The Smalley Law Firm in Norman, Oklahoma, announces the addition of Divorce Planning to its legal services

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Attorney Richard E Smalley III, Oklahoma

Divorce Planning Services can reduce the financial and emotional impact on the family by making the process more collaborative and adding other professionals.

Effective advance planning and exit strategies are designed to assist a family in the most efficient and effective manner possible, attempting to reach the most optimum results possible.”

— Richard Emory Smalley, III, attorney in Norman, Oklahoma

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES, August 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Smalley Law Firm announced that it has added Divorce Planning Services to address the needs of families in resolving such matters expeditiously and collaboratively. The purpose of such services is to plan ahead, before a divorce is filed, to help clients form strategies to ensure the optimum results in their particular situation.

A divorce process is rarely easy. Stress levels are high, and in the process, couples often make decisions in the spur of the moment. In light of the many legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce, that is not surprising. Thus, the Smalley Law Firm now offers Divorce Planning Services to form the best strategies concerning child custody, division of property and debt, support alimony and surviving after the divorce.

The services focus on advance planning upon determining a client's particular situation, discussed in complete confidence, and when necessary may expand to utilizing a CPA, a financial planner, stock broker, and in some instances, a counselor or therapist. A strategy will be formed to assist in preparation for the divorce action, and the client will have a complete understanding of how the system works procedurally so that he or she will know what to expect. This alone places the client ahead of most divorce litigants, as many clients are in the dark about what is happening or what comes next.

A financial professional can assist and advise as to how to best preserve financial assets. A therapist may assist the client in explaining the divorce to children and helping the children cope with the divorce, as well as assisting the client with coping mechanisms as well.

Principal attorney Richard Smalley explains that “Using my knowledge of family law and years of experience in the family law courts of central Oklahoma, I am able to counsel with individuals who are contemplating divorce and provide them with effective advance planning and exit strategies which are designed to assist them through the divorce process in the most efficient and effective manner possible, attempting to reach the most optimum results possible.”

Mr. Smalley adds that “Issues such as custody of children and asset protection will be discussed in strictest confidence, and other experts will be involved as the situation demands.”

Richard E. Smalley, III has received the distinguished AV Preeminent® Judicial Edition Rating. In addition, Mr. Smalley has consistently received the AV Preeminent® rating, again in 2019 for the for the 21st consecutive year. The AV Preeminent® rating is the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. The AV Preeminent® rating is the peak of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating system that is managed and monitored by the world’s most trusted legal resources, Martindale-Hubbell®.

Mr. Smalley focuses on family law matters, including divorce, custody, child support, divorce modifications, paternity, and guardianship. He is also experienced in probate matters and wills. The practice presently includes, trial work, divorce, post-divorce modifications, child support collection, child custody litigation, paternity, guardianship, adoption, probate and wills. Mr. Smalley has been appointed by judges and attorneys to serve as the Guardian ad Litem for children in dozens of contested child custody cases, and also serves as a mediator in family law cases.

Apart from the recent AV Preeminent® Judicial Edition Rating, Mr. Smalley has been recognized by several other organizations for his work. He has been selected as one of Oklahoma's "Super Lawyers," and "Top Attorneys in Oklahoma" by Oklahoma Magazine. Recently, he received the "Client Achievement Award," for his good working relationships and dealings with his clients. All of these awards were voted upon anonymously by other attorneys and former clients.

Richard Emory Smalley, III

Richard E. Smalley, III is an attorney in Norman, Oklahoma. He is an AV-rated trial attorney with more than 30 years’ experience. Mr. Smalley focuses on family law matters, including divorce, custody, child support, divorce modifications, paternity, and guardianship. He is also experienced in probate matters and wills. The practice presently includes, trial work, divorce, post-divorce modifications, child support collection, child custody litigation, paternity, guardianship, adoption, probate and wills. Mr. Smalley has been appointed by judges and attorneys to serve as the Guardian ad Litem for children in dozens of contested child custody cases, and also serves as a mediator in family law cases.

