ERIN FRIDAY: California Senate weighs bill to give mental health officials ability to remove 12-year-olds from families with no history of abuse or neglect

Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo of Los Angeles and Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco have co-authored a bill, Assembly Bill 665, that will steal children ages 12 and older from their families. They want you to believe that their bill simply expands access to mental health services to marginalized children who are recipients of Medi-Cal. That is blatantly untrue.

Asm. Carrillo proclaims that the bill is about equity and combating discrimination, employing every buzz word I would have fallen for in my past life as a bleeding-heart liberal. I am awake now and I have read the bill and the code it is amending. I have been tracking Sen. Wiener’s handiwork over the last two years as he systematically decimates parental rights while simultaneously turning San Francisco into a cesspool of sex trafficking and drug use. And I know too well what is happening at California public schools. The jig is up, Asm. Carrillo and Sen. Wiener.

AB665 is not merely aligning two existing codes – Family Code section 6924 and Health and Safety code section 124260 — so that kids on Medi-Cal can get health care without their parents knowledge. These codes have a significant difference between them – Family Code addresses outpatient services and residential shelters while Health and Safety Code only addresses outpatient services. This fact is ignored not only by the authors but by the Legislative Counsel, the group of attorneys who analyze bills and who, in theory, are supposed to be impartial.

Pursuant to the Family Code, a child 12 and older can consent to mental health counseling or residential shelter services without parental consent if the mental health provider believes that he is mature enough to participate intelligently and one of these exigent circumstances exist: (1) that the parent is accused of abuse or incest, or (2) that the child is in “serious danger of serious physical or mental health harm to self or to others.” 

AB665 removes those emergency circumstances, allowing a child 12 and older to consent to placement in a residential shelter without any claim of abuse against the parents or a serious risk of harm to himself or others. The result is that a child, along with his school or community mental health provider — those providers that support the idea of “chosen families” as opposed to the child’s actual family — can decide that the child does not come home from school that day without any evidence of abuse or wrongdoing by the parents.

I went around and around with Asm. Carrillo’s staff, trying to explain that the Health and Safety code section relates only to outpatient services while the Family Code covers both outpatient and residential services. I broke down the codes word by word, explaining the meaning of the word “or.” My words fell on deaf ears.

Carrillo’s staffers repeatedly told me that the intent of the bill was not to have children consent to residential shelters, but to have them consent to services while in the shelters, despite all evidence that the bill would in fact do what I said. Then I was told that the parts of the bill related to children in the shelters are applicable only to runaway kids or homeless kids, although staffers were unable to identify any such limiting language.

I reminded them that in law, judges examine the precise words of the code, and unless they are ambiguous, the intent is ignored. I offered to speak with the staff’s lawyers, who would presumably understand statutory construction; this request was ignored. Undeterred by their stonewalling, I even rewrote the bill with two options to effectuate the stated goal of Medi-Cal funding, without removing the guardrails limiting consent to residential shelters. Asm. Carrillo’s office would not budge.

Then the lightbulb went off. If the authors’ intent is for young Medi-Cal recipients to have access to mental health services, all the authors needed to do was amend the code that prohibits such services for kids with Medi-Cal. The Welfare and Institutions Code 14029.8 states that “Section 124260 of the Health and Safety Code [mental health services for 12 and older] shall not apply to the recipients of benefits under the Medi-Cal program.”

The simple and straightforward solution would be to amend the Welfare and Institutions Code by excising the word “not.” This small change would then support Asm. Carrillo’s and Sen. Weiner’s claimed intent, providing mental health access to the kids on Medi-Cal without expanding the authority of mental health providers and children to consent to residential shelters. The bill would no longer be a state-sanctioned kidnapping bill.

I have sent a number of emails to Asm. Carrillo’s office, asking her to amend the bill to remove the word “not” from Welfare & Institutions Code 14029.8. Unsurprisingly, the office has stopped communicating with me. So, yes, Asm. Carrillo’s and Sen. Wiener’s real intent with AB665 is to make it easy for the 10,000 new mental health providers that will be disseminated onto California public school campuses to convince your 12-year-old-child that a “chosen” family is better than your real family, especially if her real family will not agree to transgender interventions.

Once a child is deemed a “runaway,” or is in the foster care system, he can dictate his own gender interventions. California’s and Senator Weiner’s legislative efforts have already ensured that. This bill is a mechanism to find parents implicitly “abusive” for not transitioning their kids, without coming right out and saying it, because Sen. Wiener is too shrewd for that. He will continue to author these bills evidencing his deep-seated repugnance for parents and his desire to facilitate the transition of as many kids as he can.

It is notable that Sen. Wiener, who is not a parent, is also the co-author of AB957, which will insert into California law the statement that “it is in the best interest of the child to affirm their gender identity.” Make no mistake, “affirm” means only one thing: introduce harm into the bodies of our perfectly healthy kids with puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and irreversible surgeries. California is on a crusade to sterilize as many gender-confused children as possible, before the rest of the Democratic parents wake up.

This was originally published in The Epoch Times.

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