The Food and Drug Administration wants to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat behavioral problems, saying they pose an “unreasonable and substantial” risk to public health. Uh, you think?
As a person that works with this population (developmentally disabled combined with a mental disorder) and also works in the facility that generally inherits JRC clients once they age out at 21, I can tell you that it’s quite a dilemma. One the one hand hurting someone to control behavior is wrong and also is prone to abuse as this population can be very frustrating. On the other hand these individuals haven’t responded well to medication and are generally highly self abusive. Would you rather see someone smash their head off the wall or rip their own teeth out or apply a small shock instead? After seeing the paper work on several individuals it appears highly effective. Honestly I don’t know the answer. I’m just glad my facility doesn’t use it. Currently there are several lawsuit against JRC by individuals who used to live there as well as counter suits to keep it open.