Renee Fabian

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Renée Fabian was the features editor at The Mighty. She has also written for The Washington Post, VICE, Healthline, Talkspace, The Fix, The Establishment, The Culture Trip, and GRAMMY.com, among others. Renée was named a 2019 AHCJ Comparative Effectiveness Research fellow, a 2020 USC Center for Health Journalism California fellow, and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. You can follow her on Twitter @ryfabian.

How SB 137 Actually Hurts Healthcare Consumers

Vernon Price was excited. He needed to find a new mental health care provider who accepted his Medi-Cal insurance plan. As a mental health advocate in Humboldt County, he’d heard the horror stories — patients who called 20 providers only to find they didn’t exist, didn’t accept insurance, or didn’t have openings. But a representative from Price’s insurance company personally emailed him a list of six therapists to contact. “This is not going to be as difficult as I thought,” Price said. Vernon Price As therapists returned his calls, however, Price’s optimism sank. No one he talked to had available appointments, and the first therapist he called on the list no longer accepted his insurance. Price planned on letting the insurance rep know he was struggling, to “explain my emotions of how I feel like I want to give up on trying to find therapy,” he said. The information Price’s insurer gave him reflected an inaccurate network directory. Network directories — lists of providers contracted with health plans — form the heart of decision-making for health care consumers. They can help people decide which health plan to choose if they want to stay with a trusted doctor. They help consumers find providers who speak their native language. Accurate directories can also help prevent consumers from accidentally seeing a provider who doesn’t accept their insurance, which can lead to surprise medical bills and significant debt. But it’s well-documented that network directories contain inaccuracies. In a 2014 investigation , California Health Report found many directory inaccuracies across the three counties it studied. Nearly 50 percent of doctors in online provider directories could not be reached or did not have openings. Reports of directory inaccuracies prompted a 2015 state audit , which also identified significant issues. Lawmakers responded with California Senate Bill 137 , signed into law in October 2015. The bill requires insurers to update their provider directories at least quarterly, along with other consumer protections. More than five years after California enacted SB 137, there are still significant network directory problems. A nationwide Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) audit conducted in 2017–18 found nearly 50 percent of Medicare Advantage plan directories contained errors. Because the new law doesn’t clearly spell out who should be responsible for ensuring directories are accurate, it hasn’t fulfilled its intended purpose. Instead, health care providers say insurers have shifted the burden of updating directories onto them — a patchwork system that is still riddled with errors and leaves consumers paying the price. Provider attestations every 90 days Providers like Norina Murphy, a licensed clinical social worker in San Bernardino County, felt the impact of SB 137 shortly after it became law. Every 90 days, she started receiving attestation forms — forms asking providers to verify and update their practice information and availability so health plans can keep their network directories up to date. The additional administrative task was not welcome to Murphy, who runs a group practice. “I have 17 insurance contracts. I have to fill out 17 attestations,” Murphy said. “That’s probably a day’s worth of work, and we don’t get paid for it.” Norina Murphy, a licensed clinical social worker in San Bernardino County, says she gets inundated with forms from insurers asking her to update her practice information. Photo courtesy of Norina Murphy. If she doesn’t fill out the forms every 90 days, Murphy could be kicked off an insurer’s directory. When health plans threaten punitive action for not responding, Murphy said it’s consumers who pay the price. “Taking me off of the directory doesn’t provide better access,” Murphy said. “It actually just took a provider away from the community in an area that already doesn’t have enough providers.” In San Bernardino County, where Murphy works, about 33 percent of the population lives in a health professional shortage area, facing a lack of primary care doctors, dentists and mental health professionals. Counties in the San Joaquin Valley have some of the highest poverty rates and the largest provider shortages, as do counties in the more rural Northern and Sierra regions. Seven rural counties lack even a single psychiatrist. Taking providers off insurance directories in these areas that already face shortages further exacerbates