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I didn’t attend many funerals in my childhood. One that I recall was for the father of a close childhood friend. He died of a heart condition during our first year of high school. In the intervening years I have paid my respects on numerous occasions, including a disturbing number of times after the untimely deaths of young people. Conversations at funerals inevitably lead to the circumstances of the death and...

What does it take for a group with a strong ethical foundation to stray from its ethical convictions? This is a vital question for anyone affiliated with an organization that espouses human rights — and it’s also relevant to anyone of any age who feels reluctant to speak out in our increasingly divided culture. The American Psychological Association, founded in 1892, offers a case in point by demonstrating how even the...

A sellout crowd of 245 people recently joined together for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s annual spring luncheon. This year’s event, which supports the Guidance Center’s mission to restore and strengthen the emotional well-being of children and their families, was a record-breaker, raising more than $87,000. The luncheon, which took place at Glen Head Country Club, began with a morning round of Mahjong, Canasta and Bridge, along with unique...

Board members and supporters of the Guidance Center’s lifesaving mission had a wonderful time at this year’s Spring Luncheon.   A sellout crowd of 245 people joined together on Wednesday, April 17 for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s Annual Spring Luncheon. This year’s event, which supports the Guidance Center’s mission to restore and strengthen the emotional well-being of children and their families, was a record-breaker, raising more than $87,000. The luncheon,...

In the modern world we live in, in the richest country in the world and in one of the wealthiest areas of that country, you’d think that Nassau County’s expectant and new mothers, along with their babies, would get the best care in the world. You’d be wrong — especially when it comes to black women and their babies. Dr. Martine Hackett, associate professor at Hofstra University’s School of Health Professions and...

Last month, a federal court in the Northern District of California found that the giant health insurer United Behavioral Health had been using flawed criteria, contrary to generally accepted standards, to determine medical necessity for the care and treatment of patients with mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD). D. Brian Hufford, a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder, who heads the firm’s health care practice that represented more than 50,000 plaintiffs in...

Regardless of where you stand in the political spectrum, we can pretty much all agree that these are highly divisive times in our culture. It often seems that pundits, politicians and people on all sides of the various issues of our day have lost their ability to disagree respectfully. And kids of all ages aren’t immune to absorbing the notion that speaking loudly, aggressively and in a denigrating manner is somehow...

(Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay) I have protested or testified before government bodies for issues including separating children at the border, school shootings and insurance parity for mental health and substance use disorders. I participated in a number of relief efforts after large-scale disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Yet nothing haunts me as much as the poisoning of an American city. The water crisis in Flint, MI, began in April...