CCHR Educates Over 7,000 Families on How to Protect Their Children from Involuntary Commitment in Florida

CLEARWATER, Fla. , April 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Participating in dozens of family orientated events, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is on a crusade to stop the involuntary commitment of children in Florida without parental consent or knowledge. CCHR, a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, is supported by the Church of Scientology which initially established the group in 1969.

"We consistently receive calls from parents whose children were unjustly involuntarily committed off of school grounds without their permission or knowledge," said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida. "Some of these children are as young as 6 or 7 years old and do not meet the criteria for involuntary commitment, they are not dangerous. This is a violation of the rights of the child involved and that it can happen without parental consent is a gross violation of parental rights."

According to the 2014 Annual Report of Baker Act Data prepared for the Agency for Health Care Administration, 181,471 involuntary examinations were initiated in the calendar year 2014 and over 17% were initiated on minors.

The recent report of a 7-year old autistic child handcuffed and taken away for involuntary commitment is just one example of the abuse that CCHR hopes to reduce through a statewide campaign to educate families on their rights and how they can protect themselves and their children.

As part of their statewide campaign, CCHR mailed out 18,000 postcards to households with children in the Tampa Bay area after launching a new website,, designed to educate parents and allows them to download a non-consent form, report abuse and asks them to sign a petition,, to stop the involuntary commitment of children in Florida.

About Citizens Commission on Human Rights:

CCHR is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health watchdog. Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR's mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. CCHR has helped to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive mental health practices.

It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health.’”

The Church of Scientology:
The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups in 167 nations. The Church of Scientology regularly engages in humanitarian programs and community events. Clearwater is the home of the spiritual headquarters for the Church of Scientology. In July 2015, the Church cut the ribbon on CCHR’s Florida headquarters in downtown Clearwater.

For More Information Contact: Pat Harney 727-467-6860

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization