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"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men."

Abraham Lincoln

Welcome to Medical Whistleblower

Medical Whistleblower gathers and disseminates information, provides advocacy and works to mobilize public opinion in support of Medical Whistleblowers internationally.   Medical Whistleblower endeavors to empower and train others to recognize and report retaliation against whistleblowers.   Medical Whistleblower strives to increase the participation of Medical Whistleblowers in governmental decision-making internationally and to nurture the national and international awareness of the need for the protection of human and civil rights of Medical Whistleblowers.    As Executive Director,   Dr.  Janet Parker, provides direct services to Medical Whistleblowers and actively works to democratically transform legal and social systems to protect the civil and human rights of Medical Whistleblowers.

"Fear not the path of truth, for the lack of people walking on it."

Robert F. Kennedy

Dr.  Janet Parker DVM

Dr. Janet Parker DVM  is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  She graduated from Washington State University in 1991 and was in small animal clinical practice for 10 years.  She has an interest in Emergency and Disaster Response and took a course in Bioterrorism Epidemiology through the University of Washington and the CDC.  She also enjoys  open source data analysis and its use in providing competent technical analysis to governmental decision makers.  She has written as an investigative journalist to web based journal, The New Criminologist, in the UK.

"Religious traditions stress the importance of listening to the spirit within, to guide our personal choices.  … The ancient Jews spoke of ruah, the spark of life or breath of God which gave insight, understanding and physical sustenance.”

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Courage is the strength to stand up
When it's easier to fall down and lose hold.
It is the conviction to explore new horizons
When it's easier to believe what we've been told.
Courage is the desire to maintain our integrity
When it's easier to look the other way.
It is feeling happy and alive, and moving forward
When it's easier to feel sorry for ourselves and stay.
Courage is the will to shape our world
When it's easier to let someone else do it for us.
It is the recognition that none of us are perfect
When it's easier to criticize others and fuss.
Courage is the power to step forward and lead
When it's easier to follow the crowd; their pleas resound.
It is the spirit that places you on top of the mountain
When it's easier to never leave the ground.
The foundation of courage is solid,
The rock that doesn't roll.
Courage is the freedom
Of our mind, body, and soul!

~~ Author Unknown ~~


"Kindness, courtesy, justice, love, and respect are the cornerstones of a good doctor-patient relationship" - Dr. George Tiller

Health Professionals have a Duty to Report Human Rights Violations

Health professionals also have a duty to support colleagues who speak out against human rights violations. Failure to do so risks not only an infringement of patient rights and a contravention of the declarations listed above but also brings the health professions into disrepute.

The World Medical Association’s Declaration of Tokyo reiterates the prohibition of any form of medical participation or medical presence in torture or ill-treatment.  World Psychiatric Association’s Declaration of Hawaii,  prohibits the misuse of psychiatric skills to violate the human rights of any individual or group. The International Conference on Islamic Medicine made a similar point in its Declaration of Kuwait, which bans doctors from allowing their special knowledge to be used “to harm, destroy or inflict damage on the body, mind or spirit, whatever the military or political reason”.   Similar provisions are made for nurses in the directive on the Nurse’s Role in the Care of Detainees and Prisoners.

The World Medical Association’s resolution on human rights calls on all national medical associations to review the human rights situation in their own countries and ensure that doctors do not conceal evidence of abuse even where they fear reprisal.  It also requires that they support individual doctors who call attention to human rights abuses.  The World Medical Association’s subsequent Declaration of Hamburg reaffirms the responsibility of individuals and organized medical groups worldwide to encourage doctors to resist torture or any pressure to act contrary to ethical principles. It calls upon individual doctors to speak out against maltreatment and urges national and international medical organizations to support doctors who resist such pressure.

An absolutely fundamental precept of modern medical ethics is that patients themselves are the best judge of their own interests. This requires health professionals to give normal precedence to a competent adult patient’s wishes rather than to the views of any person in authority about what would be best for that individual.

The World Medical Association’s Declaration of Lisbon specifies the duty for doctors to obtain voluntary and informed consent from mentally competent patients to any examination or procedure. This means that individuals need to know the implications of agreeing and the consequences of refusing. Before examining patients, health professionals must, therefore, explain frankly the purpose of the examination and treatment. Consent obtained under duress or as a result of false information being given to the patient is invalid, and doctors acting on it are likely to be in breach of medical ethics. The graver the implications of the procedure for the patient, the greater the moral imperative to obtain properly informed consent. (Istanbul Protocol -  UN 2004)

Three safeguards advocated by the Committee for persons held in police custody are:
(a) The right of a person deprived of liberty, if he or she so desires, to inform immediately a third party (family member) of the arrest;
(b) The right of a person deprived of liberty to have immediate access to a lawyer;
(c) The right of a person deprived of liberty to have access to a physician, including, if he or she so wishes, a physician of his or her own choice.

Even when doctors are appointed and paid by a third party, they retain a clear duty of care to any patient whom they examine or treat. They must refuse to comply with any procedures that may harm patients or leave them physically or psychologically vulnerable to harm. They must ensure that their contractual terms allow them professional independence to make clinical judgements. Doctors must ensure that any person in custody has access to any medical examination and treatment needed.

The State is responsible for protecting alleged victims, witnesses and their families from violence, threats of violence or any other form of intimidation that may arise pursuant to the investigation. Those potentially implicated in torture should be removed from any position of control or power, whether direct or indirect over complainants, witnesses and their families as well as those conducting investigations. Investigators must give constant consideration to the effect of the investigation on the safety of the person alleging torture and other witnesses.

A Defenders of Human Rights Case for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations in Geneva

On January 7, 2003 the International Survivors Action Committee filed a formal complaint with the United Nations against Melvin Sembler, Director of the Board of  Straight, Inc. for the charge of crimes against humanity.  From 1976-1985 it was known as Straight, Inc. and had a reputation for abusing kids as a drug rehabilitation program. In 1985 it changed its name to Straight Foundation, Inc. in order to protect its money and its principals from civil suits. In 1995 it was changed again to Drug Free America Foundation. DFAF is a national and international drug policy think tank and provider of services for drug free work places.  See Piercing the Corporate Veil. (For further information about human rights abuses see the shortened history below.)

ISAC is  a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, dedicated to expose abuse, civil rights violations, and fraud perpetuated through privately-owned facilities for juveniles.

The reply from the Secretary of the Human Rights Committee to ISAC was a form letter dated February 6, 2003  from Markus Schmidt, Secretary of the Human Rights Committee.  The problem was a legal problem in that the United States had never agreed to let its citizens be investigated or arrested by international policemen.  Because the USA had not made a declaration under Article 22 and by doing so recognize the Committee’s competence to receive and consider petitions, the matter could not be investigated by the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations.  The USA had asserted to the international community that it would be abhorrent to permit American citizens to be so interrogated.  

Thus the original case of the thousands of victims of child abuse, torture, and sexual abuse at the hands of the Straight Inc. staff did not get the United Nations investigation the victims had hoped for.  This was in spite of overwhelming evidence of torture and abusive treatment in the Straight Centers of over 50,000 children and adolescents.   Straight was a criminal activity not just limited to criminal child abuse.  Its crimes rose to the level of RICO.  Even though the Straight victims won victories in US courts and were awarded damages,  the money from Straight Inc had vanished into thin air.  Thus the thousands Straight victims had not received any restorative justice for their victimization.

By International Law and Treaty obligations signed by the United States of America,  the three branches of government - Executive, Legislative, and Judicial are required to uphold the provisions of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Documents (3 documents signed and ratified).  The United States also has Federal Statutes in regards to torture, cruel and degrading treatment.

Title 18 Chapter 113 C Torture

Federal investigations were mandatory when torture and child abuse are involved especially when children are held in facilities across state lines from their original home.   But with a complex scheme for money laundering the board officers and staff of the Straight Inc. juvenile rehabilitation centers just moved their money out of the country and out of reach and sight of federal law enforcement investigators. Thus removing from the human rights victims the reparations that had been ordered by US courts.  Some of the victims, over 200 of them,  were Canadian citizens, denied access the monetary damages in their cases.  FBI investigations failed to identify where the money went.

Political power and influence helped shut down FBI  investigations into the shell companies and off shore accounts of these non profit organizations.  Former US Ambassador to Italy, Melvin Sembler, was a real estate broker by trade as well as the Director of the Straight Inc Board and thus  had ability to hide the tremendous profits he and the Straight centers obtained from this abusive teen drug rehabilitation network.

The former doctors involved in running the abusive Straight Inc.  teen rehabilitation centers found themselves without income because the United States Congress ordered the lucrative Straight Inc. centers shut down due to Human Rights abuses.   These substance abuse treatment doctors then needed to find other employment with their tarnished reputations.  They turned to the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the former ASAM President George Douglas Talbott MD.   George Douglas Talbott MD had personal and political connections to Melvin Sembler.   Melvin Sembler was the President of the Straight Inc. Board of Directors and a real estate broker.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine President, Dr. George Douglas Talbott MD,  had clearly been found guilty of human rights abuses against medical professionals entrusted to his care in rehab facilities.  The President of the ASAM was  found to have targeted medical whistleblowers for brutal psychological violence at the Talbott Marsh Recovery Center which culminated in their suicides.  In May, 1999, just after Talbott stepped down as president of ASAM, a jury awarded Dr. Leonard Masters, of Jacksonville Florida, a judgment of $1.3 million against Talbott, his daughter-in-law Morrison, and other Talbott associates for malpractice, fraud, and false imprisonment, based on Masters' stay at Talbott's Atlanta, Georgia, treatment facility in 1994.  Testifying against Talbott at the Masters' trial was Anne Geller who was the past president of the ASAM before Talbott.   The level to which Talbott was able to intimidate witnesses was evident at the Masters' trial.  For their own protection, witnesses were not asked by the Judge to be identified  in the court record by name and the court record was afterward sealed to prevent leaks to the press and public.  Talbott faced no professional repercussions for being found guilty of human rights abuses and continued even after the verdict to be the President of the ASAM.  No changes in treatment protocols were made in order to prevent further human rights abuses,  instead discussion revolved around how to legally and legislatively protect the ASAM organization from another law suit in the future.   Talbott even today presents himself and ASAM as the premier medical advocate for treatment of "impaired" licensed medical professionals. 

This system of abusive coercion of licensed medical professionals is the reason why there is not a loud outcry against this abusive treatment center network that is still operating today.  Licensed medical professionals are obligated by their HIPPOCRATIC OATH to protect their patient safety and under international standards of proper conduct Mandated Reporters of Torture and Abuse.  Licensed medical professionals are Defenders of Human Rights and the watchdog for the vulnerable patients in need of care.

For further information about Torture and Defenders of Human Rights see these Canary Notes Newsletters. 

Defenders of Human Rights - UN Declaration of Human Rights

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The Guard Dog was Silent in the Night

Why would medical professionals today who pledged to obey the Hippocratic oath not come forward when they saw abuse, neglect and human rights violations?  The answer to that question is very complex and rooted in the undercover system of how quality control happens in the American medical system. 

This is essentially the old Sherlock Holmes clue of

the Silent Dog in the Night.

In 2001,  Dr. Janet Parker DVM, Executive Director of Medical Whistleblower,  was actively assisting in the investigation of  the Straight Inc situation in conjunction with Department of Justice officials but from a different perspective.  The previous ISAC United Nations complaint had been written from the perspective of the teen victims of the  psychological and sometimes physical abuse and torture.  Dr.  Janet Parker focused her own investigation on why the medical professionals mandated by law to report such abuse,  had often times been silenced.  

 The Health Care Quality Improvement Act HCQIA appears on first glance to be a law to protect the public health but has instead been twisted by persons with political power and financial influence to a means to remove any targeted Medical Whistleblower.  This threat of removal of medical licenses and discrediting of Medical Whistleblowers is done through a process of behind the scenes administrative actions and quasi-judicial meetings coupled with quasi-governmental immunity for non governmental subcontractors.  Doctors and other medical professionals are exposed to Bad Faith Peer Review and whistelblower retaliation that strikes at the heart of their very professional and personal life.  A covert system of intimidation and witness suppression was uncovered.   Victims of human rights abuses need to have medical professionals come forward report the abuses and testify in court if they are to receive any justice.

Inspector Gregory of Scotland Yard asked Holmes if there was any particular aspect of the crime calling for additional study.  Holmes replied "Yes," and pointed to "the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime." Inspector Gregory replied, "The dog did nothing in the night-time."  Holmes said, "That was the curious incident." 

The history of these non governmental organizations showed political and financial connections between the Straight Inc,  the American Society of Addiction Medicine and their ASAM state chapters which had morphed into the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs (FSPHP).  

