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A Roadmap for Success: Analyzing What It Takes to Get Your Organization in Gear

Susan Milstrey Wells

National Council for Behavioral Health

The American health care system is rapidly evolving, and mental health and substance use treatment providers are struggling to catch up. Value-based payments, performance-based contracting, population health management ­– it’s enough to make your head spin. The destination is still the same – providing affordable, accessible, science-based treatment and services for mental illnesses and substance […]

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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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Medicaid is a Human Issue

March 16, 2017 | Addictions | Healthcare trends | Comments

Joy Burwell

Director, Communications

You’ve seen a lot of numbers detailing the impacts of the health care repeal bill. It is easy to get caught up in the numbers, but it is important to remember those numbers represent people. People like Katie. Katie started taking pain pills in high school and soon found herself taking up to eight a […]

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Confused about MACRA? We’ve got you covered

Elizabeth Arend, MPH

Quality Improvement Advisor

Over the last month, the National Council held three webinars to shed some light on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the sweeping reforms it makes to payments under Medicare Part B. The first webinar, “MACRA 101,” provided an overview of CMS’s proposed Quality Payment Program, which completely overhauls how […]

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Using Apps to Support Physical Health in Behavioral Health Settings

March 31, 2016 | Healthcare trends | Comments

Hannah Coen

Communications Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Like many people, I own a smartphone. Nearly 90 percent of Americans own a cell phone and 64 percent own a smartphone. My smartphone came with a pre-downloaded “Wellness Tracker” app that can track my steps, my diet and even my sleeping patterns and heart rate if I connect to a “wearable” like Fitbit. Even […]

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Can We Prevent Disability from Serious Mental Illnesses?

Adam Swanson

Senior Policy Associate

Recently published clinical outcomes from the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode raises the question: can we prevent disability from serious mental illnesses?

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8 Resolutions to Plan for Change

Daisy Wheeler

Director of Addictions

I’m a planner. As the year end approaches, you may, like me, already be thinking about your 2016 resolutions. Many of us strive to do better each year in our service to others or to focus on our health — and planning is the most likely pathway to fully realize and achieve our goals. As […]

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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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Does your organization use text messaging?

Hannah Coen

Communications Associate, NCBH

Text messaging is a fast, relatively inexpensive way to engage under-served populations and to connect patients with 24/7 access to health tips and treatment options. It can change the ways clinicians deliver health care by acting as a care extender and creating a better picture of the population you care for. Yet, it is underused. […]

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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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