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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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Interest Group: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

February 13, 2020 | Practice Improvement | Comments
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Susie Blue and Nicole Cadovius

Interest Group Co-Leads

Alongside our Board of Directors, we recently launched Interest Groups to give our members the tools, knowledge and networks they need to accelerate their learning of – and impact on – various populations of interest. In this blog post, we highlight our new Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities group. Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) […]

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LGBTQ+ Interest Group: Taking Steps toward Inclusivity

February 12, 2020 | Practice Improvement | Comments
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Paul Curtis and Michael Carrone

Interest Group Co-Leads

Last month, more than 100 people attended the first virtual meeting of the LGBTQ+ Interest Group, where in a webinar, they learned more about the issues facing this population, insights into ongoing needs, and next steps regarding the Group and its growing community. We were overwhelmed by the excitement and energy of the participants, as […]

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Interest Group: Helping Older Adults Heal and Thrive

February 11, 2020 | Practice Improvement | Comments
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Nicole Cadovius

Director of Practice Improvement

Alongside our Board of Directors, we recently launched an Interest Group initiative to give our members the tools, knowledge and networks they need to accelerate their learning of – and impact on – various populations of interest. In this blog post, we highlight our new Older Adults group. Did you know that 25 percent of […]

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

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Michael Carrone

Director, Health Transformation, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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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Leadership 101: Helping Behavioral Health Managers Lead Change

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David Lloyd

Founder, MTM Services

Behavioral health care is changing rapidly and our leaders are rushing to catch up. Gone are the days when providers could perform a service, file a claim and get paid. Today’s funders are no longer paying for volume; they are paying for value. In many cases, this requires wholesale transformation of an agency’s administrative, billing […]

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High-Tech, High-Touch, Integrated Care for Children

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Jody Levison-Johnson

Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. – Neil Postman Childhood should be a time of innocence and security, of learning through play. Sadly, one in five children age 13 to 18 have or will have a mental illness, and suicide is the third leading cause of death […]

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A Roadmap for Success: Analyzing What It Takes to Get Your Organization in Gear

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Susan Milstrey Wells

National Council for Mental Wellbeing

The American health care system is rapidly evolving, and mental health and substance use treatment providers are struggling to catch up. Value-based payments, performance-based contracting, population health management ­– it’s enough to make your head spin. The destination is still the same – providing affordable, accessible, science-based treatment and services for mental illnesses and substance […]

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What’s the Next Innovation in Mental Health?

September 21, 2017 | Practice Improvement | Comments
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Rashida Asante-Eccleston

Communications Associate

Most people with mental illness or substance use disorders do not receive treatment. How will we respond? How can we meet the challenges we face in a volatile health care environment? What does the future hold for mental health? These questions were the foundation of Tackling Mental Health Through Innovation, a series of panels and […]

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Shall We Dance? Find Your Rhythm with Motivational Interviewing

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Dana Lange

Project Coordinator, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

The question may seem simple: what motivates you to get out of bed each day? For many, the answer comes easily – whether it be family and friends, career or education, or simply just a good ol’ cup of hot coffee. For some – often those managing mental illness or addiction – the answer isn’t […]

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