Will we see SustiNet in Ct. sooner than later? State employees take notice of this!

Will we see SustiNet in Ct. sooner than later? State employees take notice of this!
Is this the reason Governor Malloy is asking Unions to open the 2017 agreement now? Is this what he is referring to in his recent budget address of moving State Employees to a plan similar to that that covers Federal employees?

Click the links for info on Sustinet





Employee & Retiree Health Plan

This bill may require conversion of the state health plans to self-funded SustiNet Plan coverage beginning on or after July 1, 2011. For this change to occur, consent would be required from the State Employees’ Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) to amend a collectively bargained agreement in effect until 2017. As a self-insured health care delivery plan, the SustiNet Plan would pay directly for participant claims on an incurred-and-reported basis. When the state health plans move from fully-insured plans to a self-insured mechanism, the premiums paid to private contracted health insurers cease and claims begin to be paid directly from a self-insured pool. In the event that SEBAC decides not to offer only one plan through SustiNet, there is no requirement that the remaining state employee health care coverage be moved to a self-insured plan. Therefore, the savings accrued from a delay in claims payments would be diminished.

Tell Congress: Don’t pull the plug on NPR

sign the petition here: http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/save_npr/

Tell Congress: Don’t pull the plug on NPR

We’re only a few weeks into the 112th Congress, and Republicans in Congress are already attempting to pull the plug on public media.

While deciding how to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, House Republicans were able to zero out all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the nonprofit responsible for funding public media including NPR, PBS, Pacifica and more.

If the funding is not restored in the Senate, it would be a tremendous blow to the entire public interest media sector.

We cannot allow congressional Republicans to destroy public media.

Tell Congress: Fully fund NPR and defend public service media!More to the point, it’s nearly impossible to put a price tag on the actual value of public broadcasting.

House Republicans disingenuously claimed that they needed to cut funding for public media because of budgetary constraints. But what they failed to highlight is that national public broadcasting is remarkably cost effective, providing local news and information, free of charge, for millions of viewers while only receiving about .0001% of the federal budget.1

Public media is one of the last bulwarks against the corporate media, where the combination of consolidation and profit motive has long since shifted the focus to infotainment rather than substantive news. In many rural and less affluent communities, broadcasters rely on federal funding to provide the only available high-quality news and public affairs programming.

Without public media, corporate media monopolies would increase their already large control of what we see on television, hear on the radio or read in the newspaper.

This outcome should deeply worry all of us. The increased accumulation and consolidation of corporate power is a threat to our democracy. And nowhere is this more evident than in our media.

At a time when media consolidation is shrinking the number of perspectives we have access to over the airwaves and when newsrooms are shrinking, we need more diversity in our media not less. And we simply cannot afford to lose what public media brings to the table.

Tell Congress: Fully fund NPR and defend public service media!

Conservatives have longed for any opportunity to defund NPR, PBS and other public media, and now it looks like they may finally get their wish.Don’t let Congress pull the plug on NPR and PBS! Tell them reject cuts to public broadcasting.

Why Psychotherapists Fail To Help People Today by Douglas LaBier, Ph.D.


 An interesting article from the Psychology Today written by Douglas LaBaier, Ph.D. 


Many people who enter psychotherapy today aren’t helped at all. Some end up more troubled than when they began treatment. And ironically, some therapists are examples of the kinds of problems they’re trying to treat. In this post I explain why that is and how to become a more informed consumer when considering psychotherapy….click the above link to read the entire article

necessary loss of a therapist

On this day three years ago my former therapist found out that I reported him for insurance fraud …Wow was that an uncomfortable discussion, starting at 430pm in the evening and lasting  5 hours into the night!
  Leonard R. morphed into a  worm….visibly wriggling and contorting himself to convince me I was the “bad guy” who needed forgiveness for my “grievous error”  in reporting him to the insurance company for insurance fraud! 
That he attempted to make this “grist for the mill” in a therapeutic sense boggled my brain! I was no longer a client of his in the first place….second, he did something illegal, not just unethical! Yet he went forth that night proclaiming that he was the person wronged….that I should have told him the detailed consequences of what would happen if he did not pay back the insurance company and have my sessions reinstated….( he had failed to fulfill his end of a deal we had made after I caught the insurance fraud in February 2007 that he would not place claims with the insurance company for the next 7 sessions until we caught up  with the number of sessions he had already billed for….sounded like a easy, clear deal to me! The dumbass went ahead and put the claims in anyway) He had had almost a year, 8 months in which he was no longer considered to be “my therapist” to do this,
After considering my options for a several months, and realizing that Leonard R was a “man of many words”…..but not a “man of his word” I turned the issue over to the insurance company….and later to the State of Connecticut Department of Public health. (there is no Licensing Board in Ct.)
 I most had to answer to myself as to why I even agreed to have this discussion with him! Why had  I placed myself in this sort of situation?
 It wouldn’t even be a brief consideration today!   I wouldn’t make it through the first session with a therapist like Leonard R…perhaps not even the first phone call…the red flags were flying then and there!

