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Archive: August 2016

CCBHCs: Are you embracing the urgency to become trauma-informed?

Karen Johnson & Linda Henderson-Smith

Trauma-Informed Services

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) are poised to revolutionize behavioral health care and strengthen services for those who most need them. Organizations are preparing to meet CCBHC requirements in the areas of finance, service delivery and partner collaboration. CCBHCs aren’t business as usual. They’re a new provider type in Medicaid— organizations defined not just […]

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Fragile to Fierce: More than a Decade with Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

Mary Johnson

Staff Writer, National Council for Behavioral Health

For many of us, Judy Collins — Sweet Judy Blue Eyes — sang the soundtrack of our youth. Her crisp, clear almost ethereal voice spoke to our hopes and fears in the eloquent “Both Sides Now.” But beyond those crystalline vocals, behind those spellbinding blue eyes, was an unquiet soul. At 14, she attempted suicide. […]

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Options, not Opponents: Housing First and Recovery Housing

Lori Criss

Associate Director, The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers

There’s no denying that a number of factors outside of addictions treatment significantly impact a person’s long-term recovery. Chief among those is their environment, including their housing. Even in the best of circumstances with a supportive family and safe home, making the transition from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery is filled […]

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Confused about MACRA? We’ve got you covered

Elizabeth Arend, MPH

Quality Improvement Advisor

Over the last month, the National Council held three webinars to shed some light on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the sweeping reforms it makes to payments under Medicare Part B. The first webinar, “MACRA 101,” provided an overview of CMS’s proposed Quality Payment Program, which completely overhauls how […]

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