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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s CCBHC Story

Pahoua K. Yang

Vice President, Community Mental Health and Wellness, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

When Cha* was brought to us at the Wilder Foundation, he was out of control and struggling with addiction. He was homeless, had no insurance, no job and no path to recovery. His parents, who were his main support, didn’t speak English.  They didn’t know much about substance use or mental health disorders, but they […]

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The Largest Health Disparity Gap in the Nation: What You Can Do to Close It

Sarah Linden, MPH

Project Coordinator, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s a statistic you’ve probably seen before – people with serious mental illness die an average of 15 to 30 years younger than those without. This difference represents the largest health disparity in the U.S.; larger than gender, racial or socioeconomic differences. And unlike some of the other gaps that are slowly closing, it isn’t […]

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High-Tech, High-Touch, Integrated Care for Children

Jody Levison-Johnson

Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. – Neil Postman Childhood should be a time of innocence and security, of learning through play. Sadly, one in five children age 13 to 18 have or will have a mental illness, and suicide is the third leading cause of death […]

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CMMI: Look to CCBHCS – They are a Building Block

Chuck Ingoglia

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Practice Improvement

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is interested in developing and deploying an alternative payment model for people living with behavioral health conditions. To do this, they convened the Behavioral Health Payment and Care Delivery Innovation Summit. It is encouraging to see CMMI’s attention on this important issue. A model already exists that, […]

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Shall We Dance? Find Your Rhythm with Motivational Interviewing

Dana Lange

Project Coordinator, National Council for Behavioral Health

The question may seem simple: what motivates you to get out of bed each day? For many, the answer comes easily – whether it be family and friends, career or education, or simply just a good ol’ cup of hot coffee. For some – often those managing mental illness or addiction – the answer isn’t […]

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Value-based Purchasing. The Future is Here. Prepared?

By Carol Clayton

Translational Neuroscientist for Relias Learning

Put yourself in  two scenarios: Scenario 1: You are with a large provider agency that spent the last 18 months implementing an electronic record system across 11 sites and three service lines. You just received a Medicaid notice stating that, effective July 1 of this year, your agency will be under a performance-based payment model […]

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The Key to Risk Management? Asking Questions.

Red arrow signs pointing uptooward the sun. One sign reads "Risk Management."

Erica Hoffman

Communications Intern

Risk management is the culture, processes and structures that help us recognize and understand the potential for adverse effects. As the quality of risk management improves, so does the quality of patient safety and care.

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The CCBHC Heroes You Didn’t Even Know You Had

Jeremy Atterman

Project Coordinator, National Council for Behavioral Health

Here’s a question every  soon-to-be Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) should be asking itself: “Who is going to lead as our organization adapts to new ways of doing business?” CCBHC implementation is an all-hands-on-deck moment for any organization. Your CEO’s vision will guide the way for growth and opportunity within your organization. Your board […]

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Better Coordination Brings Improved Discharge Planning for Those Incarcerated with Behavioral Health Needs

Hannah Huntt & Flannery Peterson

National Council for Behavioral Health

Improving the quality of life for justice-involved individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD) can start with something as small as a simple conversation. Two organizations in Hennepin County, Minnesota — Hennepin County Community Services (HCCS) and RESOURCE Chemical and Mental Health — can attest to this strategy. As participants in the […]

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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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