Originally Dated: Wed, 28 Sep 1994 09:03:47 GMT Originally From: Doug Hill +lt;doughill@NE
* Originally Dated: Wed, 28 Sep 1994 09:03:47 GMT
* Originally From: Doug Hill
* Original Subject: Call for cong. hearings on FMS
I recently received a request from a local FMSF member to send letters
to congress requesting a joint public hearing before the U.S. House
Judiciary Committee and Post Office and Civil Service Committee to
discuss Memory Retrieval Therapy. Note that this is a request for
hearings (to gather and publicize information) rather than a request to
pass a specific piece of legislation. Letters are requested to be sent
to Representatives Jack Brooks, Xavier Becerra, Carlos Moorhead, Elton
Gallegly, Don Edwards, and Howard Berman of the House Judiciary
Committee and Rep. William Clay of the House Post Office and Civil
Service Committee. I might also suggest you write your own
representative. Your letter should state that you support Dr.
Christopher Barden's and Dr. Terence Campbell's request for these
(The following is a suggested template to be used as a guide by people
wishing to write in support of a joint public hearing into Memory
*your address here*
United States Representative
Reps. Jack Brooks, William Clay, Xavier Becerra, Carlos J.
Moorhead, Elton Gallegly, Don Edwards, & Howard L. Berman
House Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Mental health is a serious concern for all Americans and we must
have compassion for those in need. Unfortunately, some
therapists are using unscientific practices and are thus
practicing mental health at the expense of the patient, the
patient's family, and society as a whole.
Consumer, patient, and professional groups are now realizing that
mental patients across the U.S.A. are being subjected to
experimental and potentially dangerous forms of psychotherapy
including "Repressed Memory Therapy" at taxpayers' expense.
Therapists are billing Medicare, Medicaid, Champus, and private
insurance companies for controversial, unproven, and unscientific
treatment on unsuspecting and unwarned patients. This raises
serious legal, legislative, and public policy issues which must
be addressed immediately.
These widespread fraudulent practices waste billions of
taxpayers' dollars, violate the civil rights of patients and
families and defiles American standards of justice. We
respectfully request open hearings into these important
scientific, legal, consumer protection and public policy issues.
We are in complete agreement with Dr. Christopher Barden and Dr.
Terence Campbell's request for these hearings. We are asking
that you too have compassion and listen to what is occurring
thruout this country. It must be stopped.
*your signature here*
*your name here*
Douglas E. Hill
Los Angeles, CA
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