To Reap Psychotherapy’s Benefits, Get a Good Fit


A slightly dated, but informative article on the therapeutic relationship from the new York Times (2007)

Americans seem to like psychotherapy. Whether it’s for the mundane conflicts of everyday life or life-threatening illnesses like major depression, psychotherapy is widely viewed as a healthy, if not harmless, pursuit.

Yet unlike most other medical treatments, psychotherapy can take considerable time. An infection can be cured in days, but remission of severe depression or anxiety disorder usually takes weeks or months, and a personality disorder typically requires years of intensive psychotherapy.

So if the outcome may be months or years away, how can a person tell whether his psychotherapy is any good?

It’s harder than you’d think. For one thing, people… (to read more click the above link)

creative anger management

… an innovative form of anger management! After the day I had I needed the laugh!

ANGER Management (original author unknown)

When you occasionally have a really bad day, and you just need to take it out on someone, don’t take it out on someone you know. Take it out on someone you don’t know.

I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I’d forgotten to make. I found the number and dialed it.

A man answered, saying “Hello.”

I politely said, “This is Chris, could I please speak with Robyn Carter?”

Suddenly a manic voice [probably a liberal] yelled out in my ear “Get the right f***ing number!” and he slammed down the phone. I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so rude. When I tracked down Robyn’s correct number to call her, I found that I had accidentally transposed the last two digits.

After hanging up with her, I decided to call the ‘wrong’ number again.

When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled, “You’re a shit head!”, and hung up. I wrote his number down with the word ‘shit head’ next to it, and put it in my desk drawer. Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad day; I’d call him up and yell, “You’re a shithead!”

When Caller ID was introduced, I thought my therapeutic ‘shit head’ calling would have to stop. So, I called his number and said, “Hi, this is Jerry Smith from the telephone company. I’m calling to see if you’re familiar with our Caller ID Program?”

He yelled “NO!” and slammed down the phone. I quickly called him back and said, “That’s because you’re a shit head!” and hung up.

One day I was at the store, getting ready to pull into a parking spot. Some guy in a black BMW [probably another liberal] cut me off and stole the spot I had patiently waited for. I honked the horn and yelled that I had been waiting for that spot – he just gave me the finger!

However, he had a For Sale on his side windows, with his phone number!

I wrote it down.

A couple of days later, right after calling the first shit head, (I had his number on speed dial); I thought that I’d better call the BMW shit head, too. I said, “Is this the man with the black BMW for sale?”

He said, “Yes, it is.”

I asked, “Can you tell me where I can see it?”

He said, “Yes, I live at 34 Oaktree Blvd, in Fairfax. It’s a yellow house and the car’s parked right out in front.”

So I asked, “What’s your name?”

He said, “My name is Don Hansen.”

I asked, “When’s a good time to catch you, Don?”

He said, “I’m home every evening after five.”

I said, “Listen, Don, can I tell you something?”

He said, “Yes?”

I said, “Don, you’re a shit head!”

Then I hung up, and added his number to my speed dial, too. Now, when I had a problem: I had two shit heads to call.

Then I came up with an idea.

I called shit head #1.

He said, “Hello.”

I said, “You’re a shit head!”; (but I didn’t hang up.)

He asked, “Are you still there?”

I said, “Yeah.”

He screamed, “Stop calling me.”

I said, “Make me.”

He asked, “Who are you?”

I said, “My name is Don Hansen.” (Don’s the guy with the BMW)

He said, “Yeah? Where do you live?”

I said, “Shit head, I live at 34 Oaktree Blvd , in Fairfax , a yellow house. I have a black Beamer parked right in front.”

He said, “I’m coming over right now, Don; and you had better start saying your prayers.”

I said, “Yeah, like I’m really scared, shit head,” and hung up.

Then I called shit head #2.

He said, “Hello?”

I said, “Hello, shit head.”

He yelled, “If I ever find out who you are…”

I said, “You’ll what?”

He said, “I’ll kick your ass.”

I answered, “Well, shit head, here’s your chance. I’m coming over right now.”

Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying that I lived at 34 Oaktree Blvd , in Fairfax , and that I was on my way over there to kill my gay lover.

Then I called Channel 9 News about the gang war going down on Oaktree Blvd in Fairfax .

I quickly got into my car and headed over to Fairfax . I got there just in time to watch the two shit heads beating the crap out of each other in front of six cop cars, an overhead news helicopter; and surrounded by a news crew.

NOW I feel much better.

Anger management really does work.