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Meeting Unaccompanied Minors Where They Are

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Jody Levison-Johnson and Jeremy C. Kohomban, Ph.D.

President and CEO of The Council on Accreditation, and President and CEO of The Children’s Village (respectively)

Since 2004, human service organizations have served thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children. With their support, the majority of these children were safely reunited with family or a sponsor in the U.S. However, recent media stories raise questions about the treatment and mental health needs of these children, who often suffer from fear, anxiety and depression. […]

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Minimizing Trauma and Maximizing Treatment for Migrant Children

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Left unaddressed, the impacts of trauma can be far-reaching. That’s especially true for children who experience trauma at a young age. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, trauma can contribute to behavioral health and chronic physical health conditions, as well as poor verbal skills and learning disabilities, in children. But recovery is possible […]

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A Collection of Resources for Community Impact

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

The demand for behavioral health care knows no boundaries. Every day, we are connecting vulnerable populations – like migrant families and their children – to the care they deserve. With this in mind, we’ve put together a collection of external resources to help you maximize your impact in your community. Click on the links below […]

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Membership Spotlight on Tami Lewis-Ahrendt: Tension, Transformation and Taking a Vacation

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

In this membership spotlight, we talk with Tami Lewis-Ahrendt, executive vice president and COO of CenterPointe, about what it takes to run a treatment, rehabilitation and housing provider for homeless and low-income individuals in Lincoln, Nebraska. Tell us about your organization. What role does CenterPointe play in the community? “Our mission is to ‘help the […]

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Cultivating Connections to Help Communities Thrive: Shining A Spotlight on Youth Mental Health Champions

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Rachel Huggins

Communications Manager, National Council for Behavioral Health

All young people deserve to grow into healthy, resilient adults. Yet the mental health and well-being of young people in the U.S. is in an alarming state. Depression diagnoses among adolescents increased 63 percent between 2013 and 2016. Suicide attempts are four times more likely among LGBTQ youth and deaths by suicide are roughly two […]

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CCBHCs: Serving Those Who Serve Us

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Cory Gunkel

Social Media Manager, National Council for Behavioral Health

About 20 veterans a day die by suicide, and fewer than 50 percent of our returning service members who need mental health care receive it. The statistics are as startling as they are revealing. As veterans return and transition back into civilian life, they too often suffer in silence or reach out for help in […]

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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s CCBHC Story

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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

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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

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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

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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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