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Mental Health Assessment

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: The recent shootings put a spotlight on our deteriorating mental health system. Can another mass shooting be prevented?
Air Date: 12/31/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Bart Rossi
Bart RossiDr. Bart Rossi is a NJ Licensed Psychologist, author The New-New American Life Style: Post September 11, 2001, A Psychologist's Perspective, columnist, and television commentator for Cable News 12; Power and Politics.

He began his career providing psychological care to a wide-range of clientele — through private practice, medical centers and other organizations, state-wide. He has served as co-Director of the Independent Child Study Teams, Inc. in Jersey City, and also as Director of the Adolescent Counseling Center of Somerset County. In 1977 he founded the Rossi Psychological Group, P.A, where — as CEO — he oversees a group comprised of over 50 licensed psychologists and medical professionals possessing expertise in specialized clinical areas. The Rossi Psychological Group is now also an affiliate of Vericare, the largest behavioral health company in the U.S.

Throughout the years he has worked with the New Jersey Parole Board Psychological Evaluations of Inmates, the New Jersey Department of Corrections [for the specialized training of 6,000+ Corrections Officers], the Hudson County Employee Assistance Program, and has been a Keynote speaker for the American Psychological Association Annual Practice Directorate Meeting [with representatives from all 50 states.]

Dr. Rossi received his B.A. in psychology at Parson's College, (Iowa), M.A., in clinical psychology at the University of Dayton (Ohio), M.A. in General-Theoretical psychology at Fordham University, (NY) and his Ph.D. in General-Theoretical Psychology at Fordham University (NY). He is a member of the American Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychological Association (former board member), and the New Jersey Association for the Advancement of Psychology (former chairperson).
Mental Health Assessment
In 2009, the recession forced budget cuts in general funding for mental health care by an estimated $4.35 billion nationwide, according to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. People suffering with mental illness are battling the budget cuts and stigma.

Psychologist Dr. Bart Rossi discusses the types of mental struggles someone may be going through to commit a horrific crime, warning signs and if it can be prevented.
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