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Ignoring Behavioral Health Care Needs Harms Patients and Communities

June 25, 2020 | From the CEO | Comments
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Charles Ingoglia, MSW

President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health

Even though mental illness and substance use disorders are less visible than many physical illnesses, they are no less painful and no less serious. They simply are unseen.

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Recognizing Advocacy All-Stars during Hill Day at Home

June 17, 2020 | Hill Day | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities across the country, individuals and organizations behind the scenes are stepping up for people with mental health and addiction treatment needs – from frontline workers and appointed officials, to behavioral health care leadership.

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Pride and Recovery as Acts of Resistance

June 1, 2020 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor for Practice Improvement, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Every June, LGBTQ+ communities all over the globe plan marches, rallies and events to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in Greenwich Village, New York City, in 1969. Stonewall was by no means the first act of queer resistance, but it remains a watershed event in the evolution of the LGBTQ+ social and political […]

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Time to Give Alcohol Issues the Attention They Deserve

May 28, 2020 | Addictions | COVID-19 | Comments
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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor of Practice Improvement

When we all headed home in March under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, we could feel a collective sense of fear and apprehension about the unknown: How would we manage and for how long? We knew that, despite the wonders of technology to help us stay connected with one another, a sense of isolation could stir feelings […]

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Mental Health Management: COVID-19 Tips from a College Student

May 21, 2020 | connected | COVID-19 | Youth | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

For youth and young adults, navigating life can be challenging enough. Add a global pandemic to the mix, and well, things get wonky. In honor of Mental Health Month, I sat down with John Dellick (pictured right), a college student and member of the National Council’s CONNECTED, a youth mental health initiative, to talk about […]

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A New Normal: Understanding the Challenges of Children with IDD

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Gabe Abbondandolo

Practice Improvement Coordinator

According to the CDC, 13% of children under the age of 18 in the U.S. have a developmental disorder. Of this population, 30-50% have a co-occurring behavioral health diagnosis like depression or anxiety. In fact, when looking at the data for Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Cerebral palsy, autism and some forms of epilepsy, the rate […]

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Innovating at Scale in Bernalillo County

May 6, 2020 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

When it comes to advancing behavioral health care, innovation is a key ingredient. Just ask Bernalillo County’s Department of Behavioral Health Services, the newest recipient of our Innovation at Work Award through our Awards of Excellence program. In this spotlight, Margarita Chavez-Sanchez, director of the department, highlights the important role innovation plays in community growth. […]

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Pursuing Social Justice and Supporting Innovation

May 4, 2020 | Awards of Excellence | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Each year, through our Awards of Excellence program, we honor select individuals whose efforts to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illnesses and addictions is unmatched. We are proud to recognize Amy Anderson-Winchell, LCSW, former president of Access: Supports for Living, Inc., with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to behavioral health […]

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Coping in a Crisis: Telehealth Opens New Opportunities for Patients and Providers

April 30, 2020 | coronavirus | COVID-19 | Comments
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William Glanz

Senior Writer

View Point Health Director of Core Services Julie Solinski (pictured) engages in a video conference with co-workers. Editor’s Note: The coronavirus outbreak has led practitioners to rethink behavioral health care treatment and the delivery of service. In this series, we will address the questions and concerns raised by providers and offer tips and suggestions to […]

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Advancing Behavioral Health Care in New Jersey

April 28, 2020 | Awards of Excellence | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

When Joe Masciandaro (pictured at right) was starting out in the mental health field, effective medication or treatment for mental illness didn’t exist. It was 1963 and little was known about behavioral health care. Over time, Joe helped move the field forward – especially through his 42 years of leading Care Plus NJ, a Certified […]

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