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Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Including Lassoing Tobacco Use

January 18, 2017 | Addictions | Workforce | Comments

National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control

American adults with mental illnesses smoked about a third of the 264 billion cigarettes sold in 2015, according to a recent report. For Texas’ behavioral health treatment organizations, this was a rally cry. To move the needle, the state created Taking Texas Tobacco Free (TTTF) to help local mental health authorities reverse this grim trend […]

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The Key to Risk Management? Asking Questions.

Red arrow signs pointing uptooward the sun. One sign reads "Risk Management."

Rashida Asante-Eccleston

Communication Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Risk management is the culture, processes and structures that help us recognize and understand the potential for adverse effects. As the quality of risk management improves, so does the quality of patient safety and care.

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Supporting the Addiction Workforce: Q and A with Dr. J. Craig Allen

January 10, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

National Council Staff

J. Craig Allen, MD, is a addiction psychiatrist and a member of the National Council Medical Director Institute. He is the medical director of Rushford, an addiction and mental health treatment organization in Connecticut that provides services for children, teens and adults and is part of the Hartford Healthcare system.  The Department of Health and […]

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How important is social connectivity to health?

December 22, 2016 | Integration | Comments

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Staff

Social connectivity – spending time with friends and family, taking part in group activities or having a sense of community – may be among the most important predictors of health. Study upon study shows the myriad ways human connection plays a valuable role in positively supporting a person’s physical and mental health. Having strong social […]

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The Importance of Trauma-Sensitive Schools

December 12, 2016 | Trauma | Trauma Resilience | Comments

Melissa Bolton

National Council for Behavioral Health

“Students who have experienced trauma have a completely different worldview,” Pamela Black, educational consultant for trauma-sensitive schools. Walk into any classroom in America and take a look around. You’ll likely see an average of 30 students, a teacher, some colorful decorations and an assortment of notebooks and backpacks. Know what you won’t see? You won’t […]

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Reversing the Criminalization of Mental Illness

November 18, 2016 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments

Lauren Moyer and Judge Joseph Locascio

Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center

In November 2013, Kansas City, Missouri’s first responders, mental health providers, municipal court and mayor’s office decided that enough was enough. Our community knew that the number of arrested and jailed individuals with mental illness was unacceptable, and any solution required cross-systems collaboration between local government, criminal justice and mental health. To address the problem, […]

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Advancing Addiction Treatment for Youth: Q and A with Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Marc Fishman

November 15, 2016 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments

National Council Staff

Marc Fishman, MD, is an addiction psychiatrist and a member of National Council’s Medical Director Institute. He is the Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, a regional behavioral healthcare provider, which offers programs for residential and outpatient treatment of drug-involved and dual-diagnosis adolescents and adults and a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry and […]

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Why America Should Expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act: A Survivor’s Tale

Cheryl Sharp

Exclusive Consultant for Trauma Informed Care Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health

If we could access the services that today’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers offer, we would have spared from pain and anguish.

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The CCBHC Heroes You Didn’t Even Know You Had

Jeremy Atterman

Project Coordinator, National Council for Behavioral Health

Here’s a question every  soon-to-be Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) should be asking itself: “Who is going to lead as our organization adapts to new ways of doing business?” CCBHC implementation is an all-hands-on-deck moment for any organization. Your CEO’s vision will guide the way for growth and opportunity within your organization. Your board […]

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We All Know “THAT Student”

October 17, 2016 | Trauma | Trauma Resilience | Comments

Pam Black, Linda Henderson-Smith & Karen Johnson

National Council for Behavioral Health

We all know “that student.” It doesn’t matter whether they are a preschool, elementary, middle or high school student, educators are well aware of the student who comes to school angry, agitated and not ready to learn. It appears school is the last place this student wants to be. Yet, they return every single day, […]

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