health inequities across the state. Jennifer Tullius, a medical biller who works with doctors, medical specialists and group practices in California, said keeping track of attestation forms can be daunting. Insurers each send update requests via online portals, emails, faxes or even paper mail. All of the network accuracy forms ask slightly different questions, and they arrive at all different times. “You literally just constantly get these requests,” Tullius said. Unintended consequences New laws designed to improve patient access to health care can have unintended consequences, especially when the law isn’t crystal clear. To health care providers, it can feel like requirements intended to hold health plans accountable become their responsibility instead. Murphy said that’s her perception of the added administrative burden of SB 137-related attestations. “There was a law that was passed, and then the insurance companies came up with a way to try to get that need met,” Murphy said. “This law didn’t state specifically that clinicians now have to fill out an attestation form every 90 days.” Murphy is right about the law. SB 137 states insurers must update online directories every week and print directories quarterly. Most providers are already required to submit changes to their contact information or availability to insurers right away, regardless of SB 137. A separate mandate in the bill addresses provider attestations: “Health plans must also notify and obtain affirmative responses from providers to verify directory information at least annually, or every six months for individual providers not affiliated with a provider group,” highlighted Rachel Arrezola, deputy director of communications and planning for the Department of Managed Health Care. The California Association of Health Plans, which represents the majority of insurers in California, did not respond to multiple requests for comment on how health plans approach the requirements laid out in SB 137. Arrezola added that other requirements from plans regulated by the California Department of Health Care Services and CMS may require monthly or quarterly directory attestations in addition to those required by SB 137. Finding a solution According to providers and health care experts, technology could help deliver on SB 137’s network accuracy goals while making the process more manageable. Providers already use an industry platform called Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) to confirm their demographics every 90 days. This is required to keep their insurance credentialing applications current — applications health plans use to onboard or recertify providers in their networks. Attestations through CAQH, Murphy said, are easy. The majority of health plans in California, including Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente, rely on CAQH to manage provider network applications. The system allows multiple health plans to access each provider’s profile. Insurers could rely on the same profile to track provider updates every 90 days, and providers would only need to attest in one place, one time. But none of these plans are listed as users of CAQH’s dedicated directory accuracy feature. (CAQH did not respond to requests to confirm California health plan usage of these services.) Other attempts to centralize provider attestations exist, including an effort spearheaded by Blue Shield of California called Symphony. But CAQH is the only platform currently used by the majority of providers and health plans. What’s next for network accuracy Advocacy organizations like Health Access California and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CEPHN) initially got behind SB 137 because accurate provider directories serve as the front door to health care services. Now, five years later, Cary Sanders, CPEHN senior policy director, called the network accuracy effort a “work in progress.” Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, agreed. “This is not something we’re like, ‘OK, we’ve solved that, we’ve moved on,’” Wright said. “This is an ongoing process.” He added that state regulators like the departments of Managed Health Care and Health Care Services can play an important role through proactive enforcement of network accuracy standards. Since SB 137 took effect, Managed Health Care has issued five enforcement actions under the law — three to Anthem Blue Cross , one to L.A. Care Health Plan and one to Health Net of California . Five weeks after he started looking, Price did find a therapist, but he didn’t find her through his insurer’s network directory. The last mental health care provider on Price’s list wasn’t accepting new clients. But she did email her colleagues to see if she could find him a referral. As it turned out, a therapist had just relocated to Humboldt County. Price became her 10th client. Two weeks later, Price said her caseload had already climbed to 33 people. This story originally appeared on California Health Report.