In addition, Mr. Smalley offers Divorce Planning Services. Based on his profound knowledge of family law and years of experience in the family law courts of central Oklahoma, he counsels individuals who are contemplating divorce to provide them with effective advance planning. The purpose is to assist them even before divorce process in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Issues such as custody of children and asset protection will be discussed in strictest confidence. Other experts will be involved as the situation demands.

References

Website: http://smalleylawfirm.com/richard-e-smalley-iii/
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The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Texas Encourages Calling for Access to Attorneys at The Steinberg Law Group

The asbestos industry knowingly poisoned people for decades.

The Steinberg Law Group is affiliated with doctors around the country.

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The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Texas Encourages Anyone Suffering from Mesothelioma to Call for Access to Attorneys at The Steinberg Law Group

If you have enjoyed a good life while working with asbestos products, why not die from it?”

— 1966 Bendix Company (inter-office memo)

HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA, August 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Texas is dedicated to providing the best possible legal and medical assistance to those stricken with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Anyone wishing to discuss their legal and/or medical options should call (888) 891-2200 to speak directly with an attorney from The Steinberg Law Group.

The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Texas has endorsed The Steinberg Law Group because of their vast experience in handling mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cases. With offices in New York, California and Texas, The Steinberg Law Group has a national footprint that helps win the best possible financial compensation for clients.

Typically, asbestos exposure will have occurred sometime between the 1950s and the 1980s. Some of the most prevalent professions that encountered large quantities of asbestos include power plant workers, maritime workers, industrial workers, plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, mechanics, machinists, miners, railroad workers and construction workers, to name a few. Since the latency period for mesothelioma patients is approximately 40 years, most people diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer in 2019 were exposed decades ago.

For the best possible medical treatment for mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 so a member of The Steinberg Law Group can determine which hospital/doctor in our network is most convenient for you.

States with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut. For more information about mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 or visit www.mesotheliomaoptions.com.

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Author and Attorney Lance J. LoRusso To Speak At AJC Decatur Book Festival at 1:30 PM on September 1st

LoRusso Will Offer Tips On How To Turn Your Expertise Into Writing

ATLANTA, GA, UNITED STATES , August 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Attorney and critically acclaimed author, Lance J. LoRusso will be speaking at the AJC Decatur Book Festival on September 1, 2019 at 1:30 PM ET at tent 430 (West Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA). He will also be signing copies of his books after his presentation. LoRusso, who made his mark in writing with his acclaimed non-fiction books, When Cops Kill and Blue News before venturing into the world of fiction with true crime tales and mysteries, will discuss how authors can turn their expertise into writing. He will discuss how his years as a police officer and then attorney were critical in his writing career and also allowed him to pivot from the world of non-fiction to fiction with his books, Peacemaking and Parallax: True Crime Tales. He has another book due out in November, Hunting of Men which is the first book in the Blue Mystery series. During his 1-hour presentation, LoRusso will take questions from the audience as well as speak. All of his current books will be on sale throughout the duration of the AJC Decatur Book Festival that runs from August 31st to September 1st.

“I am very honored to be making a presentation at the AJC Decatur Book Festival and share my knowledge and passion for writing,” said Lance J. LoRusso. “I hope that some of the information that I share might inspire someone attending the presentation to pursue their dream of writing.”

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is one of the largest independent book festivals in the nation. It is held on Labor Day weekend annually in historic downtown Decatur, Georgia. It draws thousands of authors and readers from around the country. The festival includes book signings, author readings, poetry slams, writing workshops, and book sales.

