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By LAURA FIGUEROA laura.figueroa@newsday.com Increasing numbers of nonprofit mental health clinics on Long Island are closing or being sold to other mental health networks, following years of declines in government funding and a growing demand for services. In the past four years, at least four clinics have closed in Nassau and Suffolk, including one already closed and one about to close this year. Another four clinics have been acquired by other nonprofits. The...

SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE A HAMMER, a tool that is rigidly used, or PUTTY, a tool that is flexible. TROUBLE IS we never grew up learning how to use this tool. It's all trial and error. And, so, there are human benefits and casualties. Let's teach our kids how to reduce the casualties and advance the benefits. Maybe this original poem can be a start. SOCIAL MEDIA? Tool for good? Tool for evil? Tool...

So here's the deal folks. Last week it was announced that Catholic Charities is giving up their Freeport mental health clinic. In January, $250 million, 81-year-old FEGS announced it was closing; before that Peninsula Counseling Center (PCC) in Valley Stream and Pederson-Krag Center (PK) in Huntington gave up their mental health clinics. (Actually it is more insidious than that. PSCH, an NYC-based $100 million operation, took over PK and PCC...

Albany Times Union Now we learn that Adam Lanza did not get the help that was needed and that might have prevented his murderous rampage (“Chances to help were lost as killer evolved,” Nov. 23). Think about it: After the Sandy Hook shootings, there was not one parent who was able to escape the tyranny of imagining his or her child being murdered in the neighborhood school. How many more children will...

Immediately after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings in Newtown, Conn., mental health experts offered tips to speechless parents about how to soothe their children ["Report: Sandy Hook killer enabled," News, Nov. 22]. The advice sounded like this: Be available emotionally, be compassionate, limit media exposure, reassure safety, offer distractions to prevent obsessive worry, monitor for angry outbursts and depression and, if symptoms persist, seek professional help. I imagine many parents were...

New York Nonprofit Press By Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director Recently, I participated in a New York State Office of Mental Health Clinic Vital Access Provider (VAP) webinar. The webinar is a first step towards Article 31 mental health clinics applying for funding to preserve long term critical access to community-based mental health services. A total of $60 million in funding, over a three year period, is available. The intention of the VAP funding...

Friday, November 14, 2014 “Five years ago, a 12-year-old Latina girl committed suicide in her family’s garage in the town of Westbury, NY, a diverse suburb on Long Island that has pockets of poverty and has seen an influx of immigration from Central and South American countries in the last few decades. The town – adjacent to Old Westbury, which was cited by Forbes magazine as the 10th most expensive zip...