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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 Laura’s Law is still controversial

Breaking news on immigration, war, and atrocities has a way of getting our attention and making recent local issues seem like ancient history. While the major news cycle keeps turning, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was never the…

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The one overlooked factor in the Isla Vista slayings

The recent shootings at the University of California, Santa Barbara have, once again, brought attention to the epidemic of gun-related violence that grips our nation and seems to be creating a new reality in which we live. A great deal…

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Common Sense

Photo credit: http://www.usatoday.com Washington, DC has become a place of sound bites, posturing, and token measures meant to appease as opposed to addressing issues in a meaningful way. Next week I head to Washington, DC for the annual meeting of…

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Now is the time!

One of the most disturbing revelations I have heard in the 25 years of working with very vulnerable children was from a young boy in a residential program who mentioned to me that he had been abused at gun point….

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