Nadiya Hussain Teaches Kids About Anxiety in Book 'My Monster and Me'

Known for her win on “The Great British Bake Off” and now her cooking shows, Nadiya Hussain has gifted the children’s picture book scene with “My Monster and Me” — the book you wish you’d had sooner to explain anxiety and worry to kids. “My Monster and Me” follows a little boy and his sometimes larger-than-life yellow monster as a stand-in for anxiety and worry. Hussain, an accomplished author in addition to her cooking and baking expertise, got the idea for the story after realizing she was never able to find a book that explained anxiety to children. “I’ve always looked on the shelves to help me to get the kids to understand different aspects of real life,” Hussain told The Mighty. “Never, ever have I seen a book about anxiety or feeling worried in children who [live] with anxiety or explaining what worrying means.” Hussain has shared she lives with panic disorder and anxiety. She leaned on how she explained her anxiety to her young kids to write “My Monster and Me.” She landed on the yellow monster (brought to life by illustrator Ella Bailey), who at the end of the day is more cute than scary. “It’s hard to explain worrying and anxiety to children, but you explain it in a tangible way through a monster, kids understand it better,” Hussain said. It was also important for her to be realistic about how kids might experience their worry monster — and to know it’s just a regular part of life. “I wanted to be real honest about my own journey and my own experience with my monster because I’ve always sought to get rid of the monster,” Hussain said, adding: I came to an understanding with myself that rather than trying to fight to erase it maybe there are moments in my life where it is bigger … and other times, it’s so small that I can put it into my pocket. … To be able to explain it that way makes kids understand that you can be anxious and it’s completely acceptable to be worried. “My Monster and Me” debuted in the U.K. in 2019 and will be released in the United States on March 2. You can preorder a copy of the book here .

NBC Will Air the Upcoming Paralympics During Primetime

On Thursday, NBCUniversal announced it will air 1,200 hours of Paralympics event coverage across its channels, including during primetime TV hours for the first time ever. PRIMETIME! ???? ❤️@NBCUniversal announces unprecedented coverage of the @Tokyo2020 Paralympics. More: https://t.co/n2n4DtabAv pic.twitter.com/0fjaddRdd4— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) February 25, 2021 The upcoming Paralympics are set to take place this summer in Tokyo, Japan. NBC will cover the games across several of its networks and digital platforms, including NBC, NBCSN, its streaming service Peacock, NBC Sports and NBCOlympics.com. The Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies will air on NBCSN. Other programming will collate top stories and moments from daily Paralympics events while also profiling competing athletes. According to WTHR, NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel said he expected about 4 hours of Paralympics coverage to air during primetime, the highly viewed hours between 8–11 p.m. ET/PT. The Olympics have long gotten airtime during prime TV viewing hours. The Paralympics, dedicated to athletes with disabilities, has not, despite equally high levels of athleticism. An estimated 15% of the world’s population lives with a disability, and nearly 25% of those in the U.S. As media organizations aim to increase disability representation, Paralympic athletes celebrated NBC’s decision to both increase its coverage of the games and move some of that airtime to prime viewing hours. “I’m so ecstatic,” said Jessica Long, a 13-time Paralympic gold medalist swimmer. “It’s time to show the world the diversity in disability and challenges we face, but also how incredible we are. It is nice being showcased for our work and elite-ness.” THIS. ???? This is why representation is so important. Because of Jessica Long's touching Super Bowl ad, Myah has a new dream.(via IG/schneiderlv15) pic.twitter.com/mOTUpazCvn— On Her Turf (@OnHerTurf) February 11, 2021 The Tokyo Paralympic Games, which were postponed due to COVID-19, will take place from Aug. 24 through Sept. 5 and will air in the U.S. across NBC’s platforms.

