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Coping in a Crisis: On the Frontlines with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc.

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William Glanz

Senior Writer

Marvin Gorsky, LCSW, senior director with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc. in Montclair, New Jersey, consults with colleagues using his laptop. 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 […]

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Moving the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Community Forward

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Nicole Cadovius

Director of Practice Improvement

Earlier this month, we joined in the national recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, where we celebrated the social changes of deinstitutionalization in the 70s and 80s and took a closer look at the impact today. In the past 30 years, legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, and the Individuals with […]

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Addressing the Service Needs of Older Adults

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Nicole Cadovius

Director of Practice Improvement

In a little more than a month, we will be celebrating Older Americans Month in May. This is an opportunity to reflect on the implications of this population’s projected growth and its effect on society. Developing an understanding of these trends is one way to help shift services to address the growing service needs of […]

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Coping in a Crisis: Overcoming Anxiety

March 23, 2020 | Wellness | Comments
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William Glanz

Senior Writer

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 help you cope with problems caused by the pandemic. The coronavirus isn’t only a physical challenge. It’s […]

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Building Organizational Resilience in the Face of a Ubiquitous Challenge

March 19, 2020 | Trauma | Trauma Resilience | Comments
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Karen Johnson

Trauma-Informed Lens Consulting

Ubiquitous: present, appearing, found everywhere. The challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic fit this definition better than any event I have experienced in my lifetime. We each have a moment when our life changed – a before and after COVID-19. For some it was a few weeks ago – when you worried about laying people […]

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Resources and Tools for Addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Communications

National Council for Behavioral Health

For more than 50 years, we have been working to promote health and wellness among our staff, stakeholders, members and the communities they support. With recent news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) inviting a heightened sense of uncertainty and apprehension, that commitment has never been stronger. In this time of confusion, there is hope. And […]

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A Place for Recovery in the Community

March 10, 2020 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Tom Hill

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

Individuals returning to their communities following episodes of treatment or incarceration often find themselves navigating their recovery in recovery deserts: environments that have scant resources beyond 12-step meetings. In the past, the onus of blame has been placed on folks who have “failed” to remain abstinent. More and more, we are beginning to understand the […]

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Navigating the Behavioral Health Impacts of the Coronavirus

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Dr. Joe Parks

Vice President of Practice Improvement and Co-Chair of the Medical Director Institute

There is no avoiding the concern over the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), or the extent to which it could impact the physical health of our communities, families and ourselves. As the disease spreads and confusion over this public health crisis grows, we must acknowledge that it also can have implications on our behavioral […]

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New Toolkit: A Path Forward for Appealing Denials of Coverage

February 28, 2020 | Resources | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Here’s a sobering truth: Sometimes insurers deny coverage of more intensive levels of care for reasons that are not consistent with the actual current community standards of care. The guidelines followed by mental health and substance use service providers and insurers – known as “utilization management standards” or “medical necessity criteria” – don’t always match […]

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What Does Black History Month Mean to Me?

February 21, 2020 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Victor Armstrong, MSW

Vice President of Behavioral Health for Atrium Health, and a member of the National Council's Board of Directors

To me, Black History Month is an opportunity to rewrite and reclaim the narrative. History has always been recorded and recited from the perspective of the majority. That is neither right nor wrong, good nor bad – it simply “is.” For one month of the year, the nation’s focus is on the contributions of African […]

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