Funding of the ASAM program was shunted to off shore accounts and taken as charitable donations to a tax-exempt non profit organization.    Surprisingly the state governments allowed these chapters of the ASAM to become the investigative arm of the Department of Health, in spite of their lack of proper credentials to do that and their obvious historical connections with patient abuse and human rights violations as well as probable hidden criminal violations of the ASAM members themselves over their own personal addiction pasts (drug abuse, alcoholism, sexual violations, gambling).   This system was hidden under the legal umbrella of another non profit, the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs.  The Federation of State Physicians Health Programs was set up as a State Physician Health Program in each state and incorporated to limit any liability for their PHP directors and board members for their actions.  In addition these State Physicians Health Programs have private contracts (undisclosed to the public) with the State Medical Associations which permitted them to hide their actual influence and control over targeted doctors and to hide their reporting activities to the National Medical Databank and the State Medical Board. 

The Federation of State Physicians Health Programs obtained through political power the contracts to "monitor" and "investigate cases in development" for the various State Departments of Health.   Thus the very persons who had direct personal and financial ties to abuse of patients became the Department of Health watchdog for medical quality assurance for every licensed medical professional in the state.   A carefully worded contract provided a wall of deniability for the State Governor appointed members of the State Medical Board for any abusive actions the Physicians Health Program (PHP) might take against a targeted medical professional.  This allowed the FSPHP to act without any governmental supervision over their actions except a once a year limited financial audit. The State Medical Board members abdicated their governmental regulatory responsibility to persons with known Human Rights abuses in their background.

This governmental power to "monitor" every licensed medical professional in the state also came with HIPPA protections of the State Physicians Health Program records which limited law enforcement access to their files and prevented adequate supervision of their actions for civil rights and human rights violations.  But this HIPPA privacy did not protect the targeted doctor's privacy,  instead in careful legal wording in the contract the State Physicians Health Program obtained permission from the State Department of Health to secretly behind the doctor's back and without any due process in court share private information from the "case in development" with employers, potential employers, co-workers, family, friends and even the National Medical databank, all under the guise of "protecting the public health".  The State Physicians Health Program Directors scoffed at Federal Privacy Act provisions and did whatever they pleased, knowing that their actions would never get scrutiny from the State Department of Health or Federal Law Enforcement.

In addition to obtaining the exclusive rights as a subcontractor to do the Medical Quality Assurance "monitoring" of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, therapists, chiropractors, and other medical professionals,  the State Physicians Health Programs lobbied and received quasi-governmental immunity from prosecution for this violation of Civil Rights and even Human Rights.   Thus we allowed persons with a history of involvement in human rights violations to have immunity for any further human rights violations by shielding them from the investigatory powers of law enforcement.  Instead, using this Department of Health contract,  the State Physicians Health Program utilizes the powers of law enforcement to force targeted doctors to its will.

Thus when doctors asked legal questions about who held the contract with the State Physicians Health Program they would be given vague, misleading and deceptive answers to clear legal concerns regarding their privacy if they "volunteered" for the PHP program of "monitoring".  If they did not "volunteer" they were told that they would be reported to the National Medical Databank and their career in medicine would be over.

Do not mistake this "volunteering" to be in the Physicians Health Program to be a free act of informed consent.  The Physicians Health Program is coercive, deceptive, manipulative and uses both "Color of Law" and "Color of Official Right" violations of civil rights,  as well as direct threats against the medical professional's license in order to force persons into their program.  There is nothing voluntary about how they do this.  They even use secret abductions (interventions) if necessary to obtain illegal custody of targeted doctors.  This includes doctors who are blowing the whistle on human rights abuses, patient neglect and abuse and medical fraud by the state government against the federal government.  This was a perfect way to silence any whistleblower who might have the audacity to report any human rights violations of substance abuse treatment facilities in the future.   The ASAM substance abuse treatment professionals had learned their lesson after two United States Congressional investigations into Straight Inc and SEED.  They had learned from the Dr. Leonard Masters case that serious damages are awarded by the courts to victims of Human Rights abuses.  They wanted to prevent any intrusive investigations into their treatment facilities by Federal FBI agents.   They learned to hide their abuse by becoming the watchdog over all licensed medical professionals in the state. 

The Fox was in charge of the Hen House.

There is no avenue for choice of medical provider or any informed consent given to any medical professional targeted by the Physicians Health Program instead they are given a list of facilities "approved" by the Physicians Health Program and run by ASAM doctors.  The medical professional is told that the law mandates that they comply and their attorney is told that the Physicians Health Program acts as a arm of the State Department of Health.  No one tells the targeted doctor that nobody in the State Department of Health monitors or supervises what happens behind the closed doors.  The actual contract that controls the interaction between the State Medical Board and the Physicians Health Program is kept secret from the targeted doctor and their chosen personal attorney as well.

These civil rights potentially violated include but are not limited to rights  of privacy, due process, protection against unreasonable search and seizure, right to free speech, right to know the accusations against you,  right to know your accuser and to confront him/her,  right to a jury trial and constitutional rights to liberty and property (US Constitutional  Rights guaranteed by Amendments I, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, XIV).   In addition persons in the United States have rights guaranteed under international law and medical professionals as mandated reporters of abuse, neglect and human rights violations are considered as Defenders of Human Rights under international law.

In addition, honest, law abiding, competent medical professionals who wished to report patient abuse and neglect were targeted and silenced.  This was accomplished by lowering the evidential standard necessary to force a doctor into the PHP program of  "monitoring".   By arranging for legislative amendments secretly hidden in other state legislation that changed the standard from "proof" of impairment to "reasonable cause".  The PHP considers any accusation even unsubstantiated by any proof to be "reasonable cause to suspect".    So the PHP takes unsubstantiated allegations from disgruntled employees,  estranged or divorced spouses,  angry competitors and even those whose criminal behavior has been revealed by the medical whistleblower.   Remember that the PHP is directly paid by the State Department of Health for "monitoring" the targeted doctor and has a strong financial incentive to keep the medical professional in the program indefinitely while being paid handsomely for it.  This is self referral for financial gain of a patient to oneself, after a workplace forensic examination and is considered medically unethical.  In addition the PHP forces the targeted doctor into treatment centers controlled by the ASAM. The AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs has stated in their reports that referral incentives, kickbacks, or fee-splitting among physicians are problematic, as they may create a conflict of interest between physicians’ responsibility to serve the best interests of their patients and physicians’ personal financial gain. Medical Whistleblower believes that there should be strict standards of evidence in forensic evaluations presented to governing bodies such as the State Medical Board which considers administrative actions such as removing a medical license.

The PHP also expanded the criteria for taking cases to include "disruptive doctors" and "mental health".   The PHP asserts every doctor is "impaired" and pushes for "addiction" to be the primary diagnosis even if no "proof" of addiction even exists.  Their criteria for reasonable suspicion is a catalog of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder not  addiction.  Facing brutal whistleblower retaliation and bullying in the workplace, medical whistleblowers do exhibit the signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  A review by the court record of the tactics of former ASAM President Dr. George Douglas Talbott reveals that exaggeration, falsification, forgery and outright fabrication on medical records was used against the medical professionals he targeted. Based on investigative research, Executive Director of Medical Whistleblower,  Dr. Janet Parker DVM,   placed a complaint in front of the United Nations in 2009,  for the many Medical Whistleblowers who had suffered denial of Due Process.  This complaint was  regarding the rights of Medical Professionals to act to protect victims of Human Rights Violations and as Defenders of Human Rights to report those violations to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Nothing in this complaint should be construed as a desire to prevent proper medical quality control to occur and for State Medical Boards to assert their proper exercise of governmental authority.  But instead the complaint is a plea that we look carefully at who we place as the watchdog of this very important process and to ensure that proper safeguards for both medical whistleblowers and medical professionals who are patients be safeguarded. Should allegations of domestic violence and human rights abuses be permanently erased from a substance abuse treatment ASAM doctor's record so that he/she can move into a position of national political influence and power?   It is a national disgrace that we allowed medical professionals to be driven to suicide in a system that never protected their civil rights or human rights.   We do need a system of checks and balances between the civil rights and human rights of the medical professionals and also of the vulnerable patients needing treatment and compassionate care.  But when whistleblowers are targeted unfairly, the medical quality assurance system does not protect vulnerable patients from abuse.  It must be remembered that Doctors and other medical professionals can themselves become patients and thus needing a compassionate system of care while they regain their health and move back into their chosen profession of medicine.   DO NO HARM is a tenet of medicine and also of law enforcement.

In addition to being an advocate for those who have medical licenses and are therefore mandated reporters of child abuse, sexual assault and human rights violations,  Dr. Janet Parker realized that many other professionals are involved in providing information to investigative agencies.  These persons could be patent attorneys,  NIH researchers,  certified public accountants,  attorneys,  law enforcement officials, Department of Health investigators,  Food and Drug Administration investigators, prison guards and even airline pilots.  So persons from a wide range of professional backgrounds might have evidence of abuse, neglect, medical fraud or human rights violations -  all could be Medical Whistlelbowers. 

We need to protect the right of the guard dog to bark in the night.


One Example of a Medical Whistleblower

One of these essential Medical Whistleblowers was Allen Jones who was an investigator for the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General of the Food and Drug Administration.  He wrote an excellent report about a criminal corruption of our governmental processes for the approval of pharmaceutical drugs and their use on vulnerable populations such as the elderly,  prisoners,  welfare recipients,  the homeless,  children, teenagers in rehab and the mentally ill.  His report as well as other supporting evidence can be seen at this link from the Psychiatric Law Project in Anchorage Alaska - Attorney Jim Gottstein.

Allen Jones Report

The New Freedom Commission on Mental Health was established by U.S. President George W. Bush in April 2002 to conduct a comprehensive study of the U.S. mental health service delivery system and make recommendations about pharmaceutical treatment.  The commission, using the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) as a blueprint, subsequently recommended screening of American adults for possible mental illnesses, and children for emotional disturbances in order to increase the use of highly controversial and inadequately tested pharmaceutical drugs.  Many of these drugs were found to be dangerous and had serious long term health effects as well as being so physically addictive that it was almost impossible to take the patient off them after they had been initiated. There are few potential benefits from the Texas Medical Algorithm plan, except increased profits for pharmaceutical companies.  There are serious concerns about the potential for unnecessarily causing neurological damage and contributing to increased medical costs,  potential substance abuse and pharmaceutical drug dependence.

NAMI and other pharmaceutical industry front organizations are used to compromise of scientific integrity under color of authority.  Organizations that protect the civil rights of the disabled  look askance at the irony of the use of the word freedom, contending the commission is yet another example of the excesses of drug industry marketing.  The effects of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health recommendations are to simply foster drug use rather than the prevention of mental illness and use of alternative treatment modalities.

TMAP, which was created in 1995 while President Bush was governor of Texas, began as an alliance of individuals from the University of Texas, the pharmaceutical industry, and the mental health and corrections systems of Texas. Through the guise of TMAP, critics contend, the drug industry has methodically influenced the decision making of elected and appointed public officials to gain access to citizens in prisons and State psychiatric hospitals.

Allen Jones was the investigator for the Office of Inspector General regarding the approval of psychotropic drugs by the Food and Drug Administration. Allen Jones, was a former investigator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General (OIG), Bureau of Special Investigations.  His very detailed report can be found on the website.  

Many critics contend that the strategy behind the commission was developed by the pharmaceutical industry, advancing the theory that the primary purpose of the commission was to recommend implementation of TMAP based algorithms on a nationwide basis. TMAP, which advises the use of newer, more expensive medications, has itself has been the subject of controversy in Texas, Pennsylvania and other states where efforts have been made to implement its use.

Jones wrote a lengthy report in which he stated that, behind the recommendations of the New Freedom Commission, was the "political/pharmaceutical alliance." It was this alliance, according to Jones, which developed the Texas project, specifically to promote the use of newer, more expensive antipsychotics and antidepressants. He further claimed this alliance was "poised to consolidate the TMAP effort into a comprehensive national policy to treat mental illness with expensive, patented medications of questionable benefit and deadly side effects, and to force private insurers to pick up more of the tab."

A coalition of over 100 advocacy organizations, united under the banner of in representing the psychiatric survivors movement, has been galvanized by their strong opposition to the New Freedom Commission.


