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New Toolkit: A Path Forward for Appealing Denials of Coverage

February 28, 2020 | Education and Events | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Here’s a sobering truth: Sometimes insurers deny coverage of more intensive levels of care for reasons that are not consistent with the actual current community standards of care. The guidelines followed by mental health and substance use service providers and insurers – known as “utilization management standards” or “medical necessity criteria” – don’t always match […]

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What Does Black History Month Mean to Me?

February 21, 2020 | Mental Health Treatment | 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

To me, Black History Month is an opportunity to rewrite and reclaim the narrative. History has always been recorded and recited from the perspective of the majority. That is neither right nor wrong, good nor bad – it simply “is.” For one month of the year, the nation’s focus is on the contributions of African […]

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Interest Group: Connecting Children to High-Quality Care

February 14, 2020 | Mental Health Treatment | 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: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

February 13, 2020 | Practice Improvement | 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 | Practice Improvement | 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 | Practice Improvement | 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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