About the author

Lance LoRusso is the Principal of the LoRusso Law Firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. As a civil litigator with a law enforcement background, he focuses his practice on critical incident & media response, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. A former officer, LoRusso is a strong advocate for Georgia law enforcement. He serves as General Counsel to the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police as well as Lodge Attorney for Cobb County’s Lodge 13 of the Fraternal Order of Police. Additionally, he responds to critical incidents on behalf of law enforcement officers, having represented officers in over 80 on-duty shootings. LoRusso is a highly sought-after media expert on law enforcement issues and has appeared on CNN, HLN, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and numerous other outlets throughout the world. LoRusso also speaks and trains on law enforcement issues. In addition to, Parallax: True Crime Tales. He is the author of three other books – When Cops Kill: The Aftermath of a Critical Incident is a comprehensive study for law enforcement and family members of law enforcement officers to deal with in the aftermath of a shooting or violent alteration with a suspect; Blue News, deals with how law enforcement agencies deal with the media and public after officer-involved shootings and the dynamic that drives the news media to cover and report on critical incidents involving law enforcement; and Peacemaking, his entry into the world of fiction, follows the journey of a police officer, Scotty Painter, in the aftermath of a shooting.

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BORDERHAWK LAUNCHES CYBERSECURITY GOVERNANCE PLATFORM IN CONJUNICTION WITH THEIR ONSPRING PARTNERSHIP

Cybersecurity as a fundamental Business Process

CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA, USA, August 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — BorderHawk announces an innovative Business Process Management service designed to facilitate Cybersecurity Program development and empower cybersecurity as a fundamental function within any organization.

BorderHawk Cybersecurity Governance Platform (BGP) is designed to provide clients:
― a blueprint for a complete cybersecurity program based on tested processes
― identifies and rationalizes the order in which individual elements should be integrated
― guides adoption and implementation of regulations/best practices/ standards

The BGP is a Business Process Management tool, powered by Onspring. It was conceived to integrate cybersecurity functions and information risk recognition as a basic business function for any organization. Organization size, purpose, or business models are irrelevant when engaging with BGP.
BGP is an essential management tool, especially for organizations having no cybersecurity experience. On the other hand, organizations that have already started on cybersecurity as a function may be benefited by using BGP to validate their programs maturity and in establishing definable metrics.
BorderHawk’s Cybersecurity Governance Platform is powered by Onspring. Onspring is a Business Process Automation platform that allows users to manage data, workflow, and reporting. Onspring’s flexible, cloud-based platform portion of this BorderHawk service includes a user interface with customization and integration capabilities that provides a framework for development and deployment of additional business processes.
The choice of such an integrated operating base provides the client with a true business process management tool having the flexibility to customize for a variety of business needs and not become just another singularly focused cybersecurity application. The BorderHawk Cybersecurity Governance Platform provides a distinct set of applications necessary for effective Cybersecurity Business Process Management.

For more information on BorderHawk Cyber Risk Tools Platform, contact 770 607-7384 or email at info@borderhawk.com

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Founded in 2008 with offices in Cartersville, Georgia and Anchorage, Alaska. BorderHawk offers Cybersecurity and Information Risk Governance Strategy and Integration services to a wide range of organizations. The company delivers innovative solutions that help clients meet regulatory requirements, while maintaining a competitive business infrastructure.
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Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers a Person with Mesothelioma in Oklahoma Direct Access to Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste to Map out a Strategy to Get Better Compensation-Don't Play Lawyer Roulette

"To make certain the financial compensation process is properly explained we offer direct access to attorney Erik Karst the founding partner of the law firm of Karst von Oiste.”

— Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, USA, August 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to the Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center, "We do not want one person with mesothelioma in Oklahoma to impulsively hire a mesothelioma law firm advertising for 'free books' or 'no lawsuits' because we offer a much, much better deal. If a person with mesothelioma in Oklahoma and their family are concerned about compensation-as they should be-they are invited to call us anytime at 800-714-0303. Our number one goal is that a person with mesothelioma receives the best mesothelioma compensation results.