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Opponents of the New Freedom Commission plan have questioned the motives of the commission, largely from a civil liberties perspective, asserting the initiative campaign is little more than a thinly veiled proxy for the pharmaceutical industry, which, in its pursuit of profits, is too eager to foster psychotropic medication interventions. Some opponents contend that its objectives are to foster chemical behavior control of American citizens.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was receiving reports of increased rates of suicide, especially during the first months of drug use and widespread extra label use of these medications in direct violation of their black box warning about potential adverse side effects.

"TeenScreen"  which was a program to screen every American shoolchild for mental disease,  represented naked pharmaceutical company greed.   Even before these New Freedom Commission recommendations were made there were 15 million Americans on Zyprexa (7.4 million) and Risperdal (7.6 million) alone in 2002.   Sales of atypical antipsychotic drugs reached $6.4 billion, making them the fourth best selling class of drugs in America. The combined sales of antidepressants and antipsychotics jumped from around $500 million in 1986 to nearly $20 billion in 2004 – a 40-fold increase. (Anatomy of an Epidemic: Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 7, Number I , Spring 2005)  The article is available at:

In April, 2000, AHRP filed a complaint about the experiment, with the Office of Human Research Protection--see:

But this was not enough profit for the pharmaceutical companies and therefore additional marketing and political pressure were used to create a public mental health policy to screen children and get more of them on atypical antipsychotics.   This was the TeenScreen program which was designed to diagnose mental illness in teenagers, but has been shown to be coercive and unreliable.   The same political/pharmaceutical alliance that generated the Texas project is behind the New Freedom Commission.   Using the marketing strategy behind TeenScreen, this alliance is lobbying to consolidate the TMAP effort into a comprehensive national policy and thus force on children and adults  expensive, patented medications of questionable benefit and deadly side effects.  The global pharmaceutical market is forecast to grow to US $842 billion in 2010 (Pharmaceutical Market Trends 2006-2010 by S. Seget)

UN Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights Abuses of Straight Inc.

 “They run very close to really performing psychic murder.”

Marge Robertson, executive director of the Cincinnati Chapter of the ACLU,

speaking of Straight, Inc., from Cincinnati Post

Hon.George Miller, Chair of the Committee on Education and Labor in the U.S. House of Representatives initiated the Legislation H.R. 6358 (formerly H.R. 5876) after recieving a shocking report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding abusive and neglectful treatment of chidren in residential programs as well as the fraudulent practices of these institutions. The House of Representatives approved legislation to Stop Child Abuse in Teen Residential Programs — The bill would help ensure parents have information they need to keep their children safe.

The latest update: This bill was sent to the Senate on June 26, 2008 but the problem of this kind of human rights abuses continues and new programs are springing up and the persons financially benefiting are becoming more adept at hiding their abuses.  Have we learned anything from history.  Do we want to continue to allow the doctors involved in these abuses to place themselves in positions of power in order to prevent investigation of their actions?

In December 1974 the US Senate released a report that accused The Seed, a juvenile drug rehabilitation program,  of using Communist North Korean brainwashing techniques on American teenagers. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, under direction from the US Senate, notified The Seed that it would have to get signed consent forms from clients and their parents acknowledging that Seed clients were participating in human experimentation (e.g. brainwashing). Under the weight of allegations of abuse and the Senate report The Seed closed its expansion programs.  So Mel Sembler hired some Seed graduates and formed his own Seed which he called Straight.  For 17 years Melvin Sembler and his wife Betty  operated one of the most destructive and world’s largest chain of  juvenile rehabilitation programs, Straight, Inc. 
In 1985 the Semblers, fearing civil suits by the victims of the abuse and fearing possible criminal prosecution,  changed the mission of Straight, Inc. from "treatment" to "education" and its name from "Straight, Inc." to "Straight Foundation, Inc."  In 1995, two years after Straight had to be closed, Betty changed the name of the educational foundation again to the Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF).  So today Straight has morphed into an organization called Drug Free America Foundation, which specializes in helping small businesses set up Drug Free Workplaces, and in promoting national and international drug policy.  See the Sembler Report compiled by the International Survivors Action Committee.

"The Sembler Report" Report Prepared By: International Survivors Action Committee
(ISAC Corporation)  A special thanks to Wes Fager for all his research
December 9, 2002

Wes Fager who had for years documents the abuses of Straight Inc. had learned about the abusive teen program when he enrolled his own son in a Springfield, VA chapter of Straight on the advice of a high school guidance counselor.   Separated and not permitted to communicate with his own son Wes Fager didn’t see his son again until three months later after he’d escaped. As a result of the abuse he suffered his son developed severe mental illness. Wes Fager provided a place to post the accumulating evidence of rampant child abuse on a clearinghouse website. He’s collected stories of suicides and attempted suicides, rapes, forced abortions, molestations, physical abuse, lawsuits, court testimonies and extensive documentation of profound psychological abuse at Straight chapters all over the country.

Straight sought white children almost exclusively especially those from middle class and upper class families with good medical insurance that covered substance abuse treatment. Straight denied citizens their civil rights and human dignities. Kids were deprived of food and sleep, beaten without cause, made to soil their pants, spat on, denied private access for a bowel movement.

The enormity of the Human Rights Abuses can be seen in these links:

Straight court cases

Straight Inc.

Flow Chart of the Straights

As many as 50,000 kids were in the Straight program, Straight, Inc.  is the biggest violator of human rights and civil liberties that this country has ever seen.  There are accounts of food and sleep deprivation, making kids soil their pants, beatings, spitting in kids faces, and marathon sessions where teenagers would be yelled at by many other kids for long periods of time.  Children were forbidden from reading any material including religious books.  Conditions were so deplorable that kids had to be watched 24/7, even as they wiped themselves on the toilet (reminiscent of Nazi concentration camps where Jews were made to defecate publicly like cats and dogs) to make sure they did not commit suicide.   Under such deplorable and humiliating conditions many kids resorted to carving on their bodies with a fingernail, piece of broken chair, or whatever else they could find just as a caged animal gnarls at an open sore. 

Commenting specifically about Straight, Inc. after a visit to Straight-Springfield,  Professor Barry L. Beyerstein in  "Thought Reform Tactics: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions" wrote this:

". . .  All such practices begin with a concerted assault upon the individual's personal identity,  i.e.,  an attempt to destroy his or her sense of self and its relation to the pre-existing social matrix. By systematically undermining their sense of individual autonomy,   target  persons can be driven to a state of child-like vulnerability to outside influences,  dramatic alterations in beliefs,  and in extreme cases,  psychotic-like behavior and suicidal tendencies."

Straight used cajole and intimidation to force teenagers to talk about their deepest darkest secret (frequently sexual) and then often Straight further humiliated the child by sharing the forced confessions with the larger Group of kids.  In violation of US Civil Rights laws,  Straight accepted federal money which had been collected from tax money from blacks and whites and used that money to treat almost exclusively white children.  This was perhaps due to the perception that white families were in a better economic position to pay Straight's high fees.  Straight watched kids to make sure they did not kill themselves while in they were in the program but Straight had no plan to keep these kids (suffering from Straight-induced PTSD, depression, and humiliation about their sex lives) from killing themselves once they left.  Indeed there have been over 40 post Straight suicides (including second-generation Straights). 

"I have also interviewed children who made suicide attempts following their running from the Seed. Overwhelming feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and despair were in evidence."

Jeffery J. Elenewski, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, 

The Children's Psychiatric Center, Dade County, Florida commenting on students he has met who had fled The Seed--Straight's predecessor. 

Straight is about stripping a child down of all self respect and then trying to build him back up in a desirable image hoping that you won't drive him over the edge along the way.   Animal trainers and contemporary psychologist call this behavior modification.   Cult awareness specialists and military intelligence officers call it Chinese thought reform.  The Communist Chinese themselves call it re-education; Straight calls it re-acculturation.   But most people call it just plain old brainwashing.   In his seminal book on brainwashing Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of "Brainwashing" in China psychiatrist Robert J. Lifton, Jr. warns of the dangers of driving a person to suicide by severely depriving and depressing him.  Ray Bradbury, a straight victim tried to use  his First Amendment right to speak out against him, Melvin Sembler got a  judge to shut Bradbury up without even meeting him.   Sembler's Straight program was in violation of the civil rights and human rights of American citizens, prohibitions against false imprisonment, and violation of the Fifteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights act of 1964 by receiving federal money to operate Straight while offering Straight's services almost exclusively to whites.  Profit making was the main goal and Sembler was behind a plan to make every kid in America pay to have their urine checked for drugs in order to get a driver's license--a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment guaranteeing against unreasonable searches and seizures...without probable cause. 

There was high level political power behind Melvin Sembler and the Straight Inc. program.  While in the Oval Office as President,  the former CIA director George H. W. Bush made a TV commercial for Straight. George H. W. Bush also as President of the United States appointed Straight founders Mel Sembler and Joseph Zappala (another Straight Inc. board member)  to ambassadors to Australia and Spain, respectively.  His son President George W. Bush appointed Sembler to ambassador to Italy. His son Governor Jeb Bush is on the Advisory Board for Straight,  under its current name, Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF) along with his wife Columba and his Lt. Governor Toni Jennings. Drug Free America Foundation is funded by the US government. Former Drug Czar Robert DuPont of Bensinger & DuPont is another Straight board member.

A tally sheet of Sembler family donations is at the following link:

Impossible to trace all the Sembler contributions

 "Staff members directed me to physically batter and verbally assault other clients. They gave me this direction when I was a client and when I was a Staff Trainee. I carried them out. So did hundreds if not tens of thousands of other kids. . . As hard as it has been to live with the reality of being clinically abused for nearly two years, it cannot compare with the complete nightmare of living with the fact that I abused other people repeatedly in the name of a thought control cult. It cannot compare with the nightmare of knowing that some of the people I abused have ended up in jail, or dead, and that I contributed to the destruction of their lives."    

James, a former student at Straight-Atlanta turned staff member. 

(Excerpted from the writings of Wesley Fager, a dedicated activist against the Straight Inc abuses)

But in spite of the rising tide of evidence of human rights abuses,  Straight’s founders, Mel and Betty Sembler, have enormous influence over U.S. drug policy. They and their colleagues do still serve on the boards of most every major domestic anti-drug program.  They have their official biographies posted here and here -- despite the horrors that have surfaced about the program’s history.  As the U.S. struggles with a growing illegal drug problem, there is more incarceration for minor drug offenses the trend toward “boot camp” rehab programs and the potential for this kind of abuse.

Straight faced the victims of its abuse in the courts and slowly victims/survivors are winning awards.  A college student won $ 721,00  in 1990 and another won $200,000 in 1983.  This prompted Straight to get more coercive with doctors to prevent them from testifying as expert witnesses against the Straight Inc. facilities.  As Straight chapters shut down all over the country new facilities under different names but the same philosophy sprang ups such as “KIDS,” “Growing Together,” and “SAFE”.

The Straight branch in Atlanta closed in 1993 but new facilities under different names  sprung up immediately elsewhere.  A Straight, Inc. spin-off called “Kids of North Jersey” settled a $4.5 million abuse claim in 2000.  Straight, Inc. changed its name in 1996 to the Drug Free America Foundation, which thrives today under federal subsidies, including $400,000 in the year 2000 and $320,000 from the Small Business Administration.

Additional Links to information about Institutional Child Abuse.

International Survivors Action Committee

Fighting International Child Abuse Network

National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse

Creating a New Board Speciality in order to control Federal Grant Funds and other Public Financing

American Society of Addiction Medicine certification FASAM  is not equivalent to medical board certification. On their website the ASAM admits that the ASAM  " examination is not a Board examination. ASAM is not a member of the Board of American Board of Medical Specialties, and ASAM Certification does not confer board Certification. "

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)   is published by the American Psychiatric Association and provides diagnostic criteria for mental disorders.  The ASAM conveniently refuses to acknowledge the DSM IV R criteria for various addictive disorders and instead has their own criteria which was concocted by their own doctors with histories of addiction.   Dr. George Douglas Talbott was one of the initial writers of the ASAM manual on addiction.  This book is used by ASAM doctors as the bible to diagnosis people with "addiction".   So they created their own criteria and based that on symptoms which in the real DSM IV R are attributed to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Acute and Complex).  The PHP never gives anyone just a diagnosis of PTSD because that would not allow them to legally prevent their whistleblowing testimony to be heard in a court of law.  It is important to recognize the difference between PTSD which is a psychiatric injury as opposed to what is a mental disease.  This is a legal as well as a medical concept.   

Based on this newly concocted diagnostic manual dreamed up by the members of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the ASAM then started their own credentialing program and called the graduates who learned their new diagnostic approach Fellows and gave them the initials FASAM behind their names.  The ASAM is now trying to grandfather in their FASAM members as being boarded experts in behavioral medicine without going through the strenuous residential internships currently required to call a doctor a boarded expert.   Should allegations of domestic violence and human rights violations be permanently erased from a doctor's record so that he can move into a position of national political influence and power? 

