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Don’t like long, convoluted post titles? Don’t shoot the messenger: Did I conceive, gestate, give birth to, nurture and L.A.U.N.C.H. these “Great Ideas” ? (Started mid-Dec., 2018; Publ. “WYSIWYGG” March 15, 2019).

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Post Title:Don’t like long, convoluted post titles? Don’t shoot the messenger: Did I conceive, gestate, give birth to, nurture and L.A.U.N.C.H. these “Great Ideas” ? (Started mid-Dec., 2018; Publ. “WYSIWYGG” March 15, 2019). (Short-link ending “-9md.”)

(Started mid-Dec. 2018, worked on periodically in January and February, 2019, and parts split off into another post, “Simply Parent” still also in draft.  Published as-is (WYSIWYGG) March 15, 2019 and just under 12,000 words including the WYSIWYGG intro.  Note:  This post has many images.  If your viewing device doesn’t allow manual expansion by some form of a finger-swipe, a double-click on image may have the same effect.  Not really recommended for viewing on cell-phone or other small screens).

“WYSIWYGG”  — “What You See (so far) Is What You’re Gonna Get.”

Its sections are far from seamless, but each section on its own makes points worth pondering with the usual links to think (read) some more. Within the section, Show-and-Tell alternates with conversational mode, my responses, on each topic. For me, “conversational mode” means longer sentences which is how I think.

The post ends a bit abruptly.  Like I said, WYSIWYGG.

This post most directly connects to this topic’s subject matter through a parent education non-profit business run out of Cuyahoga County, Ohio (with obvious AFCC influence and personnel) which continues to post its “NREPP” credential.

I begin showing how NREPP has been shut down or frozen for replacement by a new acronym, EBPRC, which (to locate) requires showing several more archeological/archival digs, most residing somewhere under the umbrella of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  The basis of pushing parent education comes, generally, from social science theories related to welfare (administered ℅ HHS/ACF/OFA) and mental health prevention and services (incl. but not limited to under HHS/SAMHSA), so a rapid expansion, that is “LAUNCH,”comes under that very large conceptual tent under SAMHSA — all of which connects to departmental budget requests…. some of which I link to.  I unearthed “LAUNCH” looking up the NREPP credentials of the parent education course.

For an AFCC-conference sponsor, that is, the owner/s of “Center for Divorce Education” to have figured out where to tap into HHS-budgeted funding streams about to go national (or having already done so) should by now be no surprise — but it should also be shown.  Incorporating a reference to “LAUNCH,” once I understood it in the SAMHSA context in what was intended to be more focused on the “Family-Court-Fixers” who ignore another part of HHS administering welfare services (i.e., primarily the OFA) was probably too much payload for one post.

This post achieved my WYSIWYGG status officially March 12, 2019, after I admitted I’ve run out of time to keep my head into this material and wrangle the formatting  into a better place. Having so categorized it, I’m going to also publish it this day.  Well (as you can see), Friday, March 15.

WHY PUBLISHING “As-is”:  As of today, it’s “evident” (speaking of “things “evidence-based”) personally that I am moving into another season of self-defense of housing and privacy in the form of litigation, as occurred June 2014 — Jan. 2016.  I do not know how long it will last, or whether it’ll be the intended “Pyrrhic Victory” (look it up)** if I win, or a rout, if I do not, closure from further dealings of this kind in a way which does not “kick the can down the curb” further.  I have reached out (that’s been part of the delay on this post also) to qualified sources (both legal, and dealing with/aware of elder abuse situations), which requires also ongoing time and focus.


**Phrases.uk.org but “JSTOR Daily” says maybe we’re reading it wrong, and anyhow most of that battle was told from the Roman point of view (to save face).  (How “Pyrrhic Victory became a “Go-To” Metaphor Feb. 7, 2019 by Farah Mohammed, and referring to  how long Brexit is taking, Bloomberg’s use of that metaphor and, at the end of the day, “there’s still a continent of people to govern.”  Apparently Pyhrrus was a despot, and his battles didn’t better the people’s condition.  Certainly could be said of those I’ve been battling (not winning much) over the past decades, that is, if the banners (causes) they were initiated under were ever stated in good faith, i.e., sincere and genuine.))

