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Archive: June 2016

Ending Homelessness and Aiding Recovery: Choice is Key

Homeless man on the concrete leaning against a wall. The wall has an outline of a house. The house silhouette frames the man.

Ed Blackburn

Executive Director, Central City Concern

Recognizing the “homeless” as individuals and providing them the dignity of choice around recovery is just as important as putting a roof over their head.

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Why We Must Support Maternal Mental Health

June 27, 2016 | Awards of Excellence | Comments

Adrienne Griffen

Founder, Postpartum Support Virginia

Having a new baby is the happiest time in a woman’s life, right? Not always. One in five new or expectant mothers will experience debilitating anxiety or depression during pregnancy or the first year postpartum.  These illnesses – known as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) – are the most common complication of pregnancy and […]

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Innovative Scheduling Changes Increase Savings, Intake and Client Engagement

Hannah Huntt

Manager, Communications Projects

In just three years, View Point Health, a Metro Atlanta-based community behavioral health care agency, has transformed their clinical practice by implementing a rapid-cycle change model under the guidance of MTM Services. View Point Health provides mental health, addictive disease and developmental disability services serving as the public safety net for a three county area […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth is Bad

June 22, 2016 | Diversity | LGBTQ | Lived Experience | Comments
LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Two gay LGBTQ Flags and one American flag flying in the sky

Adam Swanson

Senior Policy Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

First federal report concludes that conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) youth is not effective.

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Smokers Need Not Apply

June 16, 2016 | Leadership | Population Health | Comments

Mary Johnson

Staff Writer

ServiceNet, a mental health and social service agency headquartered in Northampton, Massachusetts, had long been a tobacco-free environment when they decided to take it a step further and create a policy to no longer hire smokers. A potentially controversial decision, Sue Stubbs, ServiceNet president and CEO, knew her staff would have concerns. They suggested that […]

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Strengthening Communication and Collaboration: The Travis County Health Justice Learning Collaborative

Hannah Huntt

Manager, Communications Projects at National Council for Behavioral Health

Danny Smith, Director of Mental Health and Inmate Programs in the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, and Sherry Blyth, Director of Crisis Services at Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC), have known each other for over ten years. However, despite their long-standing ties and the significant overlap in the populations their organizations serve, their professional relationship […]

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The Power of Advocacy

June 10, 2016 | Awards of Excellence | Comments

Ali Siemianowski

Communication Specialist, National Council for Behavioral Health

This is the first article in the National Council’s series profiling the achievements of our 2016 Awards of Excellence honorees. Across the country, local jails are not only over-crowded, but in some states have also become the largest behavioral health service providers. An estimated two million people living with mental illness and addictions reside in […]

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How do we decrease tobacco use for everyone?

Laura Galbreath

Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Last week, the New York Times reported on the the continued decline of cigarette use, a trend highlighted by a recent CDC survey. While tobacco use has continued to go down for the general population, one group has not made the same progress. Half of the annual tobacco-related deaths in the United States are people with a mental illness. […]

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