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Interest Group: Connecting Children to High-Quality Care

February 14, 2020 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Susie Huhn

National Council of Behavioral Health Board Member, and Secretary-Treasurer of CEO Casa de los Ninos

Alongside our Board of Directors, we recently launched Interest Groups to give our members the tools, knowledge and networks they need to accelerate their learning of – and impact on – various populations of interest. In this blog post, we highlight our new Children, Young Adults & Families group. I have been working for more […]

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Interest Group: Outlining Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

February 13, 2020 | Interest Groups | Comments
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Susie Blue and Nicole Cadovius

Interest Group Co-Leads

Alongside our Board of Directors, we recently launched Interest Groups to give our members the tools, knowledge and networks they need to accelerate their learning of – and impact on – various populations of interest. In this blog post, we highlight our new Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities group. Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) […]

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LGBTQ+ Interest Group: Taking Steps toward Inclusivity

February 12, 2020 | Interest Groups | Comments
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Paul Curtis and Michael Carrone

Interest Group Co-Leads

Last month, more than 100 people attended the first virtual meeting of the LGBTQ+ Interest Group, where in a webinar, they learned more about the issues facing this population, insights into ongoing needs, and next steps regarding the Group and its growing community. We were overwhelmed by the excitement and energy of the participants, as […]

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Interest Group: Helping Older Adults Heal and Thrive

February 11, 2020 | Interest Groups | Comments
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Nicole Cadovius

Director of Practice Improvement

Alongside our Board of Directors, we recently launched an Interest Group initiative to give our members the tools, knowledge and networks they need to accelerate their learning of – and impact on – various populations of interest. In this blog post, we highlight our new Older Adults group. Did you know that 25 percent of […]

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Adolescent Vaping: The New National Addiction Crisis

January 30, 2020 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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William Glanz

Senior Writer

A new form of substance use has grown dramatically in the last year and threatens the health of adolescents. Despite significant progress to reduce tobacco use and nicotine dependency among the general population – and among individuals with behavioral health conditions who smoke at almost double the national rate – vaping has rapidly become a […]

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How Pediatricians Can Foster Healthy Conversations about Substance Use

January 16, 2020 | Addictions | Youth | Comments
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William Glanz

Senior Writer

Picture this: You’re 14 years old, and you have an appointment to see your pediatrician for an annual physical before starting ninth grade. You don’t want to spend a precious summer afternoon in the doctor’s office when you could be hanging out with your friends, but it’s an annual requirement. Your mother is with you […]

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CCBHC UPDATE: $200 Million in Expansion Grants Now Available Nationwide

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William Glanz

Senior Writer

Clinics across the nation are now eligible to apply for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grants, according to new guidelines outlined this week in a funding opportunity announcement by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The National Council has strongly advocated for increased funding for the Expansion Grant program. We’ve […]

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Minnesota Mental Health Clinic Diversifies … and Thrives

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William Glanz

Senior Writer

Seven years ago, the Northwestern Mental Health Center saw an opportunity to diversify services in the eight-county area of rural Minnesota that it serves. Today, their goal to be more things to more people has succeeded – for clients, the community and the clinic. “We kept hearing these cries from other partners – like our […]

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Bridging the Criminal Justice and Community Care Gap

December 11, 2019 | Criminal Justice | Comments
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Ayla Colella

Director of Practice Improvement

A substantial portion of the prison population is not receiving treatment for mental health conditions, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Research also shows that 75 percent of incarcerated individuals have a substance use disorder and, due to a lack of health care coverage and inconsistent treatment services, are at […]

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Campaign Spotlight: Improving Education on Tardive Dyskinesia

December 9, 2019 | Treatment | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Many people are unfamiliar with tardive dyskinesia (TD). It’s a disorder that is often overlooked – yet, an estimated 500,000 people in the U.S. are currently experiencing its symptoms. TD is an involuntary movement disorder characterized by repetitive and uncontrollable movements that is commonly associated with the prolonged treatment of antipsychotics. Although uncommon, it is […]

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