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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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It’s time to talk about tobacco use

January 25, 2016 | Population Health | Treatment | Comments

Shelina D. Foderingham

Director of Practice Improvement

If you don’t already know, people with mental illnesses and addictions are more likely to smoke than the general population. And, of the 480,000 tobacco-related deaths each year, nearly half are among people living with these disorders. This very real problem that affects the people you treat, contributes to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other […]

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Health Care’s Role in Ending Homelessness

June 19, 2015 | Population Health | Treatment | Comments

Hannah Coen

Communications Associate, NCBH

Every night 580,000 people will experience homelessness, and more than 84,000 people will live through chronic or long-term homelessness because of a mental illness, physical disability or addiction. Traditional medical care is not enough to care for a population disconnected from health care and social networks. Reducing these numbers takes trust and collaboration between people […]

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Waiting to be asked: Trauma-informed care

Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF

Senior Advisor, Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Waiting to Be Asked: A Population Crying Out for Trauma-informed Care Interview with David Johnson, CEO, Navos; Megan Kelly, Vice President, Trauma Informed Services, Navos; Cheryl Sharp, Senior Advisor, Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health This article was originally published in National Council Magazine Trauma is pervasive in our society. In the U.S., 61 […]

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