Dr. Akwasi Osei : ‘Public office holders must undergo psychological screening’

Akwasi Osei, Retrieved: http://www.psychsearch.net/

(Ghana, Africa, April 2015) Speaking at the launch of the first anniversary commemoration of the Mental Health Board in Accra, the chief psychiatrist of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Akwasi Osei, stated that every government official, including the President himself, should undergo mental health screening at least once a year. Dr. Osei also believes officials who have more power and authority be tested more rigorously (quote), “May be the higher you are, the more frequent it should be…

Dr. Osei said that, “They have to go for psychological screening to ensure that they are of sound mind. When you look at the policies, laws and international agreements, there is something not right up there.”

And, My counsel will be that… just as I would encourage them to have regular, clinical or health checkup so, in the same way, they should include psychological checkup in the health checkup. That is very crucial.

** COMMENTARY **

Is Family Court Legally Insane? The horror stories you hear coming from family court really makes you wonder.. Do you think psych testing should be implemented among family court judges, Guardian ad Litems (program managers), evaluators, and other court officers. They are public servants afterall. And it is in the best interest that our officials are in their right mind. Please leave your thoughts and comments below (use an anon name if concerned about your safety or privacy!)

— Emily Court, 2015

Sources: 

“Akwasi Osei, Ghana’s Chief Psychiatrist, Wants Mental Health Screening Done on President and All Public Officials” by Ghana Web. April 23, 2015: http://www.psychsearch.net/akwasi-osei/

“Public officers holders must undergo psychological screening” by 103.5 FM Starr. April 22, 2015. http://m.starrfmonline.com/1.3074350

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About Emily Court

Mom & Kids Need "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. "Emily Court" is a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. Emily is fighting to keep her kids safe, and bring them home. Through writing and blogging, Emily is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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2 Responses to Dr. Akwasi Osei : ‘Public office holders must undergo psychological screening’

  1. Emily Court says:

    Today, I remembered something awful Hennepin County Guardian ad Litem, Jamie Manning, did to my family. When Dr. Osei says “They have to go for psychological screening to ensure that they are of sound mind. When you look at the policies, laws and international agreements, there is something not right up there.” That reminds me of Jamie Manning (my opinion).

    Jamie Manning urged the family court Judge to place me into supervised visitation because my child ran away from his father’s home, claiming he had been abused. Jamie basically said ignore the family history, ignore the child’s claims of abuse and supported symptoms of abuse, the mother must be to blame that the child is not adjusting well to living with his abusive father. Jamie fought to give the father sole custody even though the children made over a dozen independent allegations of abuse, both suffered from PTSD and various psychological problems, and our family had been homeless in our plight to escape family violence. When you look at the documentation and evidence, there is no logical reason that an abuser should be awarded custody of the children he has harmed, the children he threw out on the street like trash who were forced to sleep in a car because it was not safe to be at home.

    While I was in supervised visitation, Child 1 asked to go to the bathroom. I sat at a table with Child 2, playing. Child 1 went into the bathroom alone, as usual. We had a good visit, considering we were unjustly being forced into a prison like environment. I was not alerted to any problem during the visit. All the notes from the visit are positive. No concerns. Even the kids say they miss me, they love me, and ask to come home.

    So I go into court and as usual, Jamie Manning has an ambush. Jamie Manning actually put into the written GAL report that my child had a toileting accident during a supervised visit, and insinuated that I must be the cause! I was not even thinking about myself, I was angry that Jamie’s comments and graphic details were humiliating to my child. Any parent or professional working with children (teacher, daycare, etc) will tell you that it is NORMAL for children to have toileting accidents sometimes. My child also has special needs, and was delayed in a lot of areas. It is also NORMAL for a child to be embarrassed when an accident happens — they may try to clean it themselves (making a bigger mess!) or not tell you what happened. As a parent, I would just comfort my child if needed and clean it up. No big deal. Instead, Jamie Manning went into graphic detail about this accident. And I don’t even know if it is true because no one alerted me to a problem. And my child did not say anything. In addition, the bathrooms at the supervised visitation facility are PUBLIC and used by several families. There were at least 2 other families present in one room during our visit, and who had access to the same bathroom.

    This is all opinion, but I really felt that something was wrong with Jamie Manning because she used such an innocent event, that just happens in life and is no fault of anyone, then exaggerated it to make me look like a bad parent. Jamie purposefully did not report that my visit with the children that day was positive, the children showed they enjoyed being with me, there were no concerns noted by staff. In fact, if you read the whole history of notes taken in supervised visitation, you will see a recording of a close, loving family – there was nothing negative reported about me, no concerns with my parenting. It really made me think that Jamie Manning was looking for any incident or excuse to portray me in a negative light. And that she would use my children as pawns to do so, is outrageous. Based on my experiences, I really feel there is something wrong with this woman. This is not how normal professional people behave.

    There are many other parents with serious concerns about their GAL and currently there is no formal complaint process to file a grievance and have your complaint heard and investigated. Guardians have immunity, and there is no system to track or log complaints. I urge the State Guardian ad Litem Board, and anyone in a position to help, to reform the GAL policies and create a formal complaint process. Give parents a venue to express their concerns, and have their evidence and documentation investigated by a qualified professional. Guardian ad Litems have an important role in family court, the well-being of children is at stake, making the need for reform urgent.

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