Singer Odette's New Album Is All About Her Experience With BPD

Singer Odette’s latest album, titled “Herald,” serves as a peek inside the world of her life with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It’s a diagnosis, the singer shared, that helped her finally understand her life. In an interview with The Guardian, the 23-year-old Australian artist shared that she was diagnosed with BPD after her first album was finished. That album, “To a Stranger,” featured songs that described tumultuous relationships and intense emotions. Her second album, originally titled “Dwell,” was set to feature similar songs with a focus on her “obsessive” relationship with emotions. After looking at her the music on her second album through the lens of BPD, however, Odette wanted to shift the tone of her second album. BPD is a mental health condition that leads to symptoms such as intense mood swings and relationships, angry outbursts, impulsive behaviors, and black-and-white thinking, among others. For Odette, getting a BPD diagnosis helped her finally make sense of her experiences. “When I got diagnosed, and I listened back to this body of work, it almost felt like I was looking at things with clarity,” Odette said. “It felt weird because I was able to empathize with myself, which is something that I find quite difficult.”   View this post on Instagram  A post shared by @odette Odette said she attributes her pre-BPD diagnosis world view and reactionary behaviors in part to the abuse she experienced as a child. Though she labels her own interactions with others in the past as “abusive,” it’s common for people with BPD to react in ways that may be hurtful to others. With BPD, this often isn’t intentional — it’s a product of trying to protect yourself from being hurt. Odette wanted other people understand that this context matters when we look at behaviors associated with BPD. “I grew up in a quite abusive household,” Odette told The Guardian. “Once you’re given the script, I think — even without wanting to — you fulfill it, because that’s all you know. It’s the only language you’ve been taught.” With her BPD diagnosis in hand, Odette decided to use her second album, now titled “Herald,” to help her understand her world with less judgement. She described getting that BPD diagnosis as being able to see herself more clearly — and to start her healing journey. “It probably took about a year — and I think it took COVID especially — for me to be able to sort of separate myself from my illness, which is something that is really difficult to do, especially because BPD latches on to your core values,” Odette said. In addition to speaking openly about her borderline personality disorder diagnosis, Odette also wants to raise awareness to help others get a correct diagnosis too. She started working with the Australian mental health organization Sane.org as well as researchers. Getting that BPD diagnosis earlier, she said, could have made a world of difference. “If I was [diagnosed] as a kid, my life would have been entirely different,” she said. “Things would have been much more stable.”

'OutDaughtered' Star Danielle Busby Shares Undiagnosed Health Journey

Danielle Busby, star of the TLC reality series “OutDaughtered,” has opened up about just how stressful and scary living with an undiagnosed chronic illness can be — and how it can impact your ability to show up as parent. In an interview with People, the 37-year-old reality star shared she has been struggling to get a diagnosis for a health condition that sent her to the emergency room in November and again in January for what her husband Adam called an “invasive test.” Busby told People her symptoms wax and wane and her doctors believe she’s dealing with some type of autoimmune condition. Like many people who go through the process of getting a diagnosis, she’s seen multiple doctors and had multiple tests, all of which lead to more questions rather than answers. “At this point, we’ve outweighed a lot of things and have had struggles with some things, but still no answers,” Busby said. “We’ve had scary moments for sure, some that have scared the crap out of me, honestly.”   View this post on Instagram  A post shared by Danielle Busby (@dbusby) For parents, trying to find a diagnosis for yourself can be especially difficult as you try to balance your personal health with the needs of your family. When you’re having a flare or bad symptom day, you might not be able to do as much, which Busby said makes her feel guilty at times. “I really need … to try to put my health as a priority,” Busby said. “Because when I’m down, I feel like I’m letting the family down and that’s kind of a hard thing — I am a mom of six and a wife and I love all that.” Other parents who live with chronic illness have shared they felt similarly about their health journey as a parent. Mighty contributor Shannon Adams, however, wrote that chronically ill parents “make some of the best parents.” “If you feel yourself questioning whether or not you’ve been a good parent lately, remind yourself that you are enough,” Adams wrote. “We are not perfect parents, but neither is anyone else.” While Busby and her family still don’t have answers, she said she’s working to find new ways to prioritize her health and accept it’s “a roller coaster right now.” She will share more about her journey on the new season of “OutDaughtered,” which will air Tuesday on TLC. “It’s just an unforeseen future of what is next,” Busby said. “How do we get to the answer? So just trying to have patience, I guess, through all that.”

