the actual tax returns (USA) of nonprofits, to be made available and many are made available on-line, or even some through the IRS databases, let alone any entity’s independently audited financial statements, or to show how hard it is to get TO them in so much media.



Some brief definitions from the NOAA, National Geographic & “Wonderopolis”

…and a few etymological (word origins) cites explaining: why a word which now represents islands began representing the deep, wide, ocean itself, how and perhaps when the “archi” part got there, i.e., language changes and meanings are extended, or sometimes, transferred; and how a word with two separate parts that are obviously Greek (“arch-” and (transliterated) “pelagos” came across from medieval Italian.

Now the noun in association with the word “gulag” came to represent a network of some very negative systems of exercised political power in two major world powers, in the 20th century.  (Solzhenitsyn’s book, 1970s).  Looking at the concrete, material, physical points of reference (specific well-known archipelagoes, or maps of them) should help shed light on the usage.  I am saying in effect, watch out!  Think about the situation!

From NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the US. Dept. of Commerce:

An Archipelago is an area that contains a chain or group of islands scattered in a lakes, rivers, or oceans. The word “archipelago” comes from the medieval Italian word archi, meaning chief or principal, and the Greek word pelagus, meaning gulf, pool, or pond.

Or deep sea. Other links say “root of uncertain origin” and suggest perhaps the “pelagic” part came by association with Greek town of “Pelagos” and by association with the Aegean sea’s (obvious) scattered islands, by extension to any other sea with such a scattering.

How it gets from “arch-” (principle, first, leader) on the (gulf, pool, pond, deep open sea), I didn’t really know, but  one explanation from Etymonline.com (and  and another from wordster/author ‘Paul Anthony Jones’ (HaggardHawks.com, June 2015 post on the word.  3 minute read).
The “arch-” part probably referred to the Aegaen Sea which, if you were Greek or sailing the Mediterranean at the time, is obviously a main sea — and scattered with islands.  Eventually it came to mean the islands themselves.  Some more links and images below on this post at Footnote “(Archi)pelago Etymology FYI” I just think they’re interesting…

From National Geographic.  They can be formed by volcanoes (some were formed over a single hot spot), or glacial retreat.  The world’s largest is the Malay Archipelago:

…Many island arcs were formed over a single “hot spot.” The Earth’s crust shifted while the hot spot stayed put, creating a line of islands that show exactly the direction the crust moved.

The Hawaiian Islands continue to form this way, with a hot spot remaining relatively stable while the Pacific tectonic plate moves northwest….

The largest archipelago in the world was formed by glacial retreat. The Malay Archipelago, between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, contains more than 25,000 islands in Southeast Asia. The thousands of islands of Indonesia and Malaysia are a part of the Malay Archipelago.

From “Wonderopolis.” Several countries are actually archipelagoes (as is “Hawaii”):

Several large modern countries are actually archipelagos. Some examples of these include Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Many of the world’s archipelagos consist of oceanic islands that were formed as a result of eruptions of volcanoes on the ocean floor.

(Some emphases added to the above quotes)

Since I’m using the word “archipelago” figuratively, you can probably deduce (from this blog) what I meant by the ocean and the archipelagoes — the scattered islands throughout it which viewed individually may seem disconnected, but probed further beneath the surface of the water, obviously aren’t….

Understanding common known physical, material objects (geographic, oceanic, or otherwise) to me helps symbolize the concepts behind various types of entities and how their economic niches depend upon what side of any tax status and/or accountability divide they exist as impacting their behaviors and what kinds of “fruit” (outcome, products, services, results etc.) they are likely to produce within their respective niches. I saw the niches by doing drill-downs on enough entities that basic categories (a “taxonomy of tax-exempts” or “public/private partnerships” ?) emerged.

Looking for ways to express this, certain analogies make more sense than others.

My phrase “mental health archipelago” may be unique, but I’m also thinking qualitatively and structurally of the Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956″ (<~~from Amazon’s book summary, excerpt quoted below): Vast systems of a governmental bureaucracy and the people warehoused/managed/impacted by the same.
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