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Remembering DJ Jaffe

Posted on August 28, 2020
A long-time advocate for those with serious mental illness, Don Lyle Jaffe, known as DJ, passed away last week…
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Persisting in Providing Quality Services During the “New Normal”

Posted on August 20, 2020
The United States leads the world in confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are approaching 175,000 American deaths. Scientists…
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Let’s Make Good Trouble to Heal Some Lasting Effects of Slavery on American Black Children

Posted on August 13, 2020
By a great-grandchild of a freed slave, and the great-great grandson of white merchant Forward Population-level use…
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Progressive White Males Need to Speak Out About Racial Injustice

Posted on June 12, 2020
With a bit of gentle nudging from readers, I weigh in with my thoughts on the responsibility of progressive white…
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Coping with Grief and Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on May 29, 2020
Tens of thousands of Americans have died in the COVID-19 pandemic. This is by far one of the most significant…
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Serving on a Gun Violence Task Force – Reflections of a CMHNetwork Graduate Student Intern

Posted on May 07, 2020
Often, when we think of the term “task force,” we think of a law enforcement unit tasked with disengaging organized…
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COVID-19 Closures – The Impact of COVID-19 on Students Served Under IDEA

Posted on April 19, 2020
As the media and parents scramble for the latest updates on school closures due to COVID-19, there is a group…
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Reflections on Policy, Process and the ISMICC

Posted on February 20, 2020
I am one of the new interns working for the Children’s Mental Health Network, and the topic I chose to…
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The Death Knell Has Been Sounded: New SAMHSA Technical Assistance Grant Guts the Values and Principles of Systems of Care

Posted on January 20, 2020
One of the hallmarks of the systems of care movement that helped frame the Child Mental Health Initiative (CMHI),…