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High-Tech, High-Touch, Integrated Care for Children

Jody Levison-Johnson

Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. – Neil Postman Childhood should be a time of innocence and security, of learning through play. Sadly, one in five children age 13 to 18 have or will have a mental illness, and suicide is the third leading cause of death […]

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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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Have the Conversation: Raising Awareness about HIV in Behavioral Health Settings

Kristin Potterbusch, MPH

Director of HIV and Behavioral Health Integration, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s 4:30 on Thursday afternoon. Your client, a young man who struggles with depression is here for his standing monthly appointment and starts telling you about last Friday night. He talks about how much fun he had, hooking up with a stranger at a bar while intoxicated. From what he is saying, it sounds like […]

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How important is social connectivity to health?

December 22, 2016 | Integration | Comments

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Staff

Social connectivity – spending time with friends and family, taking part in group activities or having a sense of community – may be among the most important predictors of health. Study upon study shows the myriad ways human connection plays a valuable role in positively supporting a person’s physical and mental health. Having strong social […]

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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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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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Passion and Sensitivity: The Cornerstones of Responding to Trauma in the LGBT Community

December 3, 2015 | Diversity | Integration | Trauma | Treatment | Comments

Heather Cobb

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

Back in 1978 Chase Brexton Health Care was a small volunteer operation serving gay men affected by the just emerging AIDS epidemic. Now, it’s a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides integrated health care to all Baltimore’s underserved populations — and their working hard to provide trauma-informed care to all, including the LGBT community.

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Deep-Rooted Issues Require Deep Provider Investment

Heather Cobb

Senior Strategic Advisor for Marketing and Creative

Trauma coexists with the companions of homelessness — addiction, mental illness and early-onset chronic and acute illness. The damage trauma inflicts breeds distrust, making it difficult for people to form the relationships they need to heal.

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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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GLIDING TOWARD CHANGE WITH MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING

Pam Pietruszewski

Integrated Health Consultant

As a figure skater, my two single blades gliding across the ice had to work together. Movement involves a series of coordinated footwork, choreographed to counterbalance each jump, spin and curve along the way. A perfect routine requires practice, precision and the right conditions. No matter how much you practice, the ice isn’t always smooth […]

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