To comment on this, I’ll bet, common situation: Ever heard of the cycles of domestic violence (escalate, explode, plateau until the next incident) within personal relationships?  They do not go away with separation automatically.  After one leaves abuse, depending on the level of other invested parties wanting to engage, target, continue to control, and/or stalk a separating, domestic-violence-protection-seeking spouse or intimate partner with children in the family courts,  the cycle becomes wider in scope, maybe longer in time, but identifiable “seasons” continue to show up with cumulative impact.

To outsiders and most of the public, the separation is assumed to be complete and violence and coercion with potential to go imminently violent (life- and health-threatening, sudden) at any point to have subsided 100% if it’s less overtly dramatic.** It may not have.  Abusers may obtain sufficient influence to engage in a relay race; they get time-off, or just (as seems to have happened here) drop out of the race, while others carry the “baton” of destruction, but the target does not, turning life into a basic marathon — in order to stay, ALMOST in place. When it doe continue and expand, lawyers and their mental health counterparts taking court referrals want their piece of any visible resource, too, regularly, until that source is dry, or about to run dry, at which point they’ll seek to jump/dump to other associates (good to maintain those business networks, trade favors, etc….).  My case in point THIS time…

**In my experience, not so — the coercion and pressure did not subside and has not subsided; it is just less “in your face“! We’re already multi-generational over just my ONE decision years ago to get legal intervention, and insist on as many proper legal boundaries as I could at any point in time, ever since.  I sent this message clearly, and did not make exceptions for my immediate family members who showed (early on) they were not going to even respect the initial DVRO.  Until just a few months ago, everything I did was within close driving distance of at least a few of those individuals.  Putting some geographic space inbetween, while not the complete solution was a major accomplishment, and I had to do it without advance notice to almost anyone, and like a fugitive.

In reviewing my own post-separation timeline, which is getting longer on the back end, and frighteningly shorter looking forward if the practice continues, the cycle seems to be about every two years; whether in family court or now, as it happens, probate. I’d like to see ANYONE sustain a living with 15-20 years of that (it’s pushing 20 years for me  after about 10 years of the more overt, direct, assault-and-battery, garden-variety serious domestic violence  that was the real substance of my own “marriage,” as I know it is and was for many.

As these things tend to go, now again I’m in dealing with both PTSD and “Pissed-Off” modes, neither of which is conducive to best writing, or help-seeking. No matter how righteous my cause for maintaining distance, separation, and privacy, the timing of (very recent development) pending open litigation back in California to maintain it could not be worse, or should I say, could not have been targeted bettter to prevent that distance, separation, and privacy long enough to generate new lines of work greater than even the recently greatly (by about two-thirds) reduced living expenses.  See my sporadic comments on this blog, or Twitter (@LetUsGetHonest) about a recent interstate re-location into better (and less expensive) living circumstances with real hope for a personally sustainable future, away from the Gold-Digging, excuse me, Golden State. //LGH 3/12/2019.

Published:  March 15, 2019.  Below this line, most content written between Dec. 2018, Jan. and Feb. 2019; some in early March.

Again, the question is: “Don’t like long, convoluted post titles? Don’t shoot the messenger: Did I conceive, gestate, give birth to, nurture and L.A.U.N.C.H. these “Great Ideas” ? (Started mid-Dec., 2018; Publ. “WYSIWYGG” March 15, 2019).

No I did not, but if you want a list of who did, look through this blog’s Table of Contents, follow me on Twitter and watch the hashtags used, or survey the landscape yourself. Meanwhile, for now, it’s long, convoluted post titles to tag several elements of each longstanding convoluted situation I’m taking a core sample of for that post…  (How do you think I keep my own posts straight after nine years and almost 800 of them — by total recall and three-word reminders?)

