Philanthropic patience

For those of us who have toiled to raise funds from philanthropic foundations to support community efforts, the above words may seem at first to be oxymoronic (like “military intelligence” or “honest politician”). Foundations are famous for having a specific type of attention deficit disorder that looks for just the latest and greatest innovation andContinue reading “Philanthropic patience”

The solution to homelessness

“The Soloist” movie comes out in theaters in a couple days, and here’s hoping that it’s a great film, lots of people see it, and it generates an effective mobilization of public, private and personal resources to effectively end homelessness and provide the mentally ill with the services they need. I’d prefer that, rather thanContinue reading “The solution to homelessness”

Mental health care system in crisis

If you’ve read The Soloist, you are aware of how disabling mental illness can be to lives full of promise. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) recently released Grading the States, a report card on the U.S. public mental health care system for adults. The analysis is based on 65 specific criteria such asContinue reading “Mental health care system in crisis”

Review of “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez

We have a general rule of thumb in our household that before seeing a movie, we try to read the book on which it is based.  (By the way, this has proved to be a great motivator for our son to plow through the Harry Potter books).  You may have recently seen the trailer forContinue reading “Review of “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez”