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With the Future of Healthcare Uncertain, Why Advocacy Is Needed More Than Ever

Without joining the ranks of alarmists, it is prudent at the start of any new administration, whether local, state or federal, to initiate a discussion with new policymakers regarding the critical issues that challenge those we serve. Conservatively, 90 percent…

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What courageous leadership looks like

Ritchie Geisel stepped down as the CEO and President of Bienvenidos on Monday, Aug. 1. This represents one more milestone in the integration of Bienvenidos and Hillsides as I now assume those responsibilities for both organizations. At 71, a full…

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How and Why Hillsides Is Expanding our Community-Based Mental Health Services

May is Mental Health Month. While there are still a few days left in the month, I want to share with you some new developments at Hillsides that directly affect our outreach to the community for those coping with mental…

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The Healthcare Effect

Since announcing our intent to merge with Bienvenidos, many longtime supporters of the organization have reached out to better understand the rationale for this significant and historic milestone. Four recent developments prompted this opportunity: the Affordable Care Act, the integration…

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Why Mental Illness Isn’t to Blame for Mass Shootings

Mental health services have become a very important part of the care we offer the children, youth, and families we serve. For the majority, their need is not an indicator of chronic mental illness but rather rooted in traumas that…

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