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Innovative Scheduling Changes Increase Savings, Intake and Client Engagement

Hannah Huntt

Manager, Communications Projects

In just three years, View Point Health, a Metro Atlanta-based community behavioral health care agency, has transformed their clinical practice by implementing a rapid-cycle change model under the guidance of MTM Services. View Point Health provides mental health, addictive disease and developmental disability services serving as the public safety net for a three county area […]

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Community-Based Alternatives to a System’s Acute Care Needs

April 11, 2016 | Crisis Services | Innovation | Treatment | Comments

Steve Fields Executive Director, Progress Foundation; Betty Dahlquist Executive Director, California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

This article appears in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine.   Current efforts to reform mental health care in the United States revolve around a perceived lack of inpatient psychiatric beds to assist those experiencing a mental health crisis. The solution is to develop community-based diversion strategies, including outpatient crisis stabilization centers […]

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Moving Toward a Comprehensive Crisis System

April 4, 2016 | Crisis Services | Innovation | Suicide | Comments

Susan Partain

Manager of Communications Projects

An interview with Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This interview originally appeared in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine.   What are the priority areas SAMHSA has defined when it comes to improving crisis services for people with mental health and substance use concerns? At […]

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When Crisis Happens “Now”

March 30, 2016 | Crisis Services | Innovation | Comments

David W. Covington, CEO & President, RI International and Michael Hogan, Independent Advisor and Consultant, Hogan Health Solutions; Co-leads, Crisis Services Task Force, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

This article appears in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine. Our country’s approach to crisis mental health care must be transformed. It is time and we have the tools to prevent tragedies like these: Unspeakable family pain: In November 2013, Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-VA) told CNN that he was alive for just […]

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Crisis Services: How to Get Where We Want to Be

March 22, 2016 | Crisis Services | Innovation | Trauma | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

This editorial appears in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine.   The distraught young man whose family brought him into the Bronx hospital looked familiar. After a closer look, I realized I had briefly dated him. I was working in a triage office for a new program to keep people in […]

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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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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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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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The Way We Work is Changing

MJ Craig

Marketing Content Manager, DATIS

This post originally appeared on DATIS’ blog and was reprinted with permission.  In our current business environment- the only thing constant is change. Inevitably and irrefutably, the way we work is changing. There are no more 9-5’s and no more cubicle walls to maintain departmental silos. Organizations today are made up of cross-functional teams that search for […]

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I Was a Little Fish in a Huge Pond: A Young Leader’s Story

Lisa Martin, MA

Staff Training & Development Coordinator, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health

Last year’s National Council Conference was the best professional experience I’ve had in my eight year career in behavioral health care. As a millennial still finding my way in a field continually growing toward a fully-integrated health system, the most difficult part of being a “young leader” is feeling misunderstood. I dare to compare generational […]

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