Henry J. Steadman

Four horses at wire gate

I have owned thoroughbred racing horses for about 22 years.  I am small time, with usually 1 or 2 horses at a time that I own in a 50-50 partnership with my trainer.  They run most often at Finger Lake Race Track near Rochester, New York and occasionally at Saratoga, Aqueduct, and Belmont. One can… Read More


Lavender Field - Provence

How about a 6-day walking/hiking tour in Provence in the height of lavender season? That was the question my wife, Carolyn, asked me last January. The idea came from a brochure we received from Country Walkers, a company with whom we had done a hiking tour in Glacier and Waterton National Parks a number of years ago and… Read More


Gavel

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote an opinion that John Hinckley, Jr. no longer posed a danger to himself or others and should be released from federal supervision. Hinckley had been found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) in June… Read More


Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme court has had a very direct impact on my entire professional career.  However, until last month, I had never been in the court.  So just how did all this come to be? It starts with my first job after graduate school with the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene.  When I… Read More


Police

It seems like every week there is a new incident involving a police shooting or other intervention that kills a suspect.  Recently, it was Freddie Gray in Baltimore whose spine was severed during an arrest that resulted in his death.  A few weeks ago, right here in Albany, Donald Ivy was tasered by an Albany… Read More


Lily

Susan Stone was an employee of PRA for only a year or so.   For many years before that, her legal and psychiatric skills contributed to many site visits, grantee meetings, technical assistance events, and PRA social happenings.  She shared a love of horses with me and even took one of my retiring thoroughbreds off the… Read More


Movie theater

I am very critical of movies.  I complain about excessive head shots, lack of reality, unnecessary length, and many more things.  It is seldom that I am as enthusiastic about a movie as I am about the one I saw last weekend, Silver Linings Playbook.  See it! Rarely have I seen a film that depicts mental… Read More


25th Anniversary

Today is a special day for all of us at Policy Research Associates. Fully 25 years ago, on December 31, 1987, PRA opened its doors for the first time. At that time we had five employees and one federal grant, an NIMH research grant to study the impact of the shooting of President Regan by John Hinkley… Read More


City Blur

A few weeks ago I returned from the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.  After attending a variety of sessions developed by the Mental Health Section of APHA, doing a presentation on a multi-site mental health courts project we are heading, and perusing the full program, I was further convinced that a public… Read More


Barbed Wire

It depends.   It depends on whether one asks this question as a criminal justice professional or as a behavioral health professional.  In this instance I am talking specifically about programs to divert persons with mental illnesses who usually have co-occurring substance use disorders. In the criminal justice (CJ) world, diversion is commonly used as a… Read More


Marathon

In a recent edition of the Albany Times-Union, a professor from Skidmore College wrote an op ed piece on the biased coverage of the 2012 Olympics by NBC.   He called it jingoism. The point being that the vast majority of all the events covered in prime time were events in which American athletes won medals—usually… Read More


Storm

One of the biggest challenges in jail diversion work is engaging misdemeanants, especially repetitive ones.  In addition to all the behavioral health issues they may have, there often is little incentive to opt into diversion programs when they are facing only time served or very short jail sentences.  It is often an ethical dilemma for their legal… Read More