ACA Blog

  • Nothing About Us Without Us

    • Robbin Miller
    Dec 12, 2013
    It is almost the end of year for 2013. The law for mental health professionals to bill for Medicare reimbursements is still not passed by Congress. The Affordable Healthcare Act goes into effect next month in which some insurers will be lowering reimbursements for outpatient mental health services.
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  • Social Justice in Progress Part II:

    • Robbin Miller
    Nov 06, 2013
    In a past blog, I wrote about my volunteer experiences as a social justice advocate for persons with developmental disabilities. I wrote that I would update members on how their meeting went with the Director of the Regional Transit Authority that occurred the last week in October.
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  • Social Justice in Action

    • Robbin Miller
    Sep 25, 2013
    I am glad to be back as a blog writer for ACA. I am writing about my work as a volunteer advocate for a grassroots group I belong to in my neck of the woods. The name of my group is REDD (Rights, Equality for the Dignity of the Disabled). REDD’s mission is to promote the civil rights for persons with disabilities. Members can be individuals with/out disabilities who want to get involved. For the past year, REDD is working with several members called Self-Advocates who belong to an organization for individuals with developmental disabilities. I invited a few of them to a REDD meeting in December 2012 to talk about their issues with the local transportation system.
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  • Corrections Behavioral Health

    • Nancy White
    Jun 13, 2013
    It has been a long time since I have contributed to the ACA Blog. Corrections Behavioral Health is busy during the spring and early summer months.
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  • Angry Black Woman

    • Andrea Holyfield
    May 06, 2013
    So I’ve been thinking about this idea of the Angry Black woman. Specifically, I’ve been relating this concept to the workplace. I recently attended a diversity training where the presenter was arming us with tools on how to work with a client that has persistent anger related to her job, boss or co-workers. We were empowered with breathing exercises, visualization exercises and friendly confrontational techniques to help our female client deal with the irrational ideas that she was holding that was creating anger. What I never heard was how to work with a client who has the right to be angry.
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  • The Elders, Equality and Human Rights

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Apr 01, 2013
    The news has been filled with stories this week of equality and human rights regarding the right to choose whom to marry. There have been many personal stories shared on the nightly news of disenfranchisement, discrimination and unfairness by those brave enough willing to risk their privacy and their financial security to advocate for their rights. It has been empowering to witness.
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  • Kareem Puranda

    The Cover Doesn’t Tell the Story

    • Kareem Puranda
    Oct 08, 2012
    During my career as a police officer I recall moments when compassion and a second chance were warranted. It was through law enforcement that I realized character is not always accurately reflected by a criminal record or a bad decision. I have learned that people function according to their level of awareness. If people do not have access to information or resources conducive to awareness, then, they become students of trial and error.
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  • Nancy White

    When the Day Goes Wrong

    • Nancy White
    Oct 01, 2012
    It seems like when the “day goes wrong” in the criminal justice system, it really goes wrong. I have been spending a great deal of time thinking about just how to write this blog. Then I realized I had been thinking about it for a month, and it is just time to write.
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  • Pam Ebert

    Social Justice for Appalachia?

    • Pam Ebert
    Aug 27, 2012
    This week I’ve been thinking a lot about social justice and how the concept can be applied to our region. According to Chung & Bemak (2012) Social justice can be defined as issues that involve the individual, the family, the community, the wider society, and even the international community. It refers to unfair treatment or inequities that have resulted from racism, sexism, socioeconomics, sexual orientation, religion, ableism and other “isms” all o which affect quality of life.
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  • Nancy White

    When the Legal Client Becomes the Victim – I am Seeking Answers

    • Nancy White
    Jul 20, 2012
    I live in the Midwest (Missouri) and have been enduring over 100 degree weather now for too many days. Not only am I unmotivated, but all my outdoor plants have died. My yard has a few weeds and my grass lies dormant. Snow has never sounded so good. In the middle of this horribly hot summer I have had an experience that I will never forget. A mentally ill client, with legal problems herself, has become a victim of a horrendous crime. She opened the front door to her apartment in the middle of the night and was brutally beaten and raped.
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