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ACEs Champion Spotlight: UC Davis – Connecting People to Care

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Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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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When it Comes to Advocacy, We Can Never Rest

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Chuck Ingoglia

President and CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Progress doesn’t come easily. It requires careful planning, hard work and a little bit of luck.

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Pride in Our Identities with Hope for the Future

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Brett Beckerson

Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

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

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Chuck Ingoglia

President and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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

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Chirlane McCray & Linda Rosenburg, MSW

Writer, mental health advocate and First Lady of New York City & former president and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, respectively

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

December 11, 2019 | Advocacy and Policy | Comments
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Ayla Colella

Director of Practice Improvement

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

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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

President and CEO HealthRIGHT 360, Board Member, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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?

July 17, 2019 | Advocacy and Policy | Comments
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Mindy Klowden, MNM

Director of Training and Technical Assistance, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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

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Charles Ingoglia, MSW

President and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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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A Roadmap for Success: Analyzing What It Takes to Get Your Organization in Gear

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Susan Milstrey Wells

National Council for Mental Wellbeing

The American health care system is rapidly evolving, and mental health and substance use treatment providers are struggling to catch up. Value-based payments, performance-based contracting, population health management ­– it’s enough to make your head spin. The destination is still the same – providing affordable, accessible, science-based treatment and services for mental illnesses and substance […]

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