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Have the Conversation: Raising Awareness about HIV in Behavioral Health Settings

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Kristin Potterbusch, MPH

Director of HIV and Behavioral Health Integration, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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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The Key to Risk Management? Asking Questions.

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Erica Hoffman

Communications Intern

Risk management is the culture, processes and structures that help us recognize and understand the potential for adverse effects. As the quality of risk management improves, so does the quality of patient safety and care.

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How important is social connectivity to health?

December 22, 2016 | Practice Improvement | Comments
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SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Staff

Social connectivity – spending time with friends and family, taking part in group activities or having a sense of community – may be among the most important predictors of health. Study upon study shows the myriad ways human connection plays a valuable role in positively supporting a person’s physical and mental health. Having strong social […]

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Why America Should Expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act: A Survivor’s Tale

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Cheryl Sharp

Exclusive Consultant for Trauma Informed Care Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health

If we could access the services that today’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers offer, we would have spared from pain and anguish.

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Innovative Scheduling Changes Increase Savings, Intake and Client Engagement

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Hannah Huntt

Manager, Communications Projects

In just three years, View Point Health, a Metro Atlanta-based community behavioral health care agency, has transformed their clinical practice by implementing a rapid-cycle change model under the guidance of MTM Services. View Point Health provides mental health, addictive disease and developmental disability services serving as the public safety net for a three county area […]

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Addressing Alcohol Use in Health Care

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Karel Homrig

Executive Director, Prevention First

Alcohol is the most widely used and abused substance in the United States. We are used to having wine at the dinner table, toasting special occasions with champagne, relaxing with a beer and bringing out the hard liquor for parties. Many people are able to consume alcohol in ways that pose little risk to themselves […]

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Community-Based Alternatives to a System’s Acute Care Needs

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Steve Fields Executive Director, Progress Foundation; Betty Dahlquist Executive Director, California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

This article appears in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine.   Current efforts to reform mental health care in the United States revolve around a perceived lack of inpatient psychiatric beds to assist those experiencing a mental health crisis. The solution is to develop community-based diversion strategies, including outpatient crisis stabilization centers […]

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Moving Toward a Comprehensive Crisis System

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Susan Partain

Manager of Communications Projects

An interview with Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This interview originally appeared in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine.   What are the priority areas SAMHSA has defined when it comes to improving crisis services for people with mental health and substance use concerns? At […]

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When Crisis Happens “Now”

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David W. Covington, CEO & President, RI International and Michael Hogan, Independent Advisor and Consultant, Hogan Health Solutions; Co-leads, Crisis Services Task Force, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

This article appears in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine. Our country’s approach to crisis mental health care must be transformed. It is time and we have the tools to prevent tragedies like these: Unspeakable family pain: In November 2013, Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-VA) told CNN that he was alive for just […]

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Crisis Services: How to Get Where We Want to Be

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Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

This editorial appears in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine.   The distraught young man whose family brought him into the Bronx hospital looked familiar. After a closer look, I realized I had briefly dated him. I was working in a triage office for a new program to keep people in […]

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