"To make certain the financial compensation process is properly explained we offer direct access to attorney Erik Karst the founding partner of the law firm of Karst von Oiste and one of the nation's leading experts on mesothelioma compensation. The law firm of Karst von Oiste is one of the nation's leading mesothelioma and asbestos exposure law firms and they have decades worth of experience assisting people nationwide. www.karstvonoiste.com/

The Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center is now offering to assist a person with mesothelioma to get organized for the mesothelioma compensation process. They call this service the 'list' and it is vital because it becomes the foundation for a mesothelioma compensation claim as they would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303. The list documents every time, place and circumstance where the person with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos. This service is free. https://Oklahoma.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Oklahoma Mesothelioma Victims Center's free services are available to a person with mesothelioma anywhere in Oklahoma including communities such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Broken Arrow, Lawton, Moore, Midwest City, Enid, Edmund, Moore, or Stillwater. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For the best possible treatment options in Oklahoma we strongly recommend the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital.

Stephenson Cancer Center: https://stephensoncancercenter.org/

High risk occupations for asbestos exposure in Oklahoma include US Navy Veterans, Fort Sill Army Base in Lawton, Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, and the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot in McAlester, oil-gas production workers, power plant workers, public utility workers, oil refinery workers, plumbers, electricians, welders, machinists, millwrights, mechanics, auto brake technicians, construction workers. https://Oklahoma.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For more information about mesothelioma, please refer to the National Institutes of Health's web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma.

For more information about asbestos exposure lung cancer and mesothelioma please visit the CDC's website on these topics: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/health_effects_asbestos.html.

Michael Thomas
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Vermont US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate Offers a Navy Veteran with Mesothelioma in Vermont Direct Access to Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste As Well as an All Hands-on Deck to Improve Compensation Results

"Call us anytime at 800-714-0303 for an on the spot response focused on making certain the Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Vermont receives the very best possible financial compensation results.”

— Vermont US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate

BURLINGTON, VERMONT, USA, August 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Vermont US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate says, "We want a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma anywhere in Vermont or their family to call us anytime at 800-714-0303 for an on the spot response focused on making certain the Veteran receives the very best possible financial compensation results and a much better service.

"First of all-we want to emphasize we are advocates for Navy Veterans with mesothelioma and we do not want a Navy Veteran in Vermont with mesothelioma or any state to get overcharged by a law firm-it happens a lot as we'd like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303. https://Vermont.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The Vermont US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate offers the following free unsurpassed free services:

* Free assistance in helping a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma to receive VA benefits.

* Assistance helping a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Vermont or nationwide to develop the 'list' of the specifics of how, where and when they were exposed to asbestos while serving in the navy or post navy. It is this information that becomes the foundation for a mesothelioma compensation as they would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303.

* Direct access to attorney Erik Karst the founding partner of the law firm of Karst von Oiste. The law firm of Karst von Oiste is one of the nation's most skilled and experienced mesothelioma law firms. www.karstvonoiste.com/

The US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate's services are available to US Navy Veterans with mesothelioma in Burlington, South Burlington, Rutland, Barre, Montpelier or anywhere in Vermont. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For the best possible treatment options in Vermont we strongly recommend the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital.

* University of Vermont Medical Canter: https://www.uvmhealth.org/medcenter/pages/departments-and-programs/ cancer-center.aspx.

Every US Navy ship vessel built up to 1980 contained asbestos. Extreme exposure to asbestos may have occurred to US Navy Veterans if they were assigned to a navy ship’s engine room, as a machinists mate, electrician, plumber/pipefitter, mechanic, in engineering, as a repair crew member, as a crew member on a nuclear submarine or as a member of the Navy Seabees. Additionally, a US Navy Veteran could have received extreme exposure to asbestos if they were required to stay on their ship or submarine for a major repair, overhaul or retrofit at a shipyard. Asbestos exposure was so extreme on US Navy ships and submarines, about one third of all US citizens diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are Veterans of the US Navy. https://USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For a listing of various classes of US Navy ships or submarines please visit the US Navy website on this topic: https://www.navy.mil/navydata/our_ships.asp.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health's web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma

Michael Thomas
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Brownton Police Department's Chief Ken Bauer says WOLFCOM Offers a Solid Body Camera System at an Affordable Price

Chief of Police Ken Bauer from Brownton Police Department says WOLFCOM Offers a Solid Body Camera System at an Affordable Price

Brownton Police Department just purchased WOLFCOM Halo Body Cameras as well as a storage solution and licenses for Evidence Management Software

Brownton Police Department recently purchased 5 WOLFCOM Halo Body Cameras. The purchase includes storage solution and Evidence Management Software Licenses.

The way law enforcement is going right now, with everybody’s public perception of law enforcement, I just felt it [purchasing body cameras] protected my officers as well as the public.”

— Chief Ken Bauer

BROWNTON, MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES, August 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Brownton Police Department recently purchased 5 WOLFCOM Halo Police Body Cameras. The purchase also included an on-premises storage solution and licenses for the WOLFCOM Evidence Management Software (WEMS).

According to Chief Ken Bauer, the decision to purchase body cameras was preventive. “The way law enforcement is going right now, with everybody’s public perception of law enforcement, I just felt it [purchasing body cameras] protected my officers as well as the public”, said Bauer. Currently, 6 of his officers are using WOLFCOM Body Cameras and they like the idea of using this new tool. “They understand the importance of the accuracy [of facts] and, also, as far as any complaints that may be filed against them. In this month and a half, we’ve used it to exonerate one [officer] that had a complaint made against him. I pulled up the video and he was very, very polite,” said the Chief. “I think in the long run, most officers are gonna see the value of them. And that makes it an easier sell too,” he added.

When it comes to device features, he said they really like the stealth mode on the Halo Body Camera and the Dock-and-Go technology, that automatically uploads all body camera files into the server as soon as any cameras are docked.

“I had been looking at a number of different camera companies and this one [WOLFCOM] looked like it offered the most. A really good, solid system at a price our small department could afford. A lot of it comes down to affordability,” said Ken. “I looked at a couple of the other systems and the maintenance fees, licensing fees and storage fees really made it cost-prohibitive for my department to have it. Whereas WOLFCOM, it looked to me like a very similar camera in quality, and we do our own in-house storage, which, to me, makes it more secure and we can track everything a lot easier,” said Bauer. “There were a couple of other ones that were competitive and we actually tried, but the learning curve to figure out how everything works it was really, really difficult. This one was really easy to operate,” he added.

The Chief also brought up a very important aspect of purchasing police body cameras. “I think public perception is that it’s all government money and there’s no end to it, but that’s not in fact the case. Our budget is really tight,” he added.

Chief Bauer says his department is pleased with his experience with WOLFCOM. “We’re very happy, so far. The technical support has been really good. One officer has been in touch with your tech support and he’s very happy with the way it’s going,” said the Chief.

WOLFCOM CEO and founder Peter Austin Onruang says he’s glad his company has helped another small department with purchasing a complete body camera system. “WOLFCOM’s purpose is to bring high-quality hardware and software at an affordable price to small and medium-sized departments. We’re just happy that we were, once again, able to bring peace of mind to a police department and the community they serve and protect,” said Peter.

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CCHR Calls for Investigation of Systemic Betrayal and Rape in the Psychiatric-Behavioral System

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

CCHR points to the sexual assault of patients in psychiatric facilities as a despicable and common occurrence which warrants state and federal investigation.

Today, there are 32 criminal statutes in the U.S. that protect patients from therapist sexual assault and we will continue to work to ensure that psychiatrists & psychologists are not above the law.”

