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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

April 20, 2020 | COVID-19 | Population Health | Youth | Comments
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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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Resources and Tools for Addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Communications

National Council for Behavioral Health

For more than 50 years, we have been working to promote health and wellness among our staff, stakeholders, members and the communities they support. With recent news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) inviting a heightened sense of uncertainty and apprehension, that commitment has never been stronger. In this time of confusion, there is hope. And […]

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Navigating the Behavioral Health Impacts of the Coronavirus

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Dr. Joe Parks

Vice President of Practice Improvement and Co-Chair of the Medical Director Institute

There is no avoiding the concern over the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), or the extent to which it could impact the physical health of our communities, families and ourselves. As the disease spreads and confusion over this public health crisis grows, we must acknowledge that it also can have implications on our behavioral […]

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Addressing the Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Sara Coffey, D.O.

Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Creating environments where all children can thrive is critical to building a healthier and happier future. In this article, Sara Coffey, D.O., a member of the National Council’s Medical Directors Institute, shares her insights into childhood trauma and thoughts on support systems. More and more, we are learning about the significance of Adverse Childhood Experiences […]

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Meeting Unaccompanied Minors Where They Are

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Jody Levison-Johnson and Jeremy C. Kohomban, Ph.D.

President and CEO of The Council on Accreditation, and President and CEO of The Children’s Village (respectively)

Since 2004, human service organizations have served thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children. With their support, the majority of these children were safely reunited with family or a sponsor in the U.S. However, recent media stories raise questions about the treatment and mental health needs of these children, who often suffer from fear, anxiety and depression. […]

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