A nearby post (mid-December, I did not know whether I would publish first this one or that one.  On Dec. 25, I published “that one”):

Checking out just one foot-noted claim on the home page of just one of the (entities/web pages) led me down another rabbit hole (with new ones being dug) at SAMHSA and involving Mental Health – State Prevention Grants (“MH-SPG” in budget justifications shorthand), with the point of reference cited as proof of being an “Evidence-Based Practice” having just been moved in 2018, by SAMHSA from “NREPP” to simply EBPR (or similar name) …

on which website I got to hunt and dig for ANY reference to the program being pushed (and having been developed) by the private owner/s of “Family Works, Inc.” at 92 Van Ness Avenue, Ashland, Oregon — with no corresponding “Inc.” showing as currently registered in Oregon to do business under that name at the state department’s database recording such things…. “Go figure…”  {{My post-publication follow-up back in Ohio showed there was one in Ohio** — but the entity’s address is still shown as Oregon. So are we to presume that there is no revenue exchange (commerce) taking place IN Oregon still? And if I, with NO comparable source of ongoing revenue from any public source for my private enjoyment, take time to follow-up with a BLOG post stating this, why hasn’t the other entity’s owner (it turns out to be one person on the record as I recall) taken a few minutes to update company web pages referencing a government entity which no longer exists, the NREPP, and re-directing readers to the updated evidence?}}   (**I’ve now added links and images to the OHIO corporate filings for Family Works, Inc., to my “Assembling the Pieces” post (intro), as I was the one saying I couldn’t find its incorporation…]  

But it was “illuminating” to find out under what rationale such programs are encouraged —  Mental/Behavioral Health — and how rarely they are independently evaluated.  An ever-expanding, increasingly centralized Mental Health Archipelago as a Public Service, i.e., as U.S. Federal Government (Executive Branch-administered) policy has become a Personal Private Bonanza for those who got in on it early.

WHY I MENTIONED “L.A.U.N.C.H.” IN THIS CONTEXT:

(This extended section is in a different background color to distinguish from the rest of the post.  Its complexity comes from tangling with the US Government’s HHS “OpDiv” called “SAMHSA” (which came into being 1992) and its budget justifications, funding streams, and “data repositories” as in “NREPP” (National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices), essentially a website/electronic library, which only came into being 1997).

I used the word “L.A.U.N.C.H.” because it’s an acronym, however you’ll find “Project LAUNCH” (without the extra periods) in SAMHSA’s FY2012 Budget Appropriations Committees Justifications as planned to be continued ($25M) this year, then submerged under MH-SPGs and “launched” this construct nationwide, total grants $90M.  (Click on that link and use the search function for 10 occurrences:  Here’s an image from the page dedicated to it (not including the chart at top with the $$ amounts):

  • | * | * |  [IMAGE TO BE INSERTED HERE.  Maybe (but links already provided)]

Got your Acronyms straight yet? The above link’s main domain name on its url is simply “SAMHSA.gov.”

The url to an article about the suspension of the NREPP domain name alone has four acronyms ( in reverse order, NIH, NLM, NCBI | https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6013894/), + the final portion of the url, “PMC,” each of which part of (HHS) has a history, as does the article itself, which holds an opinion on the suspension of NREPP (in 2018) and replacement of it by, it seems, an EBPRC…

Good Grief. Talk about a major, over-arching infrastructure in HHS!!

In the next home-made, that is blogger’s table, not one quoted from another website,** the first five rows (LAUNCH, NREPP, EBRC, PMC®) are not parts of HHS by division, but (as best I can understand it as a layperson), its PROJECTS.  Below these first five rows,  I’ve listed rows for NCBI, NLM, NIH and SAMHSA) To better distinguish a project which may have a web page also named (in part) after it from an official subdivision of HHS, see its webpages!   (This page, “Appendix B” is dated 2015.  (i.e., pre-Trump but still up!) Websites change, so I recommend just searching for HHS Organizational Chart, Operational Divisions (OpDivs) or similar term.  Program Offices are underneath “OpDivs” in the nomenclature, last I looked.  SAMHSA is at the same heirarchical level as ACF and NIH; there are eleven (11) OpDivs listed currently.  {{**If such a table were made prominently available throughout HHS pages, or its OpDiv pages, I wouldn’t need to construct one just to keep it straight, and to be able to talk about the programs versus the parts of HHS!}}

