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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…
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Socrates Junior Inquires About Medically Assisted Treatment

Posted on August 11, 2018
Enjoy this Morning Zen post about a mythical protagonist named “Socrates Junior,” who is on a quest to make sense…
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Suspension of the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: The Importance of Adhering to the Evidence

Posted on August 10, 2018
Abstract Recently the United States Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use disclosed having suspended the National Registry of…
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University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes Features Multi-Country Research Study on Using “Big Data” to Evaluate Systems of Care Expansion

Posted on July 20, 2018
Morning Zen Guest Blog Posty ~Mansoor…
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Could SAMSHA’s Proposed Policy Playbooks Save the Mental Health Policy and Outcomes in America?

Posted on July 14, 2018
Morning Zen Guest Blog Post ~ Dennis D. Embry, PhD  If the science is solid and scalable, build with care.…