There are specific professional organizations which provide Board Specialty training in medicine and psychology.  These organizations have clear stringent guidelines as to who is given the honor and professional status as a boarded expert. Credentialing in the Boarded specialties as a MD is a challenging process that weeds out those without adequate clinical or academic skills.

Even in the field of psychology which is not the practice of medicine,  there are still strict guidelines for board certification.  The American Board of Professional Psychology was incorporated in 1947 with the support of the American Psychological Association. The ABPP is a unitary governing body of separately incorporated specialty examining boards which assures the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of specialty standards and examinations by its member boards. Through its Central Office, a wide range of administrative support services are provided to ABPP Boards, Board Certified Specialists, and the public.A Specialty is a defined area in the practice of psychology that connotes special competency acquired through an organized sequence of formal education, training, and experience.  In order to qualify as a specialty affiliated with the ABPP, a specialty must be represented by an examining board which is stable, national in scope, and reflects the current development of the specialty. A specialty board is accepted for affiliation following an intensive self-study and a favorable review by the ABPP affirming that the standards for affiliation have been met. These standards include a thorough description of the area of practice and the pattern of competencies required therein as well as requirements for education, training, experience, research bases of the specialty, practice guidelines, and a demonstrated capacity to examine candidates for the specialty on a national level.

This is not true of the new board "speciality" criteria of the newly created Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW)  - which was previously the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association. The goal of the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association was to make money on substance abuse treatment and mental health services.  Instead their CEO and Chairman of the ABHW Board, Pamela Greenberg, is also Senior Vice President in the Stephens Inc. company in Dallas TX which supplies financial services for health insurance companies.  The goal of this alliance is to make money for the financial investors (Stephens Group LLC).  Those making management decisions are not trained in medicine or psychology, they are trained in financial assessment, risk management, cost benefit insurance statistical analysis, economics, public policy, survey research and other related fields. They are not medical doctors or psychologists.  

It must be remembered that part of the funding for the State Physicians Health Programs is provided from medical malpractice insurance companies.  The State Physicians Health Program is not designed to help targeted doctors recover and go back to practice,  nor are they designed to truly protect the vulnerable patients from abuse, neglect and medical fraud. The State Physicians Health Program is designed to make their Directors money and to protect large hospital and medical corporations from medical malpractice suits.  The State Physicians Health Program will readily sacrifice a medical doctor's career for corporate profits.

The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW)   organization run by Pamela Greenberg is designed to protect certain financial interests such as Medical Malpractice and Health Insurance companies (Aetna, Value Options, Cenpatico, Magellan Health Services, Optum Health Services, Shaller Anderson Behavioral Health, MHN)  and also the financial interests of Big Pharmaceutical companies ( Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca International, Bristol Myers, Reckitt Beckiser).  ABHW mission can be seen at

ASAM states in their mission statement that their goal is to establish addiction medicine as a specialty recognized by professional organizations, governments, physicians, purchasers and consumers of health care services, and the general public.  The American Managed Behavioral  Healthcare Association (AMBHA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine  (ASAM) are together promoting this new medical boarding and will be grandfathering those who already have the FASAM credentials in without the need for the normal hospital residency. These newly boarded "experts" in behavioral medicine would then be able to compete for Federal Funding on an equal basis to the already existing Medical Doctor Board  and Psychologist certifications in Psychiatry and Psychology but these new graduates would be trained in the Dr. George Talbott and Ruth Fox traditions.  One can only imagine what Dr. George Douglas Talbott ("recovered" alcoholic) and these other FASAM doctors would then do politically and financially with this new credentialing based on past history of medical fraud, patient abuse and human rights violations. 



The Hippocratic Oath

Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and used in many medical schools today.

“ I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help."


Dr. Ruth Fox, founder of ASAM - Did research in Mind Control

ASAM, Dr. Ruth Fox ‘s legacy is this collusion with private contracts with governmental agencies and private corporations for non NIH research.   Dr. Ruth Fox’s Project MK-ULTRA a CIA mind control program was first brought to wide public attention in 1975 by the U.S. Congress, through investigations by the Church Committee, and by a presidential commission known as the Rockefeller Commission.  George Herbert Walker Bush  was CIA Director from January 30, 1976 – January 20, 1977.   Over thirty universities and institutions were involved in an extensive testing and experimentation" program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens "at all social levels, high and low, and native Americans.  Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to "unwitting subjects in social situations." This was sanctioned governmental human rights abuses done by these LSD researchers and sometimes resulted in permanent disability and even death.  The CIA  itself acknowledged that these tests made little scientific sense and monitoring was not done qualified scientific observers. 

Medical doctors are necessary to manipulate public policy and to further the financial interests of the  criminal enterprise of Straight and its progeny,  which use vulnerable patients for profits while ignoring patient's real needs and fostering a system of abusive human rights violations.  So high level medical doctors were used to provide legitimacy such as former White House drug czars Robert DuPont, MD (a former paid Straight consultant) and Donald Ian MacDonald, MD (Straight's former national medical research director) who are members of the International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse (a DFAF subsidiary).   Richard Schwartz, MD, former medical research director for Straight - Springfield is another forum member. 

The  predecessor of Straight Inc. the Seed opened for business in June 1970  in Florida.

  The Seed was a substance abuse treatment center for adolescents and children.   So in 1970 with a start up grant for $1 million dollars  from the federal government's NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse )--a subsidiary of the sprawling NIMH (National Institue of Mental Health) the Seed program was established.  Melvin Sembler's son was enrolled in Seed and Melvin Sembler, (personal friend to George H. W. Bush),  became President of the Board of Straight Inc.  Director of NIDA, psychiatrist Robert L. DuPont, Jr.  had approved the grant. 

The American Society of Addiction Medicine was "founded" by Dr. Ruth Fox,  the architect of the Straight Inc.  rehabilitation centers and the guru of mind control techniques using abusive coercive control and experimental LSD drug therapy.  The CIA had experimented with LSD on prisoners at the NIH's lock-up hospital in Lexington, Kentucky where NIH had set up its own experimental program called MATRIX. 

Ruth Fox was the founder of ASAM — The American Society for Addiction Medicine — that exists to promote A.A. and the 12-Step treatment of alcoholism, this is done by pretending to give doctors helpful advice about what works to treat or cure alcoholism. Dr. Ruth Fox, Medical Director of the National Council on Alcoholism in the United States, had used LSD in alcoholic rehabilitation.  She endorsed the use of the drug LSD for therapeutic use.  She claimed that LSD  made the experimental subjects have a new feeling of compassion and tenderness for others.  Dr. Ruth Fox also felt that LSD was very helpful in changing alcoholics' thinking and behavior:  “LSD does seem to make the patient more willing to undertake the total program necessary for his recovery. After LSD most of the patients who formerly refused to cooperate were willing to take disulfiram, attend group therapy and to affiliate with A.A.”  Ruth Fox, Alcoholism, Behavioral Research, Therapeutic Approaches, 1967, page 775, quoted in Slaying the Dragon, William L. White, page 229.

And Dr. Ruth Fox was such a unethical research scientist that she gave her patients disulfiram and then alcohol, to deliberately make them very sick, in an attempt to build up an aversion to alcohol. Even after she discovered that the aversion therapy didn't work, and even after one patient nearly died from an almost fatal reaction to a single ounce of alcohol, she still insisted on giving each patient at least one session of being sick from the disulfiram/alcohol combination, before she released them from the hospital. (See: Disulfiram (Antabuse) as an Adjunct in the Treatment of Alcoholism, Dr. Ruth Fox, in Alcoholism: Behavioral Research, Therapeutic Approaches, edited by Ruth Fox, M.D., foreword by 'Mrs.' Marty Mann, Springer Publishing Company, Inc., New York, 1967.)

The ASAM still collects financial donations to the Ruth Fox Endowment Fund and sends the money overseas where the prying eyes of the FBI can't follow it.   The money of the Ruth Rox Endowment fund is used to pay for continuing education (courses about ASAM philosophy and to fund scholarships for FASAM interns and doctors). 

These techniques of using drugs to force compliance out of patients became the hallmark of the new AA, and American Society of Addiction Medicine programs.  The American Society of Addiction Medicine even wrote their own book based in part on Ruth Fox's pioneering treatment of alcoholics with LSD.  No mention is made of the patients who became permanently psychotic or committed suicide under her LSD treatment.  No accounting for violations of civil rights, privacy or human rights. 

This historical abuse of human subjects by substance abuse treatment doctors was well documented in the Congressional Church Committee report and the Rockefeller Commission.  (Final Report of the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, United States Senate, 94th Congress, 2nd Session, April 26 (legislative day, April 14), 1976.)  The published evidence indicated that Project MKULTRA involved the surreptitious use of many types of drugs, as well as other methods, to manipulate individual mental states and to alter brain function on US and Canadian citizens.   Over thirty universities and institutions were involved in an "extensive testing and experimentation" program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens "at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign."     Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to "unwitting subjects in social situations."  Dr. Ruth Fox, founder of the ASAM, utilized a variety of drugs including LSD on alcoholics, homeless persons, enlisted military personnel and even on unsuspecting public citizens,  as part of CIA research into mind control.  LSD and other drugs were usually administered without the subject's knowledge or informed consent, a violation of the Nuremberg Code that the U.S. agreed to follow after World War II.   The congressional committee investigating the CIA research, chaired by Senator Frank Church, concluded that "Prior consent was obviously not obtained from any of the subjects".   Following the recommendations of the Church Committee, President Gerald Ford in 1976 issued the first Executive Order on Intelligence Activities which, among other things, prohibited "experimentation with drugs on human subjects, except with the informed consent, in writing and witnessed by a disinterested party, of each such human subject" and in accordance with the guidelines issued by the National Commission.  Subsequent orders by Presidents Carter and Reagan expanded the directive to apply to any human experimentation.

The coercive violence of the Straight program lived on in a series of other rehabilitation centers long after the United States Congress had ordered the organization shut down for human rights abuses.   The Federation of State Physicians Health Programs came from the state chapters of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  So the Washington Physicians Health Program is the former Washington State Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Surprising to most doctors is that the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs has a State Physicians Health Program in almost every state.  This State Physician Health Program is a non governmental organization with tax exempt status and incorporated to limit their Board of Directors from liability. The State Physician Health Program  is now the predominant investigator of any medical professional who might be "impaired" or even a "disruptive doctor".  Under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act there does not even need to be valid legal evidence to remove a doctors license.  Thus doctors, nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, dentists, and even veterinarians are now controlled by this organization which is the grandchild of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  It's practices are related closely to those of the leaders of the Straight Inc and Seed rehabilitation centers.   The same web of patient abuse behind closed doors has now gained official status as a governing agency watchdog with coercive control over medical professional's licenses through "monitoring" and investigation.

The esteemed founder of eriments were strongly condemned by the US Congress but the financial association of her and her colleagues with private funding from undisclosed sources continued unabated.  The ASAM doctors who had lost their medical licenses were more than eager to be reinstated as doctors in order to perform research in newly established substance abuse residential treatment centers and to use drugs on captive patients without proper informed consent.  Who could complain, certainly not the “addicted” patients.  So the pharmaceutical companies found “human subjects” who were controllable and who could be forced in locked facilities to take these experimental drugs. 


In return for cooperating with the pharmaceutical industries corporate goals there would be political influence exerted to soften certain legislative language to facilitate the ASAM doctors to regain their medical licenses permanently and to erase their soiled records of addictive behaviors and criminal activity.   The ASAM strategically analyzed how to circumvent the medical quality control system that was preventing them from expunging the addiction behavior from their records.  A Federation of State Physicians Health Program’s committee was established for monitoring the addicted ASAM members who wanted their medical licenses back.  This FSPHP monitoring committee was made up of addicts themselves and a few non addicts, but after several years the non addicts dropped out and the addicts were monitoring themselves.   When it was politically expedient the monitoring committee just decided that every addict in the group who had been previously monitored didn’t need to be monitored anymore and the committee was just disbanded and discontinued.  All the addicts were deemed “cured” of their addiction and not needing any more monitoring.   Thus a clean record expunged of all past compulsive and criminal behavior was created.  This coupled with legislative actions at the state level in several states was then were used to hide from the public the criminal past infractions and inappropriate behavior of the ASAM members.  A few states – notably Texas and Georgia were particularly favorable to former addicts having the court system erase previous criminal infractions. 