MTV Airs Youth Suicide Prevention Documentary 'Each and Every Day'

A new documentary set to air on MTV takes viewers inside the world of nine young people who have survived a suicide attempt or experienced suicidal ideation — and their journey toward recovery. Made in collaboration with the JED Foundation, “Each and Every Day” follows nine young people from across the United States. In the documentary, they share their mental health journey from a suicide attempt or having suicidal thoughts to where they are now and what helped them along the way. Each participant comes from a different background but their stories all have one thing in common — hope is possible. Join young people from across the country as they get real about mental health and suicide. From Peabody®-winning filmmaker @alexandrashiva and @gidalyapictures, watch the commercial-free premiere of #EachandEveryDay TONIGHT at 9pm ET/PT on @MTV. pic.twitter.com/pZCZEKtgcK— MTV Documentary Films (@mtvdocs) February 16, 2021 Together, the participants’ struggles with their mental health reflects the experiences of thousands of other young people who may be struggling. An August 2020 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found an estimated 25% of young adults considered suicide during the pandemic. Suicide prevention is important at any time, and the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened mental health concerns. According to the JED Foundation, which focuses on teens and young adults, talking openly about suicide is a powerful prevention tool. Every person featured in “Each and Every Day” shared their journey openly. “Starting the conversation is the best prevention method to help young people seek help, know they are not alone, nor do they have to suffer in silence,” JED Foundation co-founder Donna Satow told The Mighty. Filmmaker Alexandra Shiva helmed the one-hour documentary alongside executive producer Sheila Nevins and JED Foundation co-founders Donna and Phil Satow. While the MTV Documentary Films project was initially supposed to be filmed in person, “Each and Every Day” was recorded remotely during COVID-19. It airs on MTV commercial-free on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. To learn more about “Each and Every Day,” including why it’s important and how it can impact viewers, The Mighty spoke with Shiva, the Satows and JED Foundation Senior Advisor Janis Whitlock, Ph.D. Here’s what they shared with us : Why is now in particular such an important time to create ‘Each and Every Day’? Janis Whitlock : Rates of mental health challenges for young people have been increasing and are sobering, even more so obviously in the COVID era. I can’t imagine a more pertinent time for a documentary like this. To have it be told through the voices of young people who are sharing their stories, many of whom are spending lots of time in isolation, is just incredibly powerful. Donna Satow : This is a particularly urgent time to do this. We are seeing a spike in young people facing difficult challenges. Some young people will face them easily and some young people might have difficulty. Something that they can watch and relate to is a wonderful beginning to help young people speak up. I think this film is really groundbreaking in a lot of ways. How did you identify the nine people who participated in the documentary? Alexandra Shiva : We spoke to a lot of people. We wanted to make sure whoever we spoke to, and whoever ended up in the film was strong enough — it was going to be healthy for them to participate, but also that they were able to walk someone through their process and that they had created a lot of reasons to have a life worth living. They were living in recovery, but they had a lot of wisdom about what they had been through. It was very important that there was an enormous amount of diversity in the group. It was really important to us that when someone turned on the show, they’re able to see parts of themselves. Many of their stories also touched on the trauma of racism. That was something that was really important to hear. Racism and inequality are also mental health issues. Super excited to see the premiere tonight. Grateful for the opportunity to share my story. #mentalhealth https://t.co/jFLmHsWBho— Abraham Sculley (@speaks2inspire) February 16, 2021 What was the thought process behind how you structured each participants’ story? Shiva : The goal is to actually show that someone can come out of it and emphasize what works for people. So making sure that journaling and therapy and medication and fitness and getting enough sleep and faith. A lot of films that are talking about the subject go with the drama. What you want to go with is the recovery. I loved working with these nine people. They were incredible, incredibly brave and courageous and honest and open participants. They all felt very strongly about wanting to give back to other people, wanting to say the things that they had wished they heard when they were going through the darkest of their time. Why is media such a powerful tool for sharing suicide prevention messages? Whitlock: Media has always played an important role in shaping perception and understanding. I think that’s probably never been more true than today because multimedia is just what everybody’s immersed in from when they wake up in the morning. That’s one piece. The other is that it’s become so accessible. The fact that these young people were so candid and authentic, so willing and able to share so much of their own journey, makes it especially effective and accessible. In terms of the way that it was filmed, there were great pains taken to be sure that they were rendering the stories of these young people in ways that both told the full arc of the story but also really focused on the turning points and recovery. How do you express your feelings?For Nathan, he turns to music as an outlet.Learn more about Nathan in our latest documentary, #EachandEveryDay.Premiering on @mtvdocsTOMORROW at 9pm ET/PT pic.twitter.com/oGOyHXtJQU— Gidalya Pictures (@GidalyaPictures) February 15, 2021 How can the documentary help parents better understand their kids’ experience? Phil Satow : Suicide is the sort of thing people don’t want to think about. They academically may realize that it’s a problem in this country but it’s an awful thought. And certainly, they don’t want to think it has anything to do with their family. When you talk to parents, unless they have a child who has a serious illness that’s been diagnosed, they most often are saying, “Yes, it’s important, but it’s really not for me. It’s for other families.” This film shows that this could be anybody — parents have to be very serious about these issues that they’re seeing in their kids. What do you hope those watching will take away from ‘Each and Every Day’? Shiva : I hope people see that thoughts of suicide can be common, and that we have to talk about it. To have a young person watching and then have that reflected back at them, I’m hoping that many people see this and feel less alone, that they feel heard, even though they weren’t the one speaking. Donna Satow : This film is unique in its authenticity and in its power. It speaks so directly to what young people need to hear from their peers, the same age group. I sadly lost our son to suicide, and for the last 20 years, that’s what we’ve been working on. So I am beyond thrilled to see that a film like this is going to reach all these young people. Whitlock: Don’t give up, take heart and know that you’re not alone. You can reach out to people who really, truly can understand. One of the things that so clearly comes out of this array of stories, because there were so many different stories, is that as each one of those young people were living through their journey, there were definitely moments where they felt very alone. It’s so clear that every one of them at some point made the decision that they wanted to live and to allow in help and support. That support piece, that turning point, requires both the desire to be supported and an allowing of those around us who love us to support. They lived through those moments, so know that you can live through those moments. Tune in to watch “Each and Every Day” on MTV commercial-free on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (Editor’s note: Interviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Bollywood Actor Sandeep Nahar Dies by Suspected Suicide