— Citizens Commission on Human Rights

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a ground-breaking decision on August 12 2019, a Ventura, California jury awarded $13.25 million to three women who were sexually assaulted by a staff member at the for-profit psychiatric facility, Aurora Vista del Mar Hospital in Ventura. The facility was sued, along with its parent company Signature Healthcare Services, LLC, for employing someone who had previously been convicted of statutory rape. The staff member was also convicted of sex crimes related to the three Vista patients, including rape of an incompetent person. The jury found Signature, which owns 15 hospitals in six states, acted with malice or oppression and, bore part of the responsibility in not taking action to prevent the harm. [1] Media across the country reported on the case, including national TV network affiliates, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times USA Today and Kaiser Health News.

Signature Healthcare Services LLC operates free-standing behavioral health hospitals in California, Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas only.

The mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) points to the sexual assault of vulnerable patients in other psychiatric-behavioral facilities and offices as a despicable but all too common occurrence, which warrants state and federal investigation. It’s a jarring reality that 7-10 percent of male psychiatrists and psychologists sexually abuse their patients, the group says. [2] It begs the question, as The Boston Magazine once posed, “Why is psychiatry such a hotbed of sexual misconduct?” [3] The sexual crimes committed by psychiatrists are estimated at 37 times greater than rapes occurring in the general community, one U.S. law firm stated, estimating that about 150,000 female patients have been assaulted. [4]

Of 18 psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors convicted of crimes so far this year, 12 were for sexual crimes against patients, including sexual battery and child molestation. In many cases, their names will be added to the sexual offender register. Other convictions relate to illegal or dangerous prescribing of controlled substances and fraud.

In one case, a behavioral therapist was found guilty of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a 13-year-old autistic boy. The therapist was sentenced to 8 1/3 years in prison. [5] Combined, the mental health therapists face over 100 years in prison. An additional 21 mental health practitioners—two in Florida—have been charged this year.

CCHR says this culture of abuse is rife. In recent years CCHR has documented systemic patient sexual abuse in for-profit psychiatric-behavioral hospitals, including 21 incidents of patients, including children, being sexually assaulted in one chain of behavioral facilities.

• Two hospital staff were convicted and jailed for a combined 35 years over the sexual abuse of residents and two facilities closed down in the wake of sexual abuse incidents and other allegations.[6]
• A hospital staff member pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and was placed on the state’s convicted sex offender registry. [7]
• A mental health technician was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing six girls at a Girls Juvenile Residential Facility in Florida. [8]

According to a U.S. national survey of therapist-client sex involving minors, one out of 20 clients who had been sexually abused by their therapist was a minor, the average age being 7 for girls and 12 for boys. The youngest child was three. [9]

This year, justice officials in court proceedings commented on the “position of trust” that mental health “professionals” violate when sexually abusing patients. In one case a State Attorney General also described the psychiatrist as using “his position of power and authority to rape and demean our victim. His predatory acts deserve nothing less than the maximum sentence. It is my sincere hope that the defendant will spend the rest of his life behind bars so he is not allowed to hurt anyone again.” [10]

Furthermore, those therapists who report having sex with their patients are often repeat offenders with some surveys noting over 50 percent of male therapists report sexual involvement with more than one patient. [11] A Canadian study put the repeat offenders at 80 percent and many had undergone personal analysis or psychotherapy in an unsuccessful effort to be rehabilitated. [12]

CCHR says that such treachery often occurs when the victim is already traumatized. One report by the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council in Australia revealed that 70 percent of women who end up in psychiatric hospitals have been victims of some form of sexual abuse. [13]

CCHR has successfully worked to obtain laws that ensure psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and behavioral counselors are not above the law. Today, there are 32 criminal statutes in the U.S. that protect patients from therapist sexual assault.

But CCHR International wants to see stronger penalties. The level of abuse also begs the question how such “well-trained” psychiatrists and psychologists, who know better than to sexually abuse patients, believe they have the license to violate this. It wants medical schools and colleges that may have taught such conduct, to equally share in the burden of legal responsibility.

CCHR encourages anyone who has knowledge of a psychiatrist, psychologist or psychotherapist sexually abusing patients to please report this in confidence to CCHR.

