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Remembering the Passariello Colloquium

Since 2000, I've been hosting a website for the Passariello Colloquium, a project to which I contributed as part of a working group on LGBT Issues in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England. Because the Colloquium website will soon be taken out of service, I wanted to be sure its contents would remain archived. Following is a brief history of the Colloquium and descriptions of the events we put on in 2000 and 2001. I have particularly fond memories of the 2000 Colloquium, in which students and faculty were invited to 'walk in the shoes' of an LGBT person and report back on their experiences. The aim of our working group, led by Dr. Susan Hawes, was to enhance the cultural competence in LGBT issues for psychology students in training through in-vivo experiences.

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Reduced Fee Psychiatry for Uninsured New Yorkers

In my role as Executive Director of TherapySafetyNet, I’m pleased to announce the addition of reduced fee psychiatric services as an additional benefit for uninsured clients engaged in reduced fee psychotherapy with a participating TherapySafetyNet clinician.

This benefit comes by way of our collaboration with Milan Patel, MD, who has joined TherapySafetyNet as consulting psychiatrist.

Our collaboration is intended to help the vast number of uninsured New Yorkers who fall between the cracks–not eligible for social services, yet not offered employer sponsored health insurance.

Dr. Patel’s involvment adds a much needed dimension to TherapySafetyNet, and was born out of talks held over the past few months both with Dr. Patel and among TherapySafetyNet’s executive committee.

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Reduced Fee Psychiatry for Uninsured New Yorkers.

Two Simple Steps to Help Promote TherapySafetyNet


Latest post from TherapySafetyNet to help make our volunteer network of socially responsible therapists known to referral sources and the uninsured New Yorkers we aim to reach:  Two Simple Steps to Help Promote TherapySafetyNet.

Introducing the New Website

Today the new TherapySafetyNet website goes live. We have developed a fresh new design with increased simplicity and usability. As before, the site includes our directory of socially responsible therapists–psychologists and social workers practicing in Manhattan and Brooklyn, each of whom is committed to our cooperative vision of providing affordable psychotherapy to uninsured New Yorkers.

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Antioch University New England Alumni Notes

Antioch University New England Notes, Winter 2012 ... "I founded a coalition of New York psychologists and social workers, Our organization operates as a free referral service to help uninsured New Yorkers afford psychotherapy in private practice settings."

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TherapySafetyNet Four-Year Anniversary Dinner

Psychologists and social workers who participate in TherapySafetyNet's coalition of socially responsible therapists celebrated our organization's four-year anniversary over dinner on October 2, 2011.

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MilestonesNYC meeting

In my role as director of TherapySafetyNet, I met today with leadership of MilestonesNYC to collaborate on shared organizational missions to increase access to mental health care for uninsured New Yorkers.

TherapySafetyNet: Notes from the Executive Director

I came up with the concept of TherapySafetyNet in September 2007. I was receiving more calls from prospective clients than I could accept into my practice, and some of them stood out because they seemed stuck in a kind of benefits purgatory. Uninsured, their income was too high to qualify for social services, yet their employers offered no healthcare coverage. It was hit or miss to suggest alternate referrals to those prospective clients. While I’ve always got an assortment of excellent colleagues to suggest, at any given time most would have only one or two potential openings on a ‘sliding scale.’ At the same time, I had extra web site capacity, so I thought, is there any way these elements could be put together to help?

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TherapySafetyNet is a new project designed to address the mental health needs of uninsured New Yorkers. The organizing vision is for everyone to have access to affordable mental health care.

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