A lot of people ask me about the feasability of establishing their SANE programs (or, in the alternative, their SARTs) as nonprofits, and I think it's a model that can work if you go about it in a methodical and well-informed way*. Starting a nonprofit is more than just getting the government to bless you with 501C3 status, of course, but understanding the rest of the to-do list may have you feeling like you're wandering off into the weeds.
 

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As I finish out a long, but really good week of SANE training in IL, I am pleased to present another midwesterner for your weekly Q&A. Kathy Bell is the Tulsa, OK coordinator, and someone with whom I have had the pleasure of working for many years now. I'm thrilled she agreed to share with us this morning, so without further ado...
 
I’ve been a SANE since: 1994. A nurse since 1974.

Hospital or community-based program? Community

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Over at the Community Driven Institute website, you'll find an interesting article, Building & Sustaining Strong, Engaged Programs. The author looks at how we build sustainable programs, and emphasizes shifting the focus away from the traditional financial-centric approach and focusing instead on infrastructure and community benefit.

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It's no secret that I'm a huge blog fan. When done well, blogs can be fantastic resources. Filled with short attention span-satisfying bits and pieces and loaded with links, blog authors frequently have information before their more established website counterparts. And blogs are written in conversational language I often find appealing. There are so many out there, though, it can be a challenge to navigate the hordes. That's why any time someone publishes a best of list, I'm all in. I'll certainly commit to checking out anyone's blog once.

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I'm teaching a SANE course this week in Peoria, IL (which, as it turns out. is harder to get to than Italy). In preparing for the week, I decided to catalog and upload all of my supplemental materials for easy access. So over at the forensic healthcare blog, you can now find a page that has all of these materials in one place. They're categorized and linked to either full text (where readily available), abstracts or websites.

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Jennifer Meyer runs Forensic Nursing Services of Providence, in Anchorage, Alaska. In the short period of time she's been there, she's tackled some huge challenges and yet, still has a passion and drive for the work that I really admire. Sharing a meal is always a high point for me when I make my way up there, and I always love to hear about the "visitors" she gets to her clinic:


[photo credit: Jennifer Meyer]
 

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Sometimes, it's the little stuff that makes our lives easier. Over at Lifehacker, they reported yesterday on a new website that converts documents to other formats--for free, with no need to download anything. CometDocs is a "one of its kinds free online document conversion interface that offers a large set of document conversions that can't be found anywhere else online".

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Fieldstone Alliance has a great piece on the keys to collaboration you might find useful. Aside from outlining the 4 areas needed for collaboration, it also has a section on elements of successful collaboration that might be of particular interest. Best of all, as with so many of their resources, it's written concisely, with lots of bullet points for easy digestion. My only beef with their stuff is that they don't offer printable views.

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It's a foggy, cold morning here at the Naval Justice School, and I am frankly, exhausted. I've had some fascinating conversations in the last 24 hours with many, many lawyers (both prosecutors and defense counsel, sometimes more than one at a time). One of the threads of our conversations has been balancing, or in some cases, marrying, the forensic with the clinical; making decisions that are patient-centered vs. investigation-centered. Deviating from protocols in favor of processes that make patients more comfortable, more in control.

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Good morning from beautiful Newport, RI!
 

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