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NatCon18 Call for Presentations: Make Your Voice Heard!

November 6, 2017 | Conference Speakers | Comments

Jeannie Campbell

Executive Vice President, National Council for Behavioral Health

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. Sun Tzu Dear Colleagues and Friends: This year, we’ve been so busy seizing opportunities to ensure that health care is a right, not a privilege, we haven’t had a moment to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished. We’ve won numerous battles in a war that is far from over. […]

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

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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Fragile to Fierce: More than a Decade with Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

Mary Johnson

Staff Writer, National Council for Behavioral Health

For many of us, Judy Collins — Sweet Judy Blue Eyes — sang the soundtrack of our youth. Her crisp, clear almost ethereal voice spoke to our hopes and fears in the eloquent “Both Sides Now.” But beyond those crystalline vocals, behind those spellbinding blue eyes, was an unquiet soul. At 14, she attempted suicide. […]

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How to Make the Most out of Your NatCon16 Experience

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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The Customer is Always Right: Customer Service for Survival

David Lloyd

Founder, MTM Services

Excellent customer services is paramount to recovery. But what does it actually mean to be the Ritz Carlton of customer service post-health care reform?

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Dr. Delaney Ruston: A physician and filmmaker’s journey to expose global mental health

March 24, 2014 | Conference Speakers | Comments

Dr. Delaney Ruston

Physician & Filmmaker

What do Bill Gates, Bill Clinton and Bono have in common? They are deeply committed to global health…but who is committed to global mental health? That question led me to make the film Hidden Pictures, which screens at this year’s National Council Conference ‘14. Let me step back and say how I ended up making […]

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Patrick Kennedy speaks on the “Politics of Psychiatry and Mental Health Care”

March 7, 2014 | Conference Speakers | Comments

Patrick Kennedy and Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.

Reposted from Psychiatry Online

This article reposted and written by Conference ’14 speaker, Patrick Kennedy & Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. on Psychiatry Online. Winston Churchill said, “Politics is not a game; it is an earnest business,” and finally we are getting serious about the politics of mental health care. After decades if not centuries of neglect, the bonafide health care disparity is receiving an […]

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Joel Dvoskin gives “insights into defusing violence, resolving crises”

March 6, 2014 | Conference Speakers | Comments

Joel Dvoskin

Former Acting Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of New York

This article was written by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Healthcare featuring Conference ’14 speaker, Joel Dvoskin. In an address to policymakers and law-enforcement personnel at the Crisis Intervention Team International Conference, forensic and clinical psychologist Joel Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP suggested that in order for society to deal effectively with a threat of violence, society must […]

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Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag

February 27, 2014 | Addictions | Conference Speakers | Comments
Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

CEO and Co-Founder, Treatment Research Institute (TRI)

This article was reposted from the Huffington Post and written by A. Thomas McLellan, one of our Conference ’14 speakers! In the wake of the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I am shocked by the vast range of opinions and emotions that have been voiced in the public discourse. Media outlets of all shapes and […]

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