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Some People Punch the Clock in Federal Bureaucracies – Not Paolo del Vecchio

Posted on October 13, 2018
On October 10, 2018, Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…
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Mindfulness Programs for Children

Posted on October 12, 2018
Mindfulness programs for children are popping up around the United States and in Europe. Most programs are school-based and are…
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Helping Ellie Save America from Addictions and Mental Illnesses: Using Practical Science and Community Engagement Across America

Posted on October 07, 2018
On Friday, August 17, I tuned into Assistant Secretary Dr. Elinor McCance-Katz’s SAMSHA’s stakeholder call.  Most all of the questions…
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Alternative Facts, Fake Truths and Mental Health: Are You Kidding Me?

Posted on September 26, 2018
When my son was 8 years old, his psychiatrist taught me to say, “My eyes don’t see that, honey.” I…
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Helping Ellie McCance-Katz Help Millions of Families Help Their Loved Ones with Serious Mental Illnesses

Posted on September 13, 2018
On her recent Stakeholders On-Line Meeting (August 17, 2018), anyone with a heart to feel could hear the anguish among…
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Torture by Another Name: The Use of Solitary Confinement on Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Disorders in New Jersey Prisons

Posted on September 13, 2018
In 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture deemed the use of solitary confinement against youth and individuals with…
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My Daughter Survived and Rose Above the Stigma

Posted on August 30, 2018
~ Diary entry – 2006 ~ As I have gone back over the suitcase loaded with paperwork from evaluations of…
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Don’t Call Me an Enabler – Or Anything Like It

Posted on August 24, 2018
Let’s talk about enabling.  Or rather, let’s talk about being accused of it. Happens quite often to parents like me.…
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Whose Research is Better for Helping American People That SAMHSA Is Charged to Serve?

Posted on August 18, 2018
At my first combined National Advisory Council meeting, the Assistant Secretary, Dr. McCance-Katz was quite dismissive of any evidence-based practices…