Bollywood actor Sandeep Nahar has died by suspected suicide on Monday, according to several media outlets. Nahar’s cause of death is still under investigation by Mumbai Police. The actor posted a note and video on his Facebook page that suggested he was struggling. Any posts have since been deleted but clips and screenshots are circulating on social media. Nahar was known for his roles in several films and series, including “Kesari” and playing alongside Sushant Singh Rajput in “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.” Nahar’s death also highlights the need for better support for Bollywood actors who face enormous pressure behind the scenes. Several other Bollywood stars have died by suicide in recent years, including Rajput, Asif Basra and Kushal Punjabi.   View this post on Instagram  A post shared by ???????? Sandeep Nahar ???????? (@sandeepnahar_official) Colleagues, friends and fans reacted to Nahar’s death on social media and shared condolences. Heartbreaking to know about #SandeepNahar’s passing away. A smiling young man passionate for food as I remember him from Kesari. Life’s unpredictable. Please seek help if ever feeling low. Peace for his soul ???????? pic.twitter.com/sHPTvzLYoQ— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 16, 2021 Actor #SandeepNahar sir RIP????????????May God give strength to his family and friends???????? pic.twitter.com/jLvd45TexJ— Jitesh Asiwal (@Jitesh287) February 16, 2021 This is soo heartbreaking, two beautiful souls left this earth????#SandeepNahar #MSDhoniOm Shanti???? pic.twitter.com/e7qxjrQhyC— Thiyagarajan A (@Er_Thiyagarajan) February 16, 2021 May you find Peace Now BrotherGone too Soon????#sandeepnahar pic.twitter.com/o3Yx6bVcoK— HarshKumar Badheka (@HarshBadheka29) February 15, 2021 Heartbreaking to know about #SandeepNahar’s passing away. A smiling young man passionate for food as I remember him from Kesari. Life’s unpredictable. Please seek help if ever feeling low. Peace for his soul ???????? pic.twitter.com/BVzvtZW7rm— Rittikkumar1137 (@Rittikk71248489) February 16, 2021 If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

