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Key Ingredients in Response to the Pandemic: Peer Support Values

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Martha Barbone

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)

Martha Barbone, a peer specialist from Massachusetts, writes about the importance of person-centered support and shared lived experience during a pandemic.

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The Pandemic Illustrates How Important it is to Understand and Address ACEs

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Joe Parks, MD

Medical Director, National Council for Behavioral Health

One year into the ACEs Aware grant, a state-led initiative under California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, MD, we know more than ever about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress on young people.

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Workforce development: We Must Fill the Talent Pool

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By Chuck Ingoglia and Mohini Venkatesh

President and CEO of the National Council, and vice president of business and strategy, respectively

While last summer’s protests throughout the nation exposed the enormous scope and scale of structural racism in America – and the generations of pain it has caused – it also provided opportunities to talk about where racism persists, how it harms people and what we can do to rectify racial inequity.

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Moving Forward this Black History Month – Setting Youth Up for Success

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J'Neal Woods

Project Coordinator, Practice Improvement and Consulting

Black History Month is rarely used as an opportunity to discuss and understand the toll of overcoming historical adversity and its long-lasting effects on our mental health. It’s time we start.

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Overcoming the Trauma of COVID-19 with “Resiliencing”

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Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT

Consultant, Trauma Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Consultant Amelia Roeschlein proposes the wide adoption of the term “resiliencing” during this culmination of historical events in real-time through a national experience of complex trauma, a global pandemic, worldwide demonstrations and civil unrest and a push for social justice and reform.

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New SAMHSA Grants: Bringing CCBHCs Nationwide

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing for the National Council for Behavioral Health

There’s a new model in behavioral health care, one that is alleviating decades-old challenges that have led to a crisis in providing access to mental health and addiction treatment.

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Lawmakers and Public Voice Support for Greater Investment in Care for Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

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Chuck Ingoglia

President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health

The pandemic has made barriers to access more imposing in communities across the country, due in no small part to the economic impact of a pandemic that has forced so many organizations providing mental health and substance use disorder programs to make drastic cuts. But the pandemic also has fueled massive demand for those programs.

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A Path Forward: Mental Health and the United States Pandemic Response

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Chirlane McCray & Linda Rosenburg, MSW

Writer, mental health advocate and First Lady of New York City & former president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, respectively

Addressing the pandemic compassionately, while keeping our communities and families safe from harm, requires immediate preparation to meet the current and future mental health needs that come with COVID-19. The mental health care workforce must play a central role in the national recovery.

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Harm Reduction: Essential Now and Always

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Shannon Mace, JD, MPH

Senior Practice Improvement Advisor for the National Council for Behavioral Health

As communities across the U.S. face entirely new experiences of social isolation, grief, economic instability and diminished hope about the future, overdose incidents are steadily increasing.

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Honoring our Military Families, Supporting Their Children

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Ciara Hill

Project Coordinator for the National Council for Behavioral Health

National Veteran and Military Family Month is a time for American citizens to show their support for our military personnel, but once the official holiday ends how do we continue to show them our appreciation, particularly for deployed military personnel?

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