Family therapy, couples therapy, individual therapy, even weight management groups are all services that have been available at the USF Psychological Services Center for decades. Now, the center’s director, who served 10 years in the U.S. Army, is reaching out to the veteran and military families offering help. “We know that there are veterans, for whatever reason, are still hesitant about seeking services in the VA,” said Jack Darkes, director of the University of South Florida Psychological Services Center. Veterans and active-duty personnel both worry that they could lose their security clearance or a possible promotion if it becomes known they’re seeking psychological help. But because USF’s clinic does not take insurance, Darkes said, a client’s records are confidential.
The state is falling behind in addressing water quality needs in Southwest Florida. That was the message to state officials from residents and environmental advocates at a meeting Thursday in Fort Myers.
Bills to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Florida have been filed for this session of the Legislature. So far, sponsors have little to show for their work…except they've now been accused of jeopardizing the cause of medical marijuana. Dwight Bullard, the senator from Miami-Dade and the Keys, says Florida would get jobs, revenue, and a new measure of social justice if it would just join Colorado and Washington as the third state to legalize smoking marijuana for fun. He's the sponsor of a bill to do that.
Gov. Rick Scott has joined a lawsuit against oil company BP for its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. State water advocates applaud the move. Gov. Scott joined the multi-state lawsuit against oil giant BP this week. The suit also names Andarko and Transocean as defendants, saying all three companies are responsible for the environmental harm caused by the April 2010 spill.