News – On The Front Line

By Andrew Malekoff One hazy mid-August afternoon many years ago, I was cooling off in the ocean off my hometown, Long Beach. Another swimmer grabbed my attention by pointing toward the jetty, the rock formation that helps to protect the shoreline from erosion. When I turned I spotted three children drifting toward the rocks. I swam to them. When I arrived, there were three little girls with their arms wrapped around one another....

By Andrew Malekoff Thanks to a strong advocacy push by a broad array of consumer and provider representatives of behavioral health services, the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act was enacted into law by Governor Cuomo on Dec. 21, 2018, as Chapter 455 of the Laws of 2018. The historic new law is a huge victory for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center and the broader mental health and...

Andrew Malekoff Executive Director – North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center Did you know that every day more than 290 Americans die from suicide or a drug overdose? With proper treatment, many of these tragedies could be prevented — but despite a law that guarantees coverage, people face enormous roadblocks when they seek care. In 2008, a federal law called the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (or the Parity Act) was...

Most germane in considering the push to legalize recreational marijuana use in New York are the observations of noted neuroscientist Judy Grisel who stated, “The debate around legalization — which often focuses on the history of racist drug laws and their selective enforcement — is astoundingly naive about how the widespread use of pot will affect communities and individuals, particularly teenagers.” During the teenage years, young people are taking steps to...

I was pleased to lend my support for the Mental Health First Aid Training Bill introduced at the Nassau County Legislative meeting of Dec. 17. The bill was developed and introduced by Legislator Siela Bynoe, who invited me to testify in support of the bill. Following is my testimony: “The Mental Health First Aid Training Bill aims to educate designated county employees to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and substance...

Cathy and Frank Castagna, Andrew Malekoff, Lauren McGowan, Rita Castagna and Ernie Lagoja enjoy the festivities at Brooks Brothers. (Photo courtesy of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center) On Nov. 29, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center partnered with Americana Manhasset’s Brooks Brothers store to co-host an opening night celebration of Champions For Charity. The gathering featured cocktails, hor d’oeuvres and lots of conversation and camaraderie as shoppers took advantage...

Attendees at the 65th Sapphire Anniversary Gala North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s 65th Sapphire Anniversary gala raised more than $620,000 to support the Guidance Center’s mission to bring hope and healing to children and their families who are experiencing mental health and substance use challenges. The gala, which honored philanthropists Andrea and Michael Leeds and Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity, marked the most successful fundraising event in the Guidance...

The recent death of our 41st President George H.W. Bush brought forth a memory from my earlier years at North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center. For decades I worked as a frontline clinician in the Guidance Center’s outpatient mental health program. My specialty was working with adolescents in groups. One of the lessons I learned over the years is the importance of paying attention to what is happening in the world...

Violence — random, sudden, illogical, and lethal — has become a fact of life. Years of social and economic injustice have resulted in large numbers of people who are frustrated and without hope for the future, people to whom bravado is everything, and anything that seems the slightest bit threatening — a put-down, a disagreement, a dirty look —­ demands immediate retaliation.  As I write these words, this kind of...

Photo courtesy of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center On Nov. 7, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center hosted a celebration honoring John and Janet Kornreich, founders of the John and Janet Kornreich Charitable Foundation, who fund the monthly outings that are a big part of the Latina Girls Project. The Guidance Center’s Latina Girls Project is an innovative program that employs rapid response to emergency calls, individual, group and family therapy...