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The Difficulties of Obtaining Needed Care if You have Medicaid

I was interviewed by a reporter from Kaiser Health News who wrote this excellent piece about the difficulties of obtaining needed mental health care for those with Medicaid:.

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Vermont Governor is Deciding Whether to Sign on to Legalizing Marijuana

I am in favor of legalizing marijuana–and, in fact, all drugs–and was interviewed for this piece on Vermont Public Radio about my opinion on this issue. Would decriminalization lead to huge rates of drug abuse?  I doubt it because of what happened … Continue reading

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Search for mental health care for children is often fruitless

The Boston Globe reported our story on its front page this week.  This study was conducted by colleagues at CHA and myself and required scores of hours to make the phone calls, tabulate our data, and then prepare the manuscript. … Continue reading

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Is Torture Effective and Can It Be Justified?

Radio interview in Great Britain about torture with discussant Professor Jeffrey Addicott and myself. https://sputniknews.com/radio_level_talk/201702101050539412-is-torture-effective-can-it-be-justified/ Torture only serves to bring us down to the level of our worst, immoral enemies.  It also goes against every international code of ethical conduct and … Continue reading

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Letter to our Patients in Support of Basic Human Rights and Access to Health Care

Colleagues and I have written a letter in support of access to health care and human rights more generally.  Please feel free to sign the letter and, as importantly, forward the letter to all of your colleagues.

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Vote Yes on 4 in MA–Time to Legalize Cannabis

We need to legalize marijuana and begin regulating and taxing it. Here is a piece covering a press conference yesterday morning on the step of the State House in Boston in support of legalizing marijuana.  Marijuana is far from safe–whether someone … Continue reading

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Do programs to help doctors with substance abuse treat them fairly?

Here is a newly published piece for the Conversation about physician health programs and the ways in which physicians who are suspected of having substance use disorders are treated.

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Time to Legalize Marijuana

See the op-ed here that Sunny Patel and I wrote in the Springfield (MA) newspaper in support of legalization of cannabis.

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Letter in NY Times about Psychologists’ Participation in Torture during the “War on Terror”

The letter can be found here .  The fact that the US engaged in torture–by any international definition of torture– during our “war on terror” will go down as one of our most egregious ethical lapses.  Even calling it a “lapse” … Continue reading

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Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Co-author Alice LoCicero, PhD, and I wrote a piece in Psychology Today decrying CVE. We start by asking whether or not CVE is the new Cointel-Pro.  And just what is Cointel-Pro? “Cointel-Pro (short for Counterintelligence Program) was launched “…in 1956 to … Continue reading

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