In response to high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and other drug abuse, domestic violence and mental health challenges among uniformed professionals (police, fire, military, EMTs, etc.) the Brattleboro Retreat is proud to announce the opening on Tuesday, August 11 of a new 16-bed, partial hospitalization program designed specifically to meet the unique mental health and addiction treatment needs of this population. Most participants will also take advantage of the program’s residential component, which offers single and double rooms in a newly renovated property on the Retreat campus.The Retreat’s new USW program is expected to help meet the largely unmet mental health and addiction treatment needs of uniformed professionals from locations and service branches (civilian and military) across the country. It will offer a host of treatment options in a highly confidential setting. These options include individual and group therapy, medication management and drug and alcohol support groups, mindfulness-based training, stress and anger management and other psycho-education workshops, wellness training, recreation therapy and ongoing aftercare.“With less than a handful of similar services across the country, we’ve taken great care to design a program based on proven treatment approaches such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and others,” said James Bastien, director. “Our clinical staff includes individuals with personal experience in uniform—clinicians who have the experience and credibility that makes a big difference when uniformed professionals reach out for help.”To accommodate the new program, the Retreat has renovated both clinical and residential space on its campus. Participants will also have access, as needed, to the Retreat’s entire continuum of care including inpatient hospitalization and detox services—a unique feature not available elsewhere. “We are honored to be able to offer a place, and a staff, with the specialized knowledge and the credibility to help these professionals overcome their unique challenges,” added Bastien. “It’s about providing hope and healing to America’s heroes.”The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Nationally recognized for its premiere treatment in behavioral healthcare, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.Source: Brattleboro Retreat, August 11, 2009.
View Gallery (2 Photos)In a perfect world, hard work pays off. An athlete puts in the hours and effort and is rewarded with tangible results.Scott Gudmandson’s world is not perfect – but it’s getting close.The senior goaltender has backstopped the Wisconsin men’s hockey team to a 15-8-3 record, starting 19 games and going 11-6-1 in the process. This is notable because last season the Badgers were 13-6-3 at this point and picking up steam. With a veteran team that ended up in the national title game, there was little doubt UW would gain momentum as the second half started with its experienced forwards and elite defensemen.Gudmandson himself finished the season with a 2.34 goals-against average and .913 save percentage, which ranked 13th and 27th in the nation, respectively.Fast forward to 2011 and Gudmandson is one of the big reasons the Badgers began the second half with two sweeps. This team’s group of forwards is not nearly as deep, and while its blueline is continuing a tradition of excellence, the group as a whole may not be as talented as last season’s.So it might be even more impressive that Gudmandson’s 1.79 goals-against average is third in the nation and tops in the WCHA. His .932 save percentage is also tops in the conference and good for sixth in the country.To put it simply, it’s the result of hard work being rewarded.“[Gudmandson] works hard; he’s one of the hardest workers when he gets on the ice,” senior defenseman Craig Johnson said. “When he gets out there, he’s got a ritual he does before games. He’s the first one at the rink; he’s got that mindset that he’s ready to go.”And while Gudmandson’s not the loudest guy on the rink – he tends not to say more than he needs to on any subject – he hopes his effort is rubbing off on his teammates.“I just try to work hard,” he said. “I’m not the most vocal guy on the team, but I think I lead by example by working hard.”That hard work has fueled Gudmandson’s evolution from a player who just a year ago was only a co-starter to someone who Wisconsin turned to as it made a run to the Frozen Four.During his freshman and sophomore years, the Sherwood Park, Alberta, native saw only limited action as he backed up Shane Connelly. Gudmandson went just 2-3-2 in 10 games played, with a pedestrian 3.16 GAA and .881 save percentage.The biggest issue however, was letting goals go. Mentally, being scored on would seem to rattle his confidence.“It’s definitely, goaltending is one of those positions… Being a goalie is 90 percent mental,” fellow senior goaltender Brett Bennett said. “Honestly, just being ready for games… there’s things there’s nothing you can do on sometimes, on goals.”However, that seems to be a thing of the past.“It was that adjustment he had to make between his ears,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “It’s really fun to see; he’s matured into a really fine athlete – not just a goaltender, but an athlete.”Even last season’s weaknesses – playing the puck with confidence and controlling rebounds with authority – have improved in the past year. Eaves thinks it can be chalked up to experience.“I think the maturity level that Goody has shown, the confidence he’s shown in all aspects of his game – the handling of the puck, the rebound control,” he said. “His mental focus right through the game has been a real asset for him and has allowed him to play at the level he’s at.”Coming into this season, it was evident Eaves was going to need to rely on Gudmandson and Bennett. The duo have responded splendidly, as the Badgers are tied for ninth in the PairWise rankings, which mimics the formula the NCAA uses to select the 16-team field for the postseason tournament.Should the Badgers make any kind of postseason run, they have a group of young talent that got big-game experience just a year ago. Maybe more importantly, the guys between the pipes are more seasoned – Bennett likens goaltenders to fine wine: getting better with age.In that case, UW may have a decisive advantage come the WCHA playoffs. Wisconsin is the only team in the conference relying on old goaltending, with Minnesota’s Alex Kangas – who is out for the season – the only other senior netminder that gets any significant amount of playing time.“I think that will come to show later on in the year, once playoffs comes, NCAA tournament, if we’re lucky enough to get there,” Bennett said. “I think more later on, those big tight games, where pressure goes up, I think guys that have been there, guys that are older, have been through all those situations before, that’s more when that will show up.”“Experience is huge,” Gudmandson added. “Getting to go to the Frozen Four last year and getting that experience, you can’t replace that.”So while the Badgers have relied on the rock in between the pipes up to this point, the guys up front are eager to return the favor.“Last year we had a lot of skill on our team, we had a very, very good team. We’re a younger team and we depended on him at the beginning of the year. We put a lot on his shoulders and he knew that coming in,” Johnson said. “But now we’ve got to the second half of the season now; our young team has grown.“So we’ve helped him out, and he’s extremely helped us out.”
TRADE RUMORS: Timberwolves shopping Jeff Teague, Robert CovingtonIf Presti is interested, there’s a path to a workable trade. If not, this is probably a non-starter.The Wolves fall into the same “long shot” group as the Rockets, but talking is free. We’ve already learned to expect the unexpected this offseason. MORE: Kawhi Leonard free agency winners and losersWestbrook has reportedly covered the possibility of a trade with Thunder general manager Sam Presti.This is based upon relationships on all sides — Russell Westbrook, agent Thad Foucher and GM Sam Presti — and collaborating together and examining alternative solutions. Trade timing is challenging this late in the summer due to salaries frozen across NBA from free-agent deals. https://t.co/L0ABYFwAfH— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 8, 2019The triple-double machine simply doesn’t match up with the Thunder’s timeline, especially not with new point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the roster. As hard as it may be to trade a franchise icon, launching a rebuild is the right decision.But which teams could pursue Westbrook? Finding the right fit isn’t easy. Russell Westbrook to the Heat?Taking your talents to South Beach isn’t the worst thing in the world. The Heat have “expressed interest” in acquiring Westbrook, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and Westbrook seems open to the idea of flying down to Florida.Adding Westbrook would give the Heat another star next to Jimmy Butler, who was part of a four-way sign-and-trade when free agency began. It’s not a perfect duo because both players want to control the offense, but at least Butler wouldn’t have a problem with Westbrook’s work ethic.The problem for any team chasing Westbrook? His gigantic contract.Russell Westbrook contractAgeSalary2019-2030$38.5 million2020-2131$41.3 million2021-2232$44.2 million2022-23 (player option)33$47.0 millionMORE: Thunder reportedly tried to trade Westbrook to RaptorsFortunately for the Heat, they have young assets (Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro) and big money on the books (Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk) that will help in trade discussions. Unfortunately, they don’t possess a ton of draft capital. The Thunder already own two future Heat picks via the George trade. Plus, Miami is hard capped, meaning this could be a three-teamer.Still, this could be the right trade for all parties involved. Westbrook goes to a preferred destination. The Thunder unload his contract for a prospect, expiring contract and/or a pick. The Heat roll out the Butler-Westbrook combo and become much more threatening in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.Russell Westbrook to the Knicks?Oh, this is so Knicks.After striking out with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, New York is stuck without a marquee player to promote to its fans. (Please don’t punch me, Bobby Portis.) Westbrook would fill that void immediately and pile up numbers at Madison Square Garden. Westbrook posting 30-13-11 on a nightly basis sounds fun, and fun has been in short supply under Knicks owner James Dolan.SUMMER LEAGUE 2019:Should Knicks be worried about RJ Barrett?However, there are complicating factors. The Knicks only have $4 million in cap space and can’t trade their pile of new contracts until Dec. 15, per CBA rules. Westbrook could easily be on a new team by then.This kind of move would also go completely against New York’s