For example in Atlanta, Georgia,   Judge Marsh actually co-owed the Talbott Marsh Recovery Center with the former ASAM President George Douglas Talbott.   Judge Marsh court ordered “impaired” persons to be incarcerated in the Talbott Marsh Recovery Center for “treatment” and also made judgment on sealing records of past addictive behaviors of those deemed “cured” by Dr. George Douglas Talbott.   Dr. George Douglas Talbott was known for severe abusive behavior which led to the suicide deaths of many medical professionals under his “monitoring” program.  While ASAM President of the Board, he was successfully sued by Dr. Leon Masters for false imprisonment and abusive treatment.

The ASAM addicted doctors were not only “cured” but now they had also established a system of substance abuse “monitoring” through the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs which they attempted to put in place in every state in the USA.  Through contracts with the state departments of health, they established themselves as the only competitor for state funding through medical licensing fees.  With generous outside funding from non disclosed sources, the ASAM doctors were able to effectively underbid others for these substance abuse treatment monitoring functions.  Thus doctors so addicted that their own medical licenses were removed or curtailed were now placing themselves to be the monitors of every licensed medical doctor within the USA.  With an aggressive  and expensive advertising campaign through medical and nursing association journals the newly established Physicians Health Programs presented themselves as advocates for “impaired physicians” and suggested to everyone in the medical field to “turn in” other doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, pharmacists etc to be “monitored” by the Physicians Health Program.   Deliberately targeting allied professionals such as non-medically trained assistants, office managers, and paraprofessional staff to “snitch on doctors”, the ASAM found target doctors to force into their abusive monitoring system.  So the addicts are now collecting gossip, rumor and outright fabrications against licensed medical doctors and privately investigating the personal lives and backgrounds of those doctors.   Any criminal could make a complaint against a doctor and expect to have the Physicians Health Program dig up dirt on their competitor or whistleblower.  In addition ASAM embraced not just substance abusing doctors (alcoholics and drug addicts) but also "sex addicts" and compulsive gamblers as members of their growing non-profit organization.  These "sex addicts" were monitored by other "sex addicts" and deemed "cured" or "recovered" and placed back into medical practice with no warning to patients about their past sexually compulsive histo

To demonstate why this is dangerous to potential patients one has only to look at the Teen Challenge hireing practices.   Teen Challenge is a residential substance abuse treatment center for teens.

A convicted Sex Offender Heads Teen Challenge in Maine. Registered Sex Offender Shondi Fabiano and her husband, Peter, are the directors of the Teen Challenge in Winthrop, Maine. Shondi Fabiano was convicted of Second Degree Child Molestation in Rhode Island. She is listed on the National Sex Offender Public Registry.

Maine Teen Challenge Hired Another Convicted Sex OffenderRegistered Sex Offender Dennis Knox has joined Shondi Fabiano as the second rapist employed by the Teen Challenge in Winthrop, Maine. Dennis Knox, age 35  was convicted of gross sexual assault after raping an unconscious female. He is listed on the Maine Sex Offender Registry.


In addition the ASAM actively courted law enforcement, promising them to take the “impaired physician” off their hands and quietly spirit them away where they couldn’t cause any commotion or public spectacle.  This even included providing direct ASAM training to the King County Sheriff’s Department in Seattle WA so that officers would handle all cases involving licensed medical professionals by turning them over to the ASAM doctors of the Washington Physicians Health Program.  This allowed a seamless flow of persons through assertion of color of law authority of the ASAM doctors over any licensed medical professional.  The first phone call of the police would be to the nongovernmental organization the Washington Physicians Health Program and the ASAM doctors would immediately respond to control the targeted doctor.  The Washington Physicians Health Program contract with the Washington Department of Health was used to promote color of law authority to the ASAM doctors.   Thus the police force in King County (Seattle and surrounding area) would not abide by constitutional protections of civil law but would instead turn over any medical professional to the color of law authority of the ASAM doctors of the Washington Physicians Health Program.  No warrant necessary, no informed consent, no need for true legal representation, no doctor/patient relationship required, the ASAM knew how to manipulate the doctor with coercive force and threats against their medical license.   Law enforcement would not log complaints by doctors against the ASAM/Washington Physicians Health Program because the WPHP was a subcontractor of the Washington Department of Health.  Law enforcement officers would take as absolute truth any diagnosis presented by the WPHP about any “impaired” doctor and would cooperate fully with the ASAM doctors to force the recalcitrant doctor to obey them.   There would be no investigation into the violations of civil or even human rights – because according to the protocols approved by the ASAM – the “impaired” doctor is unable to make informed choice and needed to be controlled and forced to do what the ASAM desires.


The ASAM and the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs politically worked to change legislative law in each state to be favorable for them to control the investigation into any quality control issues related to doctors or other licensed medical professionals.  Presenting themselves as experts on the treatment of addictions, the ASAM doctors did educational programs to train others to view “problem” doctors through the lens of ASAM principles built around the Dr. Ruth Fox tradition of abusive and coercive control.   Thus they could protect their own addicted or criminally involved members and remove the medical licenses from anyone who would dare report their criminal behavior.   They also started another organization which they would use to prevent licensed medical professionals from being able to access their own medical credentialing verification documents.  The Physicians Health Program insists that state medical boards refuse to accept already well documented credentials and force applicants to send credentialing to a independent incorporated centralized agency the ASAM corruptly controlled.  This essentially prevents whistleblowers from seeking a medical license in any state in the USA and shuts down a doctor’s ability to even go overseas with a clean record and obtain a medical license.   The ASAM’s and FPHP control over medical licensing is absolute and is not open to law enforcement scrutiny and also not under the control of any governmental body.  The state board of medicine does not control what goes on behind those closed doors.  The US Congress cannot pierce the covert halls of this power and even the FBI is stopped at the door by the protestations of HIPPA and confidentiality which require a high burden of proof in order to obtain a subpoena.    The ASAM addicted doctors have created a system they control and in which they can hide whatever criminal activity they want.   Thus if you want to money launder and not get caught, you want to do it within the medical community with the help of the FSPHP and their associated colleagues, so drug addicts, alcoholics, persons with sexual compulsion, sex offenders, compulsive gamblers and other addicts now can sit in judgment on any whistleblower naïve enough to try to report their criminal activity.


If law enforcement wants to prevent medical fraud then we must dismantle this FSPHP system of power and control, and put power back in the hands of elected officials and real medical professionals with clean records and no past history of addictive behavior. 


The techniques learned by Dr. Ruth Fox in mind control experiments using alcoholics as clinical subjects were easily adapted to silencing whistleblowers.  These principles became the basis for the “Big Book” or the manual used by the ASAM to train all their followers.  Inherent to this ASAM program designed for alcoholics were the following principles:


  • We were powerless
  • A power greater than ourselves will restore us to sanity
  • We were wrong
  • Our problems are the result of defects of character
  • We admit/confess our sins to persons we had harmed


This kind of dogma is absolutely false for anyone who is an innocent crime victim or victim of trauma.   For persons suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder one of the most important healing concepts is the concept of empowerment and personal control.    Forcing whistleblowers, victims of sexual assault or combat trauma to admit they were morally wrong and suffer from a defect of character is absolutely contrary to what would be right for their personal healing.   Holding a trauma victim in a locked facility and forcing confessions of “sins” in order to be released is essentially psychological coercion and torture.  But this is exactly what the Physicians Health Programs, ASAM, and other associated programs do to all crime victims, combat veterans, whistleblowers, and victims of bullying in the workplace.   Forcing a whistleblower to admit they are powerless and must obey a power greater than themselves is a way of making the whistleblower be silent and to bend to the political and social power of the criminal enterprise. 


One has only to look at the past history of abuse of this substance abuse treatment method to understand how brutally abusive it is (SEED, Straight Inc., Talbott Marsh Recovery Center)  There have been four US Congressional investigations into these abusive programs but they still multiply and thrive in spite of the exposure of their abusive methods.   Now this abusive program has taken hold of the quality control system within the medical community and entrenched themselves as the “monitors” of proper behavior.   The message is clear to all licensed medical professionals:


  • Admit you are powerless in front of the power of the ASAM and the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs and you will never “snitch” on any ASAM member.  
  • Admit that the power of the ASAM and the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs will rule your life as a professional doctor.
  •  Admit you are wrong and have a defective character and need a “recovered” ASAM addict to tell you how to run your life and what you are allowed to do.
  • Admit you have “sins” you are embarrassed about and which can be used by the ASAM and the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs for blackmail and extortion.


Dr. George  Douglas Talbott MD is a former president of ASAM, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, which is yet another Alcoholics Anonymous front organization.  ASAM exists to promote A.A. and 12-Step treatment to doctors, and to fool doctors into thinking that 12-Step treatment and Alcoholics Anonymous actually work to cure alcoholics. 

Right now in Atlanta Georgia at the Talbott Recovery Center Dr. George Douglas Talbott, an admitted "recovered" alcoholic is running a rehab clinic that  is specifically aimed at other doctors and medical professionals who have been forced to go through his treatment program by a state review board or professional society.   But history has proven that his program makes doctors and nurses commit suicide.

"At least 20 doctors, nurses and other health professionals who have gone through the Ridgeview Institute's nationally acclaimed treatment program over the past 12 years have killed themselves since leaving the hospital."
— Atlanta Journal Constitution

In May, 1999, just after Talbott stepped down as president of ASAM, a jury awarded Dr. Leonard Masters, of Jacksonville Florida, a judgment of $1.3 million against Talbott, his daughter-in-law Morrison, and other Talbott associates for malpractice, fraud, and false imprisonment, based on Masters' stay at Talbott's Atlanta, Georgia, treatment facility in 1994. 

The Federation of State Physicians Health Programs hold a contract with the Medical Associations in each state to provide these services and the cost is paid from both the State Department of Health and the Federal taxpayer as well as heavily financially  influenced by malpractice insurance companies and large medical corporations.  Medical Professionals when they apply for their licenses are unwittingly signing a contract for this non governmental agency the State Physicians Health Program to "monitor" them.   The State Physicians Health Program is not itself monitored by anyone for what they do to the licensed professionals behind closed doors.  Suicides are still common.  The ASAM paid to settle a claim in Atlanta involving multiple suicides of licensed professionals at the Talbott Marsh Recovery Center.  Marsh stands for Judge Marsh who was a part owner and financially benefited by forcing people to go to treatment there.

The State Physicians Health Program, a non governmental entity over which the State Department of Health has little supervisory oversight and control has been given almost police like powers to take away the license of any medical professional they choose to target and in addition have been granted by most of the State Legislatures quasi-governmental immunity from being sued for damages from injured persons.   Thus the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs have prevented the bereaved families of the medical professionals who committed suicide from ever receiving  justice. 

You can identify the members of the American Society of Addiction Medicine by the letters FASAM behind their name. The ASAM website still encourages donations to the Ruth Fox Endowment Fund in honor of their "Founder".  But one can wonder whether the ASAM is an organization that truly is meant to serve the patients needing addiction treatment.  Their stated goal of increasing access to addiction treatment can be translated to increasing income of their FASAM members.  ASAM supports research that furthers FASAM financial goals and is geared to increase use of their misguided principles in the ASAM BIG BOOK more widely.  Financial incentives to keep patients captive in abusive addiction treatment centers while making maximum profit is not good public health policy, nor is it quality patient care which should be based on values inherent in the HIPPOCRATIC OATH.   There is no mention of ethical values of patient care in the ASAM  mission statement,  instead their mission statement makes it clear that the goal is to further the  use of their ASAM brand of Addiction treatment.

Remember that a central element to torture is the enforced loss of control and autonomy of the person and that mind control techniques use denying basic needs to a person in order to force submission to power.  This submission to power is what the corrupt criminal enterprise’s protection apparatus is all about.   The Federation of Physicians Health Programs is a corrupt criminal enterprise that is used to hide medical fraud, patient abuse and neglect, human rights violations, drug diversion and money laundering within the medical community.


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Teen Challenge - repeating the Straight Inc. model

The Teen Challenge teen residential drug treatment program has been accused of all manner of abuse and only exists because of deregulation of these facilities Governor George W. Bush who pushed through legislation that would exempt Teen Challenge and other faith-based drug treatment centers from state licensing and the health, safety and quality of care standards that accompany that licensure.  These Teen Challenge centers have close ties to Melvin Sembler, the Drug Free America Foundation, Straight Inc. and the New Freedom Commission. 

