Team of Military Veterans Opens Specialty Drywall Repair Franchise in North Carolina, PatchMaster Serving Iredell County

Tim Forrest

Rob Moore

John Gallina

Veteran Tim Forrest leads the charge as group of veterans brings PatchMaster franchise to the Piedmont Region

STATESVILLE, NC, USA, April 30, 2021 / — Retired Army serviceman Tim Forrest leads a group of retired Army professionals with over 60 years of combined service who are venturing out on a new mission.

Forrest and his partners are bringing the fast-growing PatchMaster drywall repair concept to Iredell County and surrounding areas in the Piedmont Region of central North Carolina. The veteran-led franchise location is now open and ready for business.

Forrest oversees day-to-day operations, but successful leaders and fellow disabled combat veterans John Gallina and Rob Moore are working with him to grow PatchMaster in the region — and ideally beyond.

“We want to not only build our own franchise as veterans, but to also grow future franchises with a focus on veteran ownership,” said Tim Forrest, co-owner of PatchMaster Serving Iredell County. “We want to continue to serve our community through this ownership.”

As military professionals, each owner has the skills to lead in diverse environments and achieve desired outcomes. In addition, each of the partners are also professionals in their civilian roles with background in engineering, business management, process improvement, and construction operations.

PatchMaster’s business model offers customers a fast, professional solution for drywall repairs. Most busy handymen, large drywall companies or contractors don’t want to perform small drywall repairs. Service professionals like plumbers and electricians often don’t have the resources to fix holes they leave behind.

PatchMaster specializes in fixing holes caused by renters, plumbing leaks and DIY projects that just can’t seem to get finished. In most cases, PatchMaster can complete the job in one visit.

“We’re really excited that this talented team of veterans and business leaders chose to join the PatchMaster franchise family,” said Paul Ferrara, CEO of PatchMaster. “Their combined skill sets, work ethic and determination to help others really makes them stand out. We also thank each of them for their service to our country.”

PatchMaster Serving Iredell County will cover Statesville, Concord, Troutman, Lake Norman, Mooresville, and surrounding communities. The business is already active in the Statesville Chamber of Commerce and committed to giving back to the community through charitable projects.

To date, PatchMaster has sold 103 territories to 54 franchisees across the U.S. and Canada. Amid a global pandemic and the sale of its sister company, PatchMaster still sold 26 territories to 17 franchisees in 2020.

The franchise currently has opportunities for growth across the United States. As an organization that values and thanks those who serve, PatchMaster offers 50 percent off royalties for the first year of business for qualified military veterans and first responders.

The initial franchise fee for a PatchMaster franchise territory, which consists of a population up to 300,000, is $49,500 USD. Ongoing fees include a technology fee and a downward sliding scale for royalties starting at 9 percent. Franchisees attend a week-long training program at the company’s headquarters in Chester, New Jersey.

PatchMaster is an in-demand franchise with a quick ramp up period. No drywall experience is required for owners – PatchMaster provides all the training, tools and resources to learn the model and run the business. Franchisees have access to support for marketing, including digital marketing and social media, job pricing, hiring, managing technicians and financial management.

For more information on this growing home services franchise, visit

About PatchMaster

Headquartered in Chester, New Jersey, PatchMaster is a home services franchise brand offering customers a fast and professional solution for drywall repairs. The company provides high quality drywall services for small holes, dings, and dents, typically finishing jobs in one visit. Launched in 2016 and offering franchises since September 2017, PatchMaster has sold 103 territories to franchisees across the United States and Canada. PatchMaster is positioned to revolutionize the home services industry as a pioneering drywall franchise.

Visit or call (973) 944-4900 to learn more.

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Injured in an Accident? Speak to a Lawyer Near You.

Plaintiff support network provides help for individuals who have suffered from accidents.

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, April 30, 2021 / — Today,, an online resource that matches people involved in accidents with local attorneys to help protect their rights, announced that they have now helped over 25,000 victims nationwide. Over the last three years, victims of automotive accidents, workplace injuries, slip and fall incidents, and medical malpractice have found to be an invaluable resource to help them protect their rights. is more than just a network of lawyers. It's an algorithm-driven web service that makes finding the right attorney easy. Accident victims can get assistance quickly by completing a brief questionnaire from any computer or device. The algorithm then uses the form to match victims up with a local attorney who fits their situation.

The attorney makes contact and provides a free consultation with no obligations or strings attached. They'll inform the victim of how much they believe their case is worth, the best course of action and practical next steps. started with the goal of ensuring that everyone has access to qualified legal advice. The company wanted to protect people from unfair insurance tactics. Over 25,000 cases later, that goal has become a lifeline for people who otherwise would have found it much harder to receive the information and assistance they deserved.

This milestone is important for anyone who has suffered or may suffer an accident. In today's climate, many victims doubt whether they should even file an accident claim in the first place. Every person served is one less individual who felt short-changed or dismissed.

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CTB – The Late Edward Henry’s Legacy

The Late Edward Henry

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Simplicity is Honesty

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, April 30, 2021 / — If you look back at the people who meant the most to you, who comes to mind? Is it someone you were close with, or someone you wasn’t always around, but they changed your life in the best way when they were? Did they lead you in the right direction without trying because that’s just the kind of person they were? Edward Henry, author of CTB – Stop CONvincing; Start Selling, had a person in his life who was the epitome of a leader, a man who helped him learn, grow, to lead others and live honestly.

Edward’s grandfather truly impacted his personal and professional life. Edward bases a great deal of how he started selling honest and creating CTB because of what he saw in his grandfather. Along with bringing many life lessons to the table, his grandfather’s character made him look back at himself and rethink whom he wanted to be. Sometimes the best people in your life don’t always impact you right away. It can take years or even one experience that brings you back to the person who was there all along.

“I used to say that my grandfather could walk in the door after getting hit by a car and sit down for supper. When asked how his day went, he would reply, ‘It was just fine.’ ” – Edward Henry in Chapter 16 of CTB – Stop CONvincing; Start Selling.

Edward’s grandfather was a simple man, and the key to him living with a positive mindset and straightforward life was honesty. The way he lived his life was the ultimate example of an honest individual who never cut any corners. Even after enlisting to join the Second World War, he always lived up to his promises and never changed who he was to please someone else. Without asking for anything in return, he was helpful, always there for his family, and didn’t have a selfish bone in his body.

“I explained to my staff how my grandfather was brilliant and could have done anything he wanted. Instead of going to university, he enlisted into the armed forces to fight in the Second World War, where he lost his hearing due to a friendly fire incident. He was always about taking care of his family and never had a selfish ambition. He kept his promises with a reputation of class, respect, honesty, and decency.” – Edward Henry in Chapter 4 of CTB – Stop CONvincing; Start Selling.

So what was next? Edward knew he wasn’t living up to his grandfather’s name the way he should’ve been. For most of his life, he was the complete opposite of his grandfather. As mentioned above, sometimes you realize how important someone is when you look back on how they lived their life and the positive influence on yours and think to yourself, “I need to change.” Edward adjusted how he did business and how he grew his relationships with those around him because of the example that his grandfather set for him. Edward’s business, Edward Henry Company, now focuses on cutting the bullsh*t (CTB) and selling honest. Selling honest is the most authentic way of defining yourself as a sales professional, and honesty will lead you through the life you were meant to live. “To my grandfather, the seeds that you have planted have finally grown.” You can download your copy of CTB – Stop CONvincing; Start Selling for free for a limited time by visiting:

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HouseMaster® Home Inspections Coming to Central Iowa

David and Melissa Mossman, onwers of HouseMaster serving Central Iowa

Local couple bringing the original home inspection franchise to the region

DES MOINES, IA, USA, April 30, 2021 / — HouseMaster, the first and most experienced home inspection franchise in North America, is announcing the opening of a new location in Central Iowa. Married couple David and Melissa Mossman are the local franchise owners and they bring years of management experience to the table: David as a draftsman and leader of a roofing business and Melissa as a manager in the food service industry.

“We are looking forward to helping people by providing essential information about homes they are thinking of buying,” David Mossman said. “Every business starts with a need, and we noticed that with home inspections in our area. Realtors also need help and a reliable home inspection brand to turn to — we will be helping them as well.”

HouseMaster Serving Central Iowa will cover Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Marshalltown, Ankeny, Ames and the surrounding areas.

HouseMaster provides homebuyers and sellers an independent, third-party, professional evaluation of the visible and accessible condition of the major elements of a home. HouseMaster’s guaranteed inspections enable potential homebuyers and sellers the opportunity to make educated real estate decisions. From interior systems such as plumbing and electrical to exterior components like the roof and siding, the HouseMaster Home Inspection includes the evaluation of the visible and accessible major elements of the home.

The brand is known for its strong commitment to customer service. With more than 325 franchise areas across North America, HouseMaster holds a Net Promoter Score of 92 (a customer satisfaction ranking higher than Apple and Ritz-Carlton). Franchise Business Review has named HouseMaster a top franchise brand in its franchise owner satisfaction category since 2009.

“David and Melissa make a great business team,” said Jeff Meyers, Interim President of HouseMaster. “They are very meticulous, which has helped them grow professionally. We look forward to seeing how their detail-oriented mindset sets them apart and allows them to help home buyers and real estate agents in their community.”

The Mossmans plan to join local business organizations in the area to further ingrain them in their community. In their freetime, they enjoy outdoor activities, spending time with our family, playing with our dogs, and raising chickens.

For more information, contact HouseMaster serving Central Iowa at or call 515.329.4383.

About HouseMaster®
HouseMaster®, a Neighborly® company, provides professional home inspection services and high-quality service experiences to residential and commercial real estate buyers and sellers across the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1979, HouseMaster is the first home inspection business to the franchise and includes more than 170 franchise owners serving more than 300 franchise territories. HouseMaster is part of Neighborly, the world’s largest home services franchisor of 27 brands and more than 4,300 franchises collectively serving 10 million+ customers in nine countries, focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing homes and businesses. Neighborly brands are found at in the United States and in Canada. For more information about HouseMaster®, visit

About Neighborly®
Neighborly® is the world’s largest home services franchisor of 27 brands and more than 4,300 franchises collectively serving 10 million+ customers in nine countries, focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing homes and businesses. The company operates online platforms that connect consumers to service providers in their local communities that meet their rigorous standards as a franchisor across 18 service categories at in the United States and in Canada. More information about Neighborly/Neighbourly, and its franchise concepts, is available at To learn about franchising opportunities with Neighborly®, click here.

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Image One Named a Top Recession-Proof Business for 2021 by Franchise Business Review

Independent Research Data Shows Franchisees Are Highly Satisfied with Their Investment in Image One

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL, USA, April 30, 2021 / — Image One was recently named a top franchise by Franchise Business Review in its report on the Top Recession-Proof Franchises for 2021.

Image One provides necessary training, tools and support to help franchise affiliates build their business, including teaching franchisees the latest cleaning techniques and empowering them with insights on best-in-class equipment and technology. Ongoing training is delivered both at Image One’s corporate headquarters and onsite at existing client locations to ensure that franchisees continue to grow their own businesses.

Franchise Business Review (FBR) provides the only rankings of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. FBR publishes its rankings of top franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises, as well as in quarterly reports throughout the year that rank the top franchises in specific sectors.

More than 31,000 franchisees representing nearly 300 franchise brands participated in Franchise Business Review’s franchisee satisfaction survey between July 2019 and February 2021. From the research, Image One was one of just 100 franchise brands to be identified as a Top Recession-Proof Franchise award winner and be featured on the list of the best recession-proof businesses to start.

Image One’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training & support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

“From our perspective, franchisee satisfaction is one of the most important factors to consider before investing in any franchise opportunity,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “Franchising has historically performed well in a recession, and for people seeking to be their own boss, the recession-proof businesses we identified this year not only have outstanding satisfaction among their owners, but we feel they hold a strong advantage to outperform their competitors in the years ahead.”

Image One’s survey data showed the following:
In the Franchise Business Review survey of owners, the franchise scored very well across a number of categories, including a 4.3 out of 5 on overall satisfaction, 4.4 out of 5 for its franchise system, and 4.6 out of 5 on core values. Franchise Business Review is an objective third-party surveyor of franchise systems. Every active franchise owner was encouraged to participate in the survey and several dozen Image One owners took part.

“There’s a certain amount of adaptation required in our industry to be successful,” said Tim Conn, President and co-founder of Image One. “But at the end of the day, if you have hard-working employees and a solid business model, things will tend to work out for the better even through the toughest of times.”
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About Image One
Image One USA is a commercial cleaning services business. The Image One franchising model was formed on the principles of transparency, training, and top-notch financial and customer service support. It is regularly recognized as a top franchise by third-party franchise and business publications, including, and Franchise Business Review. Image One franchisees work for themselves in a unique relationship with the franchise company. Image One provides them with customer support for their business, ongoing training, along with assistance with billing, equipment and sales training. Image One has commercial cleaning franchise locations covering Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Nashville and Orlando. Franchise territories are available nationwide. For information on the franchise, visit

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is a leading market research firm serving the franchise sector. FBR measures satisfaction and engagement of franchisees and publishes various guides and reports for entrepreneurs considering an investment in a franchise business. Since 2005, FBR has surveyed hundreds of thousands of franchise owners and over 1,100 leading franchise companies. To read our publications, visit To learn more about FBR’s research, please visit

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RIA Digital Assets Council & New York Institute of Finance Announce Today’s Premiere of Certificate in Blockchain & Digital Assets® Course

RIA Digital Assets Council & New York Institute of Finance Certificate in Blockchain & Digital Assets® Course – Enroll Now at

GREAT FALLS, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, April 30, 2021 / — The RIA Digital Assets Council, in partnership with the New York Institute of Finance, is proud to announce today’s premiere of the Certificate in Blockchain and Digital Assets® course.

The comprehensive, 11-module online self-study program provides financial advisors fluency in blockchain technology, bitcoin and other digital assets. Advisors will become proficient in key practice management areas including tax, regulatory and compliance issues as well as how to add digital assets to client portfolios and explain this new asset class to clients.

“Investors now expect their financial advisors to give them advice about bitcoin,” said Ric Edelman, founder of RIADAC. “The 500 members of the certification program’s inaugural class are leaders in this field and will soon be able to demonstrate their expertise in blockchain and digital assets to their clients.”

The program provides 13 CE credits and certificants are awarded membership in the Council, granting them exclusive benefits such as member-only educational and networking events, introductions to leaders in the crypto community, direct access to brochures, charts and other content for use with clients.

The inaugural class includes financial advisors from France, Great Britain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea and Australia. Designed by leading financial advisors, the Certificate in Blockchain and Digital Assets® is the only course of its kind tailored to advisors – and the program’s world-class faculty are foremost experts in the blockchain, digital asset and financial advisory fields.

“Advisors who can’t explain digital assets to clients will find themselves losing clients,” said RIA Digital Assets Council President Don Friedman. “By obtaining our Certificate in Blockchain and Digital Assets, advisors can gain the knowledge they need while setting themselves apart.”

For more information about the certificate program and to enroll, visit


The RIA Digital Assets Council is dedicated to advancing the awareness, knowledge and understanding of blockchain and digital assets by Registered Investment Advisors so they can give their clients the advice they need about this new and transformational asset class. Advisors can further their education by enrolling in RIADAC’s Certificate in Blockchain and Digital Assets®.

About The New York Institute of Finance

The New York Institute of Finance was formed almost 100 years ago by the New York Stock Exchange and is a global leader in delivering education and training for the financial services industry. Each year the Institute delivers training to more than 50,000 individuals in over 125 countries.

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New Website Simplifies Life Insurance Buying Process with Quote Tool

Jesse Hunkins

Jesse Hunkins

InsureSimpli provides instant quotes from the nation’s top life insurance companies

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA., USA, April 29, 2021 / — After years in the insurance industry and motivated by misinformation about the business, Jesse Hunkins has created to provide unbiased information for people seeking advice about life insurance and retirement plans.

“I created the InsureSimpli agency and website to provide honest and transparent information about life insurance. Our aim is to offer a one-stop-shop for both straightforward, unbiased information and industry-leading policies that suit your needs and goals,” said Hunkins, the company’s founder and CEO.

The website has a series of tools that allows visitors to compare taxable investments with tax-deferred annuities, calculate the tax advantages of an annuity and calculate when people should begin saving for retirement. With the tool, a visitor to can also calculate how much life insurance a person needs for burial and final expenses.

In addition, the term life insurance quote tool provides instant quotes from the nation’s top life insurance companies.

InsureSimpli also has a page of commonly asked questions about insurance that provides valuable information to consumers. Categories covered are life insurance, annuities, final expenses and retirement.

According to Hunkins, life insurance can safeguard and enhance a family’s financial future in case of an early death. It can also help secure a more comfortable retirement when people leave the workforce, and offset the costs of long-term care of older adults.

Consumers don’t know, Hunkins said, that life term insurance is the most affordable way to cover yourself and your loved ones should tragedy strike. He said rates are as low as $12 to $18 a month for $250,000 in coverage.

Hunkins knows from personal experience the importance of locking in good rates at a young age. After finishing college, he began his career in the life insurance industry and made himself his first client, writing a small-term life insurance policy. Later, after a routine checkup, Hunkins was found to have high blood pressure and needed to be put on medication.

“If I had tried to get life insurance after I found out I had high blood pressure, my premium would have doubled or even tripled. I was in my mid-20s, and I know that most people my age would rather spend $100 on a Saturday night than spend $10 a month on life insurance. But from personal experience and mostly luck, I found out it’s important to lock in good rates while you’re young and healthy,” Hunkins said.

It’s also important to begin thinking about retirement investments at a young age, Hunkins said. Annuities are a popular investment option and goes into great detail about the differences among them.

“An annuity is a gift you start giving your future, retired self while you are younger and still working. It’s like building a nest egg for all the things you want to do when your time is your own,” Hunkins said. “As not everyone has a pension from their job or a diverse portfolio of stocks, an annuity is an opportunity to ensure that you have everything you need when you stop working. There are tax benefits, too.”

Hunkins encourages people to call his office (727-238-5024) for a personalized quote based on age, gender and other details, or to visit for unbiased retirement information and the easy-to-use life insurance quote tool.


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ECOv2 by Pangeanic adds Document Translator, Editing Tool, Deep Adaptive MT and Anonymization

Pangeanic's ECO NLP Platform

One month after its release, the platform has managed more than 10 million segments.

We are extremely excited to launch ECO v2. Many clients need a secure system that can handle many NLP processes in a secure environment”

— Virginia Virino

VALENCIA, SPAIN, April 29, 2021 / — One month after its official release, Pangeanic has processed more than 10 million segments through its document translation, editing, Deep Adaptive Machine Translation and Anonymization platform "ECO". Current version 2 includes multilingual anonymization services in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese as well as European and Brazilian Portuguese. Services are modular and users can opt for full document translation, document editing, API use, online (real-time) neural machine translation update or off-line update. All data can be fully anonymized during translation, prior or after translation. Anonymization can also be used as a stand-alone service.

ECO version 1 began operations for instant translation and document processing in 2019, when the platform also merged Pangeanic’s previous translation API. ECO was recently upgraded to offer Deep Adaptive Machine Translation – the next generation of neural machine translation adaptive systems which is proving to close the gap with human parity. Deep Adaptive was introduced at a GALA Webinar in February 2021 and has captured enterprise and academic attention (the paper "A User Study of the Incremental Learning in NMT" was published by EAMT iin 2020). With Deep Adaptive, users can easily customize clone engines generated from Pangeanic's massive data resources and have in-domain MT engines in production in minutes. These engines are now behind the company’s ECO v2.

The ECO platform has been designed for language professionals and multilingual content producers who understand the need for efficient and speedy content management with their own. Now, deeply adapted engines can offer both quality translations with enterprise-grade security with servers in three of the world's main jurisdictions: Europe, US and Japan – including full document anonymization services.

ECO features a modern, minimalistic UI for busy project managers as well as Deep Adaptive AI capabilities. Pangeanic's ISO27001 Information Security policies and cloud-based data security infrastructure ensure complete privacy. Those seeking an on-premises solution will be happy to know that ECO v2 is on offer for on-premises use, too.

Those working online and using Pangeanic's SaaS, will enjoy bulk&batch API document translation. Smaller offices, bureaus, LSPs, etc.m can use a drag-and-drop panel, uploading documents at will. Documents will keep their original format. Pangeanic’s ECO Platform is the best combination for several NLP processes to be applied efficiently to content with enterprise-grade security and in use. Among current users are Spanish Tax Office (a government office), news agency EFE, LSPs all over the world and infrastructures giants such as FCC.

“We are extremely excited to launch ECO v2. Many clients need a secure system that can handle many NLP processes in a secure environment”, said Virginia Virino, Head of Sales and Marketing.

“Our ECO Platform has been designed to create an NLP ecosystem where clients can pick and choose a process or integrate them all. With enterprise customers in mind, we are looking forward to linking to platforms requiring custom MT and anonymization services. ECO is the result of years of R&D and our AI processes help increase productivity, reduce costs, and simplify content management and complying with increasingly relevant privacy laws” adds Manuel Herranz, CEO.

Designed for enterprise, legal firms, content producers and language professionals in mind, ECO by Pangeanic provides simplicity for users worldwide across many verticals, reducing admin costs with simple monthly subscription packages. Some of its features are_

– Easily configurable bulk / batch document translation via Pangeanic’s powerful Translation API.
– SaaS and on-premises Deep Adaptive MT and anonymization services.
– Drag-and-drop documents for instant translation or copy+paste text in a private translation panel.
– Full document translations and anonymization preserve original formatting.
– Translation Memory add-on to also leverage previous language data to enhance quality.
– Terminology management.
– Distributed cloud-based infrastructure in 3 jurisdictions with enterprise-grade security.
– Easy-to-understand subscription models for MT and anonymization with transparent and scalable monthly pricing plans – full predictability.

“I’m very proud to count with such a unique team of AI and Machine Learning experts with years of experience in pattern recognition, statistics applied to several NLP fields. PangeaMT, Pangeanic’s technical division works tirelessly to enhance our Machine Learning capabilities in fields that are transforming our industry: from automated tagging for synthetic data to Deep Adaptive Machine Translation or augmented anonymization as is the case in our ECO v2”, says Amando Estela, CTO. “Our approach to AI is deeply rooted in keeping high standards of security and privacy for our clients. We became ISO27001 Information Security certified in 2020 and that philosophy permeates all our interactions with clients and of course how we manage information and communications internally. Our anonymization tool Masker is based on the highest standard of data privacy and is designed to help organizations share information in the most secure way, complying with privacy laws.”

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Mental Health Watchdog Offers Baker Act Continuing Education for Professionals

Tampa Bay area attorney and former Assistant Public Defender of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Carmen Miller, Esq., was the featured speaker at the seminar on mental health rights.

Tampa Bay area attorney and former Assistant Public Defender of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Carmen Miller, Esq., was the featured speaker at the seminar on mental health rights.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

It was reported during the Baker Act Task Force that an estimated 30% of the children being Baker Acted in Pinellas County alone did not meet the criteria.

It was reported during the Baker Act Task Force that an estimated 30% of the children being Baker Acted in Pinellas County alone did not meet the criteria.

As reported by the Baker Act Reporting Center, an astounding 36,078 involuntary psychiatric examinations were initiated on children across the state.

As reported by the Baker Act Reporting Center, an astounding 36,078 involuntary psychiatric examinations were initiated on children across the state.

The virtual course, delivered by an attorney, covers the basic human rights impacted by the mental health law and is designed for mental health professionals.

The education of those given the power to initiate a Baker Act on the points of the law is vital to the protection of liberty and human rights.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FL, UNITED STATES, April 29, 2021 / — Florida’s mental health law, commonly referred to as the Baker Act, allows for individuals of all ages to be taken into custody for an involuntary psychiatric examination but it is often misunderstood and misused. [1]

According to the Baker Act Reporting Center, there were more than 210,000 Baker Acts initiated during 2018/2019 across the state with over 37,000 involving children. [2]

Headlines such as “6-year-old Florida girl “traumatized” after being involuntarily sent to mental health facility” and “Florida’s flawed Baker Act rips thousands of kids from school” are all too frequent and spurred the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, to begin offering continuing education on the law. After first receiving approval to host continuing education through the Florida Bar on the Baker Act for attorneys, the move to become a provider through the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling was a logical next step. [3,4]

On a regular basis, CCHR hosts complimentary virtual courses delivered by attorney Carmen Miller, a former assistant public defender in the Thirteenth Circuit in Tampa, with an extensive background in dealing with Baker Acts. Those in attendance learn the context and intentions of the mental health law as well as the basic human rights impacted by the Baker Act and its unintended consequences.

“The education of those given the power to initiate a Baker Act on the points of the law is vital to the protection of liberty and human rights,” states the president of CCHR Florida, Diane Stein. “If the law itself is understood and applied from the viewpoint of using the least restrictive means possible to help someone in crisis then the potential for abuse is greatly reduced.”

The virtual continuing education course is designed for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage Family Therapists and Certified Master Social Workers and offers 3 CE credits upon completion. To learn more or to reserve a spot for this complimentary virtual course, please call 727-442-8820.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit


[1] WUSF Health News Florida COMMITTED and Baker Act Abuse – Media Stories

[2] Baker Act Reporting Center

[3] Ibid.

[4] CCHR Continuing Education Courses

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Invisible electrical dangers: Keep yourself, loved ones safe

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Saving lives through education

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Know what to do if you are in an accident involving a downed power line.

May is Electrical Safety Month

Electricity is referred to as the silent killer since it is often undetectable, that is, it typically cannot be seen, heard or smelled.”

— Erin Hollinshead

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, April 29, 2021 / — Approximately 1,000 people die, and 30,000 people are injured every year due to electrical accidents. While electricity typically transmits without incident, there are times when the electrical path becomes disrupted. When this happens, the current can flow through anything or anyone in its path, causing electrical shock, internal and externals burns, and other serious injuries, including electrocution.

“Electricity is referred to as the silent killer since it is often undetectable, that is, it typically cannot be seen, heard or smelled,” says Erin Hollinshead, executive director of Safe Electricity. “While you might notice some electrical hazards — electrical outlets that are discolored and warm to the touch or symptoms of other electrical wiring issues, for example — many others are invisible and imperceptible,” she warns. “Always respect electricity and the potential danger that comes with its distribution and use; in fact, always err on the side of caution concerning electrical sources.”