In an earlier press release Signature Healthcare Services, LLC, was erroneously reported to have facilities in Florida.

SOURCES:
[1] “Jury awards 3 women $13.25M after sexual misconduct at a California psychiatric facility,” USA Today, 13 Aug. 2019,
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/08/13/three-women-13-million-sexual-misconduct-psychiatric-hospital/2001811001/.
[2] https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sexual-abuse-in-the-mental-health-system-is-pervasive-watchdog-reports-300570036.html , citing: Gary C. Hankins et al, "Patient-Therapist Sexual Involvement: A Review of Clinical and Research Data," Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law, Vol. 22, No.1, 1994, http://jaapl.org/content/jaapl/22/1/109.full.pdf
[3] https://www.bostonmagazine.com/2006/05/15/head-games/
[4] “Doctor Sexual Assault Cases: Capable Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fight for Justice,” https://www.beasleyfirm.com/medical-malpractice/doctor-sexual-assault/
[5] “Female therapy worker, 29, sentenced to 8 years for raping autistic boy, 13, in his Gresham bedroom,” The Oregonian, 23 Apr. 2019, https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2019/04/female-therapy-worker-29-sentenced-to-8-years-for-raping-autistic-boy-13-in-his-gresham-bedroom.html
[6] https://www.cchrint.org/2017/10/03/largest-psychiatric-hospital-chain-patient-sexual-assault-abuse-violence/
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Edinburgh based AI start up Decision Point AI announces integration with SHANARRI

Young People Jumping for Joy in silhouette

Young People Jumping for Joy

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Paisley YMCA logo

Decision Point AI are working with the Paisley YMCA, Scotland on a secure application that standardises of both the SHANARRI process and data for youth workers

Paisley YMCA are currently going through a number of funding discussion to enable this SHANARRI initiative and are being supported by Decision Point AI”

— Darran Gillan, Youth and Programme Development Manager, YMCA Paisley.

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM, August 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Decision Point AI are working with the Paisley YMCA, Scotland on a secure application that standardises both the SHANARRI social framework processes and its data. SHANARRI is an acronym for the eight wellbeing indicators in the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) in Health and Wellbeing. It stands for Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible, Included. The indicators are used to structure the information recorded about a child or young person and to monitor their progress across social services. During this first phase of the YMCA initiative the meta data provided will produce indicators of potential risk and establish an integrated view of each child and young person. This will both enable better actions plans and facilitate a more effective utilisation of the limited and valuable social working resources available to the YMCA. Later phases are proposed to include data from other sources to create a fuller picture of the multiple influences on the experiences of young people and add features to the application to assist workers with associated activities like expenses.

“Since starting Decision Point AI, we have had to work hard to demystify AI and focus on real world problems with potential clients. We have done this by using professional services consulting and human centred design methodologies along with our AI’s subjective logic, conditional logic and bayesian probability or networks to provide actionable, relatable and accountable decision points to our clients and their end users” Karl Smith, Managing Director, Decision Point AI.

Paisley YMCA is a digital youth organisation and its aim to support and develop young people to reach their full potential through digitally based cultural and educational projects and programmes that develop an entrepreneurial spirit through its iEnterprise youth business incubator and Makerspace programme, a DIY environment where young people gather to create, invent using digital technology. The partnership with Decision Point AI is another great opportunity to develop real work-related experience within the technology sector leading to further positive destinations for young people in Renfrewshire. Depending on when funding becomes available, they would expect the application pilot to start in Q2 on 2020 with a full rollout dependant on youth worker feedback.

“Paisley YMCA are currently going through a number of funding discussion to enable this SHANARRI initiative and are being supported by Decision Point AI” Darran Gillan, Youth and Programme Development Manager, YMCA Paisley.

“At Decision Point AI we feel a responsibility to utilise AI technology to support the wellbeing of people in our society and to enable the effectiveness of the scant resources available to give access to possibilities for young people regardless on their current environment” Paul Kiernan, Sales Director, Decision Point AI.