Teen Challenge is a national faith-based residential drug treatment program that had nine branches in Texas in 2004. The programs have no medical component and center instead of around prayer, Bible study and religious conversion. Teen Challenge currently operates five drug treatment centers in Texas – none of which have a state license, but only two of which have formally registered their status as a faith-based facility exempt from state licensing. As exempt faith-based drug treatment centers, Teen Challenge facilities are not required to have licensed chemical dependency counselors, conduct staff training or criminal background checks, protect client confidentiality rights, adhere to state health and safety standards, or report abuse, neglect, emergencies and medication errors.  Even prior to seeking an exemption from state licensing, a 1995 state inspection revealed that Teen Challenge was not compliant with numerous state health, safety and quality of care standards.  Teen challenge was linked with extreme coercive tactics and abuse and it was a known recipient of federal funds under the “Faith Based Initiatives” program.

In addition to unlicensed counselors hired at the Teen Challenge facilities, in one Teen Challenge facility in Maine a known child molester became manager of a Teen Challenge facility.  There have reports of educational neglect (educationally insufficient material) and reports of physical, mental, sexual, and emotional abuse.  There were many reports of abuse including forced missionary activity, possible violation of child labor laws, and forcing people to sign over paychecks to Teen Challenge. Texas is also, sadly, not the only state that Teen Challenge was given a carte blanche in.  Florida has a nearly identical scheme to the one Texas had until recently, in that centers can be completely exempted from regulation by joining the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies--and Teen Challenge happens to be a member of FACCCA.

Canadian AARC Program mirrors Straight Inc Techniques

Exposure to Trauma increases substance abuse

On December 5, 2001 the National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University published a study which had been initiated because of the 9/11 attack. A finding of this study concluded that:

"Exposure to trauma puts a person at four to five times greater risk of substance abuse and stress is considered the leading cause of relapse to alcohol and drug abuse, and addiction and smoking."

The report clearly finds that if you expose a person to trauma,  then that person is 4 to 5 times more likely to abuse mind altering substances than a person who is not traumatized.  And the report further finds that if you place a person who is in recovery from substance abuse or alcohol abuse in a stressful situation,  then that stress will be the "leading" cause to make that  person return to a life of substance abuse.

Thus it is clear that eliminating the source of trauma is essential to prevent or decrease substance abuse.  Programs that use threat, intimidation, humiliation and abuse only increase the patient/clients use of addictive substances.  Many victims of abusive rehabilitation programs use mind altering substances to drown out the memories of abuse and trauma.  

Positive therapy can be based on personal skills, identifying those events that trigger traumatic memories, cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback control, can be very healing.  Preventing further re-traumatization is necessary to prevent the vicious downward cycle of abuse and addiction.

Canadian AARC Abuse of Teens

NJ Miller Newton Teen Abuse in Alberta CA - Malpractice, Misdiagnosis

ARC in Canada - (Straight Inc.) Part IV

AARC is a "treatment" program in Canada that uses the Straight, Inc., Synanon, SEED model. It is abusive. CBC News was good enough to expose this abuse and air it.  This is the 12 step program in Canada that abuses minors and leaves them with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the abuse they suffered behind those walls.  Surprisingly the abusive substance abuse treatment center is modeled on the Straight Inc. program from Bergin County New Jersey "KIDS".  That center was shut down by US authorities due to abusive practices which constituted human rights violations. 

Margaret Mead's Opinion of the Hippocratic Oath

Upon Reflection on the Hippocratic Oath Margaret Mead remarked :

"For the first time in our tradition there was a complete separation between killing and curing. Throughout the primitive world, the doctor and the sorcerer tended to be the same person. He with the power to kill had power to cure, including specially the undoing of his own killing activities. He who had the power to cure would necessarily also be able to kill... With the Greeks the distinction was made clear. One profession, the followers of Asclepius, were to be dedicated completely to life under all circumstances, regardless of rank, age or intellect – the life of a slave, the life of the Emperor, the life of a foreign man, the life of a defective child..."

The Hippocratic Oath is usually interpreted as one of the first statements of a moral of conduct to be used by physicians, assuming the respect for all human life, even unborn.

Dr. Robert J. Lifton's Eight Criteria for Cult Thought Reform

Hallmarks of a cult are, to name a few: a devotion to secrecy as regards beliefs and membership; a belief system that is so esoteric as to be incomprehensible or so derivative as to be patently false; financial requirements that can become onerous; practices or requirements that isolate members from loved ones or bar contact with anyone outside the religion; an obsession with a particular leader who may be charismatic and authoritarian; and of course any systematic physical or sexual abuse. The end result is an emotional and spiritual dependency that is harmful to a person's well-being.  Charles Manson's community in Guyana was called a cult. The followers of Jim Jones committed mass suicide at their community in Guyana in 1978. It can be argued that the Branch Davidians, led by David Koresh, who perished in an FBI siege in Waco in 1993 were considered a cult.  So this is the list of the eight criteria cult researcher Dr. Robert J. Lifton believed were involved in thought reform. 



  1. Milieu Control.  This involves the control of information and communication both within the environment and, ultimately, within the individual, resulting in a significant degree of isolation from society at large.

  2. Mystical Manipulation.  There is manipulation of experiences that appear spontaneous but in fact were planned and orchestrated by the group or its leaders in order to demonstrate divine authority or spiritual advancement or some special gift or talent that will then allow the leader to reinterpret events, scripture, and experiences as he or she wishes. 

  3. Demand for Purity.  The world is viewed as black and white and the members are constantly exhorted to conform to the ideology of the group and strive for perfection.  The induction of guilt and/or shame is a powerful control device used here. 

  4. Confession.  Sins, as defined by the group, are to be confessed either to a personal monitor or publicly to the group.  There is no confidentiality; members' "sins," "attitudes," and "faults" are discussed and exploited by the leaders. 

  5. Sacred Science.  The group's doctrine or ideology is considered to be the ultimate Truth, beyond all questioning or dispute.  Truth is not to be found outside the group.  The leader, as the spokesperson for God or for all humanity, is likewise above criticism. 

  6. Loading the Language.  The group interprets or uses words and phrases in new ways so that often the outside world does not understand.  This jargon consists of thought-terminating clich's, which serve to alter members' thought processes to conform to the group's way of thinking. 

  7. Doctrine over person.  Member's personal experiences are subordinated to the sacred science and any contrary experiences must be denied or reinterpreted to fit the ideology of the group. 

  8. Dispensing of existence.  The group has the prerogative to decide who has the right to exist and who does not.  This is usually not literal but means that those in the outside world are not saved, unenlightened, unconscious and they must be converted to the group's ideology.  If they do not join the group or are critical of the group, then they must be rejected by the  members.  Thus, the outside world loses all credibility.  In conjunction, should any member leave the group, he or she must be rejected also.  (Lifton, 1989)

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

Founded in 1979, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments.

ICSA's mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to the problems encountered by family members and former group members adversely affected by a cultic involvement and to forewarn those who might become involved in potentially harmful group situations.

Who are the Doctors in the ASAM?

262 Physicians have been awarded Fellow status by ASAM, and they can be found listed here;

Terry L. Alley, M.D., FASAM,Warrior,AL,2000
James Alley, M.D., FASAM",Macon,GA,1998
Maris Andersons, M.D.,CD,CCFP,FASAM",Toronto,ON,1996
Andris Antoniskis, M.D., FASAM",Portland,OR,2004
Mihran N. Ask, M.D., FASAM",Loma Linda,CA,1998
Ray P. Baker, M.D., FASAM",Surrey,BC,1996
John Robert Baker, M.D., FASAM",Batesville,AR,2008
E. J. Barice, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Riviera Beach,FL,1996
Andrea G. Barthwell, M.D., FASAM",River Forest,IL,1998
Gabrielle B. Batzer, M.D., FASAM",Honolulu,HI,1996
Louis E. Baxter, Sr., M.D., FASAM",Princeton,NJ,1998
Richard A. Beach, M.D., FASAM",Navarre,FL,1996
Manoher R. Bearelly, M.D., FASAM",Makanda,IL,2006
Lee H. Beecher, M.D., FASAM",Minneapolis,MN,1998
Jeffrey A. Berman, M.S., M.D., FASAM",Summit,NJ,2006

