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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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Accelerate Your LGBTQ+ Learning – Join Our Special Interest Group

December 4, 2019 | LGBTQ | Comments
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Paul Curtis and Michael Carrone

Executive Director of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies and a National Council board member, and the Director of Healthcare Transformation, respectively

Behavioral health care is constantly evolving, and we are gaining greater insight into the needs of our country’s most marginalized populations. That’s especially true for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Research shows that individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) experience disproportionately higher rates of mental health and substance use issues. […]

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Addicted to Coercion

October 29, 2019 | Addictions | Criminal Justice | Comments
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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

President and CEO HealthRIGHT 360, Board Member, National Council for Behavioral Health

Beginning in 2011, with California’s state prison system overseen by the federal courts due to severe overcrowding, the state legislature and voters passed a series of laws to reduce sentencing severity for non-violent crimes, most notably drug-related offenses. As a result, fewer people faced felonies for crimes often associated with problematic substance use, like simple […]

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It’s Time to Establish A New Lifeline for America

October 28, 2019 | Suicide | Comments
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Communications

National Council for Behavioral Health

Leading Mental Health Advocates Urge Congress to Establish 9-8-8 As A National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline The success of 9-1-1, our nation’s emergency service hotline, is undeniable. In an instant, Americans can   reach police, fire and emergency services from anywhere in the country. It’s hard to fathom that before the adoption of […]

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What Do We Mean When We Say “Recovery”?

October 7, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Treatment | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Kenneth Minkoff, M.D., a member of the National Council Medical Director Institute, is a board-certified community psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist, part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the COO and senior systems consultant at ZiaPartners, Inc. Dr. Minkoff also provides consultation to large systems on developing welcoming, integrated, recovery-oriented services to individuals […]

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Member Spotlight: Reaching a New Threshold in Recovery

October 4, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

For 60 years, Thresholds – a National Council member – has been transforming the lives of Chicago residents struggling with mental illness and addiction by breaking cycles of poverty and unemployment. In this interview, Dr. Steve Weinstein, a medical director at Thresholds and member of the National Council’s Medical Director Institute, discusses the impact of […]

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