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The Largest Health Disparity Gap in the Nation: What You Can Do to Close It

Sarah Linden, MPH

Project Coordinator, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s a statistic you’ve probably seen before – people with serious mental illness die an average of 15 to 30 years younger than those without. This difference represents the largest health disparity in the U.S.; larger than gender, racial or socioeconomic differences. And unlike some of the other gaps that are slowly closing, it isn’t […]

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National Council’s Practice Transformation Academy: Creating a Building Block for Change

Michael Carrone

Director, Health Transformation, National Council for Behavioral Health

The health care landscape is changing with unprecedented speed and organizations of all sizes are feeling the pressure to make the complex switch to value-based care. The National Council’s Practice Transformation Academy has already helped 20 organizations that were proactively preparing to transition to population health, risk and quality management and from volume-based care to […]

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Start from the Beginning: SBIRT Comes to West Virginia

March 27, 2018 | Addictions | Population Health | SBIRT | Comments

Drew Lovejoy

Communications Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

January 14, 2018, marked a sea change opportunity for health providers in West Virginia. Under the newly granted Section 1115 Medicaid waiver, health care organizations can now provide Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services and receive payment from Medicaid. In West Virginia, 29 percent of residents are covered by Medicaid and with […]

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Resilience: Paving the Road to Recovery

Sarah Flinspach and Tracy Gnadinger

Recovery can mean many different things for many different people. At the National Council for Behavioral Health, we believe that recovery encompasses so much more than a 12-step program; it’s an everyday commitment to health. “Recovery must be the expectation – not the exception – for every individual who experiences active addiction,” wrote Tom Hill, […]

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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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Toward a New Recovery Culture

Justin Luke Riley

President and CEO, Young People in Recovery

Young People in Recovery advocates for a new recovery culture in all communities. What can you do in yours?

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Smokers Need Not Apply

June 16, 2016 | Leadership | Population Health | Comments

Mary Johnson

Staff Writer

ServiceNet, a mental health and social service agency headquartered in Northampton, Massachusetts, had long been a tobacco-free environment when they decided to take it a step further and create a policy to no longer hire smokers. A potentially controversial decision, Sue Stubbs, ServiceNet president and CEO, knew her staff would have concerns. They suggested that […]

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Strengthening Communication and Collaboration: The Travis County Health Justice Learning Collaborative

Hannah Huntt

Manager, Communications Projects at National Council for Behavioral Health

Danny Smith, Director of Mental Health and Inmate Programs in the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, and Sherry Blyth, Director of Crisis Services at Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC), have known each other for over ten years. However, despite their long-standing ties and the significant overlap in the populations their organizations serve, their professional relationship […]

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How do we decrease tobacco use for everyone?

Laura Galbreath

Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Last week, the New York Times reported on the the continued decline of cigarette use, a trend highlighted by a recent CDC survey. While tobacco use has continued to go down for the general population, one group has not made the same progress. Half of the annual tobacco-related deaths in the United States are people with a mental illness. […]

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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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