Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The 411 on Officials Completely Abusing and Intimidating Their Own

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June 6, 2006, re Kristine Blake: "This is a very disturbing story, but what's even more disturbing, is that this is across the board how the State operates." -- Steve Erickson

The harassment of CT State Employee Kristine Blake: Fox 61 TV Video (stay tuned, it is in two parts)

Erickson Interview Kristine Blake Audio June 6, 2006

Erickson Video Kristine Blake Interview June 6, 2006

Kristine Blake- false police report for "improper contact" after filed a complaint of Department of Mental Retardation Employee abuse of a DMR client. Marlene Fein was allegedly the DMR supervisor in charge of harassment, Manchester Police filed Detective Renee Ferron

Sgt Chris Davis, wanted Kristine to take a lie detector test- advised not to comply with polygraph through police because they are rigged.

Captain of Manchester Police called her a "bitch." If she any needed assistance from the Police, she would need to seek this assistance through a lawyer. Manchester Police complicit in false police complaints.

"Code of Silence: Whistleblowers are nailed... The victim always becomes the criminal. DMR will harass you until you can't work any more."-- Kristine Blake.

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The above case is the best proof that Connecticut is being run in a bad way from the top down. The system has not been corrected and the abuse only continues to get worse. Connecticut is definitely the “State of Fear”. When will it end, when will an official or agency step in and state acting for the US Constitution and start upholding the law?

The Manchester Connecticut Police refused to take statements of citizens that supported Kristine Blake’s allegations and would not take complaints regarding those making false statements to police according to Kristine Blake. As far as we know, no one was punished for illegal, Unconstitutional, and for official misconduct, no arrests, no discipline, no firings. That is crap. Furthermore, authorities that are supposed to protect citizens coerced Kristine Blake into signing that she would not pursue official criminals for crimes committed. What!!!???


A post with links to more interviews, click

The SRV

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added 11:59 AM EST June 9, 2006:

CONNECTICUT NEWS
Appeals Ruling Faults DCF Says Agency Failed To Give Girl Care Ordered By Court
June 9, 2006 By COLIN POITRAS, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

The state Department of Children and Families' repeated failure to provide court-ordered psychiatric care for a troubled girl who had been removed from her family has brought a rebuke from one of the state's highest courts.

DCF officials Thursday protested the Appellate Court's decision to uphold a lower court contempt citation, saying they tried their best to provide services for the child referred to in court documents as Leah S. They are considering an appeal.

But agency watchdogs said the ruling exposes the shortfalls that continue to plague the state child welfare system and place hundreds of children at risk.

"This decision is one more indication that the most consistently negligent `parent' in Connecticut is the Department of Children and Families," said Richard Wexler, executive director of the Virginia-based National Coalition for Child Protection Reform.

"Leah was a troubled child when the Department of Children and Families took responsibility for her care," Wexler said.

"After bouncing her from foster home to foster home and offering no help to her or her family, Leah almost certainly is a lot more troubled now."

In a nine-page decision released late Wednesday, the Appellate Court found that Superior Court Judge Thayer Baldwin Jr. in Middletown was justified in citing DCF for contempt in September 2004 for failure to comply with three separate court orders to take care of Leah's "unmistakable and urgent" psychiatric needs. Baldwin also ordered DCF to pay Leah's mother, who sought the contempt citation, $500 in attorney fees.

Leah was taken from her parents on April 9, 2003, after DCF social workers convinced a judge that her parents were unable to care for her. A subsequent mental health evaluation showed Leah had chronic depression, bipolar disorder, attention adjustment disorder and other behavioral problems.

Leah's violent and aggressive behavior, coupled with suicidal and homicidal thoughts and daily migraine headaches, caused problems for the foster families, case records show. During her various stays in foster homes, Leah reportedly tried to hurt a family cat and was arrested for assaulting a 2-year-old foster sister. At one point, one of Leah's foster mothers was forced to sleep in a hallway because she feared Leah would hurt her children, the ruling said.

Although DCF's own workers recommended that Leah be placed as soon as possible in a therapeutic group home or residential treatment center where she could receive intensive counseling and care, the agency instead bounced Leah around four different non-therapeutic foster homes for seven months where she suffered the possible effects of overmedication and where her psychiatric condition deteriorated, the ruling said.

Appellate Judge Thomas A. Bishop, who wrote the decision, called the case facts "troubling."

"While Leah was in foster care, the department failed to provide her with mental health treatment, failed to provide her foster parents with adequate support, failed to provide her parents with counseling classes designed to educate them on how to raise children with mental health issues and made no effort to facilitate counseling between Leah and her brother," Bishop wrote.

The Appellate Court dismissed DCF's contention that the court's expectations of the agency were vague and unclear and, as a result, the agency could not be held in contempt. Bishop said DCF was intimately familiar with Leah's needs and failed to provide the same kind of mental health care it had accused Leah's mother of failing to provide when the agency took Leah. The ruling "highlights the importance of appropriate mental health treatment for children with specialized needs," said Susan B. Carr, the Waterford attorney who represented Leah's mother.

Carr said Leah's removal from her family hurt both. DCF spokesman Gary Kleeblatt said the agency has changed greatly since 2003 when Leah first entered foster care.Kleeblatt referred to a federal court monitor's assessment of the agency released Thursday that showed DCF has made significant gains in conducting mandatory mental health assessments of abused and neglected children, meeting case load standards and in reducing repeated incidents of neglect and abuse in families already known to the system.The monitor's report showed DCF has met 15 out of 22 court-set performance goals, the agency's best showing since the monitor began evaluating the goals two years ago.

The DCF needs to meet all 22 goals to be removed from federal court oversight. A federal judge started supervising DCF's performance 15 years ago after Connecticut child advocates sued the department for failing to adequately help thousands of children in its care.

"The work in this case dates back three years. We believe there is solid proof that our practice has improved since then and there are many more resources available in terms of service," Kleeblatt said.

But attorney Martha Stone - one of the lawyers who brought the lawsuit that placed DCF under federal oversight - said Leah's case illustrates the serious failures that continue to undermine Connecticut's child welfare system despite its recent successes in other areas.

"The bouncing of kids with serious mental health issues from one non-therapeutic foster home to another was evident in 2003, and sadly is still occurring in 2006," said Stone, now executive director of the Hartford-based Center for Children's Advocacy.

"This case sends a clear message to DCF...that merely giving a child a roof overhead is not enough."

Federal monitor Raymond Mancuso in his latest report said DCF, despite its improvements, continues to struggle to meet children's emergency placement needs. Mancuso said multiple placements are "devastating" to a child already coping with considerable trauma.

After studying emergency placements in DCF's Hartford and Meriden offices, Mancuso said he found there are "placement crises on a regular and recurrent basis that adversely affect the well-being of children in the department's care."

Both DCF and Carr declined to discuss the details of Leah's case or whether she has been returned to her parents' care.

1 Comments:

Blogger Anne-Kristine said...

Thank you Steve for shedding some light on this corruption.
Unfortunately, it continues.

Thursday, September 06, 2012 6:46:00 PM  

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