LAUNCH, as in SAMHSA’s
“Project LAUNCH”
Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health” (2008ff)
NREPP National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (suspended in 2018, has a certain history since 1997)
EBPRC Evidence-Based Practices Resources Center (replaces NREPP?)
PMC® PubMedCentral® = a digital archive launched in 2000(see nearby images “PMC Overview” & “Disclaimer”; managed by NLM’s NCBI.  (There is also a PMC International)
NCBI National Center on Biotechnology Information
NLM National Libraries of Medicine (under NIH)
NIH National Institutes of Health
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (under HHS) started in 1992?

(Click image to enlarge) ##1 of 3: HHS 11 Operating Divisions (“OpDivs”) shown on the right column. These OpDivs are listed (as are Program Offices) as optional filters (select) or fields to display (column heads for search results to check that category off or on)  at “TAGGS.HHS.Gov” (Advanced search). ACF (top), NIH and SAMHSA (near the bottom) are all at the same organizational level.

##2 of 3: HHS Agencies & Offices, showing the first OpDiv (they’re listed alphabetically) “ACF” with its logo. ACF administers Social Security Act (“Welfare”) funds, as I understand it; it has smaller “Program Offices” underneath).

##3 of 3: HHS OpDivs NIH and SAMHSA described briefly from HHS website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, ….

This “PMC” article  (same url here as shown immediately above the table of acronyms), Suspension of the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: the importance of adhering to the evidence” also talks about 1997, 2007 and 2015 standards, and expresses disagreement with the suspension  (4-image gallery below contains the citation reference and Abstract).

The author Sharon G. Hennessy (“SGH”) discloses that she is the former collaborator and widow of the person who developed the NREPP:  “SGH is the former collaborator and widow of the late Dr. Kevin Hennessy, the developer of the 2007 version of NREPP.”  Footnotes to this article may be helpful; I noticed one of them refers to “ActiveParenting.com”.  Also, looking for “Dr. Kevin Hennessy, NREPP, 2007” I found him quoted in a full page of a Sept/Oct. 2008 SAMHSA Newsletter (found on a wordpress website).  Just a reminder:  “evidence” means different things to different people” and “

NREPP is a voluntary, self- nominating system, and developers choose to present their programs for review

Therefore I have to assume that the developer/s of “ParentingWisely®” also submitted their program for review, rather than had grassroots (or other NIH employees) knocking on their doors to submit their program.  If unaware of this, the implication otherwise is that SAMHSA sought them out as obviously appropriate for the listing.  Apparently, SAMSHA did not; it’s SELF-NOMINATING process.

This (published online 2011) Brief Review by both Hennessy Ph.D.s reiterates that the proprietary (i.e., trademarked) programs show as lower quality in research, but more prepared for dissemination, and more aimed at younger people (especially) youth.  “A Review of Mental Health Interventions in SAMHSA’s [NREPP]” (published on Psychiatry Online.  I think it’s well-written and informative).
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Assembling the Pieces: [1] AFCC 54th Annual Conference (2017)’s Diamond (Top) Sponsor “Avirat” (2001 MN, later -2015- in UK, product “OurFamilyWizard™”) found promoting [2] “Family Works, Inc.” (last found registered in Oregon, running “ParentingWisely™”) which probably profits ℅ royalties from [3] “Center For Divorce Education, Inc.” (Ohio Legal Domiciled Nonprofit at the same Ashland, Oregon, address, under same CEO, running “Children In Between™”) which takes Court-Ordered Parent Education Business (Out-of-State + Spanish-Speaking Parents) from [4] Cuyahoga County Ohio’s Domestic Relations Court’s “Special Circumstances, Rule 34” (1994ff).

