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

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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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Confused about MACRA? We’ve got you covered

August 18, 2016 | Advocacy and Policy | Comments
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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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Strengthening Communication and Collaboration: The Travis County Health Justice Learning Collaborative

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Hannah Huntt

Manager, Communications Projects at National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Danny Smith, Director of Mental Health and Inmate Programs in the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, and Sherry Blyth, Director of Crisis Services at Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC), have known each other for over ten years. However, despite their long-standing ties and the significant overlap in the populations their organizations serve, their professional relationship […]

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Using Apps to Support Physical Health in Behavioral Health Settings

March 31, 2016 | Advocacy and Policy | Comments
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Hannah Coen

Communications Associate, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Like many people, I own a smartphone. Nearly 90 percent of Americans own a cell phone and 64 percent own a smartphone. My smartphone came with a pre-downloaded “Wellness Tracker” app that can track my steps, my diet and even my sleeping patterns and heart rate if I connect to a “wearable” like Fitbit. Even […]

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Can We Prevent Disability from Serious Mental Illnesses?

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Adam Swanson

Senior Policy Associate

Recently published clinical outcomes from the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode raises the question: can we prevent disability from serious mental illnesses?

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8 Resolutions to Plan for Change

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Daisy Wheeler

Director of Addictions

I’m a planner. As the year end approaches, you may, like me, already be thinking about your 2016 resolutions. Many of us strive to do better each year in our service to others or to focus on our health — and planning is the most likely pathway to fully realize and achieve our goals. As […]

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How to Make the Most out of Your NatCon16 Experience

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Ali Siemianowski

Communication Specialist, National Council for Behavioral Health

In a recent interview with Harvard Business Review, Susan Cain, author of the New York Times best-seller, Quiet, and a record-smashing TED talk , shared advice for introverts to the make the most of a conference. To a self-identified introvert, large crowds can be exhausting. But, whether you identify as an introvert, an extrovert or […]

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Does your organization use text messaging?

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Hannah Coen

Communications Associate, NCBH

Text messaging is a fast, relatively inexpensive way to engage under-served populations and to connect patients with 24/7 access to health tips and treatment options. It can change the ways clinicians deliver health care by acting as a care extender and creating a better picture of the population you care for. Yet, it is underused. […]

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Giving Consumers the Access They Deserve

Scott Lloyd

President, MTM Services

  Teams in 11 states have implemented Just-in-Time Prescriber Scheduling (JIT), an offshoot of same day access. This process moves a consumer from a diagnostic assessment to a psychiatric evaluation on the same day in some versions, or within three to five days in others. This speed has greatly increased engagement and reduced the no-shows […]

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Avoid the pitfalls of insuring physicians

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Nicholas L. Bozzo

President, Mental Health Risk and Retention Group

If you and I could talk, I would tell you that physician coverage for behavioral health care or social services organizations might just be the most important coverage. Yet, many carriers include specific requirements / exclusions that can create concern for agents and clients alike. Required Scheduling:  This onerous feature mandates that each time a […]

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