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In New Orleans, Overcoming Stigma through Relationships

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William Glanz

Senior Writer at the National Council for Behavioral Health

In New Orleans, where nearly 60% of the city’s residents are black, behavioral health care professionals have found ways to increase the number of residents receiving care by erasing the stigma surrounding behavioral health.

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Climate Change: What Does it Mean for the Mental Health System?

August 31, 2020 | Population Health | Comments
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Gary Belkin, M.D., Ph.D.

We increasingly see the impact of climate change up close – in accelerating and record-breaking coastal flooding, heat waves, wildfires, droughts and widespread species loss. Such far-reaching and mind-boggling threats are getting increasing attention for their social and emotional ramifications.

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Managed Care Contracting: When Good Intention and Reality Collide

August 6, 2020 | Population Health | Comments
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Joe Parks, MD, and Shannon Mace, JD, MPH

Vice President of Practice Improvement and Senior Practice Improvement Advisor, respectively, for the National Council for Behavioral Health

To better understand the impact Medicaid managed care reforms have had on providers, the National Council for Behavioral Health contracted with independent consultants to conduct an analysis of providers’ and other stakeholders’ experiences.

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Mental Health Management: COVID-19 Tips from a College Student

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

For youth and young adults, navigating life can be challenging enough. Add a global pandemic to the mix, and well, things get wonky. In honor of Mental Health Month, I sat down with John Dellick (pictured right), a college student and member of the National Council’s CONNECTED, a youth mental health initiative, to talk about […]

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A New Normal: Understanding the Challenges of Children with IDD

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Gabe Abbondandolo

Practice Improvement Coordinator

According to the CDC, 13% of children under the age of 18 in the U.S. have a developmental disorder. Of this population, 30-50% have a co-occurring behavioral health diagnosis like depression or anxiety. In fact, when looking at the data for Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Cerebral palsy, autism and some forms of epilepsy, the rate […]

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Managing Your Mental Health – A Gen-Z Perspective

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

COVID-19 affects us all differently. While there’s no escaping the impacts of this novel coronavirus, it does afford us an opportunity to learn more about its repercussions on different populations. We sat down to talk with Jazmin Carpenter, 22, a CONNECTED youth influencer and recent college graduate, to get her thoughts on how the pandemic […]

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Staying Connected: LGBTQ+ Resources During COVID-19

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Paul Curtis and Michael Carrone

Executive Director of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies and a National Council board member, and the Director of Healthcare Transformation, respectively

When looking back at the past month, it is clear that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has drastically changed our lives. The way we work now incorporates new safety measures and personal protective equipment, social distancing and, in some cases, remote connection. Everyone is at home now; some are working, while others are facing loss of […]

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Coping in a Crisis: On the Frontlines with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc.

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William Glanz

Senior Writer

Marvin Gorsky, LCSW, senior director with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc. in Montclair, New Jersey, consults with colleagues using his laptop. Editor’s Note: The coronavirus outbreak has led practitioners to rethink behavioral health care treatment and the delivery of service. In this series, we will address the questions and concerns raised […]

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Moving the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Community Forward

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Nicole Cadovius

Director of Practice Improvement

Earlier this month, we joined in the national recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, where we celebrated the social changes of deinstitutionalization in the 70s and 80s and took a closer look at the impact today. In the past 30 years, legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, and the Individuals with […]

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Addressing the Service Needs of Older Adults

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Nicole Cadovius

Director of Practice Improvement

In a little more than a month, we will be celebrating Older Americans Month in May. This is an opportunity to reflect on the implications of this population’s projected growth and its effect on society. Developing an understanding of these trends is one way to help shift services to address the growing service needs of […]

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