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Roslyn Heights, NY, August 25, 2020 — On Thursday September 10, 2020 at 7 p.m., North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center and the Great Neck Chinese Association will be cohosting a free webinar titled “Anti-Asian Bias: What Parents Need to Know.”  “The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a substantial increase in acts of bias against Chinese Americans and other Asian-Americans around the country,” said Kevin Sun, Co-President of the Great Neck Chinese...

ROSLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A shortage of mental health providers is keeping some patients waiting for months. Many families are paying out of pocket to get help because healthcare providers are refusing to take insurance – saying reimbursements are just too low. One quarter of Long Island families surveyed said they were unable to find a mental health provider who takes their insurance. Those families told CBS2 they’re angered having to wait...

Many providers don't take insurance because they say reimbursements are too low, forcing families to pay out of pocket. Dr. Kristie Golden, an associate director at Stony Brook Medicine, said lower payments from insurers have pushed many medical students to choose fields other than psychiatry, and when providers do not accept insurance not everyone can afford to pay. Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas By David Reich-Hale david.reich-hale@newsday.com Updated April 4, 2019 6:00 AM A shortage of mental health professionals has...

Left to Right: Andrew Malekoff, Sean Grover, Nicole Nagy, Kerry Lynn Eller, Nancy Manigat, and Reverend Gideon L.K. Pollach On Friday April 13, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center hosted a program featuring Long Island author Nicole Nagy. Nagy’s book, “Creative Mind: A Diary of Teenage Mental Illness,” is a moving first-person account of her mental health challenges and also of the roadblocks she faced when trying to access timely and...

Times Union, March 22, 2018, Letter from Andrew Malekoff Although our children's safety is paramount ("School safety debate evokes Albany deja vu," March 7), in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, we must understand that it is incredibly rare for people living with mentally illness to be violent. In fact, they are far more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators of it. Nevertheless, we do need to...

Say options are inadequate in the face of higher rates of depression and anxiety   By Timothy Denton In the wake of the Parkland, Fla., shootings, state senators Elaine Phillips, Republican of Floral Park, and Todd Kaminsky, Democrat of Rockville Centre, have renewed their call for an investigation into the lack of adequate insurance coverage for mental health patients. In a letter to Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo, the senators called on...

From Anton Media: Andrew Malekoff discusses the Struggle for Access to Mental Health Care It’s a heartbreaking scenario that is far too common: someone makes the difficult decision to seek out professional help for a mental health or substance abuse problem for themselves or their loved one and is faced with a myriad of roadblocks. They start calling providers on their insurance plan and find that they are not taking new...

Andrew Malekoff featured on Mental Health Now television program, March 6, 2018   See this televised episode of Mental Health Now devoted to the 10th anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. With host Matthew Shapiro, NAMI-NYS and guests Tracie Gardner, Legal Action Center and Andrew Malekoff, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center. Filmed on March 6, 2018 https://vimeo.com/259740918...