loose associations

Category: healthcare

cognitive behavioral therapy

Journalist Sydney J. Harris said “Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a ‘necessary evil,’ it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.” I think that may be…

Jungle Music

I have a distant memory of a scene from The Buddy Holly Story in which (as I recall) his father is berating Buddy for wasting his time playing “that… that… that Jungle music.”…

Medical Email

For the past couple of years, I have wanted to write about the role of email in medical practice and doctor-patient relationships. I’ve finally done so, and posted the result on the Sacramento…

Public Trough II

People keep asking me why the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (to spare my fingers, hereinafter known as DBHS) is dismantling effective community programs in…

Sacramento County Mental Health… again

On 26Mar2010, at 15:54, =====@======.=== wrote: I’ve specifically been praying for $1M for TCORE. Is that about right? Understand that I have no inside knowledge of the budget of TCORE, DBHS, or the…

José

José is not a poster person. He’s not a starving doe-eyed child. He isn’t a struggling single mother. He isn’t bravely fighting cancer. He hasn’t risen to national prominence despite humble beginnings and…

the public trough

I recently attended a rally protesting cuts to health care for the mentally ill here in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee covered the rally, and one of the first user comments on the web…

The Screen Time Conspiracy and other “clinical guidelines” woes

I recently received a communiqué from a physician asserting that the “AAP [American Academy of Pediatrics] recommends no more than one hour each day of screen time.” This immediately raised my hackles on…

All Compassion is Local

I recently dipped a toe into the murky waters of politics. It’s not my gift. Sacramento County wants to eliminate funding to the backbone of its mental health safety net, the system of…

Doctor in the House?

Matthew and I went to the Sacramento Zoo this morning. We were waiting at the gate to have our membership card checked while the gentleman at the window made a phone call. I…

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