At the State and Federal Level, We Have Many Options to Address Workforce Shortage
Our own research at the National Council found that 78% of our members are seeing increased demand for services compared to three months ago, and 62% have longer waitlists. In addition, 97% of our members told us they are having difficulty recruiting new employees.
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ACEs Champion Spotlight: UC Davis – Connecting People to Care
When it comes to reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), collaboration is key. Just ask Leigh Ann Simmons, Ph.D., M.F.T., FAAHB, a professor and chair in the Department of Human Ecology at University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and co-director of the Perinatal Origins of Disparities (POD) Center.
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Pride in Our Identities with Hope for the Future
Brett Beckerson, National Council’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, reflects on Pride Month 2021, which marks 20 years of celebrating Pride Month for him.
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Lasting Progress on Substance Use Disorders Will Depend on Identifying Long-term Funding
Many members of Congress have distributed press releases over the past few days about receiving grants for their communities from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding.
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A Path Forward: Mental Health and the United States Pandemic Response
Addressing the pandemic compassionately, while keeping our communities and families safe from harm, requires immediate preparation to meet the current and future mental health needs that come with COVID-19. The mental health care workforce must play a central role in the national recovery.
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Bridging the Criminal Justice and Community Care Gap
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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Addicted to Coercion
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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Value-based Payment is the New Reality for SUD Providers: Are You Ready?
The health care landscape is shifting from traditional fee-for-service models that incentivize volume of care toward value-based payment (VBP) models. VBP models create incentives for providers to improve health care quality and demonstrate better health outcomes at lower costs. Initially focused on physical health care, VBP models are becoming more prevalent in behavioral health, in […]
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Continuing America’s Conversation on Mental Health and Addictions Care Access
Do you remember the moment you realized that timely access to mental health and addictions services is important? It’s different for all of us. For some, it’s the first time you try to help a family member, a friend, a colleague or yourself navigate a mental health or addiction crisis. Unfortunately, many Americans discover that […]
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