The Fight for Lanza’s Mental Health Records Gets Crazier
Today’s Hartford Courant reported two important pieces of information. First, Peter Lanza, apparently is willing “to turn over at least some of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza’s treatment records.” And, secondly, the Courant apparently interviewed Dr. Fred R. Volkmar, Chairman of the Yale Child Study Center.
While Ablechild earlier applauded Peter Lanza for his willingness to provide the all important information about his son’s mental health treatment, to learn now that only “some” of the records will be made available seems an enormous waste of time. Seriously, what good to anyone is a partial record of Adam Lanza’s mental health treatment?
In fact, the State Police Report of the shooting incident also provided only partial records of Lanza’s mental health treatment and now the Commission set up by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, to make recommendations about possible changes to the State’s mental health system, still is going to be left with partial information.
Recall that the State Police Report only provided spotty information about Lanza’s mental health treatment up to the age of 15, leaving out Lanza’s 2005 admission to the Danbury Hospital. Five years, from age 15 to twenty, are missing. What happened to those records? Why didn’t investigators think those records would be important?
The last known treatment for Lanza was from the Yale Child Study Center, and that was not a positive outcome. Nancy Lanza reported to Yale that Adam was experiencing an adverse reaction to the psychiatric drug, Celexa, prescribed by Yale. Nancy Lanza apparently did not return to the Yale Child Study Center after that incident.
The point of the Commission contacting Peter Lanza was to get a complete picture in order to make informed decisions. Now to learn that only “some” of the records will be provided leaves more questions than answers. Is it possible that the Commission can make informed decisions based on partial records? No, of course not. So why the dog and pony show?
Furthermore, one has to wonder why anyone from the Yale Child Study Center is involved in any part of this discussion. Given that this outfit apparently provided the last known mental health treatment to Lanza, doesn’t this seem like a conflict of interest?
After all, according to the State Police Report, it was Dr. Robert A. King of the Yale Child Study Center who indicated “that serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) agents such as Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro or Paxil, are useful in reducing these symptoms, sometimes in conjunction with a low dose of an atypical neuroleptic such as Risperidone.”
This is the question. Was Adam Lanza prescribe drugs other Celexa by the Yale Child Study Center. More than that, during the course of Adam’s life, what psychiatric drugs was he prescribed? What is known is that Adam was treated over many years, by many mental health care practitioners, for his disorders.
Adam’s primary psychiatrist was Dr. Paul Fox, who, in 2012, surrendered his license to practice in Connecticut and New York, destroyed his records and moved to New Zealand. Clearly, Dr. Fox cannot provide the Commission with any records, which then puts greater burden on Peter Lanza. Why?
The State Police Report lists medical records for Adam, which were taken from the Lanza home immediately after the shooting incident. Is it possible that Nancy Lanza had in her possession no records for Adam’s mental health treatment for the last five years of his life? Common sense says no.
Where are these records, and why hasn’t the Commission contacted the State Police requesting all the records that were taken from the Lanza home? One would think that Governor Malloy, if he’s serious about instituting new mental health regulations, would have some pull in this request.
With every new article written about the Commission’s efforts to obtain Adam Lanza’s mental health records, the story gets crazier. The Commission must be able to review all of Lanza’s mental health records or what’s the point? It still is only a partial picture. Making recommendations based on “some” of Lanza’s mental health records isn’t serving the State.