News – On The Front Line

"One person can ignite a fire that can light the entire forest"  On March 30, 2016 I had the pleasure of meeting a true hero - Dr. Bennet Omalu. He was the keynoter at the Head Injury Association's Awareness Sports Forum at the Hyatt Regency Long Island. In 2002 Dr. Omalu discovered the presence of degenerative disease in the brain of National Football League (NFL) player Mike Webster. He named the brain...

Access delayed is access denied. These are words that ring true for thousands of families across Long Island who have been unsuccessful in accessing timely and affordable mental health and addictions care through their health insurer. How do I know this? From the stories that people tell us at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, a 63-year-old children’s mental health agency in Nassau County. Health insurers are mandated by government to offer...

Poisoned children in America By Andrew Malekoff The poisoning of an American city: Where is the outrage about the incomprehensible crime against the children and families of Flint? I have worked for the welfare of children for 45 years, starting as a big brother in New Brunswick, New Jersey when I was an undergraduate at Rutgers College and, after graduating, as a VISTA volunteer in Grand Island, Nebraska. Then I went on to...

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="288"] Andrew Malekoff, executive director of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center[/caption] Andrew Malekoff, executive director of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center. What happens when something that affects children’s lives is widespread but hidden in plain sight? What if it is something that creates untold heartache in lives that are already unnecessarily damaged? It should be addressed and corrected. Yet, because it is hidden...

By Andrew Malekoff When Nassau residents decided that speed cameras in school zones were unfair, their outrage got the attention of local politicians. The cameras were gone in record time. And when taxpayers told their representatives to keep gambling off the block, the pols backed down, knowing they were waging a losing bet. So why are our state leaders closing their ears to the pleas of children and families in desperate need...

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...