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Mindfulness Resources

February 24, 2017LinkedIn

Andrea Schklar, AM, MSW, is a primary counselor. See her recommendations for mindfulness resources below.

Stop Breathe Think AppMindfulness can be an important part of maintaining our mental health. It is an integral part of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), but can be a useful practice for anyone. Mindfulness is a way to keep ourselves grounded in the present moment without dwelling in the past or worrying about the future.

Many mindfulness exercises involve the body as well as the mind, incorporating our posture, intentional movements, or breathing to help refocus our mind on the present.

I like the Breathe app. http://www.stopbreathethink.org.This app provides free and paid guided meditations of different types to easily introduce mindfulness practice.

The Miracle of Mindfulness is a book by Thich Nhat Hanh that teaches ways mindfulness can be used in everyday life. If I could learn to relax while doing the dishes, this book’s a winner. It’s not an app or a website; it’s better. It’s also available as an audiobook.

Here is an adaptation of a short breathing exercise from the book that you can try:

  1. Breathe a few breaths naturally, bringing your attention to all aspects of the process.
  2. Relax with the breath. Enjoy the breath.
  3. Breathe in and think to yourself, “I am breathing in.”
  4. Notice how the in-breath slows and then stops. Allow it to happen naturally, but notice it.
  5. Breathe out and count, “one.”
  6. Notice how the out-breath slows and then stops.
  7. Breathe in and think, “I am breathing in.”
  8. Breathe out and count “two.”
  9. Continue these breath cycles until you count to ten. Keep your mind on the breath as much as you can. If your mind wanders, simply bring it back to the breath and continue.


A Rabbi Visits Cherry Gulch

What a great article! Ms. Schwartz had a fantastic take on an issue that is very important to us. One of our ethical principles requires that our members “be aware and respectful of cultural, familial, and societal backgrounds of their program participants” and it is wonderful to hear how our programs are incorporating members of the local community to help with that. http://www.facebook.com/chabadlubavitchnews?sc=tw_share http://ow.ly/i/t5V3K

Supreme Court Rules in Favor Of A Special Education Student


School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, “appropriately ambitious” progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

The case centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents removed him from public school in fifth grade. He went on to make better progress in a private school. His parents argued that the individualized education plan provided by the public school was inadequate, and they sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.

The Supreme Court today sided with the family, overturning a lower court ruling in the school district’s favor.

The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guarantees a “free appropriate public education” to all students with disabilities. Today’s opinion held that “appropriate” goes further than what the lower courts had held.

“It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not,” read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts.



SAMHSA Seeks Comments on Rule Changes Regarding Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

The Legal Action Center (“LAC”) has released a template for stakeholders to use to comment on the January 18, 2017 Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“SNPRM”) issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”). This SNPRM requests stakeholder comments on additional proposed changes to the regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records (“42 C.F.R. Part 2” or “Part 2”). The proposed changes are in addition to changes already made to 42 C.F.R. Part 2 by a Final Rule released on the same date. LAC submitted revised comments on the SNRPM on February 13, 2017.

Although both the Final Rule and the SNPRM are on hold until at least March 20, 2017, pursuant to a memorandum from President Trump, LAC strongly encourages stakeholders to comment on the SNPRM. While it is not clear that the February 17, 2017 comment submission deadline referenced in the SNPRM still applies, LAC is adhering to that deadline and advises others to do so as well.

The SNPRM seeks to clarify how lawful holders of Part 2-protected substance use disorder information may disclose that information to their contractors, subcontractors, and legal representatives for the purposes of carrying out payment, health care operations, and other health care related activities. The SNPRM also proposes changes to the notice of the prohibition on re-disclosure. LAC understands that there may be a legitimate need for some of the proposed changes, but is concerned the changes are written so broadly that they may threaten core Part 2 protections. Therefore, LAC does not support the proposed changes unless SAMHSA includes additional patient protections to balance the increased flexibility created by the proposed changes. LAC’s specific recommendations for additional protections are discussed in our comments.

Stakeholders are invited to use LAC’s template to submit comments, and to modify the template as they see fit. Comments should be submitted by February 17, 2017. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov, or by mail or hand delivery to:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Department of Health and Human Services

ATTN: Danielle Tarino, SAMHSA

5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13E89A

Rockville, Maryland 20857