Hollinshead says while there are precautions you can take both inside and outside your home when it comes to potential electrical dangers, many people are less familiar with (or pay less attention to) potential electrical hazards in the great outdoors.

“When outside, always be aware of overhead power line locations and never come within 10 feet of a line — for example, while trimming trees or carrying a long object such as an extension ladder, pool skimming pole or any other far-reaching or extendable tool,” she advises. “In addition, respect underground utility lines by calling 8-1-1 or your state’s underground location service at least a few days prior to starting a digging project,” she says, adding that the service is free.

A power line does not have to be sparking or arcing (giving off a flame) or buzzing or hissing to be live. In other words, it can look harmless and lifeless and still be energized. “If you see an overhead power line that is sagging or down, always assume it is live (energized), and NEVER go near one,” warns Hollinshead.

Safe Electricity offers the following reminders concerning electricity:

Power line safety
• Always assume a power line is energized and deadly.
• A power line does not have to be arcing (giving off a flame), sparking or making a sound (hissing or buzzing) to be live (energized).
• Never go near an overhead power line, including one that is sagging or on the ground.
• If the electrical path is broken due to a damaged overhead or underground line, electrical current can travel through the ground and electrify nearby objects, such as a vehicle, a metal fence, a shovel or other equipment or a person.
• Use the same safety precautions around a damaged or dislodged padmount transformer (“green box”) or any other malfunctioning electrical equipment/source.
• The contents of a padmount transformer box are the same as those found on a power pole and are connected to underground power lines.

At the scene of an accident
• If you are in a car, tractor cab or any type of machinery/equipment that comes in contact with or is near a power line, pole, guy wire or padmount transformer, staying in the car or cab is usually the safest place to be. Stay where you are, call 9-1-1, and wait for the electric utility to arrive and deenergize the power. Do not get out until you have the go-ahead from utility workers.
• If you must exit a vehicle or cab due to smoke or fire, there is a recommended method that can help avoid electrocution. Before jumping out, maintain a solid stance and cross your arms across your chest to avoid touching the car or cab while exiting. Make a solid jump to the ground with your feet together. Then, while keeping your feet together, make solid hops and hop away as far as you can.
• If you see someone in trouble who could be exposed to electrical current, do not run toward the scene to help. Instead, call 9-1-1, and warn others not to approach the area.

In your yard
• Always look up and look out when using a long pole, extended tool or ladder. Always carry long items horizontally instead of vertically.
• Do not trim trees or limbs that come within 10 feet of a power line. Only specialized tree trimmers who are certified to clear trees within 10 feet of a power line should do so.
• Always be careful when you are elevated: on your roof, on a hydraulic or scissor lift or high atop a ladder, for instance. Always have 10 feet between you and a power line at all times. Also apply the 10-foot rule to an object you are holding or touching since electricity could flow through the object to you.
• Before digging in your yard, always call 8-1-1 or your state’s underground utility marking service two to three days prior to digging. An underground utility line is damaged every 9 minutes. The utility marking service is free.

While at play
• If anything gets caught in a power line, such as a drone or kite, never try to retrieve it yourself. Call your local electric utility for assistance.
• Teach kids to never climb trees with power lines running above or through them. Also teach them not to sit or play on a padmount transformer/green box.

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Safe Electricity is the award-winning, public awareness program of the Energy Education Council, a 501(c) 3 established in 1952 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With offices located in Springfield, Ill., Safe Electricity operates under the University of Illinois Extension and is led by the EEC Board of Directors. Since the Safe Electricity program was created in 2001, it has provided thousands of safety-minded resources to its more than 500 utility members from across the country to help save lives and reduce injuries.

Ann Augspurger
Safe Electricity
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Never Touch a Power Line

Source: EIN Presswire