Author Archive for: Faith Sills
About Faith Sills
Faith E. Sills, LCSW, CBHCMS, has spent the majority of her career in the field of forensic work (primarily mitigation and forensic competency). She works at the 9th Circuit Public Defender’s Office managing a team of social workers who develop, implement and facilitate programs that enable clients to navigate the justice system. In addition to her role as the chief of social services, she also develops trainings and events and developed and maintains 3 websites for the agency: www.flmhlaw.com, www.salutevets.com and www.crimefreefuture.com.
Entries by Faith Sills
By Military.com MDMA, the active ingredient in the recreational drug ecstasy, has shown great promise in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, it showed such promise during safety trials that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designated MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD as a “breakthrough therapy,” meaning the administration believes it may prove more […]
By Scott Johnson and Mary Baer So far, the program has graduated 2 inmates who have been released, and those former inmates have not re-offended GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – A new program inside the Clay County jail is helping military veterans who are now inmates get the skills they need to re-enter society. On Tuesday, […]
By Prison Fellowship America is the “land of the free,” but many of those who served our country are now serving time. The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that there are about 180,000 United States veterans in our prisons and jails. This past Sunday, November 11, our country celebrated Veterans Day, a celebration to honor […]
By Margaret Wadsworth A diagnosis of PTSD can help veterans with lighter sentences, grounds for appeal, treatment in jail, and early parole. If you are a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and you have been convicted of a crime, your lawyer may be able to use your diagnosis of PTSD to help you […]
Written by Jennifer Martinez-Medina affiliated with Repatriate Our Patriots, an advocacy organization that supports deported veterans, and is Co-Editor for Desolate Zine. Ivan Ocon thought he would be headed back to civilian life as a U.S. citizen after serving the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Ocon, who was born in Mexico, came […]
Written by Denis McDonough with the Veterans Defense Project. For those of you that know me, you know that I am passionate about ensuring our fighting men and women of the Armed Forces get home safely after serving our Nation. They served our Nation with honor, courage and commitment. We have a responsibility to make […]
Emily Domenech only planned to honor one person during her visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day: her late grandfather, John Domenech, a career Army officer who fought in three wars. But by the time the cemetery closed Monday, she had honored 60 fallen veterans at their gravesites, on behalf of families across the […]
Thousands of people who had planned to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C., this holiday weekend were forced to cancel this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. That includes veterans traveling with the nonprofit network Honor Flight, which recently suspended all trips at least until this fall. “Our veterans that travel with us are still […]
The Florida Veterans Foundation has created https://helpflvets.org/ to help Florida veterans navigate during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
UCF RESTORES — a trauma clinic best known for helping veterans and first responders overcome PTSD — is offering an ongoing Facebook Live series starting Monday to help the public handle the stress of the current COVID-19 pandemic. “This is unprecedented in our lifetime — this kind of long-term, high-level stress,” said psychologist Deborah Beidel, […]
Last week, Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, hosted PD9’s 2020 Spring Training in Orlando, Florida. Videos of the presentations can be viewed below. PTSD and Application in Criminal Court from an Expert’s Perspective – Dr. Ryan Hall The purpose of this lecture is to discuss concepts of PTSD and […]
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