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

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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

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

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Mary Johnson

Staff Writer, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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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Why We Must Support Maternal Mental Health

June 27, 2016 | Education and Events | Comments
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Adrienne Griffen

Founder, Postpartum Support Virginia

Having a new baby is the happiest time in a woman’s life, right? Not always. One in five new or expectant mothers will experience debilitating anxiety or depression during pregnancy or the first year postpartum.  These illnesses – known as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) – are the most common complication of pregnancy and […]

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The Power of Advocacy

June 10, 2016 | Education and Events | Comments

Ali Siemianowski

Communication Specialist, National Council for Behavioral Health

This is the first article in the National Council’s series profiling the achievements of our 2016 Awards of Excellence honorees. Across the country, local jails are not only over-crowded, but in some states have also become the largest behavioral health service providers. An estimated two million people living with mental illness and addictions reside in […]

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Don’t Forget to Celebrate Your Employees this Holiday Season

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Ali Siemianowski

Communication Specialist, National Council for Behavioral Health

Between decking the halls, parties and last minute shopping, it’s easy to forget that the holidays are a time to celebrate the year’s successes and reflect on plans for the New Year. It’s a time to show our gratitude and thanks for the people in our lives. Have you thought about how you will show […]

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Awards of Excellence – A New Focus on Wellness Across Our Lives

December 1, 2015 | Education and Events | Comments
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Kara Guerriero

Vice President, Membership and Corporate Relations

At 99, Keiko Fukuda was still teaching judo classes three times a week, holding the Joshi Judo Camp and hosting the Fukuda Invitational Kata Championships. At 81, Lew Hollander was still competing in Ironman triathlons – a 112-mile bike ride, followed by a 2.4-mile swim and topped off with a marathon, all in a single […]

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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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The Customer is Always Right: Customer Service for Survival

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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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What’s Behind a Remarkable Crisis Services Program?

Heather Cobb

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

In March, a desperate young mother called the Behavioral Health Response (BHR) crisis line in eastern Missouri. The five-year-old boy she and her family were adopting was acting aggressively and couldn’t be calmed. Right away, BHR sent a mobile crisis team to the family’s home. They made an appointment for the boy and his mother […]

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