Sheila B. Blume, M.D., FASAM",Sayville,NY,1996
Jacob Bobrowski, M.D., B.Sc., FASAM",Toronto,ON,2000
Steven C. Boles, D.O., FASAM",Peoria,AZ,2008
Douglas L. Bovee, M.D., FACP, FASAM",Eugene,OR,1998
Michael F. Boyle, III, D.O., FASAM",West Bloomfield,MI,1996
Burns M. Brady, M.D., FASAM",Louisville,KY,2006
Jess W. Bromley, M.D., FASAM",Hayward,CA,1996
David W. Brook, M.D., FASAM",New York,NY,2000
William S. Brostoff, M.D., FASAM",Vallejo,CA,1996
Kirk J. Brower, M.D., FASAM",Ann Arbor,MI,1998
Lawrence S. Brown, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Brooklyn,NY,1996
Donald G. Browning, M.D., FASAM",Little Rock,AR,1996
Milton E. Burglass, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Cambridge,MA,1996
William George Campbell, M.D., CCSAM, FASAM",Calgary,AB,2000
Andrew Campbell, Ph.D., FASAM",Indianapolis,IN,2000
Neil A. Capretto, D.O., FASAM",Aliquippa,PA,1996
Greg Carlson, M.D., FASAM",Minneapolis,MN,1996
H. B. Carlson, M.D., FACP, FASAM",Littleton,CO,1996
Paul G. Casola, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC",Toronto,ON,2003
John N. Chappel, M.D., FASAM",Reno,NV,1996
Jean-Pierre Chiasson, M.D., FASAM",Ville Mont Royal,PQ,1996
H. W. Clark, M.D., JD, MPH, FASAM",Rockville,MD,1998
D. K. Cockrell, M.D., FASAM",Indianapolis,IN,1996
Irving A. Cohen, M.D.,FACPM,FASAM",Topeka,KS,1996
Stephen M. Colameco, M.D., FASAM",Sewell,NJ,2004
Robert A. Collen, M.D., FASAM",Cerritos,CA,1996
Donald R. Cornelius, M.D., FASAM",Wellington,,1996
Sandra J. Counts, M.D., FASAM",Seattle,WA,1996
Graeme M. Cunningham, M.D., FASAM",Guelph,ON,1996
Carol Cunningham, Ph.D., FASAM",Winston Salem,NC,1996
Robert D. Daigle, M.D., FASAM",San Jose,CA,2000
John Daigle, M.D., FASAM",Tallahassee,FL,2000
Jeff Daiter, M.D., FASAM, CCFP",Richmond Hill,ON,2006
John C. Dalco, M.D., FASAM",Scituate,MA,1996
Donald Lee Damstra, M.D., FASAM",Prescott,AZ,1996
Scott Mitchell Davis, M.D., M.A., FASAM",Palm Desert,CA,2008
Louis E. Deere, D.O., FASAM",Dallas,TX,1996
Anthony H. Dekker, D.O., FASAM",Phoenix,AZ,1996
Alexander F. DeLuca, M.D., FASAM",New York,NY,1998
Peter A. DeMaria, Jr., M.D., FASAM",Philadelphia,PA,1998
Avtar S. Dhillon, M.D., FASAM",Williamsburg,VA,2003
Andrew DiBartolomeo, M.D., FASAM,MBA,FACE",Akron,OH,1996
William E. Dickinson, D.O., FASAM, FAAFP",Everett,WA,1996
Dennis C. Doherty, D.O., FASAM",Atlanta,GA,2004
Martin C. Doot, M.D., FASAM",Des Plaines,IL,1996
Joseph E. Dorsey, M.D., FASAM",Hollywood,FL,1998
Robert L. DuPont, M.D., FASAM",Rockville,MD,1996
Judith Earley, Ph.D., FASAM",Atlanta,GA,1996
Paul H. Earley, M.D., FASAM",Atlanta,GA,1996
Allan Michael Ebert, D.O., FASAM",Flint,MI,2006
Steven J. Eickelberg, M.D., FASAM",Paradise Valley,AZ,1996
Nady El-Guebaly, M.D., FASAM",Calgary,AB,1996
John P. Epling, Jr., M.D., FASAM",Shreveport,LA,2000
Sara A. Epstein, M.D., FASAM",Los Angeles,CA,1996
Stanley J. Evans, M.D., FASAM",Portland,ME,2000
Steven R. Ey, M.D., FASAM",Newport Beach,CA,2003
J. Ramsay Farah, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Hagerstown,MD,2008
John P. Femino, M.D., FASAM",North Kingstown,RI,1996
James L. Ferguson, D.O., FASAM",Annapolis,MD,2008
Peter Kenneth Finelli, D.O., FASAM",Elmwood Park,NJ,2008
Timothy L. Fischer, D.O.,FASAM",Orangeburg,SC,2003
Marc J. Fishman, M.D., FASAM",Baltimore,MD,2008
Michael L. Fox, D.O., FASAM",Farmington Hills,MI,2004
Kenneth I. Freedman, M.D.,MBA,FACP, FASAM",Jamaica Plain,MA,2003
Marc Galanter, M.D., FASAM",New York,NY,1996
Joseph L. Galletta, M.D., FASAM",Hemet,CA,1998
Samuel B. Ganz, D.O., FASAM",Corpus Christi,TX,1998
Charles F. Gehrke, M.D., FASAM",Tecumseh,MI,2000
Anne Geller, M.D., FASAM",New York,NY, 1996 ( One of the founding members of ASAM, past president of ASAM  and testified about abuse of Dr. Leonard Masters and against Dr. George Douglas Talbott MD)
Caroline M. Gellrick, M.D., FASAM",Evergreen,CO,1996
Stanley E. Gitlow, M.D., FACP, FASAM",Naples,FL,1996
Lee Gladstone, M.D., FASAM",Chicago,IL,1998
William Glatt, M.D., FASAM",South San Francisco,CA,2000
Roger A. Goetz, M.D., FASAM",Fernandina Beach,FL,1996
Lance L. Gooberman, M.D., J.D., FASAM",Merchantville,NJ,1998
Adam Joseph Gordon, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Pittsburgh,PA,2008
Lloyd J. Gordon, III, M.D., FASAM",Brandon,MS,1996
Marc N. Gourevitch, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",New York,NY,2003
Douglas L. Gourlay, M.D., FRCPC, FASAM",Waterdown,ON,2003
Douglas Graham, M.D., FASAM",Victoria,BC,1996
Allan Graham, M.D., FASAM",Denver,CO,1996
Roland W. Gray, M.D., FASAM",Brentwood,TN,2003
Raju Hajela, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Calgary,AB,1998
James A. Halikas, M.D., FASAM",Naples,FL,1998
William F. Haning, III, M.D., FASAM",Honolulu,HI,1996
Lynn R. Hankes, M.D.,FASAM",Mercer Island,WA,1996 ( Involved in brutal psychological abuse of doctors in Washington State leading to suicides and  other doctors who were suicidal under his "monitoring" program in the Washington Physicians Health Program )
Harley J. Harber, M.D., P.A., FASAM",Salem,AR,1998
John Harsany, Jr., M.D., FASAM",Hemet,CA,2000
Stanley M. Haugland, M.D., FASAM",Windsor Heights,IA,1996
Thomas L. Haynes, M.D., FASAM",Grand Rapids,MI,1996
William H. Hazle, M.D., FASAM",Pocatello,ID,1996
Howard A. Heit, M.D., FACP, FASAM",Fairfax,VA,1998
Arnold J. Hill, M.D., M.Sc., FASAM",Marlborough,MA,1998
Thomas R. Hobbs, M.D., Ph.D., FASAM",Harrisburg,PA,1998
William J. Howell, M.D.,FASAM",Birmingham,AL,2003
Elizabeth F. Howell, M.D., FASAM",Salt Lake City,UT,1998
Robert B. Hunter, M.D., FASAM",Houston,TX,1996
Conway W. Hunter, Jr., M.D., FASAM",Sea Island,GA,1996
Richard D. Hurt, M.D., FASAM",Rochester,MN,1998
Gordon L. Hyde, M.D., FASAM",Lexington,KY,1996
Henry E. Irby, M.D., FASAM",Jackson,MS,2000
Richard R. Irons, M.D., FASAM",  Lawrence, KS,1996 (Created a new diagnosis "Sex Addiction" based on the 12 step program and then claimed he could treat it.  There is no such diagnosis in the DSM IV R  He was an intern at Messigner clinic in Topeka KS,  Founding father of Sexual Recovery Institute in AZ and was involved in the Interstate Sexual Trauma Institute in MN.  All these programs use the  12 step approach to sex addicts.   Dr. Irons is now deceased but the fabricated diagnosis of Sex Addiction is still treated there if you want to see how this site relates to ASAM and 12 step )
Gary A. Jaeger, M.D., FAAFP, FASAM",Carson,CA,2000
Margaret A. E. Jarvis, M.D., FASAM",Waverly,PA,2003
Steven M. Juergens, M.D., FASAM",Mercer Island,WA,1996
Jeffrey David Kamlet, M.D., FASAM",Miami Beach,FL,2006
Geoffrey P. Kane, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Brattleboro,VT,1996
Lori D. Karan, M.D., FACP, FASAM",San Francisco,CA,1996
Steven S. Kipnis, M.D., FACP,FASAM",Orangeburg,NY,2003
Ebenezer Adekunle Kolade, M.D., FASAM",Bridgeport,CT,2008
Dexter Donald Koons, M.D., FASAM",Pueblo,CO,2008
Howard G. Kornfeld, M.D., FASAM",Mill Valley,CA,2003
Margaret M. Kotz, D.O., FASAM",Cleveland,OH,2008
Mark L. Kraus, M.D.,FASAM",Waterbury,CT,1996
Theodore B. Krouse, M.D., FASAM",Ocean City,NJ,2002
Kevin B. Kunz, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Kailua Kona,HI,2003
Donald J. Kurth, M.D., FASAM",Alta Loma,CA,2000
Tommie F. Lauer, M.D., FASAM",High Point,NC,2000
Steven Joseph Lee, M.D., FASAM",New York,NY,2008
John D. Lenton, M.D., FASAM",Midway,GA,1996
Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., FASAM",New York,NY,2008
Michael Shawn Levy, D.O., FASAM",Las Vegas,NV,1998
M. D. Lewis, M.D., FASAM",Malibu,CA,1998
Michael R. Liepman, M.D., DFAPA, FASAM",Kalamazoo,MI,1996
Richard F. Limoges, M.D., DLFAPA, FASAM",Philadelphia,PA,2000
George Thomas Lloyd, M.D., FASAM",Butler,PA,2008
Lance Peter Longo, M.D., FASAM",Milwaukee,WI,2000
Donald I. MacDonald, M.D., FASAM",Rockville,MD,1996
Robert D. MacFarlane, M.D., FASAM",San Diego,CA,1996
Joseph C. MacMillan, M.D., FASAM",Alliston,ON,1996
Bonnie H. Madonik, B.Sc. M.D., FASAM",Toronto,ON,2006
Herbert L. Malinoff, M.D., FACP, FASAM",Ypsilanti,MI,1996
Edward H. Maloney, M.D., FASAM",Missoula,MT,1996
Eugene A. Mangieri, M.D., FASAM",Northport,AL,1998
J. Paul Martin, M.D., FASAM",Asheville,NC,1996
Thomas Charles Martin, M.D., FASAM",Holden,ME,2006
Sarz Maxwell, M.D., FASAM",Chicago,IL,2003
Susan V. McCall, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Portland,OR,2008
Brian Joseph McDevitt, D.O., FASAM",Varney,WV,2008
John P. McGovern, M.D.,FASAM(Honorary",Houston,TX,1998
Gerald J. McKenna, M.D., FASAM",Lihue,HI,1996
C. Richard McKinley, M.D., FASAM",Augusta,MO,1996
Mark A. Menestrina, M.D., FASAM",Brighton,MI,2008
Richard S. Merrick, M.D., FASAM",Rancho Palos Verdes,CA,1998
James M. Merritt, M.D., FASAM",Searcy,AR,1996
Adam M. Meyers, D.O., FASAM",Asbury Park,NJ,2003
Peter E. Mezciems, M.D., CCFP, FASAM",Guelph,ON,1996
Robert J. Middleton, M.D., FACP, FASAM",Louisville,KY,2000
Shannon C. Miller, M.D., FASAM, CMRO",Cincinnati,OH,2003  (US Air force forensic evaluations )
Michael M. Miller, M.D., FASAM",Madison,WI,1996
Norman S. Miller, M.D., FASAM",East Lansing,MI,1996
Earl H. Mitchell, M.D.,FASAM(Honorary",Washington,DC,2001
Joseph Molea, M.D., PA",Tampa,FL,2004
Charles W. Morgan, M.D., FAAFP, FASAM",Philadelphia,PA,1996
David P. Myers, M.D., FASAM",Tampa,FL,1998
George W. Nash, M.D., FASAM",Tucson,AZ,1996
Geneva F Nash, M.D., FASAM",Albuquerque,NM,1996
Robert R. Nelson, M.D., FASAM",Honor,MI,1996
James J. Nocks, M.D., FASAM, MSHA",Oxford,PA,1996
Kevin D. O'Brien, M.D., FASAM",Dade City,FL,1996
Dawn V. Obrecht, M.D., FASAM",Steamboat Springs,CO,1996
David L. Ohlms, M.D., FASAM",Saint Louis,MO,1996
Gary D. Olbrich, M.D., FASAM",Portland,OR,2000
Nicholas A. Pace, M.D., FASAM",New York,NY,1996
Wayne Edward Pasanen, M.D., FASAM",Lowell,MA,2008
Larry H. Patton, M.D., FASAM",Richardson,TX,1996
John D. Patz, D.O., FASAM",Seattle,WA,2008
Gary L. Patzkowsky, D.O., FASAM",Enid,OK,1998
Ronald F. Pike, M.D., FASAM",Worcester,MA,1996
Melvin I. Pohl, M.D., FASAM",Las Vegas,NV,1996
Craig T. Pratt, M.D., FASAM",Columbus,OH,1996
Mark R. Publicker, M.D., FASAM",Gorham,ME,1998
Anthony B. Radcliffe, M.D., FASAM",Redlands,CA,1996
Elmer H. Ratzlaff, M.D., FASAM",Kihei,HI,1998
Peter D. Rogers, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Columbus,OH,1996
Bryce B. Rohrer, M.D., FASAM",Goshen,IN,2003
Peter Rostenberg, M.D., FASAM",New Fairfield,CT,1996
Jeffrey D. Roth, M.D., FASAM",Chicago,IL,2000
Alphonse Kenison Roy, M.D., FASAM",Metairie,LA,1996
Terry A. Rustin, M.D., FASAM",Houston,TX,1996
Stephen J. Ryzewicz, M.D., FASAM",Wilbraham,MA,2008
Richard Saitz, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Boston,MA,2003
Edwin A. Salsitz, M.D., FASAM",New York,NY,2003
Mario J. Sanchez-Martinez, M.D., FASAM",Miami,FL,2008
Stan G. Sateren, M.D., FASAM",Columbus,OH,1998
Seddon R. Savage, M.D., FASAM",Concord,NH,1996
S. L. Schlesinger, M.D., FASAM",Kahului,HI,1996
Max A. Schneider, M.D., FASAM",Orange,CA,1996
Sidney H. Schnoll, M.D., Ph.D., FASAM",Westport,CT,1996
Mark T. Schreiber, M.D., FASAM",Virginia Beach,VA,2000
Terry K. Schultz, M.D., FASAM",Denver,CO,1996
Jerome E. Schulz, M.D., FASAM",Saint Paul,MN,1998
Richard Schwartz, M.D., FASAM",Vienna,VA,1998
William Marion Scott, III, M.D., FASAM",Piedmont,SC,2008
Peter L. Selby, MBBS, CCFP, FASAM",Toronto,ON,2006
Jeffery A. Selzer, M.D., FASAM",Glen Oaks,NY,2004
Kevin M. Sherin, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Orlando,FL,1996
Gail N. Shultz, M.D., FASAM",Tucson,AZ,1998
Jean Sinkoff, M.D., FASAM",Warren,MI,1998
Gregory E. Skipper, M.D., FASAM",Montgomery,AL,1998
John D. Slade, M.D., FASAM",New Brunswick,NJ,1996
C. Chapman Sledge, M.D., FASAM",Hattiesburg,MS,1998
Doyle P. Smith, M.D., FASAM",Jackson,MS,1996
David E. Smith, M.D., FASAM",San Francisco,CA,1996
James W. Smith, M.D., FASAM",Seattle,WA,1996
Barry S. Solof, M.D., FASAM",West Covina,CA,2003
Richard Graves Soper, M.D., J.D., FASAM",Nashville,TN,2008
Ravindra Prakash Srivastava, M.D., FASAM",Hilton Head Island,SC,2008
John B. Standridge, M.D., FASAM",Harrison,TN,2008
Barry Stimmel, M.D., FASAM",New York,NY,1996
Billy H. Stout, M.D., FASAM",Oklahoma City,OK,2006
Michel A. Sucher, M.D., FASAM",Scottsdale,AZ,1998
Gerald L. Summer, M.D., FASAM",Montgomery,AL,1996
Donal F. Sweeney, M.D., FACP, FASAM",Santa Barbara,CA,1997
Donald Sweeney, M.D., FASAM",Westfield,NJ,1998
G. D. Talbott, M.D., FACP, FASAM", Atlanta, GA,1996 (Founding member of ASAM,  Dr. George Douglas Talbott ran the Talbott Marsh Recovery Center in Atlanta GA. He was responsible 
for the suicides of over 20 medical professionals and was found responsible in a court of law of abuse  and false imprisonment of Dr. Leonard Masters MD.  Dr. George Douglas Talbott is still running a treatment center for licensed medical professionals in Atlanta GA and gets referrals on contract from the State Medical Boards including Maine and Texas)
John Calvin Tanner, D.O., FASAM",Jacksonville Beach,FL,1998
Trusandra Elaine Taylor, M.D., FASAM",Philadelphia,PA,2006
Scott A. Teitelbaum, M.D., FASAM",Gainesville,FL,2008
Peter L. Tenore, M.D., FASAM",Bronx,NY,2008
Duraiyah Thangathurai, M.D., FASAM",Pasadena,CA,2008
Kenneth W. Thompson, M.D.,FASAM",Strasburg,PA,2003
Berton J. Toews, M.D., FASAM",Casper,WY,1998
Richard E. Tremblay, M.D., FASAM",Olympia,WA,1996
Joseph Alder Troncale, M.D., FASAM",Wernersville,PA,2008
Kenneth F. Tullis, M.D., FASAM",Memphis,TN,1996
Michael Varenbut, M.D., CCFP, FASAM",Richmond Hill,ON,2006
John J. Verdon, Jr., M.D., FASAM",Shrewsbury,NJ,1996
Jorge A. Viamontes, M.D., FASAM",Kirkwood,MO,1998
William Vilensky, D.O., R.Ph., FASAM",Longboat Key,FL,1996
Mark C. Wallen, M.D., FASAM",Sewell,NJ,1998
Arthur N. Ward, M.D., FASAM",Atlanta,GA,2000
Will W. Ward, M.D., FACP, FASAM",Louisville,KY,2000
Alan A. Wartenberg, M.D., FASAM, FACP",Attleboro,MA,1996
Michael F. Weaver, M.D., FASAM",Richmond,VA,2003
Dennis A. Weis, M.D., FASAM",Des Moines,IA,1998
James W. West, M.D., FASAM",Rancho Mirage,CA,1996
Howard Cary Wetsman, M.D., FASAM",Metairie,LA,2008
Norman Wetterau, M.D., FASAM",Dansville,NY,2003
Charles L. Whitfield, M.D., FASAM",Atlanta,GA,1996
Jeffery Neal Wilkins, M.D., FASAM",Los Angeles,CA,2008
Robert A. Williams, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM",Rome,GA,1996
Bernd Arthur Wollschlaeger, M.D., FAAFP., FASAM",North Miami Beach,FL,2008
Lance S. Wright, M.D., FASAM",Darby,PA,1996
Martha J. Wunsch, M.D., FASAM",Blacksburg,VA,2006
Elmer Yu, M.D., FASAM",Wilmington,DE,2003
Christopher Ziegler, M.D., FASAM",Harrisburg,PA,1998
Penelope P. Ziegler, M.D., FASAM",Williamsburg,VA,2000

