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Meeting Unaccompanied Minors Where They Are

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Jody Levison-Johnson and Jeremy C. Kohomban, Ph.D.

President and CEO of The Council on Accreditation, and President and CEO of The Children’s Village (respectively)

Since 2004, human service organizations have served thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children. With their support, the majority of these children were safely reunited with family or a sponsor in the U.S. However, recent media stories raise questions about the treatment and mental health needs of these children, who often suffer from fear, anxiety and depression. […]

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Back to School Doesn’t Have to Mean Back to Stigma

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Lisa Prather

Campaign Manager for the National Council for Behavioral Health

It was late one weekday. I had just gotten up from one of my long naps that characterized countless vain attempts to sleep away depressive thoughts. I got out of bed and took several steps to the door. Instantly, thoughts flooded my mind and the image of that kid at school who didn’t return my […]

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Minimizing Trauma and Maximizing Treatment for Migrant Children

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Left unaddressed, the impacts of trauma can be far-reaching. That’s especially true for children who experience trauma at a young age. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, trauma can contribute to behavioral health and chronic physical health conditions, as well as poor verbal skills and learning disabilities, in children. But recovery is possible […]

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A Collection of Resources for Community Impact

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

The demand for behavioral health care knows no boundaries. Every day, we are connecting vulnerable populations – like migrant families and their children – to the care they deserve. With this in mind, we’ve put together a collection of external resources to help you maximize your impact in your community. Click on the links below […]

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Membership Spotlight on Tami Lewis-Ahrendt: Tension, Transformation and Taking a Vacation

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

In this membership spotlight, we talk with Tami Lewis-Ahrendt, executive vice president and COO of CenterPointe, about what it takes to run a treatment, rehabilitation and housing provider for homeless and low-income individuals in Lincoln, Nebraska. Tell us about your organization. What role does CenterPointe play in the community? “Our mission is to ‘help the […]

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Membership Spotlight on Heather Jefferis: Obstacles and Opportunities in the Hiring Process

July 25, 2019 | Workforce | Comments
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Heather Jefferis

Executive Director of the Oregon Council For Behavioral Health

In this Membership Spotlight, Heather Jefferis, a National Council board member and executive director of the Oregon Council For Behavioral Health, opens up about the workforce development issues in her state and shares best practices for getting more out of the recruitment process. What challenges have you encountered hiring qualified staff in the behavioral health […]

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Value-based Payment is the New Reality for SUD Providers: Are You Ready?

July 17, 2019 | Healthcare trends | Comments
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Mindy Klowden, MNM

Director of Training and Technical Assistance, National Council for Behavioral Health

The health care landscape is shifting from traditional fee-for-service models that incentivize volume of care toward value-based payment (VBP) models. VBP models create incentives for providers to improve health care quality and demonstrate better health outcomes at lower costs. Initially focused on physical health care, VBP models are becoming more prevalent in behavioral health, in […]

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Continuing America’s Conversation on Mental Health and Addictions Care Access

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Charles Ingoglia, MSW

President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health

Do you remember the moment you realized that timely access to mental health and addictions services is important? It’s different for all of us. For some, it’s the first time you try to help a family member, a friend, a colleague or yourself navigate a mental health or addiction crisis. Unfortunately, many Americans discover that […]

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Cultivating Connections to Help Communities Thrive: Shining A Spotlight on Youth Mental Health Champions

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Rachel Huggins

Communications Manager, National Council for Behavioral Health

All young people deserve to grow into healthy, resilient adults. Yet the mental health and well-being of young people in the U.S. is in an alarming state. Depression diagnoses among adolescents increased 63 percent between 2013 and 2016. Suicide attempts are four times more likely among LGBTQ youth and deaths by suicide are roughly two […]

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Stigma Regarding Mental Illness among People of Color

July 8, 2019 | Diversity | LGBTQ | 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

One of the remaining taboos in many communities of color is the stigma around mental illness. Whether it’s depression or anxiety (or, the worst-case scenario, suicide), there is a longstanding belief in these communities that such concerns are taboo, and their impact is the problem of “the other.” Though communities of color, because of socioeconomic […]

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