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Assembling the Pieces: [1] AFCC Conference Diamond (top) Sponsor “Avirat” (2001 MN, later in UK, product “OurFamilyWizard(™)”) found promoting [2] “Family Works, Inc.” (last found registered in Oregon, running “ParentingWisely(™)”) which probably profits ℅ royalties from [3] “Center For Divorce Education, Inc.” (Ohio Legal Domiciled Nonprofit at the same Ashland, Oregon, address, under same CEO, running “Children In Between(™) “) which takes (for Out-of-State + Spanish-Speaking Parents) Court-Ordered Parent Education Business from [4] Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s Domestic Relations Court’s “Special Circumstances, Rule 34” (1994ff). (Short-link ends “-9lB” and the middle character is a small “L” not the number “1”) This link and full title will be posted again further below. Post as published is just under 12,000 words.

(How do you think I keep my own posts straight after nine years and almost 800 of them — by total recall and three-word reminders or by placing as many clues in the title as possible to the contents resulting in outrageously long, but memorable [to me!] titles?)

Dec.12 post: https://wp.me/psBXH-9ld (scroll or page down to middle for section with colorful images on OurFamilyWizard® & AFCC’s 54th Annual (2017) Conference in Boston); Dec. 8 post: https://wp.me/psBXH-8HX


Don’t shoot the messenger. I didn’t make this mess.  I’m just untangling and translating some of it.

See nearby image: My last two posts have background on this (mess) and explain why I haven’t dropped the topic yet. (Red Flag for RICO situations evident as well as a prime example of classic court-connected programming). If these two posts aren’t still showing under the widget to the right (i.e., if you’re reading this post months later, knocking them off the “Last Few [10] Posts” list), to access those two posts easily, use this blog’s “Archives” (calendar widget near top right): set it to December, 2018, and click on Dec. 11 or 7, which display on the calendar as having links. The “Most Recent Posts” widget displays dates automatically; Archives links to them automatically;I don’t know why they are one day off from each other. You can also use the links I added to the nearby image caption.  

The first of these two, ‘A Substantial Background Check and History,” (posted separately Dec. 12 but written almost a year earlier and originally published then on my extensive Front (Home) Page) has a section on “Avirat” and court-mandated consumption of its digital-platform product (OFW).

The second post shown in nearby image, “The Public/Private Nor-For-Profit/For Profit…” (posted Dec. 8) focuses on the nonprofit “Center for Divorce Education” (“CDE”) as related to the presumably for-profit (NOT tax-exempt) “Family Works, Inc.” (“FWI”) being also at the same Oregon address In this dynamic duo, the nonprofit is legal-domicile Ohio and the other one, at this point, I can’t say in what form or where it still exists…).{{**}}

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{{**Later, I found it (?) back in Ohio.. Searchable at the Secretary of State Business Search website}}.  Its single incorporator (Don A. Gordon) and the only filings shown are: 1997, 1999, and again in April, 2018, then June 2018.  I knew Ohio didn’t require annual filings — but only once every about twenty years??)   Typo in Entity # corrected.  Correct Entity# is “975105,” it formerly displayed “971505 .” I realize the slideshow (image gallery) format is sometimes hard to see details on, which is why I’ve also provided a link so people may repeat the search on-line themselves from the Secretary of State website, and view whichever pdf images are also available there (recommended!).//LGH Image gallery added Jan. 14; typo in FWI Ohio Business ID or Entity# corrected Jan. 16, 2019 }}


To know whether or even approximately how much revenues stream through CDE through court-mandated referrals (in many different states) to FWI, or separately to FWI directly OR through nonprofits supported by social services federal grants, or federal grants to states, one would have to also find some of those government entities accounting trail that handles those types of grants or that type of programming.

In this post, while I just picked one of many county entities that CDE apparently counts on for its business, I couldn’t even find that county’s CAFRs (comprehensive annual financial report), although the county website freely admits it’s obligated to produce them and submit to a higher authority (the “GFOA.”). It doesn’t admit, in the same paragraphs, that the public might deserve access to these or have an interest in reading them.. It sounds to me, then, that generally speaking, this topic tends to on closer look, run through a leaky circuitry whose overseers are less than interested in talking about such leaks, or plugging them, or that the public should even be aware such leaks may characterize the system overall.

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