Thursday, June 22, 2006

NCPMHEP: Noise made by escape of flatus or hiccup?

On June 20, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton moved to establish a national center for public mental health emergency preparedness in case of bioterrorism.

"Mr. President, I rise today to introduce the Public Mental Health Emergency Preparedness Act of 2006. This bill would take several important steps toward preparing our nation to effectively address mental health issues in the wake of public health emergencies, including potential bioterrorist attacks," said Clinton into the Congressional Record (Page S6157-S6162).

Keep in mind there has been only one bioterrorist attack -- the Amerithrax incidents in late 2001 -- that was considered MAJOR. Outside of the perpetrator or perpetrators of it and the Rajneesh group of Oregon which used salmonella bacteria on food in 1984, "no other terrorist group . . . is known to have cultured any pathogen," according to researcher Milton Leitenberg in Assessing the Biological Weapons and Bioterrorism Threat (US Army War College, 2006).

However, the citizenry and its politicians have been conditioned by repetitive news and announcements that bioterror attack is likely and that when it comes, it will be devastating. So announcements for legislation to create a mental health preparedness center for it -- perhaps --seem logical to some. But not at Dick Destiny blog.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the events of September 11, other recent natural and man-made catastrophes [and catastrophic bioterrorism -- Ed.] have sadly taught us that our current resources are not sufficient or coordinated enough to meet the mental health needs of those devastated by emergency events," declaimed Clinton. So her colleagues should work together with her to form "the National Center for Public Mental Health Emergency Preparedness (referred to in this subtitle as the `NCPMHEP')."

NCPMHEP! (nik-pum-`hep) has a peculiar sound to it when you try to say it. It has a kind of percussive and ejecting fricative quality, so is it like the sound of a hiccup? Or a fart?

The NCPMHEP will "address mental health concerns and coordinate and implement the development and delivery of mental health services in conjunction with the entities described in subsection (b)(2), in the event of bioterrorism or other public health emergency."

"The NCPMHEP shall-- ``(1) prepare the Nation's emergency health professionals to provide mental health services in the aftermath of catastrophic events, such as bioterrorism ... "

The NCPMHEP appropriation will be ``(1) $15,000,000 for fiscal year 2007; and ``(2) such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2008 through 2011.''

Since Senator Clinton is no expert on bioterrorism, the NCPMHEP probably should be defeated with haste and great vigor.

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