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Jun 04, 2014, 16:49 ET from ProfNet

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Rep. Tim Murphy's Mental Health Bill to Pass Before the Next Shooting
Dr. Jonathan Jackson
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.
"The most revealing Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation Poll result was that mental health professionals put more faith in law enforcement than their own skills in preventing gun violence. They want do their part, but they need help from the legal system. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) is trying to use the legal system to bring about change. I understand he wants to pass a law that will strengthen the ability of parents of adult children who are disturbed and potentially violent, to bring these adults to mental health professionals for possible treatment, and that is good. Still, there are many problems unaddressed and many erroneous assumptions behind these kinds of efforts."
Dr. Jackson is the director of the Center for Psychological Services and director of clinical training at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies for Adelphi University. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and certificates in psychoanalysis and cognitive behavior therapy. The Center for Psychological Services, which he leads, offers a range of specialized treatment programs for children, adolescents, and adults.
Media Contact: Kali Chan,

No Easy Answers on Limiting Carbon Emissions
Scott Deatherage
Environmental Attorney
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Dallas
"The release of the Environmental Protection Agency's long-awaited proposal for limiting carbon emissions from power plants leaves Texas between a rock and a hard place. The last time Texas refused to implement greenhouse gas permitting, EPA took over management. However, the EPA regional office in Dallas did not have the staff to manage the program, and billions of dollars of projects were held up. The Texas legislature then passed a bill that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality would take over the program, which is currently being transitioned. With these new rules, the question is will Texas take on the program or leave it to EPA again? With the state in a growth period, facing an increased demand for power, the state may be in a better position to manage both the environmental issues and the management of the electrical grid. The State can still challenge the rules in court even as it manages the program until the litigation is complete." Deatherage taught a class on climate change law at the University of Texas Law School this spring.
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