strategy of maintaining flexibility until it can eventually become a true contender. If Westbrook is the No. 2 guy next to someone else, fine, but Durant and George have both left Westbrook for greener pastures. Just let the youngsters improve and gain experience through the losses.A Westbrook deal is tempting and extremely Knicks-y for a franchise in desperate need of star power. That doesn’t mean the Knicks should do it.Russell Westbrook to the Pistons?Detroit has Blake Griffin on a hefty contract for the next three seasons (assuming he takes his $38.9 million option for 2021-22). Why stack Westbrook on top of that?Well, to steal a Westbrook line, why not? Could a Pistons team with Griffin and Westbrook make a postseason push through an open East? What’s so wrong with actually competing?MORE: George pens emotional farewell to ThunderReggie Jackson would presumably be part of this trade for salary purposes ($18 million expiring contract) and because pairing him with Westbrook is… yikes. Andre Drummond is another candidate, and so is Tony Snell. Luke Kennard and draft compensation could be attached as sweeteners.The Pistons are one of the “very real possibilities” for Westbrook, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Brett Dawson, and they owe it to themselves to engage with the Thunder. In a league full of big names, Westbrook could help Detroit stand out.That’s far from a championship lock, but it’s worth something for what has been a supremely blah franchise in recent years.Russell Westbrook to the Rockets?Landing Westbrook is a “long shot” for Houston, one Rockets source told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, and it’s not hard to see why. Matching salaries is a real challenge right off the bat.Clint Capela and Eric Gordon are the likely pieces here, as they would have been on their way out the door had the Rockets figured out a sign-and-trade for Butler. Even then, Houston would need an additional contract and a draft pick, otherwise it’s barely a blip on Presti’s radar.Once you account for all of the financial issues, there’s the on-court fit. Westbrook, James Harden and Chris Paul all want to run the offense. None of those guards seems particularly enthralled with working off the ball. Westbrook might not slide in so nicely.Per @bball_ref,Russell Westbrook is the only player in NBA history to post a usage rate north of 38% and an eFG% south of 48% in the same season.And Westbrook has done it twice. https://t.co/g3ENQXMPyr— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) July 8, 2019FREE AGENCY RUMORS: Rockets targeting Tyson ChandlerAnd that’s without mentioning the other end. The Rockets’ defense would essentially be an escalator toward the rim with no Capela to alter and block shots.Paul apparently supports this hypothetical trio, though. Instagram likes are 100 percent accurate. Put this trade on the board! 👀 the likes pic.twitter.com/F3vEk0WWbD— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) July 8, 2019Russell Westbrook to the Timberwolves?The Timberwolves wanted D’Angelo Russell, but the Warriors snatched him from their grasp and left Minnesota hanging without a wingman for Karl-Anthony Towns. How about Westbrook as the backup plan?This deal has to begin with Andrew Wiggins, who is under contract through 2022-23. The Wolves could place Wiggins on the table immediately, then gauge whether Presti finds the 24-year-old forward intriguing enough to continue the conversation. Russell Westbrook lost his Thunder buddy over the weekend, and now he may be on his way out of Oklahoma City.Following the stunning trade that gave Paul George his wish to join the Clippers — and guaranteed Kawhi Leonard would sign with Los Angeles in free agency — the Thunder sent Jerami Grant to the Nuggets on Monday, an important move with OKC focused on avoiding the dreaded repeater tax. These transactions could be the setup to a Westbrook deal in the near future.
Adrian Peterson in debt after ‘trusting the wrong people,’ lawyer says “Mr. Blank gave us his word,” Jones told TMZ Sports earlier this month. “That’s golden. … [Blank’s] word is that it’s going to get done. … There’s no stress on my end. I’m not thinking about it.”[Blank] makes it easy for me to go out and just work every day and not have one of those situations where there’s a holdout or anything like that.”Jones, 30, had 113 catches for a league-leading 1,677 receiving yards to go with eight touchdowns last season. Allen Hurns on being released by Cowboys: ‘Just wished they did this earlier’ “We have the utmost faith that Julio is coming here and he’s taking care of his business while he’s here, and we’ll keep plugging away with Jimmy [Sexton, Jones’ agent],” Dimitroff told ESPN on Tuesday. “We have a very good working relationship and respect for Jimmy Sexton and CAA, and I’m confident [the deal] will get done.”Dimitroff wouldn’t give a timetable but was encouraging about the progress that’s been made so far this offseason. Related News Julio Jones will get his deal.The Falcons wide receiver reported to training camp Monday without a new contract, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff is almost certain the two sides will negotiate a new one before the start of the regular season. Jones, who is set to be paid $9.6 million in 2019, has two years remaining on the five-year, $71 million contract he signed in 2015, though he remains optimistic that Falcons owner Arthur Blank will get him the new contract he promised. Mark Sanchez retires from NFL for ESPN job