T.I. and Tiny Deny Multiple Women's Accusations of Sexual Abuse

After former family friend Sabrina Peterson shared her experience of alleged abuse, more than 30 additional women have come forward to accuse rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny of multiple alleged instances of sexual abuse and assault. The alleged abuse allegations began when Peterson accused T.I. (Clifford Harris) of holding a gun to her head in a post directed at Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms. T.I. has appeared with Bottoms in the past. Peterson, without directly stating it, implied T.I. was also a sexual predator.   View this post on Instagram  A post shared by Sabrina Peterson (@theglamuniversity) Following the accusations, Tiny (Tamika Harris) defended her husband and called out Peterson for changing her mind about the alleged abuse after spending years with the Harris family over the years. Tiny further tried to discredit Peterson by calling her “special.” After Peterson publicly posted her allegations against T.I., other victims came forward to share their stories anonymously with Peterson. Peterson posted screenshots of the conversations to her Instagram stories. The victims alleged T.I. and his wife Tiny gave drugs to them and other women and involved them in sexual encounters, some of which were consensual and others not. Several women said they had been paid for the sexual activities or blacked out and couldn’t remember what happened when they woke up. Other victims shared their phones had been taken so they couldn’t leave and other alleged examples of abuse of power. Some of the women who came forward were dancers or those who worked in the industry where T.I. has a powerful position. While the accusations haven’t been verified, Peterson said more than 30 women have shared their stories. Peterson said on Instagram she is interviewing those who have come forward and asked other women to share their experiences. She also said she wants to find therapists for all those who reached out to her. “You never heal from the things you don’t reveal,” Peterson wrote in an Instagram post. “Speaking to your pain, past experiences & getting them out allow you room to process them & cultivate some level of a healing plan.”   View this post on Instagram  A post shared by Sabrina Peterson (@theglamuniversity) In response to the allegations, T.I. and Tiny released a statement denying all of the allegations made against them. Through a spokesperson, the Harris couple told Complex in a statement: Mr. and Mrs. Harris want to be on record and more importantly want the public to know they emphatically deny in the strongest way possible the egregiously appalling allegations being made against them by Sabrina Peterson. The Harrises have had difficulty with this woman for well over a decade. They are taking this matter very seriously, and if these allegations don’t end, they will take appropriate legal action.

Study Suggests Autistic Drivers Crash Less Than Their Typical Peers

A new study suggests young autistic drivers are less likely to crash and receive speeding violations compared to their typical peers. Researchers said these results can be used to better customize driver training for people on the spectrum. Experts at two research organizations in Philadelphia compared driver crash and violation data for newly licensed autistic drivers and their typical peers. The study looked at drivers born between 1987 and 2000 and it excluded people on the spectrum with intellectual disabilities. In total, researchers analyzed driving information for nearly 500 autistic drivers and just over 70,000 typical drivers. During their analysis, researchers found that overall, newly licensed autistic drivers were less likely to be in car crashes or have a moving violation or suspension on a monthly basis. Of all people involved in a car crash, speed was much less likely to be a factor among autistic drivers. However, autistic drivers were significantly more likely to be involved in crashes where the driver did not yield to vehicles or pedestrians or while making left and U-turns. While the researchers found in general autistic drivers are just as safe on the road, they may still benefit from on-the-road training tailored to their specific needs. “Our study suggests that autistic adolescents and young adults may benefit from more on-road training than their non-autistic peers,” Benjamin E. Yerys, Ph.D., study co-author and a psychologist at the Center for Autism Research (CAR), said in a statement. “They may need more tailored training in navigating turns and interacting safely with pedestrians and other vehicles.” Previous research suggested autistic drivers were more likely to be in car crashes. The new study was published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on Jan. 13.