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Why We Must Keep Raising Our Voice for the Safekeeping of Children

  At the end of April, Hillsides joined with other advocates to gather in Washington, D.C. for the annual Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Advocacy Conference. The gathering is an opportunity for members of CWLA to learn about new…

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Why Advocating for Children at the Child Welfare League of America National Conference is More Crucial Than Ever

I When I walk around Hillsides’ Pasadena campus, meet the children and youth we serve, engage the many families that count on us, I am impressed with not so much the challenges they face but their resolve to improve their…

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A call to end the violence

Like many, the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida left me shocked, saddened, and immobilized to some extent. But as my first emotions have yielded to grief and commemoration, the reality of the seemingly endless gun-related violence is sinking in. The…

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How Mental Health Services Denied can be Catastrophic

This past Sunday, the CBS TV show “60 Minutes” featured a segment “Denied” on how insurance companies deny or significantly limit medically needed treatment services to many who present with mental health issues. The consequences of these denials are catastrophic and in some instances, life-threatening…Access to appropriate mental health services continues to be significantly constrained by most insurance companies.

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Why advocating for a full array of services is key         

In 1985 when I began working in child welfare, the children referred into residential treatment were more behaviorally challenged than emotionally vulnerable. They were more at risk of incarceration than hospitalization for mental illness. The treatment was oriented around managing…

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