Council denies appeal; mental health hospital may proceed

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The Kingsburg City Council denied an appeal by a citizen's committee to stop the conversion of the city's hospital into a mental health facility at a special Jan. 20 meeting. Crestwood Behavioral Health is seeking to turn the now-vacant hospital into a …
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I first met Timothy O' Clair at a little league game in 2001. Timothy was a bright and energetic youngster with the whole world ahead of him. Unfortunately, Timothy also suffered from a debilitating mental illness. When Timothy's insurance would no …
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The Community Roundtable Celebrates Community Managers with Events, Release of New Research

Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 16, 2015

The Community Roundtable celebrates the critical role of community management in organizations with the release of a new handbook – The Community Manager Handbook: 20 Lessons from Community Superheroes – part of a series of initiatives that begin on Community Manager Appreciation Day (CMAD), on Monday, January 26.

— Community Manager Appreciation Day events, January 26 –

In honor of CMAD, The Community Roundtable and Higher Logic have teamed up to co-sponsor events in Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Washington, DC on January 26, ranging from lunch discussions to evening celebrations. The events will feature the release of the first element of new research from The Community Roundtable, The Community Manager Handbook: 20 Lessons from Community Superheroes, which features research highlights from TheCR alongside case profiles from some of the most successful community professionals working today.

— The Community Manager Handbook release, February 4 –

The full release of The Community Manager Handbook will come on February 4 at 2 p.m. ET, in conjunction with a webinar hosed by Higher Logic featuring Rachel Happe, Principal and Co-Founder of The Community Roundtable and a panel of community professionals profiled in the Handbook research.

Were excited to bring forward the stories of so many talented managers and community professionals whose work is often highly regarded but underappreciated in organizations, said Happe. We see community management as the future direction of all organizational management, putting these superheroes at the forefront of a wave that is fundamentally changing the relationship between companies, employees and customers.

At Higher Logic, we have the good fortune of working with talented community managers each day, said Hunter Montgomery, Chief Marketing Officer at Higher Logic. We hope this Handbook will provide inspiration for them to bring new strategies to their community efforts.

— The State of Community Management 2015 survey launch —

Community Manager Appreciation Day will also feature the launch of the survey period for The State of Community Management 2015, the Community Roundtables sixth annual look at the growth and change of organizationally sponsored communities. The research will gather and analyze survey responses from hundreds of community professionals to spot trends and highlight changes in the perception and operation of communities in large and small organizations and provide community management professionals with a tangible way to contribute to the advancement of the discipline.

To learn more about The Community Roundtables plans for Community Manager Appreciation Day and The State of Community Management 2015, visit, and to sign up for the February 4 webinar on The Community Manager Handbook, visit


The Community Roundtable was established in 2009 as a professional development network for community, social media and social business professionals, providing an extensive array of training, tools, research and advisory services to members and enterprise customers both in and outside of the U.S. TheCR Network gives members access to exclusive connections, events, training and resources, as well as immediate support from TheCR and peers from over 100 organizations in community and social business roles. TheCRs Community Maturity Model has been adopted by customers worldwide as a framework to start, build and grow communities, and the annual State of Community Management provides in-depth analysis of the growth and maturation of community management.

Our clients come from 100+ organizations, including SAP, Aetna, H&R Block, Walgreens and CA Technologies. To learn more about TheCR Network, advisory services, tools and research, visit or follow us on Twitter at @TheCR.

Higher Logic is an industry leader in cloud-based community platforms, with over 25 million engaged members in more than 200,000 communities. Organizations worldwide use Higher Logic to bring like-minded people all together, by giving their community a home where they can meet, share ideas, answer questions and stay energized.

Higher Logic aims to empower relationship building and foster community evolution, which we believe are the fundamental elements to the long-term relevance of any organization. Theres no denying the power of communityby fostering its growth, you can open up a world of possibility. Tap into the power your community can generate for you. Learn more at

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The Right Step

Houston, TX (PRWEB) January 07, 2015

Several of The Right Steps intensive outpatient addiction treatment centers in the Houston area are now offering special programming created to address the needs of gay and lesbian clients. As part of their addiction services, the centers are providing LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex) group and individual sessions designed to explore issues in an accepting environment, among peers.

We believe that this community has been underserved for too long, says Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, senior vice president of clinical development for The Right Steps parent company Elements Behavioral Health. We understand that the LGBT and straight communities have many points in common, but we also know that gay clients battling addiction have special issues rooted in our culture and our society that drive addiction in a way that needs to be addressed separately from a larger population. Thats why weve developed this program. Weiss is noted for pioneering highly successful treatment centers for intimacy and sexual disorders at facilities such as The Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch in Nunnelly, Tennessee, and at The Right Step in Dallas, Texas.

The group and individual therapy sessions are facilitated by experienced therapists who have special training, personal experience, and appreciation for social and family issues that LGBTQI clients often struggle with, including early emotional isolation, social and family rejection, and lifelong trauma.

Gays and lesbians here in Houston are struggling with addiction and not getting the treatment that they need, treatment that focuses on integration and acceptance, says Linda Snook, LCDCI, director of the company’s Galleria center. Our Galleria and Woodlands centers will offer a place to go where therapists understand the fundamental reality of how being invisible, marginalized or misunderstood can fuel addiction. Im passionate about this program.

Clients in the company’s Woodlands and Galleria intensive outpatient programs attend group sessions three or four days a week. They can attend morning or evening sessions, depending on their schedules and needs, and also have their own workshops and group therapy sessions. Broad themes of the LGBTQI sessions include how trauma, rejection and discrimination create underlying issues that promote addiction and how to recognize and address these issues.

Those of us in the gay and lesbian community understand the importance of having a safe place where we dont have to explain ourselves, says Sylva D. Frock, PhD, CSAT, national coordinator of clinical development for Elements Behavioral Health. In this program you dont have to translate information or run it through a filter so that its relevant to your life. This program is about working through these issues with others who understandwho just get it.

The Right Step family of programs has been offering quality treatment for addiction in centers throughout Texas since 1990. Being a leader in the industry and creating specialty programs sets us apart and enables us to offer a space in the field to promote health and wellness, says Julie DeNofa, regional vice president for The Right Step. Were helping people reclaim their lives, learn to live life sober and focus on areas significant to them.

About Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

Robert Weiss is widely considered one of the nations foremost experts on sex and technology addictions along with the intimacy disorders that often underlie these problems. A media expert to CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Network, ESPN, The New York Times, USA Today, NBC News and the Today Show, among others, Weiss also has provided clinical training and program development for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. military, and behavioral treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

About The Right Step Family of Programs

The Right Step family of programs is a network of outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment centers in Texas. Founded in 1990, it provides compassionate, comprehensive treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring issues. In recognition of its high-quality programming, breadth and depth of treatment services, and commitment to personalized care, it has earned full accreditation by the Joint Commission. Today, it is one of the largest private treatment providers for chemical dependency and co-occurring issues in the Southwest. For more information about The Right Step family of programs, call (855) 893-5987 or visit

The Right Step family of programs is a member of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health programs located throughout the U.S. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit

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