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The Key to Risk Management? Asking Questions.

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

Rashida Asante-Eccleston

Communication Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

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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CCBHCs: Are you embracing the urgency to become trauma-informed?

Karen Johnson & Linda Henderson-Smith

Trauma-Informed Services

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) are poised to revolutionize behavioral health care and strengthen services for those who most need them. Organizations are preparing to meet CCBHC requirements in the areas of finance, service delivery and partner collaboration. CCBHCs aren’t business as usual. They’re a new provider type in Medicaid— organizations defined not just […]

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The Story of Two Mothers

Becky Vaughn

Vice President, Addictions, National Council for Behavioral Health

This post is adapted from comments shared at the Atlantic Summit on Mental Health and Addiction held on April 12 in Washington, DC. View a full summary of the event, including video of the event, here. I want to tell you the story of two mothers. Susan has a 13 year old son.  She started noticing […]

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Addressing Alcohol Use in Health Care

Karel Homrig

Executive Director, Prevention First

Alcohol is the most widely used and abused substance in the United States. We are used to having wine at the dinner table, toasting special occasions with champagne, relaxing with a beer and bringing out the hard liquor for parties. Many people are able to consume alcohol in ways that pose little risk to themselves […]

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Putting Community Back into Community Mental Health: How the Mental Health Center of Denver Did It

Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Denver’s Northeast Park Hill is a proud neighborhood filled with strong people. Built in the 1950s, Dahlia Square was the largest African-American-owned shopping center in the U.S. with a thriving grocery store, roller-skating rink, bowling alley and a full array of local businesses. But times changed and gradually the once popular neighborhood nucleus became an […]

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On the Road with Case to Care

Joan Kenerson King

Senior Integrated Health Consultant

  High caseloads. Shifting roles. New expectations. How do behavioral health staff providing direct care and their supervisors manage constant change and stressful environments? As the behavioral health field dramatically shifts, case management staff face real people with real needs while criteria for services get tighter and community resources are fewer and farther between. As […]

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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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