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Medication Assisted Treatment: Ready, Set, Implement

February 8, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

Aaron Williams

Senior Director, Training and Technical Assistance for Substance Use

In July, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) that — among other things —  mandates our health care system to use state-of-the-science medications to treat addiction, in combination with other proven treatments. Last year, I attended the official roll-out of the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health. The report […]

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Including Lassoing Tobacco Use

January 18, 2017 | Addictions | Workforce | Comments

National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control

American adults with mental illnesses smoked about a third of the 264 billion cigarettes sold in 2015, according to a recent report. For Texas’ behavioral health treatment organizations, this was a rally cry. To move the needle, the state created Taking Texas Tobacco Free (TTTF) to help local mental health authorities reverse this grim trend […]

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Supporting the Addiction Workforce: Q and A with Dr. J. Craig Allen

January 10, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

National Council Staff

J. Craig Allen, MD, is a addiction psychiatrist and a member of the National Council Medical Director Institute. He is the medical director of Rushford, an addiction and mental health treatment organization in Connecticut that provides services for children, teens and adults and is part of the Hartford Healthcare system.  The Department of Health and […]

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Reversing the Criminalization of Mental Illness

November 18, 2016 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments

Lauren Moyer and Judge Joseph Locascio

Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center

In November 2013, Kansas City, Missouri’s first responders, mental health providers, municipal court and mayor’s office decided that enough was enough. Our community knew that the number of arrested and jailed individuals with mental illness was unacceptable, and any solution required cross-systems collaboration between local government, criminal justice and mental health. To address the problem, […]

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Advancing Addiction Treatment for Youth: Q and A with Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Marc Fishman

November 15, 2016 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments

National Council Staff

Marc Fishman, MD, is an addiction psychiatrist and a member of National Council’s Medical Director Institute. He is the Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, a regional behavioral healthcare provider, which offers programs for residential and outpatient treatment of drug-involved and dual-diagnosis adolescents and adults and a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry and […]

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Why America Should Expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act: A Survivor’s Tale

Cheryl Sharp

Exclusive Consultant for Trauma Informed Care Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health

If we could access the services that today’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers offer, we would have spared from pain and anguish.

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Toward a New Recovery Culture

Justin Luke Riley

President and CEO, Young People in Recovery

Young People in Recovery advocates for a new recovery culture in all communities. What can you do in yours?

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Supporting Our Students in Recovery

September 6, 2016 | Addictions | Lived Experience | Treatment | Comments

Kristen Harper

Executive Director, Association of Recovery Schools

As I sit here in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport, waiting to board my last flight to Charleston, South Carolina, I cannot help but be reminded of what it was like to be an 18-year-old with a substance use disorder (SUD) headed to her first semester as an undergrad. I began using drugs and alcohol […]

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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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Mandated Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Should be a Priority

July 27, 2016 | Addictions | Comments

Becky Vaughn

Vice President of Addictions

After three years of meetings, coalitions, hearings and intense advocacy, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was signed into law on Friday, July 22 by President Obama.  We should be proud of the shift in conversation from criminal justice solutions for immoral, weak people to solutions focused on a chronic disease model that requires […]

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