Michael B. Friedman's Writings

Michael B. FriedmanWelcome!  This website contains my writings about mental health policy, social advocacy, social work, and political philosophy.  Some of these writings have been published; some are works in progress.  Some are OP-EDs; some are statements made at public hearings; some are reports; some are background materials on policy issues; and a few are academic publications.

The primary purpose of this website is to provide access to my writings to my students and to colleagues. Others who are interested or who just stumble onto the site via Internet searches are, of course, also welcome.    

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I have not structured this website to provide a forum for public dialogue about the issues.   I may do that in the future.  Let me know if you think that would be interesting and useful.

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What's New?

Writings in 2017
  • Pain and the Opioid Epidemic view
  • Housing for Older Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities   view
  • Meeting The Mental Health Challenges of The Elder Boom (book chapter)   view
  • Older Adults with Mental Illness: A Vulnerable Population   view
  • Elder Abuse: Challenges To The Mental Health System   view
  • Insomnia in Older Adults   view
  • A National MH Advocacy Agenda   view
  • Fight Threats To Federal MH Funding   view
Writings in 2016
  • Moral Obligations in Old Age   View
  • Response to Kleinman on Caregiving   View
  • A Remarkable Bio of The Stranger   View
  • Beyond Systems of Care?   View
  • Being My Mother's Health Care Proxy   View
  • A National Mental Health Agenda   View
  • Speak Out To The Presidential Candidates   View
  • Creative Art and Aging Well   View
  • Congressional MH Reform: Hope or Hype?   View
  • Not Sure I Want To Be 100   View
  • Noteworthy Deaths   View
  • Behavioral Health Workforce for an Aging America   View
 
Writings in 2015
  • Violence and Mental Illness: Suicide Is The Major Problem   View
  • Mental Health Systems Reform and the Workplace   View
  • Complexity of American Mental Health Policy   View
  • Improving Mental Health Policy: No Simple Solution   View
  • In Praise of Liberalism   View
  • Integrated Care At Last?   View
  • Art and Well-Being in Old Age   View
  • Do Art   View
  • Old, Drinking Too Much?   View
  • Prescription Painkiller Deaths   View
  • Being Great in Old Age   View
  • Improving American Mental Health Policy   View
  • Not Such A Grumpy Old Man    View
  • Doctors Can Promote Successful Aging   View
  • Aging Well Is Not An Oxymoron   View
 
Writings in 2014
  • Creativity and Psychological Well-Being    View
  • We Are Not Ready: On Gawande's Being Mortal   View
  • Substance Abuse and Misuse Among Older Adults   View
  • Medicaid Redesign: Impact on Older Adults   View
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Among Older Adults   View
  • Mental Health Policy Past and Future: A Lecture   View
  • Improving MH System Requires Accurate History   View
  • Successful Aging: The Challenge of Regret and Guilt   View
  • Successful Aging, Fortunately, Is Subjective   View
  • Integrated Treatment To Support Successful Aging   View
  • Raise The Age Of Criminal Responsibility in NYS   View
  • Mass Murder Bandwagon Distracts From Good MH Policy   View
  • Housing of Older Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities   View
  • Be On The Lookout For Elder Abuse   View
  • Bet On The Future?   View
  • Will Managed Care Advance Community Mental Health?   View
  • Debate on Mental Health Policy in Medpage Today   View