Doctors in the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs

Board of Directors

Board of Directors and Officers




Michael H. Gendel, MD



Susan V. McCall, MD, MPH


Immediate Past President

Martin C. Doot, MD



Luis T. Sanchez, MD



Peter A. Mansky, MD






Terrance Bedient, CHE

Linda Bresnahan, MS


Carole Hoffman, LCSW, CSADC

Stan Sateren, MD


Gary D. Carr, MD

Warren Pendergast, MD


Scott Alberti, CCDC, III

Jaye Swoboda, MD


John Southworth, CADC

Michael Wilkerson, MD

*Term is two-years and can overlap into another term




Standing Committees


Executive Officers

Michael H. Gendel, MD, MD, Chair, FSPHP President
Susan V. McCall, MD, MPH, FSPHP President-Elect
Peter A. Mansky, MD, FSPHP Treasurer
Luis T. Sanchez, MD, FSPHP Secretary


Carole Hoffman, LCSW, CSADC, FSPHP Central Regional Director
Warren Pendergast, MD, FSPHP Southeast Regional Director



Immediate Past President

Martin C. Doot, MD, (IL)


Luis T. Sanchez, MD, (MA)


Candace Backer, LCSW, MHC, (IN)


Gary Carr, MD, (MS)


Charles Walton, MD, (UT)

Pres. APP

Susan V. McCall, MD, MPH, (OR)




Michael W. Wilkerson, MD, Chair (NC)
Stan Sateren, MD (OH)
Lynn Hankes, MD, FASAM (WA)
Sarah Early, PsyD (CO)




Luis T. Sanchez, MD, Chair (MA)
Linda Bresnahan, MS, (MA)
Terry Bedient, CHE (NY)
Doris Gundersen, MD (CO)
Carole Hoffman, LCSW, CSADC (IL)
Stan Sateren, MD (OH)
Bert Towes, MD (WY)




Linda R. Bresnahan, MS, Chair, (MA)
Sarah EArly, PsyD (CO)
John A. Fromson, MD, (MA)
Carole Hoffman, LCSW, CSADC, (IL)
Greg Skipper, MD (AL)



Public Policy

Susan V. McCall, MD, MPH, Chair, (OR)
Steve Dilts, MD, (CO)
Monica Feider, MSW, LICSW, (MN)
David Iverson, MD, (CO)
Martin C. Doot, MD, (IL)




Peter Mansky, MD, Chair, (NY)
Susan McCall, MD, MPH, (OR)
Ray Pomm, MD, (FL)




Scott Alberti, CDCC, III, Chair, (WA)
Gary D. Carr, MD, (MS)



Past Presidents

Martin C. Doot, MD, Chair (IL)
Lynn Hankes, MD, FASAM (WA)
John A. Fromson, MD, (MA)
David T. Dodd, MD (TN)
Gerald L. Summer, MD (In Memorium)
Richard Irons, MD (In Memorium)
Violet Eggert, MD (In Memorium)




This committee has been disbanded temporarily




John A. Fromson, MD, Chair, (MA)
Scott McClure, MD, (CO)
Warren Pendergast, MD (NC)
Lynn Hankes, MD, FASAM, (WA)

Guidelines Task Force

Susan McCall, MD, Chair, (OR)
Michael Ramierz, MS, (MT)
Gary D. Carr, MD, (MS)
Terrance Bedient, CHE, (NY)
Warren Pendergast, MD, (NC)
Charles Gehrke, MD, (MI)
Lynn Hankes, MD, FASAM, (WA)
Doris Gundersen, MD (CO)

Research Task Force
Physician Health Research
Planning Group 

Michael H. Gendel, MD, Chair, (CO)
Steve Dilts, MD (APA), (CO)
Penny Ziegler, MD (AAAP), (VA)
Anne Linton, MD, (ASAM),
Carole Hoffman, LCSW, CSADC, (FSPHP), (IL)
Linda R. Bresnahan, MS, (FSPHP), (MA)
Martin C. Doot, MD, (FSPHP), (IL)
Ellen McCantz-Katz, MD (FSPHP), (VA)
Janet Knisely, PhD, (FSPHP), (VA)
Sarah Early, PsyD, (FSPHP), (CO)
Luis T. Sanchez, MD, (FSPHP), (MA)
Roger Brown, PhD, (AMA), (IL)
*2 of the FSPHP members are official and voting

CAC Task Force

This committee has been disbanded temporarily

The Stated Goals of the Federation of State Physicians Health Programs:

  • The FSPHP will achieve national and international recognition as an organization providing support for state physician health programs.
  • The FSPHP promotes the best medical care possible for all patients.
  • The FSPHP contributes toward this effort by promoting early identification, treatment, documentation, and monitoring of ongoing recovery of physicians prior to the illness impacting the care rendered to patients.
  • The FSPHP organizational structure shall be adequate to achieve its vision and mission.
  • The FSPHP will pursue the development and use of consistent standards, language, and definitions among state physician health programs to fulfill its mission.



Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008

Hon. George Miller, Chair of the Committee on Education and Labor in the U.S. House of Representatives initiated the Legislation H.R. 6358 (formerly H.R. 5876) after recieving a shocking report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding abusive and neglectful treatment of chidren in residential programs as well as the fraudulent practices of these institutions. The House of Representatives approved legislation to Stop Child Abuse in Teen Residential Programs — The bill would help ensure parents have information they need to keep their children safe.

The latest update: This bill was sent to the Senate on June 26, 2008.




Bill Passed

Vote on HR 6358

June 25, 2008 – House Approves Legilation to Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs

May 14, 2008 – GAO Report Shows Need for Minimum Standards to Protect Teens in Residential Programs, Says Chairman Miller—Education & Labor Committee Will Vote Tomorrow on Legislation to Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs

May 13, 2008 – The Gavel

May, 2008 – Residential Facilities – Improved Data and Enhanced Oversight Would Help Safeguard the Well-Being of Youth with Behavioral and Emotional Challenges.

April 24, 2008 text of the day’s testimonies

April, 2008 – 110th Congress – Growing and Strengthening America’s Middile Class (more info on this act)

HR 5876 – “Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008″

Several Videos regarding this legislation on You Tube.

October 10, 2007 (first) GAO Report on Residential Treatment Programs

October 10, 2007 – Also Residential Treatment Programs: Concernes Regarding Abuse and Death in Certain Programs for Troubled Youth GAO-08-146T

Drug Free America Foundation (formerly Straight Foundation Inc.)

Advisory Board

Alfred Hoffman, Jr.

Job Title: 
President, Hoffman Partners LLC
Fort Myers, FL

Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky

Job Title: 
Professor University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Andrew P. Thomas, Esq.

Job Title: 
County Attorney
Maricopa County, AZ

Christy McCampbell

Job Title: 
Deputy Assistant US Department of State, INL
Washington, DC

Clayton M. Wilcox, Ph.D.

Job Title: 
Former Superintendent Pinellas County Schools
Largo, FL

Columba Bush

Job Title: 
Former First Lady State of Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Daniel Lungren, Esq.

Job Title: 
Former Attorney General
Sacramento, CA

Darryl Ervin Rouson, Esq.

Job Title: 
State Representative and Former President NAACP
St. Petersburg, FL 

H. Lee Moffitt, Esq.

Job Title: 
Former Speaker Florida House of Representatives
Tallahassee, FL

Honorable Brad Owen

Job Title: 
Lt. Governor State of Washington
Olympia, WA

Honorable Jeb Bush

Job Title: 
Former Governor State of Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Honorable Richard Baker

Job Title: 
City of St. Petersburg, FL

James Gills, M.D.

Job Title: 
St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute
Tarpon Springs, FL

Karen P. Tandy

Job Title: 
Former Administrator Drug Enforcement Administration
Washington, DC

Malcolm Beyer, Jr.

Job Title: 
Community Anti-Drug Advocate
Jupiter, FL

Mary Evertz

Job Title: 
Community Volunteer Retired Journalist
St. Petersburg, FL

Robert Dupont, M.D.

Job Title: 
Founding Director National Institute on Drug Abuse
Rockville, MD

Ronald Weaver, Esq.

Job Title: 
Community Anti-Drug Advocate
Tampa, FL

Steven Raymund

Job Title: 
Chairman of the Board Tech Data Corporation
Clearwater, FL 

Susan Latvala

Job Title: 
Pinellas County Commissioner
Clearwater, FL

Martin Fiorentino, Jr., Esq.

Job Title: 
Fiorentino & Associates
Jacksonville, FL

Venice Maki

Job Title: 
Goodwill Ambassador

National Recording Artist

Board Of Directors

Alejandro Vassilaqui

Job Title: 

Betty S. Sembler

Job Title: 

D. Jay Snyder, Esq.

Job Title: 
Legal Counsel/Vice Chair

James D. Sewell, Ph.D

Job Title: 

James W. Holton, Esq.

Job Title: 

John E. Stross

Job Title: 

Joseph Garcia, Esq.

Job Title: 

Kevin P. Kauffman

Job Title: 

Stuart Lasher

Job Title: 

Walter P. Loebenberg

Job Title: 
President/Vice Chair

William S. Jacobs, Jr., M.D.

Job Title: 

Special Advisors

David A. Gross, M.D., FAPA

David G. Evans, Esq.

Eric Voth, M.D., FACP

Ernest Aeschbach, M.D.

Stephanie Haynes