Trust and Security
In line with the recommendations of the Trust, Transparency and Technology: Building Data Policies for the Public Good report, no personally identifiable data will be passed into the AI as it is irrelevant to creating and understanding of the impact of multiple data attributes SHANARRI holds to support young people. Additionally, the Decision Point AI, AI Operational passport ensures that both the query attributes and each decision point can be audited and provide traceability for usage assurance.

Decision Point AI
Set up in April 2019 with its formal launch on the 17th of June Decision Point AI is a Business Unit of Veriluma Ltd an Australian company trading since 2009 and owners of the AI technology that underwrites the units IntelSuite application suite.

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U.S. House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney Sides with Animal Abusers

U.S. House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney

U.S. House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney

Longtime anti-animal Rep. Steve King who Cheney joined in voting against the PAST Act

Longtime anti-animal Rep. Steve King who Cheney joined in voting against the PAST Act

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Example of soring that enforcement of the Horse Protection Act would prevent

World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse performing the "Big Lick"

World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse performing the “Big Lick”

It’s a shame to see the House Republican Conference Chair side with animal abusers, and sets a terrible anti-animal example within the conference, and the party.”

— Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action

CHEYENNE , WYOMING, USA, August 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693, by a vote of 333 to 96. U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY-At Large), House Republican Conference Chair, broke from the majority of Republicans and voted against the measure, siding with animal abusers. Cheney's predecessor as conference chair, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, voted in support of the PAST Act.

The PAST Act seeks to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and end the torturous, painful practice of soring Tennessee Walking, Racking, and Spotted Saddle Horses. Soring, the intentional infliction of pain to horses' front limbs by applying caustic chemicals such as mustard oil or kerosene or inserting sharp objects into the horses' hooves to create an exaggerated gait known as the "Big Lick,” has plagued the equine world for six decades. The “Big Lick” animal cruelty will be exhibited for the next 5 days at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Neither U.S. Senators John Barrasso nor Mike Enzi are cosponsors of the Senate companion bill, S. 1007, led by the senior U.S. Senator from Idaho, Republican Mike Crapo, that mirrors the House passed legislation. Last week, the Trump Administration’s own USDA Administrator released a report that revealed soring violations increased by 90 percent in 2018 – reiterating the need for the PAST Act.

“It’s a shame to see the House Republican Conference Chair side with animal abusers, and sets a terrible anti-animal example within the conference, and the party,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action and a past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association. “I pray the leaders in the U.S. Senate make wiser decisions than Rep. Cheney and acknowledge the overwhelming support for this bill from the American people by swiftly bringing it to a vote.”

“The bottom line is you are either for animal cruelty, or you are against it,” said Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), lead Republican sponsor of the House PAST Act.

“I support the humane treatment of all animals and remain committed to ending the cruel practice of soring,” said Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), lead Republican sponsor of the PAST Act in the U.S. Senate. “I appreciate the House’s movement on the PAST Act. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to see that the legislation moves in the Senate and that current animal welfare laws are enforced.”

The PAST Act would ban the use of painful large stacked shoes and ankle chains and would also eliminate the existing system of self-regulation by the industry and toughen penalties for violators of the Horse Protection Act. It’s supported by the American Quarter Horse Association, Animal Wellness Action, the American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation, National Sheriff’s Association, and Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association.

The PAST Act has been blocked for years by a handful of well-placed lawmakers, but a new House rule triggering consideration of any measure that attracts 290 or more cosponsors brought the issue to the floor. PAST attracted 308 cosponsors and was led by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL), cochairs of the Congressional Veterinary Medicine Caucus, along with Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ron Estes (R-KS), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Chris Collins (R-NY). The Senate companion has garnered 43 cosponsors.

See what Members of Congress from across the nation have to say about the PAST Act by clicking here, and check out the latest edition of The Political Animal: Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration left with bloody nose and black eye by press and the City of Nashville by clicking here.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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